David Katz

David S. Katz

About Expert Firearm Attorney David Katz David Katz is an Expert Firearm Attorney and has been practicing law for over 14 years. He began his career as a prosecutor in Seminole County, Florida.   There, he gained invaluable experience analyzing how state and federal gun crimes were prosecuted. After serving as a prosecutor, he formed his own law firm with James Phillips, Jr. Together, they have successfully represented thousands of clients who were facing criminal charges, including gun crime charges. David Wrote the Book on Florida Gun Law Together with Mr. Phillips, David wrote the book on Florida gun law. Florida Gun Law: Armed and Educated, has received praise from professional organizations and readers alike. David is a strong advocate of the Second Amendment.   He believes it is your right as an American citizen to own a fi...


James D. Phillips

About Expert Firearm Attorney James D. Phillips James D. Phillips is a former prosecutor from Escambia and Seminole County, Florida. Mr. Phillips is an aggressive trial attorney, who uses his knowledge and experience as a prosecutor to zealously advocate for his clients. He has represented individuals in State and Federal court charged with misdemeanors, felonies, sex crimes, violent crimes, felonies punishable by life and murder. Mr. Phillips is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and Wrote the Book on Florida Gun Law In 2017, Mr. Phillips became an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and NRA Range Safety Officer.  Currently, Mr. Phillips is certified by the NRA as an instructor in the following disciplines: Basic Pistol Concealed Carry Personal Protection Inside the Home Personal Protection Outside the Home. Mr. Phillips co...

Risa Katz

Risa Katz

Risa Katz began practicing law in 1994.  At the beginning of her career, she focused on Employment Law handling sexual harassment and discrimination cases.  Risa has recently joined Katz & Phillips, P.A. to handle civil cases involving the denial of rights under the 2nd Amendment.  Risa believes that it is a slippery slope from gun control to gun confiscation and works to ensure that the firearms and 2nd Amendment rights of the citizens of Florida are being protected.   She brings over 25 years of civil law experience to the firm.  Risa has always had a passion for the 2nd Amendment and now brings her zealous representation of clients to this area of law. Risa actively participates in Gun Law Seminars sponsored by U.S. LawShield, speaking on gun laws and civil aspects of firearm ownership throughout the state.  She has also...

Ryan Katz

Ryan Katz

Ryan Katz graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He has spent much of his life hearing about important gun law issues and learning how to navigate the criminal justice system. Self-defense law has always been a part of Ryan’s life, whether it was hearing about gun issues at the dinner table, attending US Law Shield seminars on self-defense laws, or meeting Florida gun owners for more than the last ten years. He is thrilled to now teach these seminars around the state. Combining his passion and lifelong involvement in the firearms community with his law school education has given Ryan the perfect career in Second Amendment and Self-Defense law.  Although recently licensed, Ryan has more training and experience in this area than most attorneys have in 30-year careers.  Ryan has received specialized training in ...

Christine Vasquez

Christine Vazquez

Christine B. Vazquez is an associate attorney at Katz & Phillips, P.A. who focuses on the defense of individual firearm rights, criminal and self-defense law, as well as immigrant rights and advocacy.  As a bilingual attorney, Ms. Vazquez welcomes cultural diversity and is an advocate for the zealous defense of all clients. Ms. Vazquez is of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, with a passion for providing justice to all individuals caught in a legal crossfire.  For the past two years, she has worked at Katz & Phillips, P.A. helping U.S. LawShield members and firm clients with firearms and self-defense cases.  During this time, she has received training in evaluating use of force decision-making, assessing imminent threats, and human performance and the use of force. Ms. Vazquez’s early career began as a certified teache...

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  • FSSA Badge
  • American Council of Second Amendment Lawyers
  • Florida Carry
  • Super Lawyers Since 2013
  • Florida Gun Law: Armed and Educated 4th Edition
  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Instructor
  • JPFO
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  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Since 2017
  • Firearm Policy Coalition
  • Second Amendment Foundation
  • Force Science Certificate
  • Force Science Certificate

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