Lawrence S. Katz

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Miami, FL

Lawrence S. Katz, P.A.
 | 9130 South Dadeland Boulevard, Suite 1511
Miami, FL 33156
Phone: 305-670-8656
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1968
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • International (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Lawrence S. Katz practices family law in the Miami, Florida, area, including Kendall, South Miami and Coral Gables, at his firm, the Law offices of Lawrence S. Katz, P.A. He focuses on complex matrimonial and child custody cases and represents clients in cases of domestic violence, divorce, paternity and property matters. He also represents clients in complex cases involving international family law, parental kidnapping, interstate and international child custody and support, and out-of-state child abduction. As a respected speaker on a number of legal topics, Mr. Katz has presented seminars on topics such as child abduction, domestic and foreign freeze orders, and cross-border family mediation. He provides a substantial amount of time for complex pro bono child abduction cases for the U.S. Dept. of State and has done so for nearly 20 years. .

Mr. Katz served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the U.S. Army Reserve while also completing his law degree at the University of Miami. He is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, 5th Circuit, 11th Circuit and the 9th Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is mentor for the  International Child Abduction Attorney Network and the U.S. Department of State, Office of Children's Issues Attorneys Network .

Mr. Katz is a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as well as a member of the International Law committee with the American Bar Association and the International Society of Family Law. He has been honored in Who's Who in America, the World and Law as well as being recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers after earning an AV-Preeminent rating* with Martindale-Hubbell in 1977.International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, U.S. Chapter, June 2014, Bill Hilton Memorial Award for Exceptional Contributions to International Family Law.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (90%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Marital Property, Father's Rights

International (10%)

Focus Areas

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Marital Property, Father's Rights

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

  • International Academy of Family Lawyers

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About Lawrence Katz

Admitted: 1968, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.katzfamilylaw.com/attorney-profile/

Honors and Awards:

  • The awared is for Exceptional Contributions to International Family Law. This was the first time it was awarded since its inception four years ago. The, Bill Hilton Memorial Award, IAML, U.S. Chapter, 2014
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend, 2009 - 2013
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Fellow, The International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • "Who's Who in America, World and Law"
  • "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell, 1976
  • Awards of Merit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the U.S Department of State
  • The First Family Law American Inns of Court Awards for Service, 2008 - 2010

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certificate of Appreciation for Extraordinary Assistance to Hague Convention Applicants
  • Certificate of Recognition from ABA, Section of Family Law for Service as Chair of the International Law Committee

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2014
  • Chairman, Committee on Hague Conventions, U.S. Chapter, IAML, 2010 - present
  • Member, U.S. Chapter, IAML, Delegate to IAML 2010 - 2016
  • Chairman, American Bar Association, 2007 - 2009
  • Member, Admissions Committee, U.S. Chapter, IAML, 2010 - Present
  • IAML Board of Managers and Chairman, Committee on Hague Conventions, 2012-Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • Member, Sections on: Family, Continuing Legal Education, The Florida Bar, 2006 - Present
  • Member, Sections on: Family, Children's Issues, The Florida Bar, 2006 - Present
  • Member, Sections on: Family, Mental Health Professional in Litigation, The Florida Bar, 1994 - 1996
  • Member, Sections on: Criminal, Narcotics Practice Committee, The Florida Bar, 1988 - 1992
  • Member of Steering Committee, International Law Section, Family Law Committee, American Bar Association, 2007 - Present
  • Member, Sections on: Family, Committee on International Law, American Bar Association, 1996 - Present
  • Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member, Continuing Legal Education, Children's Issues Committees, Legislation, Mental Health in Litigation, and Domestic Violence Committees
  • Member, Florida Bar Association
  • Vice Chairman, Domestic Violence Committee, American Bar Association,2009 - 2011
  • Immediate Past Chairman, American Bar Association, 2009 - 2011
  • Chairman, Family Law Section, International Law Committee, American Bar Association, 2007 - 2009
  • President, First Family Law American Inn of Court, 2009 - 2010
  • Secretary, First Family Law American Inn of Court, 2007 - 2008
  • Member, International Society of Family Law, The Florida Bar
  • Member, Legislation, The Florida Bar, 1996 - 2005
  • Member, Domestic Violence, The Florida Bar, 1994 - 1996
  • Member, International Family Law Committee, American Bar Association, 2005 - Present
  • Vice Chairman, American Bar Association, 2006 - 2007
  • Member, Criminal Defense Function Committee, American Bar Association, 1989 - 1996
  • Member, Sections on: Criminal, International Criminal Law Committee, American Bar Association, 1971 - 1994
  • U.S Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Florida, 1968

