35 Years of Aggressive, Pragmatic
in State and
HOA AND CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION
CONTRACT AND REAL ESTATE LITIGATION
Jim is a proud member of Community Associations Institute (CAI),
and has been featured in its award-winning Common Ground
"Ask the Experts" column on many occasions.
Jim also has been interviewed by Central Florida television and
newspaper reporters regarding cutting edge legal strategies
he has successfully implemented for his clients.
Principal – James A. Gustino, P.A. (1993-present) Jim's practice focuses on homeowner and condominium association litigation, False Claims Act litigation, contract and real estate litigation, and Constitutional law.
Jim was the First -- and ONLY -- attorney in Florida’s history to successfully challenge a School Board student rezoning decision: Citrus Oaks Homeowners Association, Inc, et al. v. Orange County School Board, Case No. 05-160RU.
Jim also served on the three firm litigation team which obtained a $12 million False Claims Act recovery in 2010 for a plaintiff-relator in the healthcare field. Jim is currently litigating two other False Claims Act cases that are pending before the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.
Before starting his own firm, Jim was a partner with Sobering & Gray, and headed its litigation department (1991-1993). Previously he was a principal in Burt & Gustino, P.A. (1988-91), and an associate attorney with Swann & Haddock (1986-88). Prior to being recruited to Orlando by Swann & Haddock (the largest law firm in Orlando at the time), Jim worked as an associate attorney with the nationally recognized media and labor law firm of King, Ballow & Little in Nashville, Tennessee (1984-86), with whom he clerked for 2 1/2 years while attending Vanderbilt University Law School.
Vanderbilt University school of Law – J.D. (1984) Vanderbilt is perennially recognized as one of the nation's top law schools.
Syracuse University (Maxwell School of Public Citizenship) – B.A. with Honors, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1981). As an incoming senior, Jim was chosen as the Maxwell School's first undergraduate teaching assistant in Constitutional Law I and II, and mentored the undergraduate students selected to compete in the Constitutional Law Moot Court program. As a junior, Jim had been chosen twice to brief and argue cases on the Constitutional Law Moot Court team.
Client and Peer Testimonials
"James possesses all of the qualities you want in an attorney: intelligence, creativity, determination and
-Stuart J. Glick, Esq.
“Jim is not only a sharp and aggressive trial attorney that obtains the best results possible for his clients, but also a pragmatic business attorney that approaches every case with a cost-efficient mindset, saving his clients’ money in the long run.”
-Robert Garcia, Esq.
"James Gustino's exceptional ability as an attorney lies in cutting through 'legalese' and both identifying and analyzing the facts
at hand. Our association has benefited tremendously
from his integrity and expertise."
-Mary Prince, LCAM
"As a property manager and as president of my own association,
I have worked with multiple association specialists over the
years, and Jim is at the top of the list. Jim packages the rare
trifecta of accessibility, detailed knowledge, and genuine
care -- we are lucky to work with him."
-Drew Pommet, Ph.D., LCAM
"I work closely with Mr. Gustino handling HOA issues. He is extremely knowledgeable and thorough regarding any
issues that are sent to him. I would highly recommend
his services to anyone."
-Jackie Gildea, LCAM
"I've worked with Jim both as an HOA President and on my own
personal matters. He's always been able to condense
complicated issues into their legal essence and explain
them clearly in layman's terms. That ability,
combined with his sage advice, has always led to
the best possible outcomes. I've been to court
with him and seen his quick thinking and legal
acumen in action -- I felt bulletproof!"
-Greg Keethler, Former Board President
"Jim is a consummate professional and unquestionably competent in his profession. He is polite and reasonable,
even in aggravated situations. He is always willing
to listen to and work with those facing difficult
circumstances, while maintaining our best interests
as his top priority. He has been an outstanding resource
to our HOA, recovering many thousands of dollars
in otherwise lost revenues and has provided our
Board with wise counsel on numerous important
issues. We are very pleased and feel quite fortunate
to have James Gustino in our court."
-William Crawford, Board Member
"After talking to many attorneys, we choose to retain Jim to represent our condominium association in litigation. He is
cool headed and very smart. He wisely spends his time
on the case and very generous with his time to
answer questions or send replies to emails.
I recommend Jim to any HOA or COA to resolve
any outstanding issues with great enthusiasm."
-Rao Kamarsu, Board President
“We worked very well with Jim and his law firm over the
course of a year on a contract dispute that Jim handled from
start to finish with the ultimate result we were looking for.
He was extremely professional, timely in his responses and
always available when needed. I couldn’t have asked for
a better lawyer for the task at hand. I would hire
and recommend Gustino Law if we needed
anything else in his line of expertise.”
-Doug Martell, Business Owner
"James has a strong moral compass and will always advise our Board in the right direction. He is a strong attorney who
has the best interest of my HOA at heart.
I highly recommend him."
-Stacy Figueroa, Board President
"I have had the pleasure of working with Jim on multiple occasions. Jim is a patient listener, gathers all the facts
and then is a very strategic thinker in how to deal
with complex issues. He is very firm yet logical and compassionate. Jim is always my first phone call
when I need help on legal matters."
"I have been fortunate enough to know Jim for over 20 years. A fantastic personality and a dedicated and caring professional
who can communicate the law to you in a way that you can
understand. He is incredibly bright and fights for his clients."
"None of us want to hire a attorney and usually do so as a last resort. IF you want an attorney who is in your corner, hire James Gustino. Our HOA used James' expertise to
revitalize our association documents and also took
his advice on several other issues. James, unlike
many attorneys, returns his calls and does not
'disappear' after cinching your case."
-Joyce Glennon, Board Member/Former Board President
"Jim’s years of experience have provided us with the guidance
we need to navigate the sometimes daunting legal
aspects of leading our community."
C.P. McGriff, Board Member
"I have worked with James for many years and
he has always done excellent work."
-Ray Brownlee, Business Owner
"As President of a self-managed HOA, James was extremely helpful on all areas of HOA law. James was always straightforward and transparent on issues that required potential litigation
and the steps needed to execute."
-Don Smith, Former Board President
"James asks about and remains cognizant of your goals and works towards achieving them - be it through litigation or negotiation. He will advise you if you are going to be
too aggressive or your position is reasonable."
-Tim Patel, Business Owner
"James is very thoughtful in his explanations of the law and how best to achieve one's goals"
"I highly recommend Attorney, Jim Gustino"
"Strong, Transparent Relationships
Remain the Cornerstone of the Firm's Success"
A fully informed, satisfied client is the best measure of any
attorney's success. Jim prides himself in being very approachable and able to explain complex and highly nuanced legal issues in a manner readily
understandable by his clients.
Pro Bono Counsel to St. Luke's United Methodist Church on a variety of real property, contract and community development issues (1999-ongoing)
Board Member, Vice President and President, West Orange Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (2013-18)
Member, Winter Garden Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board (2008-10)
Founding Co-Director of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Legal Ministry (2005-10)
Steering Committee Member, Count Me In! – Foundation Orange County Public Schools (2006-08)
Member, Board of Trustees, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (1999-2001)
Guardian Ad Litem to Abused and Neglected Children, Orange County Bar Association (1986-94)
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