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Norberto Katz

Norberto is a shareholder of The Veliz Law Firm located in Orlando. During the first part of his career he practiced law in the Central Florida areas specializing in Family, Probate and Guardianship Law. Later he was appointed a Judicial Hearing Officer and Special Magistrate in Orange, and Osceola Counties, serving in the Family and Juvenile Divisions for over 18 years before returning to the practice of law at The Veliz Law Firm, bringing his vast experience and knowledge to the firm.

Norberto has held numerous leadership roles in the legal field, including Chairman of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, President of the George C. Young Inn of Court, President of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Chairman of the Family Law Committee of the Orange County Bar Association and as a Founding Member and first President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida. He has also lectured at seminars on Family Law and was the first Judicial Hearing Officer in Florida to be selected as a Track Leader for Family Law for the Advanced Judicial Studies program for Florida’s judiciary.

Norberto is also committed to serving the Central Florida community, including, among others, having served as President of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Chair of the Mental Health Association of Central Florida and as a Board member of the Howard Phillips Center for Families and Children, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center and the YMCA Hispanic Achievers Program.

For his hard work and dedication, Norberto has received numerous prestigious awards including The Florida Bar President’s Award, the Judge J.C. “Jake Stone” Legal Aid Society Service Award, and the Jefferson Award for Public Service.

Norberto is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Mississippi College School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree.
Norberto also speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently.

Education:

Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi J.D.  1984

University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida B.A. Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, 1981

Associations:

Florida Bar: Member 1984-Present

Executive Council of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar: 2002 – Present Chair: 2013-2014; Past Chair: Rules and Forms Committee, Legislation Committee, Support Issues Committee

Florida Bar Family Law Rules Committee: 2004-2008; 2017-Present

Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida ( Founding member): 1990-Present; President: 1990-1992 and 2004-2005

The George C. Young First Central Florida Inns of Court: 2000-Present; President: 2007-2009; Board Member: 2002-2015

Orange County Bar Association: 1984-Present; Chair, Family Law Committee: 1999-2001; Law Related Education Committee: 2002-2004

Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association; Board Member: 2007-2014; Secretary: 2009-2011; President: 2012-2013

Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts: Board Member 2001-2005

Awards:

The George C. Young First Central Florida American Inns of Court James Glazebrook Award as the outstanding Inns of Court member for 2009

Family Law Section of the Florida Bar Chair’s Award of Excellence: 2007, 2008, and 2010

Jefferson Public Service Award for outstanding service to the Mental Health Association: 2002

Orange County Teen Court Thomas Kirk Founders’ Award: 1998-1999

YMCA Hispanic Achiever Award: 2002

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Don Quixote Award for Legal Professional of the Year: 2000

The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award: 1997

Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association Judge “J.C. Jake” Stone Distinguished Service Award: 1997

Guardian Ad Litem of the Year: 1993

Legal Aid Society Award of Excellence:  1992