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mentor, International Child Abduction Attorney's Network (ICAAN) and the U.S. Department of State, Office of Children's Issues Attorney Network

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Lecturer, “Article 13 (b) Grave Risk and Asylum”, IAML HAGUE SYMPOSIUM, held in Quebec City, Canada, June 2015., 2015
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, U.S. Chapter, June 2014, Bill Hilton Memorial Award for Exceptional Contributions to International Family Law., 2015
  • "The Aftermath of Lozano: Defending Against the Well Settled Defense Under Art. 12", IAML, U.S. Chapter Annual Meeting held in New York City, NY, June 2014., Lecturer, IAML, 2014
  • "2007 Hague Maintenance Convention, 1996 Hague Jurisdictional Convention, the Cuban Adjusment Act and Asylum vs. Art. 13(b) Grave Risk"' IAML European Chapter Annual Meeting held in Bordeux, France, March 2014., Lecturer, IAML, 2014
  • "Domestic Violence and the Article 13(b), Grave Risk Defense", IAML Annual Meeting held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2013, Lecturer, IAML, 2013
  • Lecturer "International Relocation", IAML Hague Symposium, held at Colegio Pulico de Abogados de Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2013, Lecturer, IAML, 2013
  • "From Ferreting to Fetching: How to Find, Freeze and Retrieve Marital Assets Hidden Abroad," ABA Section of Family Law, 2009 Spring CLE Conference., Lecturer, ABA Section Of Family Law, 2009
  • Lecturer, "Mediating International Child Abduction Cases and Other High Conflict Cross-Border Custody Disputes," ABA Section of International Law, Fali CLE Conference, 2009
  • Lecturer, "From Ferreting to Fetching: How to Find, Freeze and Retrieve Marital Assets Hidden Abroad," ABA Section of Family Law, Spring CLE Conference, 2009
  • Lecturer, "Enforcement of Mediated Agreements", Japanese Symposium, IAML, U.S. Chapter held at Minneapolis, MN, June 2012
  • Lecturer, "Mediating Hague Abduction Cases." Phoenix Symposium, IAML, U.S. Chapter, held at Carefree, AZ, February 2013.
  • Lecturer, "International Enforcement of Mediated Agreements: Properly Structuring Your Agreements for Enforcement Success.", IAML, U.S. Chapter held at Minneapolis, MN, June 2012.
  • Lecturer, "Representing the Abducting Parent", Japanese Symposium, IAML, U.S. Chapter held at Minneapolis, MN, June 2012
  • Observer/attendee on behalf of IAML (NGO) at the Sixth meeting of the Special Commission to Review the Operation of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforceability and Measures for the Protection of Children held at the Hague, Netherlands, January, 2012
  • Lecturer, "1980 Hague Convention", Lunch and Learn Seminar Sponsored by Family Court Services, October 2011
  • Lecturer, "Case Study: Application to Remove a Child From the Jurisdiction", IAML, 2011 Annual General Meeting held at Harrogate, U.K., September 2011
  • Observer/attendee on behalf of IAML (NGO) at the Sixth meeting of the Special Commission to Review the Operation of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforceability and Measures for the Protection of Children held at the Hague, Netherlands, June, 2011.
  • Lecturer, "Alternative to the Hague by Returning Kids Home and Making the Abductor Pay Through the UCCJEA", U.S. Chapter of the IAML, 2011 Annual General Meeting
  • Lecturer, "Transnational Families: Where International Law and Family Law Intersect," Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, 2009
  • Lecturer, "Moving from Kansas to Oz: Competing Paradigms and Practical Issues in International Child Custody Relocation Cases," Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), 46th Annual Conference, May 2009
  • Participant, ICARA 15 Symposium. Office of Children's Issues, Department of State, 2003
  • Military: 2nd Lt., USAR (M.P.), 1965 - 1968
  • Member of Study Group of the Secretary of State Advisory Committee of Private International Law considering the 1996 Hague Protection of Children Convention, 2007
  • Attended the Fifth Meeting of the Special Commission to Review the Operation of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction held at The Hague, Netherlands 2006
  • Member and Mentor, ABA International Child Abduction Attorney Network (ICAAN). Participant, ICARA 15 Symposium. Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator
  • Author, "When the ? Involves an International Move," ABA Section of Family Law, Family Advocate , Spring 2006
  • Lecturer, "Cross -Border Family Mediation with an Emphasis on the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction" sponsored by the University of Miami School of Law and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), 2008
  • Lecturer, Family Law Update 19th Judicial Circuit in St. Lucie County, Florida, "Int'l Child Abduction: Returning Kids Home & Making the Abductor Pay Through Hague or UCCJEA.", 2007
  • Lecturer, "Abduction Factors and Fla. Stat. 61.45 as it Concerns International Visitation and Child Custody," First Family American Inn of Court, 2006
  • Lecturer, Twelfth Annual Nuts and Bolts of Divorce, DCBA Family Courts Committee, "Economic Injunctions/Freeze Orders Domestic and Foreign.", 2005
  • Lecturer, "Records and the Abducted Child," Children's Records Law in Florida, 1999 - 2001

