Steven M. Katzman
Chair, Complex Commercial Litigation
Steve moved to Florida when he was four years old. After 60 years, he considers himself a native. Loyalty and commitment are very important to him, as evidenced by his decision to co-found the firm with his best friend since high school, Jay Wasserman. Steve has been married to his wife, Sharon, since 1986, and has two sons, Adam and Jason.
The other lawyers in the Firm have each practiced law with Steve for many years, as have many members of the Firm’s staff. This level of loyalty and personal commitment is the foundation upon which Steve practices law and defines his dedication to each client and their case.
Mr. Katzman has extensive trial and arbitration experience, including more than 80 jury trials, most of which involved millions of dollars and in one case $500 million. He also has tried numerous bench trials, including bet the company litigation where the value of the claims exceeded $100 million dollars. While most cases do settle, typically on confidential terms, Mr. Katzman’s reputation, experience, and results obtained have resulted in him being recognized as a preeminent “go-to” lawyer for complex commercial disputes. Prior to co-founding the Firm with Jay Wasserman, Steve was a partner in Tew Cardenas, where he was the managing partner of the Palm Beach County offices, and was a shareholder co-managing the litigation department of Greenberg Traurig’s West Palm Beach, Florida office. Before that Steve practiced law with Cadwalader Wickersham and Taft.
|University of Florida, Class of 1980, B.A., magna cum laude
|University of Florida, Class of 1983, J.D., cum laude
|Admitted in 1983, Florida, U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida including Trial Bar and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
|Palm Beach County (Past Co-Chairman, Commercial Litigation Committee; Past Chairman, Attorney-Accountant Liaison Committee) and American Bar Associations; The Florida Bar (Chairman, Grievance Committee, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit); Inns of Court; American Board of Trial Advocates.
|New Rochelle, New York, Born in 1959