Mr. Koch is a life-long resident of Clearwater, graduating from Clearwater High School, and later the University of Florida in 1975. Mr. Koch received his legal degree in 1978, and has been admitted to practice in Florida since that time.
As an advocate for Collaborative Law, Mr. Koch is a founder and current co-chair of the Tampa Bay Collaborative Divorce Group (www.tampabaycollaborative.com) and is recognized as a leader and innovator in the integration of Collaborative Law for Family Law matters. Throughout his years of experience, Mr. Koch has realized that settling cases out of court rather than battling in court, proves to be more effective and cost-efficient for the parties. He is an attorney committed to doing what is best for his clients and he works hard to get them the best results possible without the extraordinary cost of an expensive court battle.
In 1979, Mr. Koch was appointed an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida, a position he held in excess of three years. Since that time, Mr. Koch has engaged in the private practice of law. Mr. Koch is admitted to practice in all courts of the State of Florida, the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Supreme Court; he has also represented clients in various parts of the United States. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Florida Bar. Mr. Koch’s practice is limited to Marital and Family Law. He is board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Marital and Family Law and was honored to membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America,” Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite,” and Florida’s “Super Lawyers.” Additionally, he was named Tampa Bay’s Top Family Law Attorney by “The Best Lawyers in America.” He was recognized as one of the “Top Attorneys in Florida” by the Wall Street Journal in 2011.
Mr. Koch was President of the Clearwater Bar Association in 1987 to 1988, previously serving that organization on its board of directors, as its treasurer and its secretary. He served as a member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee from 1984 to 1987 and as its chairman from 1986 to 1987. In 1989, Mr. Koch was elected to the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar (the governing body of the State’s lawyers). He served three consecutive two-year terms. Mr. Koch is the past president of the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents and is the former chairman of various Florida Bar Committees. He has served three consecutive terms as the vice-chairman of the Florida Bar’s All Bar Conference and two consecutive terms on the Executive Committee of the Florida Bar.
Mr. Koch is a past chairman of the Clearwater Bar Association Marital and Family Law Committee and is the former chairman (1999-2000) of the Florida Bar Family Law Section.
Mr. Koch is a founding member and former president of the Executive Committee of the Canakaris Family Law Inn of Court. As an informative and entertaining presenter, he frequently has been invited to lecture for Continuing Legal Education programs in Florida and throughout the country. He has been an invited instructor of Domestic Relations and Litigation Practicum at Stetson University College of Law.
Part of Mr. Koch’s success is due to his lifelong Clearwater residency and his passion to help the area prosper. His community involvement has been extensive. Mr. Koch served as president of numerous charitable organizations and events and has served two terms as the president of Belleair Country Club.
Mr. Koch enjoys an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.