Elizabeth S. Katzen

Elizabeth S. Katzen

Lecturer, Business Law

Biography

Elizabeth S. Katzen is a full-time lecturer in the business law department at the University of Miami Business School. She is a 1988 graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. Prior to law school, she earned her bachelor of science degree majoring in communication.

Dr. Katzen has been a practicing attorney since graduation from law school and is admitted to the Florida Bar and the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. Since 1994, she has been law partners with her parents focusing primarily on tort (personal injury) law and criminal law. For the first seven years of her law practice, she worked as an assistant public defender practicing criminal defense for indigents in state court and as an assistant federal defender practicing criminal defense for indigents in federal court.

In 1999, Dr. Katzen was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit as a Civil Traffic Hearing Officer. She continues to preside over these cases on a part-time basis.

Prior to her becoming a full time lecturer, she was an adjunct faculty member in the litigation skills program at the University of Miami School of Law.

At the University of Miami, Dr. Katzen teaches negotiation and critical thinking and persuasion for business.

Research Interests

Business torts and crimes; negotiation; and the judicial system

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • Lecturer, Business Law, University of Miami Business School, 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Litigation Skills, University of Miami School of Law, 2011 - Present
  • Law Partner, Katzen & Katzen, PA, 1994 - Present
  • Hearing Officer, Miami-Dade County, 1999 - 2003; 2004 - 2009; 2010 - Present
  • Attorney, Law Offices of Bennett H. Brummer, 1988 - 1991; 1992 - 1994
  • Attorney, Federal Public Defender's Office, Southern District of Florida, 1991 - 1992
  • Research Assistant, University of Miami School of Law, 1986 - 1988

Specialties

  • Torts, including personal injuries as a result of the negligence of a commercial enterprise
  • Criminal law, including white collar and workplace crimes

Degrees

  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1988
  • B.S., Communication, Florida International University, 1985

Honors and Awards

  • The Society of Bar and Gavel Honor Society, University of Miami School of Law
  • University of Miami Iron Arrow, 2001
  • Thomas Davison, III, Memorial Service Award, Outstanding Graduate, 2000
  • Social Service Award Recipient, Sacred Heart, Carrollton Miami, 1979
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