Meet our Team

Josh Katz

Managing Attorney

JKatz@KatzDurell.com

Josh is a co-founder of the Firm. He practices in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, commercial litigation and creditors’ rights, with an emphasis on residential and commercial closings.

 

Mr. Katz serves as counsel to national financial institutions where he assists in the structuring and closing of real estate transactions involving office, retail, multi-family and mixed use projects. He also represents lenders in connection with the negotiation, documentation and financing of CMBS mortgage originations intended to be securitized, and represents institutional lenders in residential closings, loan workouts and real and personal property commercial foreclosure actions.

 

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Katz spent several years as a bankruptcy attorney, representing debtors, creditors, and trustees in all phases of bankruptcy litigation.

 

Education and Admissions

 

Mr. Katz graduated from Emory University in 1998 with a dual degree in Political Science and Sociology. He graduated from Emory University School of Law in 2003. While in law school, Josh served as Associate Editor of the Emory Law Journal and was a judicial extern for the Honorable Paul W. Bonapfel, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

 

Georgia, 2003

United States District Court (Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia)

 

Awards & Recognitions

 

Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine, December, 2012

 

Top 40 Under 40 in Georgia, American Society of Legal Advocates, June, 2013

Matt Durell

Managing Attorney

MDurell@KatzDurell.com

 

Matt is the other founder of the Firm whose practice is focused on real estate, litigation and intellectual property litigation involving a wide range of technologies, including local area network management and power line communications, Java acceleration hardware and software, smartphone application processor architecture and wireless controllers, Bluetooth and WiFi systems, digital image processing, medical devices, and consumer products. Prior to founding the Firm, Mr. Durell spent several years as an attorney in the Boston office of several international law firms.

 

Education and Admissions

 

Mr. Durell graduated from Emory University in 1997 with a degree in Chemistry. He graduated from Emory University School of Law in 2004.

 

Georgia, 2003

Massachusetts,

United States District Court (Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia)

US Patent and Trademark office

 

Publications

 

Co-author, Supreme Court Delivers Unanimous Decisions in Two Important Patent Cases: What Do This Week’s Limelight and Nautilus Decisions Mean for You?, Intellectual Property Alert (06.06.2014)

Seth Katz

Counsel

SKatz@KatzDurell.com

Seth Katz is a civil litigator, assisting clients with business and employment disputes in state and federal courts nationwide. Seth is an experienced trial lawyer and has successfully tried cases in a wide-range of matters involving business torts, breach of contract and other business issues.

 

Seth also advises employers on workplace concerns including employee discipline, hiring and firing, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, trade secrets, business contracts, litigation avoidance, policy review and management training.

 

Seth served as Chairman of the Young Lawyers Division Business Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia from 2006-2010.

 

Education and Admissions

 

In 2006, Seth earned a Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law. While in law school, he served as an intern for the National Labor Relations Board. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1998 from the University of Georgia.

 

Georgia, 2006

Sid Holderness

Counsel

SHolderness@KatzDurell.com

 

Sid Holderness has extensive experience in commercial real estate with an emphasis on title insurance claims and litigation. His practice and representation of all major lenders for over thirty years gives Sid significant experience in title disputes, real estate litigation, creditors' rights, bankruptcy and negotiation of commercial purchase and sale agreements.

 

Education and Admissions

 

Sid graduated with honors from Atlanta Law School in 1974. Prior to joining Katz Durell, he was State Counsel and Vice President of Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. HIs responsibilities at Fidelity included underwriting all Fidelity title policies in Georgia, as well as managing claims litigation. Previously, Mr. Holderness was a partner with several law firms in Atlanta where he served as a closing attorney representing lenders and developers in all types of real estate transactions.

 

Georgia, 1974
Georgia Supreme Court
United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia

 

Professional and Community Involvement

 

Dixieland Title Association
Atlanta Bar Association

Georgia Bar Association

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Craig Halperin

Senior Attorney

CHalperin@KatzDurell.com

 

Craig Halperin is a senior attorney at Katz Durell, his practice is focused on real estate closings, investor deals, and entity formation. Craig has been handling real estate transactions for over 15 years. Hewas born in Atlanta, Georgia and was raised in Dunwoody. After graduating from North Springs High School, he conducted his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a B.A. in Business Economics.

Upon being awarded a scholarship, Craig went on to study at the University of Georgia, Hirsch School of Law, where he enrolled in a J.D./M.Ed. joint degree program. He received his J.D. in May of 2005 and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in October of 2005. After graduation from law school, Craig practiced corporate law until making a switch to the practice of real property law in early 2006.

Tamara Aulova

Senior Associate Attorney

TAulova@KatzDurell.com

Tamara is a senior associate attorney of the Firm.  She practices in the areas of residential and commercial real estate.  Her primary focus is closing real estate transactions which includes title/contract review, title curative, drafting closing documents, and overseeing the closing process from beginning to end.  She is committed to working with buyers, sellers, agents and lenders to assure that the process is completed as accurately and smoothly as possible.  She has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 2012 and is a member of the Real Estate Law Section. Away from the office, Tamara enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her husband and kids.

Craig Bower

Associate Attorney

CBower@KatzDurell.com

Craig Bower is an associate attorney at Katz Durell. His primary responsibilities include closing real estate transactions, title review and curative, loan document preparation and drafting deeds, affidavits, and corporate authority resolutions. Craig has fifteen years combined experience in Georgia residential real estate, including experience with title & escrow, title curative, and foreclosure. He has been a member in good standing with the Georgia State Bar since 2011 and is a member of the Real Property Law Section. When he's not working, Craig enjoys playing guitar, reading, and exercising. 

Senior Closing Specialist

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Pre-Closing Specialist

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Dawn Croutch

Senior Closing Specialist

DCroutch@KatzDurell.com

Dawn Croutch is our Senior Closing Specialist at Katz Durell. Dawn works closely with loan officers, mortgage brokers, real estate agents and investors in the industry to create a team environment and see each transaction through to its end. From the start of the closing process Dawn assists in preparing title work and helping to clear title issues. She also prepares settlement statements, handles post-closing as well as funding files. Dawn has over 16 years of experience in the real estate industry! When Dawn is not at work you can find her at the park with her family. Dawn also love to get messy in the kitchen with her daughters cooking and baking their favorite meals and treats!

Tina

Closing Specialist

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Martinique Douglas

Pre-closing Specialist

MDouglas@KatzDurell.com

Martinique Douglas is a Pre-Closing Specialist at Katz Durell, she has been with the company for 3 years. Martinique started with Katz Durell as an administrative assistant and quickly advanced into a title processing roll and then moved into the position of pre-closing specialist. Her job focuses on payoffs, HOA letters, water bills, taxes, commissions, disbursement authorizations, corporate documents for business entities, contract amendments, title updates, home warranty, termite bond/letter, power of attorney, trust documents, divorce documents, or any other file tasks needed during the pre-closing process. Prior to working at Katz Durell, Martinique attended UGA where she earned her degree in Fashion Merchandising, she has a love for fashion and it shows with her trendy style that she brings into the office environment!