Kate Hauser


Ms. Hauser attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate degree. She graduated with a double major in political science and criminology, with a minor in business.

During the summer between her sophomore and junior years, she was offered an internship with the Alachua County Clerk of Courts, with half of her summer spent at the Family and Civil Courthouse and the other half of the summer spent at the Criminal Courthouse. Her experience during this internship solidified her desire to practice law as her career.

Without switching allegiances, Ms. Hauser attended law school at Florida State School of Law, where she served as a staff member for the Journal for Environmental Science and Land Use (article and notes editor). During her time at Florida State, Ms. Hauser used her limited spare time to garner some part-time experience at different law firms in an effort to get exposure to various areas of law. She worked for a criminal defense firm, a complex business litigation and antitrust law firm, the Florida Bar (Department of Legal Education), and an environmental, land-use, and complex business litigation law firm. She also was a member of LitiGators, a club specifically designated for UF alumni who attended Florida State for law school.

Legal Experience

Ms. Hauser joined the Ortiz Law Firm in 2016. As an associate attorney, Ms. Hauser handles the following areas of practice:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability claims.
  • Personal injury claims, including slip and fall accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and wrongful death cases.
  • Long-term disability (LTD) claims.
  • ERISA actions.

With her Social Security practice, Ms. Hauser advocates for her clients in order to educate and guide them through the difficult disability process. She works to build the best, well-evidenced cases to give her clients the greatest chance of winning their claims. This includes thoroughly examining clients’ medical records, drafting forms specific to her clients’ conditions, handling initial clients’ interviews, and appearing at hearings before administrative law judges. Ms. Hauser’s prior experience appearing before the different administrative law judges gives her insight into the judges’ expectations, their typical demeanor during a hearing, and what questions a client can expect to encounter during a hearing.

With her long-term disability practice, Ms. Hauser avidly fights to overturn a denial or a termination of long-term benefits. Ms. Hauser’s experience with ERISA claims allows her to steer her clients through the heavily regulated ERISA requirements and procedures. During the administrative appeal process, Ms. Hauser completely breaks down the claim file, assessing the inherent strengths and weakness in the file. She helps clients prepare for any and all arguments and corresponding pieces of evidence the insurance company might use against them. She then analyzes the client’s medical records, any medical source statements, attending physicians’ statements, MRIs, echocardiograms, and any other form of medical treatment or diagnostic testing to thoroughly evaluate her client’s various disabilities. Ms. Hauser then takes this thorough analysis to draft an administrative appeal, including extensive legal arguments and medical arguments to portray the severity of her clients’ impairments on their ability to work.

Having focused on disability and injury for her entire career as an attorney, Ms. Hauser is well-versed in the ins and outs of navigating through the different disability and litigation processes.

Personal Life

Having attended middle school and high school in Pensacola, Ms. Hauser is well familiar with the surrounding area and all it has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys a wide range of fitness activities from Kaboom social kickball and volleyball leagues to fun running events, such as the World of Beer running club, Pensacola Mud Run, and various 5K runs all over town. In the fall and winter, she cheers on her Florida Gators in both football and basketball, while conscientiously adjusting her fantasy football roster. Aside from Gator sports, she enjoys supporting her local Blue Wahoos at their home baseball games.