Legal Services

Catanese & Wells Specialized Legal Groups Include:

Equine Law Group

T. Randolph Catanese, Esq., the founder of Catanese & Wells, has been practicing equine law since 1983. Over his career Mr. Catanese has represented hundreds of clients with equine business and litigation needs as a trial attorney. Mr. Catanese has and does represent clients throughout the state of California, in various jurisdictions in the United States and internationally. Mr. Catanese founded Catanese & Wells in 1989 for the purpose of providing specialized service to clients engaged in the equine industry. The law firm represents clients in all breeds with an emphasis on Thoroughbred racehorses, Arabian show horses, Hunter Jumpers, all breeds of “Sport” horses, Cutting horses, and all types of competition horses at all levels. The law firm represents professional and amateur riders and other participants in the horse industry.

The trial attorneys at Catanese & Wells have extensive experience with the equine industry and an understanding of the "horse" business. Catanese & Wells can provide consultation regarding horse business structure, tax planning (including defending tax audits), personal injury and real property disputes, veterinary malpractice, ranch management, general business litigation, owner-trainer disputes, boarding disputes, owner or partnership disputes and disputes involving the purchase and sale of horses.

Catanese & Wells has represented clients in many jury trials and "bench" (judge) trials. Due to the experience of the law firm's trial attorneys, our clients have an advantage when litigating against other lawyers who have no experience or less experience in the equine law field.

The law firm also provides ongoing support to equine businesses from the start-up venture to the existing and operating equine business concern.

Mr. Catanese has lectured before the American Horse Council and at the University of Arizona Racetrack Management Program. Mr. Catanese also appeared as a speaker at the 2014 National Equine Law Conference sponsored by the University of Kentucky School of Law. Mr. Catanese is also a member of the American College of Equine Attorneys.

Civil Litigation Group

Catanese & Wells provides full service to clients with specific and general business disputes. Civil disputes involving business issues, money and real property concerns or general matters related to corporate or partnership operations are the types of cases handled by the law firm. The Civil Litigation Group represents clients before all state and federal courts in the state of California. The group also has an extensive appellate practice assisting clients with appeals when needed.

The law firm offers clients assistance in several specific areas, including: corporate shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, vendor/creditor disputes, contract claims (breach of contract), business fraud, defamation (business slander), FINRA disputes (securities broker dealer issues) and interference with business relations. In addition, the law firm helps clients with real estate and property disputes including contractor issues, title conflicts and broker problems.

At the beginning of each case, our trial attorneys make a concentrated effort to resolve the case if practicable, but if resolution cannot be achieved they are ready to aggressively pursue the rights and remedies of the clients they represent. At all times the law firm focuses on the best way to effectively represent clients doing so in a cost effective manner. Since the civil litigation lawyers at the firm have many years of experience in practicing law in California they can provide clients with the benefits of that experience. And, the law firm offers an initial client consultation at no cost to a prospective client giving the client an opportunity to learn more about the firm and its approach to handling their case before any obligation to pay a fee occurs.

Estate Litigation Group

The Estate Litigation Group of Catanese & Wells assists clients who have probate, trust and general estate litigation needs. This includes probate and will contests, beneficiary disputes, removal of trustees, enforcement of trusts and wills, recovery of estate property, accountings and emergency petitions for court orders such as injunctive relief. The law firm also consults with clients in situations where family concerns are paramount and the need for discretion is important. The goal of our California probate attorney team is to assist clients at a critical time to preserve assets of the estate and to ensure a timely distribution of estate assets when needed. The Estate Litigation Group also assists clients in the recovery of assets held in other states or jurisdictions outside of California.

Business Law Group

The Business Law Group has extensive experience in all areas of business. From business formation to capital acquisition our California business lawyers can help. The law firm represents clients who are just starting a new business as well as clients who are publicly traded. Our trial attorneys assist clients with needs in the following areas - business formation, purchase and sale agreements, bank loans, employment relations, asset agreements (mergers and acquisitions), specialized contracts, trademark and copyright requirements as well as general business contracts.