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Board certified adoption attorneys Michael A. Shorstein and Brian T. Kelly have helped more than 2,500 birth parents and adoptive families experience the gift of adoption since 1992. Today we remain as focused on adoptions as when we first opened our practice.

KellyBrian T. Kelly
Board Certified Adoption Attorney

A member of the Florida Bar since 1983, he is a board certified adoption attorney and also a member of the prestigious American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Brian is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, meaning he’s rated at the highest level of professional excellence by his peers.

Brian practices all kinds of adoption law, including Florida and interstate, identifiedstepparent, grandparent, relative and adult adoptions.  A member of the Florida Bar since 1983, he also is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, meaning he’s rated at the highest level of professional excellence by his peers.

After graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in Education, Brian received his law degree from the University of Florida. He regularly attends adoption seminars to share his knowledge and expertise and to remain current on the many changes in adoption law. He has vast trial experience and has successfully litigated many contested adoptions, representing adoptive parents exclusively. He’s an avid golfer and loves to play his guitar. Brian and his wife, Kim, have three children, Lindsey, Palmer and Peyton.

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Brian’s Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • Legal: University of Florida; Juris Doctor – December, 1982
  • Honors: Dean’s List; Appellate Advocacy Board of Editors
  • Undergraduate: University of North Florida; Bachelor of Arts in Education – 1978

Legal Employment

Assistant State Attorney

  • 8th Judicial Circuit – 1983-1984
  • 4th Judicial Circuit – 1984-1986
  • 8th Judicial Circuit – 1986-1990

Division Chief

Senior Trial Attorney

  • Partner – Harris, Guidi, Rosner – 1990-1992
  • Partner – Shorstein & Kelly – 1992-present

Professional Associations

Association Name Position Duration
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Member 1998-present
Florida Adoption Council Member 2000-present
Christian Legal Society Member 2007-present
Chets Creek Church Member 2007-present
4th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Member 2001-present
Florida Bar Member 1983-present
Jacksonville Bar Association Member 1983-present
Florida Bar Grievance Committee 4th Judicial Circuit Chairman 2007-2008
Florida Bar Grievance Committee 4th Judicial Circuit Member 2006-2008
Angelwood, Inc. Board of Directors 1999-present
Angelwood, Inc. President 2011-2013
Jacksonville Golf & Country Club Board of Governors 1996-1999
Jacksonville Golf & Country Club President 1999
Florida Bar Grievance Committee 4th Judicial Circuit Member 1992-1995

Awards and Recognition

Name Organization Date
AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell Current
Meritorious Service Award Florida Bar 2009
Outstanding Service Award Angelwood, Inc. 2007
Outstanding Service Award Angelwood, Inc. 2005

ShorsteinMichael A. Shorstein
Board Certified Adoption Attorney

He is a board certified adoption attorney and an active member of the prestigious American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Michael is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, meaning he’s rated at the highest level of professional excellence by his peers.

Michael has practiced exclusively in the area of adoption law since 1990. He specializes in all aspects of domestic adoptions including interstate, identifiedstepparent, grandparent, relative and adult adoptions. He’s an active member of the prestigious American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, meaning he’s rated at the highest level of professional excellence by his peers.

After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in accounting, Michael received his law degree from Florida State University. He taught adoption law at one of Jacksonville’s local law schools. He regularly attends adoption seminars to share his knowledge and experience and to remain current on the many changes in adoption law and practice. Michael has conducted adoption seminars and presentations for hospitals, agencies and many other organizations. He and his wife, Robin, have two children, Mathew and Benay.

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Michael’s Curriculum Vitae

Legal Education

  • Florida State University College of Law; Juris Doctor – December, 1985
  • Honors: Order of the Coif; Magna Cum Laude; Moot Court
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award in Constitutional Law

Accounting Education

  • University of Florida, School of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 1980
  • Honors: Cum Laude; Dean’s List; Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honor Society
  • Certified Public Accountant, 1983

Professional Associations

Association Name Position Duration
Florida Bar Adoption Law Certification Committee Member 2009-present
Florida Bar Adoption Law Certification Committee Chairman 2009-2011
Florida Adoption Council Board Member 2006-2014
Florida Adoption Council Member 2003-present
Jacksonville Bar Association Member 2004-present
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Member 1993-present
Florida Bar Member 1986-present
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Member Current
Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants Member Current
Family Support Services of Northeast Florida Board of Directors 2004-2011
Family Law Inns of Court, Jacksonville Chapter Master of the Bench 1999-2011
Jacksonville Jewish Center Board of Directors 2000-2006
Jacksonville Jewish Center President 2000-2002
Daniel Memorial Adoption Advisory Board Member 1994-1996
Leukemia Society of America, Northern Florida Chapter Board of Trustees 1993-1996
Jacksonville Bar Association Grievance Committee Member 1990-1991

Awards and Recognition

Name Organization Date
AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell Current
Angel in Adoption Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute 2005
Business Partner Award Jewish Family & Community Services, Inc. 2005
Equal Justice Award for Adoption Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. 2004

Speaking Engagements

Presentation Name Conference Date
Florida Adoption Best Practices Florida Adoption Council 2014
Major Components of Private Party Adoption Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges 2014
Florida Adoption Practice Family Law Society 2014
Best Practices for Adoption Attorneys Florida Coastal School of Law 2013
Adoption Law: Theory, Policy and Practice Florida Coastal School of Law (Adjunct Professor) 2009
Dependency, Adoption and Intervention Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges 2008
Effects of Law Changes on Hospital Practices Hospital Staff Seminar 2005
Adoption in the 21st Century Adoption Seminar 1999
Role of Obstetrical and Hospital Nurses in the Adoption Process Perinatal Conference 1998
Legal & Practical Considerations For Hospitals Involved with Adoption Cases Hospital Staff Seminar 1996
Adoption in the 90’s-Trend Toward Open Adoptions Sisterhood Conference 1994
Legal & Practical Considerations For Hospital Nurses Involved With Adoptions Hospital Staff Seminar 1994
Current Trends in Adoption Practice Infertility Group 1993
Hospital Considerations in Adoption Cases Health Law Interest Group 1993

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