Javier A. Centonzio | Esq.
Javier A. Centonzio is a Partner and Co-Founder of Weylie Centonzio, PLLC. He received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) with a Certificate of Concentration in Advocacy from Stetson University College of Law. He also completed his Masters of Law (LL.M) in Elder Law at Stetson.
Javier is a proud veteran who served as an infantryman on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and in the Kansas Army National Guard. Upon returning from Iraq in 2006, Javier has continued to serve others by dedicating himself to advocacy. While pursuing his J.D. at Stetson, he worked as a legal intern in the Veterans Appellate Rights Clinic and was a driving force in the creation of the Veterans Law Institute at Stetson. He also interned at the Veterans Pro Bono Consortium in Washington, D.C., and the Regional Counsel Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Bay Pines, Florida. At graduation, he received the Walter Mann award, which recognizes one law student out of the graduating class who has shown the greatest promise of becoming an outstanding leader in the profession. After graduation, Javier accepted a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Robert N. Davis at the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, DC.
After his clerkship and while working in a private firm representing veterans, Javier’s interest in the area of Elder Law increased. He realized that many of the veterans he represented were aging into the elderly demographic or were already in need of the legal services of an Elder Law attorney. This convinced Javier that he should pursue an LL.M. in Elder Law in order to be equipped to provide holistic legal representation to his clients. He feels very strongly about helping people navigate the difficult hurdles of aging and, importantly, helping his clients understand how the law affects this process.
Javier is very active in his community. He is the former Adjutant and a Life Member of the Marine Corps League Detachment 57 in St. Petersburg, a Board Member of the Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch, and he volunteers for and supports the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Project Homeless Connect, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, the Veterans Pro Bono Consortium, and several other organizations. He founded the “Heroes Weekend” event honoring veterans in Gulfport, Florida, established the Veterans Advocacy Legal and Operational Resource (V.A.L.O.R.) Fund to support the Veterans Law Institute at Stetson College of Law, and he created the Sgt. Jessie Davila Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for veterans interested in attending law school at Stetson College of Law.
Javier is a member of the Florida Bar Association’s Military Affairs Committee, and is a former Co-Chair and current Chair of the Veterans Benefits Committee of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar Association. He is also accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) to assist in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of a claim for V.A. benefits.
Javier is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English. He has four wonderful godchildren and is the proud co-owner of three very affectionate rescue dogs and one rather indifferent cat.