Norberto S. Katz
Norberto is a partner of Veliz Katz Law located in Maitland. 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, before returning to the practice of law at Veliz Katz Law. Norberto focuses his practice on Probate and Guardianship litigation.
Norberto is a shareholder of Veliz Katz Law located in Maitland. 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 Veliz Katz Law, 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.
The Florida Bar
J.D. – Mississippi College School of Law, 1984
B.A. – University of Central Florida, 1981
The Florida Bar
Family Law Section
Executive Council, 2002-Present
Rules and Forms Committee, Past Chair
Legislation Committee, Past Chair
Support Issues Committee, Past Chair
Family Law Rules Committee, 2004-2008; 2017-Present
Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida
The George C. Young American Inn of Court, 2000-Present
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, Inc.
Board Member, 2007-2014
Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Board Member, 2001-2005
The George C. Young American Inn 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