Michael E. Catania

Newburgh, New York USA
Michael E. Catania, Esq

Michael E. Catania, Esq., (Michael) is one of the firm's Managing Partners as well as the head of CM&R’s Construction Practice Group. 

After graduating with honors from Albany Law School, Michael took an associate's position with The Rose Law Firm, PLLC, where he focused on product warranty litigation and arbitration for some of the world's largest automobile manufactures.

Michael, a Newburgh Free Academy alum, returned to Orange County in 2008 to take an associate  position at CM&R. Since that time, Michael has concentrated his practice in the areas of Construction Law, Commercial litigation, and Medical Malpractice Defense law. Michael serves a number of clients in both the construction and renewable energy industries, including construction management firms, builders, engineers and architects, as well as developers, project owners, institutions of higher education and health care providers. Michael has also been admitted in New Jersey so as to better serve his and the firm's clients in that jurisdiction.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Services
  • • Contract Drafting, Negotiation and Review - AIA, Consensus Docs, EJCDC, State/Agency Specific, Insurance Review
  • • MWBE/DBE - Certification and Compliance, Utilization Plans, Waiver Requests
  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • • Professional Malpractice - Medical, Dental, Legal, Design Professionals

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2007
  • New Jersey, 2007
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2007


  • Albany Law School Union University Albany, New York
    J.D. magna cum laude - 2006
  • University of Delaware Newark, Delaware
    B.A. - 2003

Published Works

  • Comparing the ConsensusDocs 200 and AIA 101 & 201 Documents, DRI

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • BV Distinguished® Peer Review Rated

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Orange County Bar Associations, Member
  • Construction Contractor's Association, Member
  • North Eastern Subcontractor’s Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh, Board Member
  • Mount Saint Mary College, Board Trustee
  • T-sec, Former Chair