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Michael C. Catalanotto

Divorce and separation Attorney at Nesconset, NY

4.7   13 reviews

Licensed for 17 years

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WE WORK HARD TO GET YOU THROUGH CHALLENGING AND EMOTIONAL TIMES WITH COMPASSION AND DEDICATION.

Michael Catalanotto is widely regarded as an aggressive and effective litigator. Each client’s case is treated with exceptional care and attention.

 

Mr. Catalanotto received his J.D. from Touro College of Law. In addition to his J.D., Mr. Catalanotto has a background in accounting and holds an M.B.A. from Salisbury University.

 

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Licensed for 17 years
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/17/2022
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/27/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The Law Offices of Michael Catalanotto
62 Lake Avenue South
Suite F
Nesconset, NY, 11767

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Ken | September 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST!! Highly Recomeneded!!
Mike came Highly recommended from a friend for my divorce. He and his staff where unbelievable in handling my case. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. I was so happy with him I also use him to buy my first house. That also was a pleasure once again. Every chance I get I recommend him to anyone I know who is getting a divorce or buying a house.
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Posted by Gene V. | September 27, 2017
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My attorney...
I am a single father of a sweet and kind 3 year old daughter. Unfortunately, the relationship didn't work out between her mother and I, and I knew from the start that it was going to be an uphill, if not, impossible battle for me to get anything more than the standard "visitation". Not only did Michael negotiate for far more than I expected as my legal counsel, he was also an exceptional friend when my emotions got the best of me. These situations are never easy for families, nor the attorneys, but I feel extremely blessed, and I am forever thankful for mine!!!
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Posted by Jan S. | July 19, 2019
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Wonderful attorney and fabulous staff
Started divorce proceedings in November 2018 and now I am almost at the end. From the first consultation with Michael, I knew he was the right attorney for me. He is very honest and caring and just genuinely a nice guy. His advice was invaluable and always on time for our court dates. The divorce process is ugly and long but Michael, Jennifer, Maria, Susan and the rest of the staff were always amazing. I’m looking forward to a new start and will be using Michael Catalanotto when I buy my next place. Divorce is never pleasant but having a strong, knowledgeable team behind you, makes an awful situation more bearable!
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2019
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Effective Mediation Lawyer
Michael and his entire staff worked tirelessly to assist during my divorce mediation process. All of the staff was very knowledgeable and responsive when questions arose, and Michael himself was fair and balanced in terms of helping us during our mediation. It was a lot less stressful than going through litigation and I was thankful to have guidance along the way. I highly recommend Michael Catalanotto.
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Posted by Donald | April 18, 2019
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Divorce Case
Michael represented me in my divorce case, and due to professionalism and knowledge in handling this matter, help me get through the processes that were complex and sometimes disheartening. I want to thank the team for all the hard work that they have done for me. (Susan Sokolski)
Posted by Raymond | February 5, 2019
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Reliable and knowledgeable attorney
I hired Michael to represent me purchasing my first home. He is a very knowledgeable in real estate and was always there when I had any questions. He has a certain manner that is trusting and comforting. No matter the content of my questions or any concerns I had, Michael was there to guide me through what could have been a stressful situation, ended up being an enjoyable experience. Professional, reliable and consistent. Hands down, I would highly recommend Michael to anyone looking to purchase or sell their home.
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Posted by Zoe | February 20, 2018
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When a lawyer needs a lawyer
Sometimes a lawyer needs a lawyer. Michael handled a matter for me and I could not have asked for more compassionate, thorough, and professional legal representation. It is with the utmost confidence, that as a satisfied client, I can recommend Michael wholeheartedly.
Posted by Jeff Manzolillo | February 15, 2018
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To the point, very honest, trust his word 100%
I have been separated from my wife for over three years. I was referred to Michael Catalanotto by a friend of mine. I had a Consultation with Michael for about an hour. By the time the hour was up I knew he was the lawyer for me. He is straight forward, honest, he gave me his advice on what he thought I should do and then listened to what outcome I was trying to achieve and gave me his opinion on what he thought would be the best way proceed. He is very easy to talk to and has a very positive attitude. I felt very comfortable discussing personal issues with Michael. He is available whenever I call the office and if he’s not he calls back as soon as he’s free. I am not done with the divorce process yet, but things are moving along very smoothly and I definitely would recommend Michael Catalanotto for a divorce or any legal family issues. Once my divorce is complete I will then be using Michael to represent me in the sale of my home and the purchase of my condo. Very happy I listened to my friend and met with Michael. He has made my life so much easier and taken so much stress off me.
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2017
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Excellent Real Estate Attorney
I recently sold my home of over 40 years. I hired Michael Catalanotto to represent me and was able to concentrate on packing and relocating the entire contents of my home, while Michaels paralegal kept us updated and did whatever she could to lessen the stress on my husband and myself. The entire experience went extremely smooth and Michael and his paralegal Jennifer went above and beyond to make sure we closed the week we had wanted to. We have already recommended Michael Catalanotto to two of our friends who are selling their homes as well and I am totally confident that Michael and his real estate paralegal Jennifer will do an amazing job as they did for us.
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Posted by Jennifer | July 7, 2017
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Honest, Intelligent, Professional & Efficient
I was having issues with my ex-husband, we had an extremely tough divorce that lasted four years. I was referred to Mr. Catalanotto by a friend and before the initial consult was over he had already addressed all my questions and concerns and within a VERY short time, Mr. Catalanotto had every issue with my ex-husband resolved. I then was selling my home that all my children where born and raised in, which was extremely emotional for me and Mr. Catalanotto and his office staff were very compassionate and were always available when i called with a question or concern. The sale of my home went very smoothly. I am very pleased with Mr. Catalanotto. I would definitely use him again and highly recommend his services. Mr. Catalanotto and his amazing staff handled two separate legal matters for me and made me feel so calm and relaxed while doing so. **EXCELLENT SERVICE & EXPERIENCE, EXTREMELY SATISFIED**
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Posted by Robert | July 6, 2017
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Real Estate
Mr Catalanotto helped me with my short sale real estate transaction as well as a few small issues I've had. He is not only experienced and professional but very caring. I highly recommend him for any real estate transaction and have had a couple of friends hire him for their divorce, that were extremely satisfied.
Posted by Sean | May 7, 2014
Good to know there are Lawyers like Michael Catalanotto.
I have dealt with allot of attorneys over the years and was convinced they were all the same, looking to drain you wallet, drag out a case and then settle it. Not Michael, first was the consultation, I left feeling "it was too good to be true”, next were a few appearances and then a trial. When the smoke cleared he had unwound a bad deal that I submitted to because of it being dragged out for years and rising attorney fees. Excellent communicator, remembers things you tell him, always there to answer a question, great staff, very reasonable fees and most importantly gets you the results you want/need. Highly Recommended!
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Posted by Tracy | June 22, 2022
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Review for Michael Catalanotto
Michael failed to litigate effectively. My case quickly deteriorated with his counsel. Because of him I was displaced from my home and agreed to a temporary custody order that is not satisfactory. He suggested I get an order of protection after being the victim of domestic abuse and swiftly recommended I lower it. At the end of our relationship he told me the order of protection was suggested to gain leverage in negotiation but was not about my safety. He also made agreements to the judge on my behalf but never informed me of these agreements leaving me in danger of acting against the judges wishes. Michael rarely kept meetings, rarely responded to emails, never furnished his cell phone number so I could not reach him and even billed me for work he did not do. He left me in the care of his uninformed paralegals.
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Response from Michael Catalanotto November 29, 2022
We only represented Tracy for a few weeks, but in that time we provided the hands-on representation we do for all of our clients. We quickly negotiated a settlement which we strongly felt was in Tracy's best interest and which was better than her original request for relief. However, when it came time to execute the agreement, our client backed out and demanded the return of her already expended retainer, which request was refused. She then stated that if we were not to return the proceeds, she would commence an internet campaign against us. During our representation of Tracy, we had near daily telephone, e-mail and text message communication, including assisting with custody issues on weekends and Easter Sunday. We verbally settled the matter and drafted the legal documents necessary to effectuate the settlement. Contrary to what Tracy states, our office never made agreements on her behalf without her knowledge and presence. We understand that Family Court and divorce actions are difficult and emotional legal proceedings and, keeping that in mind, always strive to provide our clients with the attention they deserve and the very best service.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Michael Catalanotto, PC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Catalanotto & Coluccio, LLP
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • Brettschneider & Brettschnider, LLP
  • 2005 - 2007

