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David W Veliz

Family Attorney at Maitland, FL

3.8   18 reviews

also known as Veliz Katz Law

  • Licensed for 34 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    40%

    34 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Resolve your case without adding to your stress, or wasting time and money, and to assist you in making a smooth and effective transition in your life.

    34 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Probate
    15%
    Representing clients in the probate of a deceased estate and guardianship matters. Also including estate planning in the preparation of wills, living wills, powers of attorney and health care surrogates as a probate attorney Orlando.

    34 years, 2,000 cases

  4. Child custody
    10%

    34 years, 1,500 cases

  5. Guardianship
    5%

    34 years, 500 cases

David is the managing shareholder of Veliz Katz Law located in Maitland, Florida. The firm has been providing a broad range of legal services to individual and business clients in the Central Florida area for over 30 years.  David is dedicated to providing the very best legal services and representation in the areas of Family Law and Probate.

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Location

Veliz Katz Law
630 North Wymore Road
Suite 330
Maitland, FL, 32751

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Reviews

3.8 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Posted by Gladys | April 29, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Firm
I hired the firm to assist me with a probate matter. The attorneys and their staff were all very professional and knowledgeable. They kept me updated on my case and were always available to answer any questions I had.
Response from David Veliz May 1, 2023
Thank you for the review. We are glad our firm could be of assistance to you. We strive to keep in constant communication and provide the best representation for our clients.
Posted by Raquel | April 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I am divorced at last!
What I liked about the way he treated me is that, since the first time he was calm. I mean, I never saw him in a hurry to attend to me because he has someone else to attend later. He took his time with me and that's good. I'm thankful.
Response from David Veliz April 26, 2023
Thank you for the review. We are glad our firm could be of assistance to you. We strive to keep in constant communication and provide the best representation for our clients.
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Family Lawyer in Florida
David Velez and his staff were attentive to my needs as a client and worked as quickly as possible to assist me with my legal needs. During the time of Covid when attending court in person was virtually impossible...they still processed my request as quickly as the court would allow. They kept me informed and update me through the entire process. I highly recommend David Velez and his staff.
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Response from David Veliz February 1, 2023
Thank you for the review. We are glad our firm could be of assistance to you. We strive to keep in constant communication and provide the best representation for our clients.
Posted by Rosemary | January 19, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
My lawyer
From the start of my case he was up front with me and there every step of the way I value him in general because he knew what he was doing and presented me with the upmost respect. I honestly don't know where I'd be at if it wasn't for David Velez and his team helping me and my family every step of the way. He's the BEST, thank you so much again David Velez and firm for getting me and my family back together.
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Response from David Veliz January 20, 2023
Rosemary, Thank you for your review. It was a long and tough case, but you followed my advice and did what you had to do. I am glad it all ended well.
Posted by Eleanor | March 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
PROBATE
Attorney Veliz completed the probate case of my deceased son in a timely manner. His fee was very reasonable. In fact his fee was lower than most probate attorney's in Florida. I recommend him highly.
Response from David Veliz February 3, 2023
Thank you for the review. We are glad our firm could be of assistance to you. We strive to keep in constant communication and provide the best representation for our clients.
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Mr. Veliz and his staff went above and beyond to help me and my son. He is very professional and caring. I have worked around many attorneys through out my career, but when I needed help with a child support issue. The Veliz Law Firm was the first I contacted. We highly recommend them.
Response from David Veliz February 3, 2023
Thank you for the review. We are glad our firm could be of assistance to you. We strive to keep in constant communication and provide the best representation for our clients.
Posted by Bessie | February 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review a Lawyer
Velez and staff are very courteous and are professionals. Me. Velez was attentive. Explained the law in clear and precise detail understandable for a layperson. During my entire legal process I felt confident in Mr. Velez’s legal abilities.
Posted by Feliberto Rodiguez | February 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very good family lawyer.
David help us with our grandson in terms of adoption papers and explained everything well to us. Both him and his staff are very organized and explaining everything in terms of a grandson being adopted.
Posted by Kim | July 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate Case
David Veliz represented me in a probate case, in which other family members contested the will. He and his office staff were professional and went above and beyond in providing services. He and his team always returned phone calls, responded to emails, and answered questions in a timely manner. This case was long and difficult, but Veliz and his staff were patient with me and persistent in getting the job done. I would highly recommend David Veliz.
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Posted by Teresinha | February 10, 2014
The Best Attorney for the job!
David and his whole team were amazing. I was very concerned going in to the process but once I sat down and spoke with David, I felt confident and assured that everything was going to be all right. He is the best attorney out there. I was done with my divorce in less then 6 weeks when I have friends who have been awaiting on their divorces to be finalized for almost 3 years...Thank you David and all of your office staff for being the "Best in your field"!
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2013
Good experience
David was our probate lawyer in the case of the death of a close relative, and he also handled the sale of the home involved as well as the rewriting of our Wills. In all these dealings we found him to be effective, professional and reasonable. This is an energetic person who does not waste your time. He seems to be obsessed by getting things done quickly, completely, and properly.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2011
David W. Veliz
