JOSEPH A. CATANIA, JR.
TRIAL LAWYER

"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.

BUSINESS TRIAL LAWYER

Joe represents businesses and individual clients in all types of complex business, corporate, real property and estate disputes. He guides clients in the construction process and resolution of disputes through all phases of the job. He represents individuals in shareholder derivative actions, corporate waste, theft of corporate opportunity and employment/restrictive covenant disputes. He represents 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'".

CONSTRUCTION LAWYER

Joe has represented clients in the construction industry for the past four decades. His deep understanding of construction means and methods assists greatly in handling of construction disputes, whether played out in arbitration or in Court.

Joe takes pride in his ability to identify the critical issues in a matter and the objectives of the client to seek efficient, cost-effective and early resolution of construction disputes. However, if that is not able to be accomplished because of the intransience of one of the parties or the parties positions are simply too far apart, Joe's wideranging trial experience is brought to bear on a compelling presentation of evidence on the client's behalf and effective probing cross-examination of opposing parties testimony at trial.

Joe has been an arbitrator and mediator on the construction panel of the American Arbitration Association for over twenty-five years. Joe's view from the other side of the table, as an arbitrator, has served to sharpen his understanding of the appropriate presentation of proof in a convincing way to move the decision makers in contested matters toward his clients position. Joe has handled all types of construction litigation from matters involving structural steel bridges and bridge deck design and repair, site work and infrastructure claims, to crane failures.

INJURY LAWYER

When people are hurt, they need help. "My job is to make those responsible for an injury accountable for the harm they caused". 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".

REPRESENTATIVE TYPES OF SIGNIFICANT PERSONAL INJURY CASES

  • 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.

RECOGNIZED FOR SKILL

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, www.nblsc.us

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. www.superlawyers.com

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. www.litcounsel.com

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. www.martindale.com

The National Association of Distinguished Counsel has named Joe to its ranks of the Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys.

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 Law- Update: 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. (link to article)

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.