Catherine S. Straggas

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  • Partner at Margolis Edelstein
  • The Curtis Center, 170 S. Independence Mall W., Suite 400E, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Catherine S. Straggas, a Massachusetts native, is a partner in the Philadelphia office who defends individuals and corporations in civil litigation.

Catherine has extensive litigation experience in Products Liability, Construction and Premise Liability and Lease and Contract Compliance in her representation of manufacturers, national and international retailers, contractors and commercial property owners. Her practice also includes professional liability, security and liquor liability. Catherine has particular expertise in defending accounting malpractice claims. She has represented accountants in actions involving allegations of fraud, misrepresentation and failing to follow applicable professional standards relating to attestation, tax, and consultation engagements.

Catherine also devotes her practice to defending municipalities in employment matters including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

As a member of the Harmonie Group and DRI, Catherine has lectured on risk assessment, evidence and Medicare compliance.

Catherine serves as a judge pro tempore and certified arbitrator for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County.

Catherine is a Youth Aid Panel member in the 17th Police District of Philadelphia and teaches in the ACE program, a collaboration between the Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia School District to integrate law with civics in elementary schools.

Before attending law school in Philadelphia, Catherine was a legislative assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Post Office and Civil Service where she was responsible for drafting and analyzing legislation pertaining to health insurance, compensation, and pension benefits for federal and postal employees and served as a staff liaison to the Congressional Women’s Caucus.


•AV Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated
•Harry R. Kozart Memorial Prize, Temple Law School
•Selected for Inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Automobile & Trucking
  • Construction Law
  • General Liability
  • Hospitality & Retail
  • Labor & Employment
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Toxic Tort

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(215) 931-5835  Phone
University Attended:
Wheaton College, B.A., cum laude, 1980
Law School Attended:
Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1989
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; New Jersey; Massachusetts; Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations:

•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Philadelphia Bar Association
•Defense Research Institute
•Harmonie Group

Birth Information:
Concord, Massachusetts, January 23, 1958
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Summary judgment granted in favor of Philadelphia Development Corporation in US District Court for the Eastern District of PA in real property contract/civil rights action in Solanke v. PDC and City of Philadelphia. Dismissal granted in favor of real estate developer in Common Pleas of Philadelphia in real estate develop contract action Kostin v. US Realty, et al; Dismissal granted in favor of regional development commission in Common Pleas of Delaware County in real property contract action in Moore v. Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, et al; Summary Judgment obtained in favor of contractor in Common Pleas of Philadelphia in property damage dispute in Travelers v. R.M. Shoemaker; Defense verdict in Common Pleas of Philadelphia County in Mazzola v. Spectacor and Joyner v. Spectacor; Defense verdict in Common Pleas of Chester County in Dadario v. Keystone Property; Along with associate Emily H. Mahler, obtained summary judgment in favor of Philadelphia Housing Authority in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA in Paradoa v. Philadelphia Housing Authority in an employment discrimination action.

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