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, succession, ownership disputes, and dissolutions; construction contracts and litigation; insurance matters; health care; intellectual property; environmental law; land use; employment issues and commercial bankruptcy.


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 and Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 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.

Bar Admissions

  • New York State Bar
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


Albany Law School of Union University 

Albany, New York 

J.D. summa cum laude


Cornell University 

Ithaca, New York 


Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers® Rising Star: 2017–2021

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