Alexander & Catalano

Alexander & Catalano was an Upstate New York based law firm practicing in the area of personal injury and worker's compensation related cases. The firm was headquartered in Syracuse, but also had offices in Rochester and Binghamton.

Alexander & Catalano
TypeLimited liability company
IndustryLegal services
HeadquartersSyracuse, New York
Key people
James L. Alexander, Peter Catalano
ProductsPersonal injury legal representation
Number of employees
8 attorneys plus support staff


Alexander & Catalano was founded in 1995.[1]

The law firm was known for their advertising campaigns. In 2007, the firm came under scrutiny for its advertising techniques, including the use of their trademarked slogan "The Heavy Hitters".[citation needed] The advertising of Alexander and Catalano, as well as that of Jim "The Hammer" Shapiro, were cited by the Democrat and Chronicle as reasons for the January 2007 amendment of the Code of Professional Responsibility by the New York State Office of Court Administration, which is responsible for attorney regulation and discipline in New York State.[2] The new rules prohibited the use of certain types of advertising methods, including client testimonials, slogans and nicknames, and portraying lawyers with characteristics unrelated to legal counsel.[2] In June of that year, Alexander and Catalano along with Public Citizen, filed a lawsuit in US District Court charging that the new rules violated the firm's First Amendment rights.[3][4] Senior US District Court Judge Frederick Scullin ruled that certain provisions of the new rules, including prohibiting the use of nicknames in advertising, did indeed violate their First Amendment right to freedom of speech.[4][5]

In November 2019, the firm went out of service when Peter Catalano left to start his own practice, Peter Catalano Injury Lawyers. James Alaexander renamed the firm Alexander & Associates keeping "The Heavy Hitters" slogan and jingle.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b Benny, Michael (2019-11-19). "Syracuse's 'Heavy Hitters' law firm splits". WSTM. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  2. ^ a b Zeigler, Michael (1 February 2007). "New ethics rules for lawyers: Tone down ads". Archived from the original on 13 February 2007.
  3. ^ Joel Stashenko (2007-04-17). "Suit Over N.Y. Rules on Lawyer Advertising Goes to Trial". Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  4. ^ a b Stashenko, Joel (27 July 2007). "Upset of Few Attorney Advertising Rules Could Signal Return of 'Heavy Hitters'". New York Law Journal. Retrieved 2020-12-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "'Heavy Hitters' law firm wins free-speech ruling on ads". First Amendment Center. 25 July 2007. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008.
  6. ^ "Alexander & Catalano split, Alexander keeps 'Heavy Hitter' name". syracuse. 2019-11-19. Retrieved 2020-12-03.

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