About Michael

Board certification

Michael Shorstein is one of the first attorneys in Florida to become board certified in adoption law by The Florida Bar. Board certification is an assurance of expertise and quality, and is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar. Here’s why it matters:

  • It distinguishes attorneys who have special knowledge, skills and proficiency in adoption law along with superior professionalism and ethics in their practice.
  • It allows the public to differentiate those attorneys who are expertly skilled in the area of adoption law from lawyers who do not understand the unique complexities of the adoption statutes.
  • Because Florida adoption laws change almost every year, up-to-date expertise is critical. Board certified adoption attorneys are thoroughly conversant with these ongoing changes.
  • Board certified adoption attorneys are allowed to identify or advertise themselves as specialists or experts in the field of adoption law.

Angels in Adoption

Nominated by U.S. Senator Bill Nelson for his contribution to adoption law, Michael has been recognized by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute with the Angels in AdoptionTM award.

Angels in Adoption is an award designed to raise awareness about the adoption process, and recognizes “ordinary people doing extraordinary things”––individuals who, through their work and dedication to children and families, have greatly enriched the lives of both. 



Professional associations

The Florida Bar Adoption Law Certification Committee Member 2009-2015
Florida Adoption Council Member 2003-present
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Member 1993-present
The Florida Bar Member 1986-present