Jeffrey N. Catalano


Jeffrey N. Catalano is a partner in the firm. He represents victims of catastrophic injuries in medical negligence, food poisoning, product liability, auto accident, class action, and other personal injury cases. On behalf of clients, Mr. Catalano has obtained numerous multi-million dollar results in cases statewide and nationally. He recently obtained an award of $10 million for a severely disabled child, the highest medical malpractice arbitration award in Massachusetts history.

Mr. Catalano has been selected to the Best Lawyers in America directory for medical malpractice, personal injury, and product liability litigation (plaintiffs) for four consecutive years (2015-18), and has been designated as one of Boston's Top Rated Lawyers in Medical Malpractice by the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal. He has been chosen as a New England Super Lawyer each year since 2009.


Mr. Catalano has spoken on a variety of topics related to trial strategy, medical legal issues, and personal injury matters for the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, local law schools, and on local and national television. He testifies before the Massachusetts Legislature regarding patient rights and health care issues, and he helped create the law improving transparency and compensation following medical errors. Mr. Catalano is a member of the Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution Following Medical Injury.

Mr. Catalano is immediate Past President of the Massachusetts Bar Association (2016-2017), and is on the Executive Committee for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. Mr. Catalano also serves on the Board of Advisers of the National Patient Safety Foundation. He has received a "Hero from the Field" award for his work to improve health care quality and patient rights.

He is a graduate of Boston College Law School, where he received the Commencement Achievement Award.

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  • Background
    • Todd & Weld LLP, 1999 to present
    • Anderson, Adler, Cohen & Harvey LLP, 1994-1999
  • Professional Activities
    • President (2016-2017), Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Boston Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
    • Executive Committee, American Association for Justice
    • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Publications / Lectures
    • Guest article published by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, July 13, 2015, "Can Sox be liable for injuries from foul balls, broken bats?"
    • Editor/author of "Just Transparency"--a blog dedicated to shedding light, ideas, and justice on matters related to health care safety and medical errors.
    • Chair, "Communication, Apology and Resolution (CARe)" - an educational forum regarding communication, apology and resolution (CARe) following medical errors sponsored by the Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution Following Medical Injury (MACRMI) and the Massachusetts Bar Association January 2015
    • Guest Lecturer - The Practical, Political, and Legal Aspects of Mass Torts - Northeastern School of Law  October 2013
    • Panelist - The New Medical Malpractice Laws - Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys November 2012 and May 2013
    • Author, "The New Medical Negligence and Apology Laws: A Bold New Frontier for Patient Safety," Patient Safety Insight, American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety March 8, 2013
    • Panelist - A Panel on Medical Malpractice - Massachusetts Chapter of American College of Surgeons December 2012
    • Panelist - MBA 2012 Annual Health Law Conference June 2012
    • Guest Lecturer - Health Care Law - New England School of Law February 2012
    • Speaker, Ceremony for Admission to Massachusetts Bar, Faneuil Hall 2008-2011
    • Guest Lecturer, Boston Medical Center - The Risks and Benefits of Apology and Disclosure in Medical Negligence Cases November 2011
    • Author, "Winning a Medical Malpractice Plaintiff Verdict on the Merits," Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, Vol. 17, No. 11 August 2010
    • Panelist, “Trial Issues,” 2010
    • Guest, Fox & Friends, "The Impact of Medical Errors on Patients and Health Care Costs" November 2009
    • Panelist, “Medical Liability in the 21st Century,” 2009
    • Co-editor, “Guide to Judicial Practice in the Superior Court of Massachusetts” MBA 2008
    • Panelist, "Preparing to File a Lawsuit," August 2007
    • Speaker, SEAK Expert Witness Conference, 2007
    • Guest Lecturer, Suffolk University Law School 2006-present
    • Guest, Pursuing Medical Negligence Cases, Cable Access Television 2006
    • Author, "IVF: New Horizons in Informed Consent" MBA, Section Review 2005
    • Author, “Post Judgment Costs” MBA, Section Review 2004
    • Panelist, "How to Try Your First Case," MBA 2003-present
    • Panelist, Mastering Direct and Cross-Examination, Massachusetts Bar Association April 2009
  • Awards / Achievements
    • Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America in Medical Malpractice: Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs; Product Liability Litigation: Plaintiffs, August 2017
    • Named to 2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Personal Injury General: Plaintiff
    • Named to 2017 Best Lawyers in America in Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs; and Product Liability Litigation: Plaintiffs, August 2016
    • Named one of "2016 Best Lawyers in America" in Personal Injury Litigation--Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation--Plaintiffs, August 2015
    • Named to 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Personal Injury General: Plaintiff
    • Named to 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers
    • Named in The Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal as a "2015 New England Best Lawyer" for Products Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs, May 2015
    • Named a "2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in New England Super Lawyers in Boston Magazine, November, 2014
    • Named one of "2015 Best Lawyers in America " in Product Liability Litigation--Plaintiffs, August 2014
    • Named one of "Boston's Top Rated Lawyers" in Medical Malpractice by Legal Leaders based upon AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell signifying the "highest level of professional excellence" , February 2014
    • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates. Membership is by invitation only to lawyers who are "of high personal character and honorable reputation" and have tried substantial cases.
    • Recipient of "President's Award" from Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, May, 2013
    • Named a “New England Super Lawyer” in 2009-2014  editions of Boston Magazine and a "Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star" in Plaintiff Personal Injury: Malpractice, in 2005 edition of Boston Magazine
    • Honored with Rx for Excellence Award by the Massachusetts Medical Law Report in October 2009 for dedication to patient rights.
    • “Lawyer of the Month“ Health Law Advocates Pro Bono Network June, 2008
    • Boston College Law School Commencement Award for Professional and Personal Achievement
  • Civic & Charitable Involvement
    • Massachusetts Bar Association High School Mock Trial Program - Judge, 2014
    • Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution Following Medical Injury (MACRMI), Representative-Massachusetts Bar Association, 2013-Present
    • Health Law Advocates Inc., Board of Directors Member 2006, Pro Bono Attorney, 2003-present, Co-chair of 2008 fundraising event.
    • Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Caseworker: Compass Alternative School, 1990-1991, Co-chair of 2008 fundraising event.
    • Public Interest Law Project of Boston, Founder and President, 1996-2001
    • Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Pro Bono Attorney, 1995-1997
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