Mr.Veliz has been our attorney for many years, he has always been professional, honest and above board with us his clients. He was knowledgeable and kept us informed constantly and most important was very patient in explaining the steps that needed to be taken.
Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look Before You Leap!
Seemed like nice guy on initial consultation but my experience went downhill after I gave him my money. Maybe he used to be good 10 years ago or even a few years ago, but he's old now and doesn't appear capable to compete with the younger aggressive attorneys, and most of them in divorce court are aggressive young ones in their 30's and 40's, and Mr. Veliz is 60 now or very close to it. Maybe he's planning on retirement soon and doesn't want to give 100% effort anymore.
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Response from David Veliz April 5, 2023
Sorry, you were not satisfied with my services. I do not know the circumstances of the case, who the client was or the outcome. We explain all options available to a client and do everything we are legally able to do for our clients. Going to trial is expensive, which we explain to the client. Apparently, this client preferred to settle the case than spend the money to litigate.”
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Weak Attorney!
His fees are reasonable, but if I had to do it over I would have paid just a little more money and got a strong attorney. You only get one shot in a divorce/custody legal case, and I tried to save a few measley bucks on legal representation and blew it.
Response from David Veliz March 16, 2023
Sorry, you were not satisfied with my services. I do not know the circumstances of the case, who the client was or the outcome. We explain all options available to a client and do everything we are legally able to do for our clients. Going to trial is expensive, which we explain to the client. Apparently, this client preferred to settle the case than spend the money to litigate.
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not so fast!
He may have been good many years ago, but I'm giving you my opinion of him in the present day right here and now. Not a strong attorney. I needed a fighter, and he turned out to be anything but. Do your homework before you hire an attorney.
Response from David Veliz January 9, 2023
Sorry, you were not satisfied with my services. I do not know the circumstances of the case, who the client was or the outcome. We explain all options available to a client and do everything we are legally able to do for our clients.
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Weak and poor attorney
David is okay to deal with as long as he can rip you off. However if you question his poor work or try to discuss how he’s spending your money with very little results he will quickly become nasty and unprofessional. I would not recommend this attorney for any contested matters.
Response from David Veliz April 26, 2023
Sorry, you were not satisfied with my services. We explain all options available to a client and do everything we are legally able to do for our clients. We had only filed the initial pleadings. The opposing side had not even filed their answer yet. There were no results to obtain at this point in the case, much less know if the matter was going to be contested. I withdrew from the case based on discussion with the client, as I realized this client would continue to be a problem. We provided an itemized invoice of all work performed. Going to trial is expensive, which we explain to the client and he wanted a limit on total fees.
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Posted by Unhappy in Orlando | September 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
weak attorney!
felt pressured to settle the case rather than go to trial. he seemed scared to go to trial and when called him out about exactly how many cases he actually took to trial, he wouldn't give me a number and just said the majority of his cases are settled. already spent lots of money on him so couldn't afford to start over again with another attorney and therefore was stuck with him and a bad result.
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Response from David Veliz January 9, 2023
Sorry to hear you were not satisfied. I have never forced a client to settle or go to trial. I explain the pros and cons of each option. I have tried many cases in my career, however, it is true for most attorneys, that the majority of cases are resolved by an agreement. It is very expensive to go to trial, therefore, clients have to decide if they want to incur the additional expense of a trial. I do not know who this client is but, it appears they did not have the funds to go to trial.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Weak Attorney
A very weak attorney and comes across as being angry all the time, rarely makes eye contact with you while having a conversation, in fact looks away. Terrible at depositions and court hearings, when asking a question of the witness he does not wait for the complete response he instead talks over the response and then starts a verbal banter with the witness causing confusion to what the question and answer was. Also witness will answer with a nod or shake of the head which the court reporter cannot record as an answer he then doesn't tell the witness to verbally respond. When the transcript is read it is very difficult to follow the testimony and would be problematic to use for the purpose of impeachment. He gives the impression to be preoccupied with other things while doing the instant case. Charges a lot of time for research on basic legal issues and invoices are excessive for the work he does. Poor performance and preparedness with case resulting in negative and very expensive outcome for this former client. I hired this attorney and do not recommend.
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Response from David Veliz May 20, 2020
I respect a person's right to leave a review. However, it is difficult to respond and address an issue a client may have had when they remain anonymous. I have a good idea who the client is. I respectfully disagree with his review and I have never had any prior clients raise these concerns. I do know this client has been represented by numerous attorneys and he complained about everyone of them and blamed his attorneys, judges and a corrupt legal system.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Veliz Katz Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • The Veliz Law Firm
  • 2001 - 2018
  • Managing Partner
  • Veliz & Lenn, P.A.
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Managing Partner
  • David W. Veliz, P.A.
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Managing Partner
  • Katz & Veliz, P.A.
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Attorney
  • Law of David W. Veliz
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Senior Attorney
  • Department Of Health & Rehabilitative Services
  • 1990 - 1994
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Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Central Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • McGinnis v Irwin
  • The Appellate Court affirmed the Trial Court's decision on awarding the Father custody and allowing him to relocate with the child.
  • Quintero v. Rodriguez
  • The Appellate Court overturned the Trial Court and awarded our client attorney fees.
  • Beharry v. Drake
  • The Appellate Court upheld our client's contact with her children.

