Born in Emanuel County and raised in Savannah, Mike Hostilo credits his Georgia upbringing for his success as a personal injury lawyer. His father was a Marine and his mother, a native of Japan, moved to the United States at a time when interracial couples faced many social challenges. This upbringing taught Mike Hostilo the value of hard work, perseverance, discipline, persistence, and open-mindedness.
Mike Hostilo completed his undergraduate education at the University of Georgia and then enrolled at the Atlanta Law School. While pursuing his law degree, he worked three jobs simultaneously in a variety of industries such as retail, construction, and teaching. This diverse work experience allowed him to appreciate life from a number of perspectives while relying on his strong work ethic.
After graduating from law school in 1992, Mike Hostilo returned to Savannah to practice with Marine George Zettler. The late Zettler served as a mentor by reinforcing a commitment to the honesty, judgment, and patience Hostilo learned while growing up. Zettler quickly recognized Mike Hostilo’s ability to relate to people from all walks of life and passion for fighting on their behalf. He became a partner with the firm in 1995.
More recently, Mike Hostilo has maintained practices in Savannah, Statesboro, Atlanta, and Macon. His current practice, founded in 2007, has recovered millions in settlements for thousands of injured victims throughout Georgia. While the firm specializes in injuries from auto accidents, it also concentrates in personal injury cases related to workers’ compensation; wrongful death; truck accidents; drug and medical device injuries; nursing home abuse; and premises liability.
As a native Georgian, Mike Hostilo has also made it a priority to give back to the community. He regularly contributes time and financial endowments to local initiatives while also donating pro bono legal services to community emergency response members and veterans.