Education

  • Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Salisbury State University
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 2002
  • Salisbury State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • Werner v. Werner 2017 NY Slip Op 06215
  • Affirmed for client
  • Shah v. Shah 2012 NY Slip Op 07653
  • Affirmed
  • Catalanotto v. Abraham, 94 A.D. 3d 937
  • Dismissed with costs
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Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2017
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2017
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2017

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2019
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Michael
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a fantastic attorney with a passion for matrimonial litigation. He understands the needs of his clients and helps them through their divorce with compassion and empathy. As an attorney, I recognize that Michael's professionalism is exceptional. I highly recommend Michael for all matrimonial and family law matters."
Family Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael was opposing counsel on a case with me. He was a zealous advocate for his client while being respectful to all parties in the matter. It is rare to encounter his degree of professionalism and I highly recommend Michael."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is skilled and well respected attorney and cares deeply about each of his clients. I highly recommend Michael."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Michael on a number of different matters over the years in the fields of real estate, divorce and family law. He is honest and fair but at the same time a zealous advocate for his clients. Michael has an excellent reputation in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a well known attorney in the area and has a great reputation in the Court system. He works hard for his clients and obtains the results they need."
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Nesconset Divorce and separation Lawyer Michael C. Catalanotto
Michael C. Catalanotto
Divorce and separation Attorney
Nesconset, NY
Licensed for 17 years
Free Consultation