308 Maltbie Street
Syracuse, New York
Mitchell J. Katz
Mr. Katz is a member of the firm's Board of Directors, its General Counsel and manager of the Litigation practice group. Mr. Katz handles complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts, in matters involving creditors' rights, lender liability defense, limited liability companies and partnerships, contract disputes, employers' rights under non-competition and confidentiality agreements, and contested commercial foreclosure actions. He has tried cases to juries and judges, argued before appellate courts and presented matters to arbitrators and mediators. As a business lawyer, his work includes problem solving activities in his role as a mediator and negotiating settlement agreements in the context of the business disputes he handles as an advocate. Mr. Katz also provides litigation support to the firm's Business Restructuring and Bankruptcy practice group in complex matters arising under and in connection with cases filed under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.
In February, 2013 he was named to the permanent Commercial Division Advisory Council by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the State of New York. The purpose of the Council is to ensure that New York State resolves commercial disputes in ways that benefit the business community and the state’s economy.
Mr. Katz is Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association, and served for many years as co-chair of the Section's Committee on the Commercial Division. He is President Elect of the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association, having previously served as its Secretary and as co-chair of its committee on Continuing Legal Education.
Mr. Katz has lectured on commercial litigation issues for the New York State Bar Association, the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association, the Central New York Bankruptcy Bar Association, the Capital District Bankruptcy Bar Association and Second Circuit Judicial Council.
HONORS / AFFILIATIONS
NDNY Federal Court Bar Association
Onondaga County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Fellow, The New York Bar Foundation
The Best Lawyers in America, 2009- 2017
New York Super Lawyers, 2007- 2017
The Best Lawyers in America (2017) in the practice areas of: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking & Finance and Litigation - Real Estate
The Best Lawyers in America - Syracuse Litigation-Banking And Finance - Lawyer of the Year
Board Member, Onondaga County Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc.
Boston University School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1986
State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., 1983
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court