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. Since joining the firm in 2008, Michael has concentrated his practice in the areas of Construction Law, Commercial litigation, and Professional Malpractice Defense. 


As a construction and commercial lawyer in the Hudson Valley, Michael represents project owners, design professionals, contractors and suppliers involved in the Tri-State construction industry. He guides his clients from initial contract formation through project completion and, if necessary, arbitration or litigation, including claims for breach of contract, mechanic lien foreclosures and trust fund violations. He further assists companies secure their MBE, WBE, and DBE certifications.


In addition, Michael serves as outside General Counsel to a number of small to medium sized companies, providing them with a broad range of legal services including employment law, compliance, DOL audits, contract negotiation, and commercial collections. 

Bar Admissions

New York State, 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

J.D. magna cum laude


University of Delaware 

Newark, Delaware



Contributing Author of Comparing the ConsensusDocs 200 and AIA 101 & 201 Documents, Defense Research Institute, 2019


Regular Contributor to On the LEVEL, Quarterly Publication of Construction Contractors, Sheet Metal & Roofing Contractors and Fabricators Erectors & Reinforcing Contractors


Session 3 of webinar series on Construction Contract Documents presented to NESCA, AGC and ECA, 2021.

Honors and Awards

Fellow of Construction Lawyers Society of America

BV Distinguished® Peer Review Rated

Super Lawyer®

IRMI® Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist 



Professional Associations and Memberships

Construction Contractors Association, Member

Associated General Contractors of N.Y., Associate Member 

North Eastern Subcontractor’s Association, Member

IRMI® Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist

Orange County Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh, Board Member and Treasurer 

Mount Saint Mary College, Board Trustee