Vivian Cortes Hodz is the founding partner of the law firm of Cortes Hodz Family Law and Mediation, P.A. She has practiced exclusively family law her entire career. In her early years as an attorney Vivian had the opportunity to work as a staff attorney for Bay Area Legal Services as well as an associate in two small local family law firms. In 2008, Vivian opened her own law practice and has seen that practice grow from one attorney to a team comprised of three attorneys and four support staff employees.
Vivian received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology in 1999 from Florida State University and her Juris Doctor in 2002 from Florida State University College of Law. Vivian met her Husband and Partner, Lawrence Hodz, while in law school at FSU. They are Seminoles and enjoy returning to Tallahassee during the Fall. Vivian and Lawrence combined their personal and professional lives in 2010 and work together as partners of Cortes Hodz Family Law & Mediation, P.A. As parents, professionals and business owners they bring a unique perspective to the practice of family law in that they understand the challenges that daily life can hold and they recognize the importance of balancing all aspects of personal and professional life.
In addition to her family law litigation practice Vivian is a Supreme Court Certified Family Law mediator and conducts mediations for other attorneys and pro se litigants either in her downtown Tampa office or other locations within Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.
Vivian is the 2016 President of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, a board member of Bay Area Legal Services, a graduate and fellow of Class II of the Florida Bar Leadership Academy, and Membership Chair of the Executive Council of Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. She was appointed to the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee of the Florida Bar in 2015 and serves on the 13th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee for the Florida Bar. In addition to her leadership roles in various local and statewide organizations Vivian is an active member of the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, the Hispanic Professional Women’s Association, and Run Tampa.
Vivian has worked as an adjunct professor at Southwest Florida College and has presented on topics related to family law mediation and alternative dispute resolution during various continuing education seminars for the Florida Bar and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Tampa. Vivian has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” in Family Law in 2015 and 2016. This recognition and honor is bestowed on less than 2.5% of lawyers each year. Vivian was also awarded the Leadership Excellence Award in Law by Hispanic Professional Women’s Association in May 2013.
Vivian was born in Tampa in 1978 to parents of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. Her parents worked several jobs to provide Vivian with a strong educational foundation at Villa Madonna Catholic School. Vivian graduated from Bloomingdale High School in 1996 and still resides in Brandon with her family. Vivian is proud of her Hispanic heritage and strives to provide legal services in Spanish, both as an attorney and as a mediator, to Spanish speaking clients.