Bernadette W. Catalana

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in New York, NY

MG+M The Law Firm
 | 14 Wall St, 28th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Phone: 929-378-4800
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense (40%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense (60%)
Attorney Profile

Working in the Rochester office of Lavin, O’Neil, Cedron & DiSipio, Bernadette W. Catalana represents citizens, small businesses and large corporations throughout the state of New York in matters of class action, mass tort, toxic tort, appellate law, product liability defense and alternative defense resolution. Her skills as an excellent negotiator and her strong background in business have helped her to settle thousands of cases in favor of her corporate clients.

At Binghamton University, The State University of New York, Ms. Catalana earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration. She then graduated cum laude from the University at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York, earning her Juris Doctor. Admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York and the United States Tax Court, Ms. Catalana is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

Under the Structured Settlement Protection Act, Ms. Catalana has brought over 500 petitions, and protected her client in appeals court from a multimillion-dollar verdict registered against the corporation. She has also received many awards and acknowledgements throughout her career, including completion of the Chase Professional Development Program and co-authoring a book about settlement counsel.

Ms. Catalana formerly served as a board member for the American Red Cross and American Heart Association chapters in Rochester. Once serving at the Our Lady of Mercy Gala as the inaugural chair, she was also once a trustee for the Evan Cummins Trust and has been recognized by The Rochester Business Journal as one of the top “40 Under 40” attorneys.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Products (40%): Products Liability

Class Action/Mass Torts (60%): Asbestos, Toxic Torts

Focus Areas

Products Liability, Asbestos, Toxic Torts


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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019

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About Bernadette Catalana

Admitted: 1996, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • American Heart Association Volunteer Recognition Award, 2003
  • Received the “Up and Coming Business Women – Law Award”, Rochester Women’s Network, 2003
  • Recognized as one of Rochester’s “40 Under 40”, The Rochester Business Journal, 1998
  • Robert Connolly Oral Advocacy Award, 1995
  • Recognized as one of The Daily Record’s “Up and Coming Attorneys.”

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States Tax Court
  • Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • Monroe County Bar Associations
  • New York State

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Inaugural Chair of the Our Lady of Mercy Gala
  • Former Trustee of the Evan Cummings Trust
  • Former Board Member of the Rochester chapters of the American Red Cross
  • Former Board Member of the Rochester chapters of the American Heart Association
  • Immediate Past Board Chair of BOA Editions, Ltd.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Candid Talk - Women at the Bar, Co-Author
  • On the Value of Settlement Counsel – a Fresh Perspective, Co-Author
  • “The Battle for Baby Jessica: a Conflict of Best Interests” (43 Buff. L. Rev. 583 1995), Author

Educational Background:

  • Binghamton University, State University of New York, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Office Location for Bernadette W. Catalana

14 Wall St
28th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Phone: 929-378-4800

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Last Updated: 4/10/2019

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