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 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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|OK||Authorized to practice law||2000||08/26/2009|
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1985||07/16/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Shelby Hodge Award||AIDS Foundation Houston||2012|
|Houston's Top Laywers in Real Estate||H Texas Magazine||2012|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Texas Monthly Magazine||2012|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Texas Monthly Magazine||2012|
|Oustanding Civil Rights Leaders||Houston Equal Employment Opportunity Commission||2005|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Texas Monthly Magazine||2004|
|Uncommon Man Award||Uncommon Legacy Foundation||2003|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Texas Monthly Magazine||2003|
|Professor Excellence Award||South Texas College of Law||1999|
|NAACP Outstanding Service Award||NAACP||1998|
|ABC Channel 13's Community Service Award||ABC Channel 13||1997|
|Selected Alumni of the Month for April||South Texas College of Law Alumni Association||1997|
|"Person of the Week"||KTRK Channel 13 News||1996|
|State Bar of Texas, Frank J. Scurlock Award||Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee||1996|
|President's Award||Houston Bar Association||1994|
|Partner||Katine & Nechman LLP||2008 - Present|
|Partner and Attorney at Law||Williams Birnberg Andersen L.L.P.||1988 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Houston Bar Association||Member||1985 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas Task Force on Alternative Discipline||N/A||2005 - 2006|
|State Bar of Texas, Standing Committee on Disability Issues||Chair||2003 - 2008|
|Houston Bar Association, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program||N/A||2000 - 2006|
|State Bar of Texas, Bar Journal Committee||N/A||1998 - 1999|
|State Bar of Texas, Subcommittee on Condominium and Common Interest Ownership||Vice-Chair||1998 - 1999|
|City of Houston Commission on Disabilities, Appointed by Mayor Bob Lanier||Commissioner||1996 - 1997|
|Houston Bar Association, Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee||N/A||1995 - 1997|
|State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee||Co-chair||1995 - 1996|
|State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee||Committee Chair||1994 - 1997|
|Houston Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee||N/A||1993 - 1996|
|Houston Bar Association, Special Olympics Committee||N/A||1992 - 1995|
|Houston Bar Association, Moderated Settlement Conference Task Force||Chair||1992 - 1994|
|State Bar of Texas, Subcommittee on Condominium and Common Interest Ownership||Vice-Chair||1989 - 1992|
|State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee||Committee Chair||1988 - 1991|
|Houston Bar Association, Moderated Settlement Conference Task Force||Co-chair||1988 - 1992|
|Houston Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section||N/A||1987 - 1993|
|Lawrence v Texas||United States Supreme Court Victory|
|Case to save Wilbur the Pot Belly Pig from HOA||Wilbur was ruled to be a pet and allowed to stay with his family|
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|State Bar of Texas - Advanced Real Estate Law Course||Consumer Rights and Protections in the HOA Context||2011|
|South Texas College of Law||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Teacher's Law School - Harris County Courthouse||LGBT Legal Issues in Public Schools||2016|