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Jacques Catafago

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

The Catafago Law Firm, P.C.
One Grand Central Place, 47th Floor
New York, NY 10165
Phone: 212-239-9669
Fax: 212-239-9688
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1984
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas: General Litigation, Professional Liability: Plaintiff, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation: Defense
Languages Spoken: English, French
Attorney Profile

Jacques Catafago brings a rich academic and professional background to The Catafago Law Firm, which has translated into top-notch legal representation at significant cost savings. His jury verdicts have resulted in an average award of $2 million in punitive damages per case. He has written about punitive damages in contract cases in the New York Law Journal.

Mr. Catafago's academic credentials include top honors and summa cum laude from college and law school, a No. 5 law school class ranking, Law Review editorship, top honors in real estate law and civil rights litigation and Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Catafago is AV-rated, listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and Who's Who in American Law, previously clerked for the Federal Court Pro Se Office, taught legal research and writing, and servedas a state court mediator. He is licensed in NY, NJ, DC and FL.

A sampling of his impressive track record includes Bolar v. Roche—a staple of patent legislation; a 1996 case in which Mr. Catafago obtained the highest punitive damage jury verdict ever in a Section 1983 civil rights case; a three-week trial for Air China resulting in a $3.8 million jury verdict sustained by the Second Circuit; and a case in which he represented Aaron J. Broder—past president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association—against attorney F. Lee Bailey in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

A number of Mr. Catafago's federal and state court cases have been reported, one by the United States Supreme Court. Other cases have made news in the New York Law Journal, The New York Times, New Jersey Law Journal, Billboard, New York Daily News and New York Post.

Practice Areas
  • 50%General Litigation
  • 30%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Defense
Focus Areas

Litigation, Legal Malpractice


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022

About Jacques Catafago

First Admitted: 1984, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • Cases reported by United States Supreme Court, New York Law Journal, The New York Times, New Jersey Law Journal, Billboard, New York Daily News and New York Post
  • Summa cum laude, New York Law School, New York
  • Top honors in real estate law and civil rights litigation
  • Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity
  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • No. 5 law school class ranking

Representative Clients

  • Aaron J. Broder, Past president, New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Bar/Professional Activity

  • New York, 1984
  • Federal Court Pro Se Office, clerk and state court mediator
  • Who's Who In American Colleges And Universities, Law Review, Research Editor
  • NY, NJ, Florida And Washington D.C. Bars

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Punitive Damages in Breach of Contract Cases",  New York Law Journal, 1992


  • Bolar v. Roche, 1996
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Office Location for Jacques Catafago

One Grand Central Place
47th Floor
New York, NY 10165

Phone: 212-239-9669

Fax: 212-239-9688

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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