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Carlwig v. Carlwig, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54078, Central District of California 2014 (case of first impression  on habitual residence by returning infant born in California to Sweden)., 2014
  • Sahibzada v. Sahibzada, 2014 Ga. LEXIS 219, S. Ct. of Georgia (Supreme Court quoted from ABA article on relocation), 2014
  • U.S. v. Munoz-Realpe, 21 F. 3d 375, 11th Cir. 1994 ( case of first impression on cocaine base and sentence).
  • U.S. v. Hurtado, 779 F.2d 1467, 11th Cir. 1985 (case of first impression on U.S. Bail Reform Act)
  • Sarpel v. Eflanli, 65 So.3rd 1080, Fla. 4th DCA 2011, (Temporary absence and the establishment of "home state" subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to the U.C.C.J.E.A. and anti-suit injunction preventing the former wife from attempting to modify the final judgment from Florida and "mirror orders" entered in Turkey)
  • Hanley v. Roy, 485 F.3rd 641, 11th Cir. 2007, (return to Ireland and held that district court made a "mockery" of Convention refusing to order the return of children to grandparents/guardians)
  • Angulo Garcia v. Fernandez Angarita, 440 F. Supp. 2d 1364, S.D. Fla. 2006, (return to Colombia and held, in part, that consent to travel is invalid if procured by fraud)
  • Abdo v. Ichai, 34 So.3rd 13, Ffa. 4th DCA 2010, (PCA affirmed order permitting mother to relocate to France, retaining habitual residence in the United States and transferring jurisdiction to California)
  • Dyce v. Christie, 17 So.3rd 892, Fla. 4th DCA 2009, (expedited enforcement of final decree from Jamaica, child abduction, collateral attack of foreign judgment and due process of law)
  • Marcos v. Haecker, 915 So.2d 703, Fla. 3rd DCA 2005, (international paternity case involving Spain, Mexico and Florida where a motion to quash service of process was affirmed on appeal)
  • In Re Arison-Dorsman, U.S. Dist. Lexis 9861, 32 Media L. Rep. 1699, S.D. Fla. 2004, (return ordered to Israel: record should not be sealed)
  • In Re Cabrera, 323 F.Supp.2d 1303, S.D. Fla. 2004, (return to Argentina the court found equitable tolling and held that a child should be returned rather than threatened with possible deportation)
  • Leslie v. Noble, 377 F.Supp. 2d 1232, S.D, Fla. 2005, (held that father had rights of custody before, during and after paternity court proceedings in Belize)
  • Dallemagne v Daltemagne, 440 F, Supp. 2d 1283, M.D, Fla. 2006, (return to France and provides an excellent analysis of burden of proof and defenses)

Educational Background:

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, 1968
  • University of Miami, B.B.A in Government with minors in Psychology and Speech, President, Phi Epsilon Pi Fraternity, 1965
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Office Location for Lawrence S. Katz

9130 South Dadeland Boulevard
Suite 1511
Miami, FL 33156

Phone: 305-670-8656

 

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Last Updated: 1/5/2017

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