Joseph A. Catania, Jr.

Joseph A CataniaTRIAL LAWYER
Location: Newburgh, New York
Phone: 845-565-1100
Fax: 845-565-1999
E-mail: E-mail Me

"Smart, Prepared, Creative, Problem Solver, Determined"

High praise indeed, but typical of that bestowed by clients and lawyers alike who place their trial matters in Joe's hands.


When people are hurt, they need help. "My job is to make those responsible for an injury accountable for the harm they caused".
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Joe has represented businesses and individual clients in all types of complex business, corporate, real property and estate disputes.
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Joe is proud to have been recognized for his trial achievements by the American Association for Justice, a trial lawyer's peer group, who designated him a Diplomat of the National Board of Trial Advocacy after successful achievements on national testing of trial law and ethics, significant number of cases tried to verdict and peer review recommendations from judges and other attorneys, including adversaries. He is proud to be one of only 44 so designated lawyers in New York State.

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Joe continues to receive accolades as a trial lawyer. He has been ranked as one of the region's Super Lawyers for the past 4 consecutive years. Super Lawyers is an annual listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes peer nominations, a blue ribbon panel review by leading attorneys from each practice area and independent research on the candidates. Factors considered and reviewed include background and years of experience in their primary area of law, the number of cases or transactions handled, representative clients, major verdicts, honors and awards, position within the bar, scholarly work, lectures and pro bono activity. Only the top 5% of the licensed attorneys in the state are selected.

The Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary trial lawyers' society, constituted of less than one half of a percent of American lawyers, recently invited Joe to its highly selective membership, where he holds the Order of Centurion.

Martindale-Hubbell, a peer review organization that has rated lawyers for over 100 years has honored him with the highest rank of AV, recognizing his skill, achievement and ethics as evaluated by other lawyers and judges.

Joe graduated from Boston College and Albany Law School of Union University in 1977. He is admitted to all New York State courts, Southern and Northern District federal courts, the Federal Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court.

Joe is a member of a number of professional associations, including the American Association of Justice, the National Board of Trial Advocacy, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Association of Conflict Resolution, Settlement Systems, Resolute Systems, the American Arbitration Panel of Commercial and Construction Neutrals and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Joe has a number of publications and speaking engagements as a speaker and author to his name, including : Lecturer and author: Discovery Techniques, National Business Institute Seminar; Lecturer and author, Labor Law Update, NYS Bar Association - Insurance, Negligence and Compensation Law Section Seminar; Lecturer and author, Malpractice and Legal Ethics, Lohrman, Inc.; Lecturer and author, NYS Bar Association Legal Malpractice Seminar; Lecturer and author: Legal Malpractice and Labor LawUpdate: Recent Developments in Personal Injury Law, New York State Bar Association; Lecturer and author: Avoiding Legal Malpractice, FLG&P CLE Program; Lecturer and author: Damages in New York: Opening and Closing Statements, National Business Institute.

Joe grew up in Newburgh, NY, where he met and married his childhood sweetheart, Pamela, and now lives in the Town of Newburgh with her, where he pursues his other passions of family, food, cycling and skiing.

My Promise To You

I promise that I will treat you with courtesy and respect.

I promise I will work hard for you.

I promise that I will try to answer your concerns and questions promptly and straight from the shoulder. No spin.

I promise I will not mislead you with respect to the circumstances of your case, the chances of recovery or the amount anticipated.

I promise I will respect your secrets and privacy.

I promise I will try at all times to fight as hard for you as I can, while conducting myself, at all times on your behalf, ethically and responsibly.


Accidents injure more than just flesh and bones. Accident injuries and disabilities take a toll on the victim's emotions, sense of self-worth, their families and their loved ones. No one works harder to get a just recovery for accident victims. Those responsible for accidents and injury and death are made accountable.

Joe has litigated all types of personal injury cases in Orange County, Ulster County, Dutchess County, Rockland County and beyond to the north and south of the Hudson Valley and New York. With Joe and the TCLMM team of other lawyers, paralegals and staff, assembled around significant personal injury cases, there is never a question: When and if the case demands it, Joe has the skills and abilities to take the case to trial. He is the quintessential courtroom lawyer.

"I try to speedily maximize recovery for my clients so that they can use those resources to make their lives better. If I can do this earlier through a fair and negotiated settlement, so much the better. But that doesn't always happen, and if it can't be accomplished, the ultimate recovery is in the courtroom".


• CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS: Paraplegia victim of unsafe ladder. Crushed foot from construction material collapse.

• AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS: Death of young child as a result of a drunk driver. Recoveries obtained for the mother, as well, for her emotional trauma as a witness from the drunken driver, the automobile repair shop and the bar that served the driver.

