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Joe Costello is an attorney primarily practicing in the area of Matrimonial and Family Law in the South Florida market.  A former collegiate baseball player, Joe has substantial and diverse experience in both the small firm and large firm setting, and has represented individuals and entities throughout the State of Florida and at all levels of net worth and notoriety, including substantial work with professional athletes, entertainers, business owners, and talent agents.  Joe has also been a featured guest speaker at various sports law-focused symposia and he is an active supporter of many local and national charitable organizations, including the Broward County Humane Society and his recent recognition as one of Fort Lauderdale's top young professionals by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Fort Lauderdale's Gold Coast Magazine.

What do you enjoy the most about your work?  As a Family Law attorney, I particularly enjoy helping people successfully navigate what is most likely to be the most difficult and emotional experience of their lives.

How did you determine which charitable organizations you would support?  I have been a member of Pet Set for quite some time now, which consists of some of the more successful and visible young professionals in Broward County, and which supports and benefits the Humane Society.  Animals - especially those that have unfortunately suffered from abuse, abandonment, or neglect - are very near and dear to my heart and I intend to continue to support their cause.

What is your greatest strength(s) that makes you such an asset to your organization?  My greatest strength is my ability to show compassion for those that are enduring difficult circumstances.  It is one thing to simply lend an ear to someone that is suffering through an emotional and traumatic period of their lives; it is another thing entirely to stand side-by-side with that person and lend advice and support as they transition into a new chapter in their lives.

What is your greatest challenge at this time?  Without question, my greatest challenge is building upon the success I have enjoyed as a professional and business owner in recent years.  It is a cut-throat, competitive field, and even a brief period of being lackadaisical or content can torpedo a promising business or career.

 What do you wish you could have a never-ending supply of?  I wish that I had a never-ending supply of new ideas.  There will always be a need and a demand for grit and hard work, but the most successful people nowadays are those that are brimming with creativity and the ability to think outside of the box. 

How can we reach out to other people in the world?  I think that the world has certainly become smaller with the evolution of social media, which has enabled people to communicate instantly with other people half a world away.  If an important message needs to be conveyed, it can be transmitted fairly easily. 

What can make you laugh?   It doesn't take much.  TV shows, movies, text messages with my brother - they all do the trick.

What can make you cry?  Inspirational stories - especially those involving someone overcoming long odds or serious mental or physical impediments.  And, of course, those Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercials.  Every single time.

Is there a fond childhood memory you can share with us?  On my 9th birthday, I opened a gift from my parents and it was a gray Miami Dolphins sweater.  When I held it up, though, two tickets to that week's game against the Seattle Seahawks fell out.  I went to that game in Miami a few days later with my dad.  It was my first time in a stadium and my first professional sporting event.  I will never forget anything about that day.  Without question, the best gift I ever received.

What do you think is the biggest problem we are facing in this country today?  I sincerely hope that at some point, we can do away with the divisive politics in this country.  Difference of opinion is healthy, but hatred for those that disagree with your opinion is a major impediment to progress and success. 

Do you have a motto, or some words of wisdom, that has guided you through your life?   Act like you've been there before.

What word best describes your life right now?  Independent

What is your idea of a perfect vacation?  The perfect vacation is equal parts exploration and relaxation.  Balance is key.  The destination is interchangeable.

When does someone know when it’s time to move on?   You can only truly move on from something when you realize that you have done everything in your power to make it work.

What’s the best movie you have ever seen?  My favorite movie of all time is Ocean's Eleven.  Just perfect.

If your house was up for sale, and a potential buyer did a walk through, what would your home say about you? Clean, warm, and inviting.

What is your pet peeve? Rudeness