Michael R. Frascarelli

Newburgh, New York USA
Michael R. Frascarelli, Esq

Michael R. Frascarelli, Esq., joined Catania, Mahon & Rider, PLLC as an associate in 2014.  He practices in a wide area of commercial matters under state and federal law, including general commercial litigation; business entity formations, transactions, combinations (M&A), succession, ownership disputes, and dissolutions; construction contracts and litigation; insurance matters; health care; intellectual property; environmental law; land use; employment issues; commercial bankruptcy; and many others.  He has developed a specialization in the growing areas of electronic discovery (“e-discovery”) and legal technologies for the management of highly complex matters.

Michael has been selected among the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars each year since 2017 in the areas of Civil Litigation and Corporate Law.  He is admitted to the New York State Bar and the New Jersey Bar, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  He has also represented municipal zoning boards of appeals and appeared in local justice courts. 

Michael received his law degree summa cum laude in 2011 from Albany Law School, where he served as associate editor for the Albany Law Review and contributor to the New York Environmental Lawyer. During his time in Albany, he interned with several New York State agencies, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Office of the Attorney General-Environmental Protection Bureau, and the Department of Public Service. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Cornell University in 2004 and also studied at the Université Paris-Sorbonne. Prior to joining CMR, he practiced in the private sector in commercial litigation, land use regulation, and foreclosure law.

He currently lives with his wife, Melissa, their two spirited children and two trusty dogs in Dutchess County, New York.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Construction Contracts
  • General Corporate Law and Contracts
  • Business Succession and Dissolution
  • Environmental and Land Use Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2012
  • New Jersey, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York: 2014


  • Albany Law School of Union University Albany, New York
    J.D. summa cum laude - 2011
  • Cornell University Ithaca, New York
    B.A. - 2004

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers® Rising Star: 2017–2020
  • Member of the Justinian Society

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
  • Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Dutchess County Bar Association