Jeffrey N. Catalano ’94 assumed the presidency of the Massachusetts Bar Association September 1 for its 2016-2017 year. A partner at Todd & Weld LLP in Boston, Catalano represents victims of catastrophic injuries in the areas of medical negligence, product liability, auto accident, class action, and other personal injury cases.
In addition to serving as an MBA officer and member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and House of Delegates, Catalano has chaired the association’s Volunteer Recognition, Recruitment, and Retention Task Force, and the MBA’s Civil Litigation Section Council. He also co-chairs the MBA’s Leadership Academy, leads the MBA’s Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship Committee, and serves as a judge for the MBA’s High School Mock Trial program.
In 2011, Catalano launched the MBA Pro Bono Prescription program, a pioneering initiative that brings together volunteer attorneys and medical professionals to promote the health and well-being of low-income patients through legal advocacy.
Catalano has served as a member of the executive committee for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, where he received the President’s Award for his dedication to justice and consumer rights. He was recently selected to the Board of Advisors for the National Patient Safety Foundation, a nonprofit that partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. Catalano has spoken on patient rights and medical-legal issues on national television and for bar associations across the state. In 2009, he received a “Hero from the Field” award for his efforts in improving health care quality and patient rights.
From 2013 to 2016, the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal named Catalano a New England Best Lawyer for Personal Injury and Product Liability. Catalano was also named one of the Best Lawyers in America by US News & World Report from 2015 to 2017. From 2009 to 2016, Super Lawyers selected Catalano as a New England Super Lawyer. In 2014, he was named one of Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers in Medical Malpractice by Legal Leaders, signifying the “highest level of professional excellence.”
While at Boston College Law School, Catalano received the Commencement Award for Professional and Personal Achievement. He graduated from the University of Scranton in 1990.