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Evan Ostfeld

Law Offices of Evan M. Ostfeld
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Evan Ostfeld
Law Offices of Evan M. Ostfeld
Coral Springs,
 FL

Starting at 10 years old, my family crisscrossed moving across the country. We started in Long Island, New York, in 1976, but then someone said, “Go West, young man,” so we did and ended up in the Valley of the Sun: Phoenix, Arizona. Next, our adventure took us to Miami, Florida, in 1978 (of course, I was too late to witness the Miami Dolphins’ glory years). We then volleyed back and forth from the Big Apple to the Sunshine State until 1985. Honestly, I thought we were traveling in Doc Brown’s DeLorean!

Some thought our moves were because my sisters and I were military brats. I’d state with a straight face, however, that we were part of the Witness Protection Program. In reality, it was because of my dad’s varied jobs. He tried many different things, but sometimes they just didn’t pan out. Based upon my early life as a “gypsy,” I always wanted to be my own boss. Since there had been so much instability with my father’s occupations, I did not want someone to have control over my fate. In fact, even way back then, I knew that if I ever started a family, they would not be towed around from state to state because of constantly changing my career.

Fortunately, Florida has been my home for the past 40 years. As a 54-year-old looking back, moving around wasn’t the biggest part of my life, but it nevertheless helped shaped me into the person I’ve become. It wasn’t until late in high school and into college that things settled down, but I still didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. After finishing school with a business/marketing degree I worked for about a year truly hating my first “real-world” job. Knowing that I was very unhappy, a very close friend of mine made a suggestion that changed my life. He had just started law school and asked me to join him for a day, just to see how it was.

Long story short, I loved it so much that I quit my job, studied for the LSAT, and applied to law school. During this transition, I worked for American Express “1-800-THE-GOLD” as an overqualified customer service rep. Three basic things clicked with me about being an attorney: 1) They have an advanced skill set, 2) oftentimes they can work for themselves, and 3) if the client has a positive experience during representation, a good lawyer is remembered.

After graduating from St. Thomas Law School in 1993, I took the Florida and Federal Bar exams and passed them the first time. It went much better than when I took my New York driving test in 1982, that’s for sure. The “old man” driving instructor had it out for me from the get-go, but that’s a story for another day! As a new attorney, I worked for two small law offices concentrating on handling personal injury and workers’ compensation matters, much like my own firm does today. We only represented individuals and their families. It was very satisfying helping the underdog versus the big bad insurance companies and large corporations. I really felt like we were leveling the playing field.

In 2001, I put up a shingle and started my own law shop. Interestingly, I received word that my business was incorporated on Sept. 11, 2001. Although it was an ominous beginning, I’ve never looked back. In fact, I have been proudly representing the “Rocky Balboas” of the world for almost 19 years in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, and now mass torts, including Roundup, hernia mesh, talcum powder, Essure and Zantac cases.

Why do I use vanity numbers? Simple! It helps us stand out and be remembered. In life, it’s a good feeling when people don’t forget who you are. It’s also smart business! I always hated after each of my family’s moves to be the “New Kid in Town”, just like the Eagles 1976 hit song, which coincidentally was when my journey began. So, in essence, I have made it one of my goals to make sure people remember me as their attorney4life.


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