Associations

  • Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Grievance Committe B
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2002 - 2005
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Florida Bar, Entertainmant, Arts & Sports Law
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Orange County Bar Association, Entertainment Law Committee
  • Member
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Orange County Bar Association, Teen Education Committee
  • Member
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2023
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2023
  • Florida Bar, Juvenile Court Rules Committee
  • Member
  • 1993 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Orlando
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Ninth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
  • 2017
  • Superb Rating- Probate
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Superb Rating- Guardianship
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Superb Rating- Divorce
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Top 5%
  • American Registry
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • BV rated Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • Strathmore's Who's Who
  • Strathmore's
  • 2000
  • Award of Excellence
  • Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association
  • 1999
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Publications

  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • FACTORS A COURT CONSIDERS ON WHETHER TO AWARD ALIMONY
  • 2018
  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • Frequently Asked Questions in Probate
  • 2016
  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Probate
  • Why Probate is not a dirty word
  • 2014
  • Dependency
  • The Dependency Process
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (14)
Endorse David
Unknown Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know David for over 25 years. During the time I have known him I have found him to be one of the most diligent and zealous advocates on behalf of his clients. He is well regarded among his peers and the judiciary. In addition he is kind and patient, always listening to his clients and addressing their needs."
Family Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Professional and dedicated."
Family Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this experienced family law attorney."
Guardianship Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Professional and knowledgeable. 2 important factors for an attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David is a very skilled, knowledgeable, and and hard-working lawyer. I endorse David as a lawyer you can trust."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with David Veliz as opposing counsel as well as co-counsel and now as co-workers. He is always prepared and cares greatly about his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known David Veliz many years. He is quick on his feet and very knowledgeable. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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