Biographical Information

Born Newburgh, New York, May 16, 1950. Married Pamela A. Kohl, Newburgh, New York, 1977.

two children, Joseph A. III and Michael E. Catania.

Spin and fly fisherman, skier, cyclist and cook


Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

New York State Bar March 1978; United States District Courts Southern and Northern Districts, 1978 and 1980;United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit 1987; United States Supreme Court 1978


Boston college 1964; Albany Law school of Union University, 1977


Alternative Dispute Resolution Training ACE004 – Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration, 12/05;

ACE003 – Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure, 11/04;

ACE001 – Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards, 09/03;

AAA Arbitrator Update 2001;

AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator II Training,

White Plains, 3/01;


AAA Construction Industry Arbitration Training,

Syracuse, 5/98; Pro Se: Managing Cases Involving Self-Represented Parties

Chairing an Arbitration panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics;

Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration;

Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure;

Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards;

Comprehensive Training for the Conducting of Commercial Arbitrations Pursuant to Contemporary Best Practices

Professional Experience


Mr. Catania is a National Board of Trial Advocacy certified Civil Trial Advocate who has practiced exclusively as a litigator in New York State and Federal courts since his admission in 1978.  He regularly handles matters in all Hudson River counties from Westchester to Albany and west to Syracuse.    His trial work is in the commercial, construction and professional liability arena. He has served as an arbitrator and mediator since 1981 in commercial and construction claims.

Honors & Awards

National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top One Percent

Worldwide Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs Certification for Professional Integrity and Outstanding Achievement.

Super Lawyer in the field of commercial litigation for the past consecutive eight years.

National Board of Trial Advocacy Certification in Civil Trial Advocacy.

Mount St. Mary Community Service Award listed as one of top attorneys in business litigation, Hudson Valley Magazine


Professional Associations

American Association of Justice

Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate

National Board of Trial Advocacy

New York State Trial Lawyers Association

New York State Bar Association

American Arbitration Association Panel of Commercial, Construction Neutrals



Speaking Engagements

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