Law Offices of George Castrataro

Serving Clients with Integrity and Compassion

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Firm Overview

Guided by my philosophy of serving clients with integrity and compassion, I founded my Broward County firm at the height of the foreclosure crisis. A large part of the firm's mission has been to help educate area homeowners about how to protect their homes from foreclosure. The client base quickly expanded.

During my more than 15-year career in advocacy and legal services, I have achieved national recognition in consumer law and foreclosure defense, and I have worked extensively in the field of public health.

Example cases

Over 100 bankruptcy filings in 2009.

Main Office

Main
707 NE 3rd Avenue
Suite 300
Fort Lauderdale  FL  33304

Phone
  • (954) 573-1444
Fax
  • (954) 573-6451

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

15-minute free consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We charge a flat fee for bankruptcy clients; fees vary for litigation clients on a sliding scale. A 10% discount would be offered to new clients who mention Nolo.

Hourly Rates

Please see above.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (flexible)

Office Manager

Multiple support staff members are available to assist clients and callers.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Spanish-speaking staffer is on site; translation is available for other languages as needed.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Bankruptcy and foreclosure are among the primary areas of need in Broward County at this time. Additional areas include traditional legal services such as contracts, wills and small business issues.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe that a well-informed client can navigate many aspects of our legal system. Each person possesses varying degrees of knowledge and skill.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients, depending upon the nature of the document, aspect of the law and intended purpose.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

My willingness to coach clients is based on their abilities. (See question #1)

George Castrataro

Prior to establishing my own firm, I was a supervising attorney for a large Broward County non-profit law practice. Previously I founded Non-Profit Capacity Builders, Inc. (NPCB). I served for five years as NPCB President. I also held senior managerial positions with the State of Florida Department of Health and the National American Red Cross in Washington, D.C.

A timeline of snapshots from both my private and professional life depict varying examples that establish my expertise and progressive growth, all of which have contributed to my capability as a compassionate attorney.

• Nov '91 - performed CPR and resuscitated an elderly man as a volunteer EMT
• Oct '92 - taught mentally and physically challenged adults to swim at the Easter Seal Center
• Dec '93 - delivered a positive HIV test result to a young man and provided him counseling
• Apr '94 - counseled a suicidal female who voluntarily committed herself for care
• Mar '95 - developed and implemented an HIV prevention plan in Pasco County Florida
• Jul '96 - designed and taught a graduate course on HIV disease at Florida Int'l University
• Jul '96, '97 and '98 - developed and implement the Broward County HIV Prevention Plan
• Mar '97 - presented two abstracts at the National AIDS conference
• Jan '98 - completed a research study on HIV prevalence in South Florida
• Jul '99 - led the development of new system to augment reporting of diseases offering a more effective and immediate public health response in Tampa
• Jan '00 - implemented and led a strategic reorganization of a thirty person health and safety department increasing clients served by 80% while decreasing costs within the first year
• Mar '01 - led the creation of a new national HIV prevention network for the American Red Cross encompassing the entire organizational effort serving 1 million people
• Dec '02 - established a consulting corporation to facilitate non-profit capacity building
• April '03 - developed an outcome/performance matrix to measure patient outcome for a large community mental health agency
• Aug '05 - earned Juris Doctor at Florida International University (inaugural class)
• 2006 - admitted to the Florida Bar and was licensed by the U.S. District Court
• 2006 to 2008 - served as supervising attorney for a large Broward County non-profit law practice working on foreclosure defense, launched and administered the new Consumer and HIV Law unit and created the Broward Human Rights Initiative (BHRI)
• 2008 - founded the Law Offices of George Castrataro
• 2009 - added three to staff
• 2009 - selected by Broward County Commission to serve on Broward Housing Council
• 2010 - expanded offices and added two to staff

I am told that my compassion for clients, staff and business associates in general coupled with a flexible, informal style, contributes to my success and creates referral business for the firm.

Personal interests:

I am an advocate for justice first and foremost, especially for the GLBT community.

License
  • Bar Number: 27575
    Florida , 2006
Education
  • Florida International University (FIU) College of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2005
    Miami, FL
  • Florida International University
    Masters of Public Health , 1999
    Miami, FL
    Environmental Health/Epidemiology.

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