Mitchell Katine

Mitchell Katine

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Houston, TX

Katine & Nechman, LLP
 | 1834 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004
Phone: 713-808-1001
Fax: 713-808-1107
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2005, 2009 - 2012, 2015 - 2017, 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Consumer (50%),
  • Employment & Labor (30%),
  • Immigration: Consumer (20%)
Attorney Profile

Mitchell Katine is a founding partner with the law firm of Katine & Nechman L.L.P. Over the course of his career, Mitchell has not only distinguished himself as an outstanding professional with unique talents and expertise in a myriad of legal fields, he has also been a community leader and advocate for many of the most marginalized in our society. He is perhaps best known as having served as local counsel for John Lawrence and Tyron Garner in the landmark United States Supreme Court case of Lawrence v. Texas, which created new paradigms in U.S. privacy law jurisprudence. After 20 years, including 11 as partner, at the prominent Houston firm of Williams, Birnberg & Andersen, L.L.P., Mitchell decided to start his own practice with his new law partner, John Nechman. He continues to concentrate on the areas of real estate, with a special emphasis on real estate litigation, homeowner association law, title insurance matters, landlord-tenant disputes, and adjoining landowner issues. He also handles employment and HR matters, estate planning and probate, general and business litigation, as well as insurance, adoption, and disability (including HIV and AIDS) matters. Mitchell was born in Miami, Florida and received his bachelor's degree in mass communications and public relations at the University of South Florida in Tampa. In 1982, he moved to Houston, where as a student at South Texas College of Law, he served on the school's law review, made the Dean's List every semester, and graduated summa cum laude with the 4th highest G.P.A.in his graduating class. While at Williams, Birnberg, & Anderson, L.L.P., Mitchell quickly forged a reputation as an attorney of formidable skills. He also became a certified mediator, a publisher of numerous law-related articles, and nationally-known speaker and Continuing Legal Education presenter on numerous topics. In 1993, Texas Governor Ann Richards appointed him to the Texas Real Estate Commission, where he served as a Commissioner for 6 years. In 1994, he became an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law, and in 2001, he took on the same role at the University of Houston Law Center, teaching "HIV & The Law." He has also served on the State Bar of Texas's Grievance Committee Panel as well as the Disability Issues Committee. Since the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis, Mitchell has been a stalwart leader in the battle to help those with HIV/AIDS. He has also helped create numerous GLBT legal organizations in Houston and Texas, and he regularly appears on local and national television and radio programs where issues such as same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian adoption, HIV/AIDS, and civil rights are discussed and debated. He is particularly proud of his role as local counsel in the Lawrence case, in which the Supreme Court overruled the case of Bowers v. Hardwick and overturned all sodomy statutes in the country. Among his many awards, Mitchell has received the Humanitarian Award from the Houston Conference on AIDS in America, the Advocacy Award from the Bar Association for Human Rights of Greater Houston, the State Bar of Texas's Frank J.Scurlock Award and Judge Norman Black Award, a Community Service Award for Outstanding Citizenship from Houston's ABC affiliate Channel 13, an award as "Top Attorney" from H Magazine, the John Walzel Political Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, and an award as Outstanding Civil Rights Attorney from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and he was named in "Super Lawyers" 3 years in a row in Texas Monthly Magazine. Mitchell and his partner, Walter, have fulfilled a lifelong dream of having a family by adopting two children, Sebrina and Sebastian. In their free time, the family enjoys the outdoors, especially playing softball with the Legal Eagles, a Montrose Softball League team sponsored by Katine & Nechman L.L.P. LITIGATION PERCENTAGE: 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation. CERTIFICATION/SPECIALTIES: Certified Mediator, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Institution, 1992. BAR ADMISSIONS: Texas, 1985; Oklahoma, 2001; U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1987; U.S. Supreme Court, 2002. EDUCATION: South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1985, J.D. Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Law Journal: South Texas Law Journal, Member, 1985; University of South Florida, 1982, B.A. PUBLISHED WORKS: "Legal Implications of Treating Patients", Journal of American Podiatric Medical Association, August, 1995; HIV Legal Fundamentals; Returning to Work After HIV Disability Leave. REPRESENTATIVE CASES: Lawrence v. Texas. REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS: Clayton Homeonwers Association, Sienna Point Owners Association, Lakes on Eldridge North Owners Association, Memorial Club Townhouse Association, Spring Point Owners Association. CLASSES/SEMINARS TAUGHT: Adjunct Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law, 1994 – 2002; Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center, Fall, 2001 – 2008. HONORS AND AWARDS: Named as "Person of the Week" by Houston Television Station KTRK, 1996; Honored with the Humanitarian Award by the Houston Conference on AIDS in America, 1994; Recipient, Advocacy Award, Bar Association for Human Rights of Greater Houston, 1995; Frank J. Scurlock Award, The State Bar of Texas, 1996; Community Service Award for Outstanding Citizenship, ABC Affiliate, Channel 13, 1997; "Top Attorney", H Magazine, 2008; "Texas Super Lawyers", Texas Monthly Magazine, 2003 – 2005; Outstanding Civil Rights Attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 2005; Outsmart Magazine Male Attorney of the Year, 2008; AIDS Foundation Houston Vision Award, 2008. PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS: Texas Real Estate Commission, 1993 - 1999 Commissioner; Houston Bar Association, 1990 - 2008 Member; State Bar of Texas, 1994 - 1997 Chair, Grievance Committee Panel; State Bar of Texas, 1989 - 1992 Vice-Chair, Subcommittee on Condominium and Common Interest Ownership; State Bar of Texas, 1998 - 1999 Vice-Chair, Subcommittee on Condominium and Common Interest Ownership; State Bar of Texas, 2003 - 2008 Disability Issues Committee. PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS: Levin, Roth & Kasner, P.C., Lawyer, 1985 – 1986; Jack Ogg & Associates, Lawyer, 1986 – 1987; Williams, Birnberg & Anderson LLP, Partner, 1987 – 2008. PRO BONO ACTIVITIES: Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1990 – Present.

