Katherine W. Ezell
Wrongful Death Litigation
Kathy was educated at Stetson University, where she obtained a B.A. degree and her J.D. degree. Kathy is admitted to the Florida Bar.
Despite the demands of an active practice in commercial litigation, business torts, securities arbitrations, professional liability and personal injury cases as a partner of Podhurst Orseck, P.A., in Miami, Kathy has been involved in a variety of community activities. These include: four years’ service on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, which she chaired in 1999-2000. In 2008 Kathy was appointed by the Governor to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Florida Supreme Court.
In her work with the Dade County Bar Association, Kathy chaired its Committee on Legal Aid and Public Service from 1998-2005 and ‘06-‘07, and served multiple terms as director and a member of its executive committee. Formerly a Commissioner of the Florida Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women, Kathy has served as a board member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (Miami-Dade Chapter). She was a founding member of the board of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Historical Society. She is the immediate past-president of Foster Care Review of Miami, Inc. and continues to serve on its board and executive committee and is president-elect of the Two Hundred Club of Greater Miami, Inc., an organization which raises money for the benefit of dependents of firefighters and local, state and federal law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
For many years Kathy was a volunteer attorney for children, parents and guardians in dependency cases through the Miami Guardian ad Litem Program. During the last 11 years she has served as volunteer counsel to children in foster care and youth aging out of Florida’s foster care system through Lawyers for Children America. She has received numerous awards for her efforts as a child advocate, including the “Children First” pro bono award presented by the Put Something Back Project, the Dade County Bar Association’s Richard C. Milstein Award for Excellence in the area of Public Interest Law and was co-recipient of the Miami-Dade Lawyers for Children America ’s John Edward Smith Award. In 2006, Kathy received the Tobias Simon Award, the highest honor bestowed annually by the Florida Supreme Court on a member of the Florida Bar for outstanding contributions in pro bono service. Her community work in the field of legal advocacy for children was recognized by the Junior League of Miami, Inc. when she was named one of its “Women Who Make a Difference”.
Kathy is a member of the Miami Dade Justice Association, the Florida Justice Association, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the Cuban American Bar Association, the American Justice Association and the American Bar Association of which she is also a Fellow. She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.
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