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Mitchell Katine

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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 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 a Texas Monthly Magazine "Super Lawyer" 3 years in a row.

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.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 50%
  2. Immigration: 40%
  3. Adoption: 5%
  4. Estate Planning: 5%



Hourly ($250-350/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Sam M. Yates III

    I endorse this lawyer. Mitchell is a very good lawyer and provides excellent legal services for his clients


    Sam Yates Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Matthew Brandon Maggiore

    Mitchell is diligent, thorough, and professional in all his dealings with attorneys and clients.


    Matthew Maggiore Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

1834 Southmore Blvd
Houston, TX, 77004


OKAuthorized to practice law200008/26/2009
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198507/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Shelby Hodge AwardAIDS Foundation Houston2012
Houston's Top Laywers in Real EstateH Texas Magazine2012
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Oustanding Civil Rights LeadersHouston Equal Employment Opportunity Commission2005
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2004
Uncommon Man AwardUncommon Legacy Foundation2003
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2003
Professor Excellence AwardSouth Texas College of Law1999
NAACP Outstanding Service AwardNAACP1998
ABC Channel 13's Community Service AwardABC Channel 131997
Selected Alumni of the Month for AprilSouth Texas College of Law Alumni Association1997
"Person of the Week"KTRK Channel 13 News1996
State Bar of Texas, Frank J. Scurlock AwardLegal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee1996
President's AwardHouston Bar Association1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKatine & Nechman LLP2008 - Present
Partner and Attorney at LawWilliams Birnberg Andersen L.L.P.1988 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Houston Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
State Bar of Texas Task Force on Alternative DisciplineN/A2005 - 2006
State Bar of Texas, Standing Committee on Disability IssuesChair2003 - 2008
Houston Bar Association, Houston Volunteer Lawyers ProgramN/A2000 - 2006
State Bar of Texas, Bar Journal CommitteeN/A1998 - 1999
State Bar of Texas, Subcommittee on Condominium and Common Interest OwnershipVice-Chair1998 - 1999
City of Houston Commission on Disabilities, Appointed by Mayor Bob LanierCommissioner1996 - 1997
Houston Bar Association, Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession CommitteeN/A1995 - 1997
State Bar of Texas, Grievance CommitteeCo-chair1995 - 1996
State Bar of Texas, Grievance CommitteeCommittee Chair1994 - 1997
Houston Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education CommitteeN/A1993 - 1996
Houston Bar Association, Special Olympics CommitteeN/A1992 - 1995
Houston Bar Association, Moderated Settlement Conference Task ForceChair1992 - 1994
State Bar of Texas, Subcommittee on Condominium and Common Interest OwnershipVice-Chair1989 - 1992
State Bar of Texas, Grievance CommitteeCommittee Chair1988 - 1991
Houston Bar Association, Moderated Settlement Conference Task ForceCo-chair1988 - 1992
Houston Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionN/A1987 - 1993
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lawrence v TexasUnited States Supreme Court Victory
Case to save Wilbur the Pot Belly Pig from HOAWilbur was ruled to be a pet and allowed to stay with his family
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Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar of Texas - Advanced Real Estate Law CourseConsumer Rights and Protections in the HOA Context2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Teacher's Law School - Harris County CourthouseLGBT Legal Issues in Public Schools2016