About Mitchell Katine

Admitted: 1985, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.lawkn.com/attorneys/mitchell-katine

Honors/Awards:

  • "Top Attorney", H Magazine, 2009
  • Outsmart Magazine, Male Attorney of the Year, 2009
  • "Texas Super Lawyer", Texas Monthly Magazine, 2008
  • Outsmart Magazine, Male Attorney of the Year, 2008
  • "Top Attorney", H Magazine, 2008
  • AIDS Foundation Houston Vision Award, 2008
  • Outsmart Magazine Male Attorney of the Year, 2007
  • "Texas Super Lawyer", Texas Monthly Magazine, 2005
  • Outstanding Civil Rights Attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 2005
  • "Texas Super Lawyer", Texas Monthly Magazine, 2004
  • "Texas Super Lawyer", Texas Monthly Magazine, 2003
  • Community Service Award for Outstanding Citizenship, ABC Affiliate, Channel 13, 1997
  • Frank J. Scurlock Award, The State Bar of Texas, 1996
  • Named as "Person of the Week" by Houston Television Station KTRK, 1996
  • Recipient, Advocacy Award, Bar Association for Human Rights of Greater Houston, 1995
  • Honored with the Humanitarian Award by the Houston Conference on AIDS in America, 1994
  • 2009 AIDS Visionary Award, AIDS FOUNDATION HOUSTON

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Mediator, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Institution, 1992

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
  • Oklahoma, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1987
  • Texas, 1985

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • HIV Free Legal Clinic - Katine & Nechman LLP, 2009 - present
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1990 - Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Legal Implications of Treating Patients", Journal of American Podiatric Medical Association, August, 1995
  • Returning to Work After HIV Disability Leave
  • HIV Legal Fundamentals

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • LAWRENCE V. TEXAS, 539 S.CT.558 (2003), 2003

Representative Clients:

  • Clayton Owners Association
  • Spring Point Owners Association
  • Memorial Club Townhouse Association

Educational Background:

  • Honors: Summa Cum Laude Law Journal: South Texas Law Journal, Member, 1985
  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, J.D., 1985
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Office Location for Mitchell Katine

1834 Southmore Blvd
Houston, TX 77004

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Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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