Joseph A. Catania Jr.

Partner
Newburgh, New York USA
845-764-4273
888-719-4746
845-565-1999
Joseph A. Catania Jr.

Joseph A. Catania, Jr's full profile can be found here.

Experience:

Over 40 years experience as a trial attorney.Trial practice is devoted to construction, commercial, corporate, partnership, professional malpractice (attorney, physician, accountant, engineer/architect) and employment law (covenants not to compete; theft of corporate secrets, etc) litigation. While, in the past, a significant portion of the trial work was concentrated in the areas of personal injury, over the past 20 years the emphasis has been in the commercial construction and non-personal injury tort practice. Rated as among the Top 5% of Upstate New York Attorneys every year since 2013. Rated in 2015 in top 1% of Counsel in the nation.

Those experiences, together with my work with the AAA has made me intimately familiar with the mediation process, not only from the perspective of the mediator, but of the litigants' counsel, as well.

Currently practices in state courts in Orange, Columbia, Green, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan and Westchester Counties and in the Northern and Southern Districts of the Federal Court System.

 

Multi-Party Dispute

Resolution Experience: Multi-party products and motor vehicle cases.

Representative Cases

Handled as a Mediator: Major construction relating to site work, utility construction; homeowner contract and warranty construction claims; corporate and partnership dissolution and valuation of entities; multi-party product liability claims, construction claims and business tort claims.

Handled as an Arbitrator: Commercial, contract, partnership and shareholder disputes; large and small construction claims; employment contract disputes.

Alternate Dispute Resolution

Resolution Experience: Over 40 years representing clients in arbitration and mediation and over 30 years as an AAA neutral on construction and commercial panels.

Areas of Law

  • Litigation: General
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical, Legal and Professional Malpractice
  • Personal Injury

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1986

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987

Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University Albany, New York
    J.D. - 1977
  • Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
    B.A. cum laude - 1972

Published Works

  • "Damages in New York: Opening and Closing Statements", National Business Institute
  • "Legal Malpractice and Labor Law Update: Recent Developments in Personal Injury Law", New York State Bar Association
  • "Avoiding Legal Malpractice", FLG&P CLE Program
  • "Legal Ethics and Malpractice in New York", Lorman Education Services
  • "Discovery Techniques", National Business Institute
  • "Author, Labor Law Update", NYS Bar Association - Insurance, Negligence and Compensation Law Section
  • "Lecturer, Malpractice and Legal Ethics", Lohrman Inc
  • "Author, NYS Bar Association Legal Malpractice Seminar"
  • "Author, Legal Malpractice and Labor Law Update: Recent Developments in Personal Injury Law", New York State Bar Association
  • "Author, Avoiding Legal Malpractice", FLG&P CLE Program
  • "Author, Damages in New York: Opening and Closing Statements", National Business Institute

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer, "Damages in New York: Opening and Closing Statements", National Business Institute
  • Lecturer, "Legal Malpractice and Labor Law Update:Recent Developments in Personal Injury Law", New York State Bar Association
  • Lecturer, "Avoiding Legal Malpractice", FLG&P CLE Program
  • Lecturer, "Legal Ethics and Malpractice in New York", Lorman Education Services
  • Lecturer, "Discovery Techniques" , National Business Institute Seminar
  • Lecturer, Labor Law Update, NYS Bar Association - Insurance, Negligence and Compensation Law Section Seminar
  • Lecturer, Malpractice and Legal Ethics, Lohrman, Inc.
  • Lecturer, NYS Bar Association Legal Malpractice
  • Lecturer, Legal Malpractice and Labor Law Update:Recent Developments in Personal Injury Law , New York State Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Avoiding Legal Malpractice, FLG&P CLE Program
  • Lecturer, Damages in New York: Opening and Closing Statements, National Business Institute

Honors and Awards

  • Qualified in 2015 for inclusion in the Worldwide Registry of Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs
  • Rated in 2015 as Nation's Top One Percent, by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Association for Justice
  • NYS Advocacy of Trial Lawyers, Charter Member
  • Newburgh Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Arbitration Association, Construction and Commercial Neutral and Mediator