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Frank J. Catalano

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in Dallas, TX

Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, LLP
Three Galleria Tower, 13155 Noel Road, Suite 1000
Dallas, TX 75240
Phone: 972-934-9100
Fax: 972-934-9200
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2017
Licensed in Texas Since: 2009
Practice Areas: Transportation/Maritime (80%), Personal Injury - Products: Defense (10%), Construction Litigation: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Frank Catalano has represented businesses and individuals in both state and federal courts throughout Texas and Louisiana. He has extensive experience handling a variety of commercial litigation matters including transportation liability, construction liability, products liability, premises liability, insurance defense, commercial disputes, consumer liability and banking liability. Specifically, Mr. Catalano serves as defense counsel in cases involving semi trailers/tractor-trailers, commercial trucks, heavy machinery, power systems, construction defects, construction site accidents and motor vehicle accidents.

About Frank J. Catalano

First Admitted: 2007, Louisiana

Professional Webpage: http://www.feesmith.com/frank-catalano.html

Verdicts/Settlements

  • During the week of March 28, 2016, Attorneys Bryan Reese and Frank Catalano successfully defended their client, Lopez Masonry in a multi-million dollar subrogation lawsuit filed by State Farm Insurance Company in Tarrant County District Court arising from a fire which rendered a residence in Southlake, Texas a total loss. State Farm was attempting to recover $1,600.000.00 in insurance proceeds it had paid to its insured homeowner for the loss. Specifically, State Farm alleged that Lopez Masonry had left a large gap near the opening of the outdoor fireplace during the original construction resulting in a false chimney that caused the fire and the $1.6M in damages. Despite these allegations by State Farm, the jury found 50% responsibility on the general contractor Swift Custom Homes, Inc. as well as 40% on the City of Southlake due to the multiple building code inspections that occurred at the property during construction. Lopez Masonry was found only 10% responsible. In addition, Lopez received a settlement credit from a codefendant who had settled earlier in the litigation and prior to trial.

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Loyola Law Refiew, 2004

Educational Background

  • Loyola University School of Law., 2006

Honors/Awards

  • Best Case Note Award by judges for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana., Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle Best Case Note Award, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 2006

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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Office Location for Frank J. Catalano

Three Galleria Tower
13155 Noel Road, Suite 1000
Dallas, TX 75240

Last Updated: 1/4/2021

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