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Orlando's Best Lawyers 2019

When you need an attorney, you want someone with a strong reputation and a proven track record. The annual Best Lawyers® list provides the names of Orlando-area attorneys recommended by their colleagues. A national attorney evaluation firm, BL Rankings, LLC, conducted an extensive peer-review survey asking established local lawyers to name top practitioners in their particular fields. The 2019 list contains more than 400 lawyers They are listed alphabetically by specialty area.

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This list is excerpted from the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, the pre-eminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. Published since 1983, Best Lawyers lists attorneys in 140 specialties, representing all 50 states, who have been chosen through an exhaustive survey in which thousands of the nation’s top lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The 2019 edition of Best Lawyers is based on more than 6.2 million evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

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Cortes, Michael

Practice: Cortes & Medina
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Category: Family Law
Best Lawyers: 2018

Prior to graduating as valedictorian from law school, Michael had a career as a wealth manager and investment specialist with a nationally known brokerage firm. His extensive financial background serves his clients by allowing him to thoroughly analyze the financial impacts of all possible resolution scenarios.

As a divorced father of small children, Michael knows how emotionally devastating a divorce or separation can be on the parents and especially the children. Therefore, his goal as an attorney is to minimize the impact a divorce has on a family by resolving disputes in a creative and amicable way, when possible, in order to maintain the necessary post-separation relationship to the extent necessary to protect the children.

When alternative dispute resolutions methods are unsuccessful, Michael is an aggressive and formidable trial lawyer, prepared to go the distance for his clients.

Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida in 1996. He received his Juris Doctor from Florida A&M University College of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While in law school, Michael interned with the Administrative Judge for Orange County’s Domestic Relations division. His duties as an intern were to assist the judiciary with legal research, preparation of legal documents, and substantial observation in the domestic relations and domestic violence courts. This opportunity allowed Michael to learn from various styles as to what strategies are effective with the judiciary and which strategies are less effective. Michael also participated in several workshops focused on family law and domestic violence.

Michael is a 2011 Graduate of the Houston Family Law Trial Institute, a week-long intensive trial training institute focusing on advanced concepts of Family Law Litigation. This experience allowed Michael to hone his trial skills and helped shape him in the formidable trial attorney he is today. Michael is also a frequent lecturer at Florida A&M University’s College of Law on the topic of family law in Florida.

Michael is a member of the Florida Bar, Family Law Section, the Orange County Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, and the Central Florida Family Law American Inns of Court. On a personal level, Michael is actively involved with the graduate chapter of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and volunteers extensively in our community.