• TRUCK ACCIDENTS: Wrongful death and pain and suffering, resulting from tractor trailer cross-over on a major highway.

• HUNTING ACCIDENTS: A child killed due to unsafe hunting practices of the adults supervising him.

• SLIP, TRIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS: Fracture sustained from falls on snow-covered ice, defective sidewalks and debris.

• DOG BITE INJURIES: Vicious pitbull attack on 5 year old boy, resulting in extensive facial scarring.

• PRODUCTS LIABILITY: Severe burns from defective stove and unreasonably flammable sweatshirt.

• BOATING ACCIDENTS: Severed finger from defective outboard.

• BRAIN INJURY: Car accident, closed-head injury, causing a small business owner to lose his business.

• DEFECTIVE ROADWAY: Mom and unborn child recovered against town for defective stop-signage. Motorcyclist successfully sued town for fallen tree from its right-of-way, obstructing the road.

• BICYCLE ACCIDENTS: Young man clipped by inattentive motorist.


He guides clients in the construction process and resolution of disputes through all phases of the job. He has represented individuals in shareholder derivative actions, corporate waste, theft of corporate opportunity and employment/restrictive covenant disputes. He has represented lawyers, doctors, architects, engineers and design professionals for decades in all Mid-Hudson counties, including Orange, Rockland, Dutchess, Ulster and the Greater Mid-Hudson Region, north and south. Joe's reputation for skill and guidance in business and professional claims has prompted many client and attorney/colleague referrals.

"It gives me great satisfaction to be able to help other professionals and business leaders through difficult disputes and litigation. It demands an additional skill set as a trial lawyer. You have to be able to identify the best goal for the client, taking into account not only the legal merit of the claims or defense, but cost-effectiveness, customer preservation and professional business reputation".

So often, the referring attorney or client will state: "Joe, I told the client: 'If I were in trouble -you're the guy I'd want to represent me'".

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

If you have or contemplate a personal injury or commercial matter that may be headed to litigation, it often pays to explore alternative methods of resolving the dispute.


Increasingly, commercial construction disputes and even personal injury cases, are resolved through arbitration. It is often more expeditious and less expensive than full blown litigation in the courts. In arbitration, the dispute and the evidence involved is submitted to a single arbitrator or a panel of arbitrators, otherwise known as "neutrals", for a hearing and determination. That determination is final and binding, subject only to very limited court review. Parties opt for arbitration for its speed, efficiency and finality. Often, parties see arbitration as a favorable alternative to the court and jury system, because they are able to select arbitrators with particular expertise in the subject matter. For example, employment disputes and construction disputes have long enjoyed a robust history of arbitration resolution of the issues that arise in those areas. Arbitration also allows the parties to customize the rules and procedures and to maximize control over the process.

Arbitration can only be pursued if all the parties involved in the dispute are in agreement to submit the issues to arbitration. Often, contracts between the parties provide, in advance, for arbitration in lieu of court litigation. However, if all the parties agree, there is no impediment to an agreement to submit their dispute to arbitration after the dispute has arisen.


Another alternative method to resolve disputes to which parties are turning more frequently is mediation. Mediation can be thought of as a more collaborative process, where the mediator does not direct, determine or decide the issue, but rather acts as a facilitator to bring the parties to a resolution of their dispute through their own efforts and concessions. Consequently, great time, effort and money can be saved if the parties are able, through the efforts of a mediator, to reconcile their dispute. Mediation is particularly helpful when the expense of proceeding through a lawsuit, even one in arbitration, is very significant and carries great uncertainty. With mediation, the parties have the greatest control over the resolution of their dispute, the greatest privacy and the most opportunity to preserve whatever may be left of their relationship for the future. Thus, it is particularly well-suited to commercial disputes where the businesses involved have reached an impasse over a matter, but might well wish to continue a business relationship in the future. Family disputes lend themselves, for these reasons, to mediation, also. However, it must be emphasized that the benefit of mediation spans every conceivable type of dispute parties might have.

Mr. Catania has been on the panels of arbitrators and mediators of various alternative dispute resolution organizations, such as the American Arbitration Association, for decades. He has deep experience as an attorney representing parties in arbitration and mediation. He is often asked by parties and attorneys throughout the Mid-Hudson region familiar with his work, expertise and experience to resolve routine and complex disputes as their mediator or arbitrator.

As your lawyer, Mr. Catania will be able to help you determine whether there are alternative means of securing redress or resolving disputes with others through alternative dispute resolution. His training and experience are detailed on the following link:
You can contact him at (845)565-1100 or

If you are an attorney for a party and believe that Mr. Catania is the appropriate person to help resolve, as either arbitrator or mediator, a dispute for one of your clients, please don't hesitate to contact him at