David S. katz

David is a nationally known DUI Defense Expert.* He is one of only 4 Board Certified DUI Defense experts in the state of Florida. After 10 years of recognition as a Board Certified DUI Defense Expert, David was recently awarded recognition as a Senior DUI Defense Specialist. David is also on the Board of Directors and a Faculty member of the National College for DUI Defense. David travels throughout the country teaching other lawyers how to defend their clients in DUI cases. He has been the featured speaker at Continuing Legal Education Seminars focused on DUI Defense, lecturing to and teaching attorneys practicing DUI Defense throughout the State of Florida and nationwide. David has also authored or co-authored nine books focusing on DUI Defense including manuals used by other attorneys to defend their clients.

As a founding partner of Katz & Phillips, P.A. David Katz is an experienced criminal trial attorney. Although David has handled all manner of criminal cases, he has focused his practice on DUI defense and on firearms cases.

David is a former Assistant State Attorney and DUI / Intoxilyzer Lead Attorney with the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office and has prosecuted cases in both Orange and Seminole Counties. Chosen by the Florida Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, David taught DUI trial skills to new prosecutors statewide. As the Seminole County Intoxilyzer Attorney, he received unique training and experience with the Intoxilyzer 8000, including access to the manufacturer of the device, which he now uses to aid in the defense of DUI cases.

Although he has won many personal awards, David is most proud that his law firm was recognized as the criminal defense firm of the year from 2018 – 2021 by U.S. Business News for North Central Florida.

In 2018, David was recognized in the top 1% of the Most Honored Professionals in America. Mr. Katz has been honored every year since 2013 with the Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell, which less than 4 percent of more than 900,000 attorneys receive nationally from the organization. Further, he has received a 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo every year since 2011 and was honored with the Client Choice Award from Avvo in 2012.

David has won many other awards and recognition as an attorney including:

  • 2018 & 2019 Best DUI Defense Attorney – Orlando, U.S. Business News
  • 2017 – present Client Champion Award – Martindale Hubble
  • 2013 – 2018 Client Distinction Award – Martindale-Hubble
  • 2012 Client Choice Award – Avvo
  • 2019 – present – Super Lawyers
  • 2013-2017 Super Lawyers – Rising Star
  • AV Preeminent Rated by – Martindale Hubble since 2017

*DUI is not recognized as a specialized area of law by the Florida Bar, therefore, although he is recognized as a DUI Defense specialist by the American Bar Association which accredits the National College for DUI Defense as the only organization nationally recognized to confer Board Certification in DUI Defense, Mr. Katz is not certified as a specialist by the Florida Bar.


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Associations & Accolades James Phillips and David Katz are both Board Certified DUI Defense Experts. In fact they are two of only four Board Certified DUI Defense Experts practicing in the State of Florida.

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