Catherine A. Bednar


Boston, MA
D 617.963.5976
[email protected]


  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
  • M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
  • B.A., Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth College

Catherine Bednar is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary’s Boston office. She is an experienced litigator in state and federal courts, with a focus on professional liability claims and construction lawsuits. Ms. Bednar also represents insurance companies in insurance coverage matters, including rendering coverage opinions.

Ms. Bednar has represented architects, engineers, accountants, attorneys and other professionals in the defense of malpractice claims. She has extensive experience in construction defect cases and environmental disputes. She has also defended a wide array of businesses and individuals against high-exposure claims for personal injury, property damage, monetary losses, and statutory and regulatory violations. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Bednar advises her clients on contract negotiation, risk management, regulatory compliance, and insurance coverage issues.

Prior to law school, Ms. Bednar worked as an environmental engineer at a national consulting firm. As an engineer, she advised and assisted corporate and municipal clients regarding compliance with state and federal environmental regulations, and engaged in the investigation, assessment, remediation and monitoring of contaminated properties.

Bar Admissions


U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

  • WBA
  • MDLA
Awards and Recognition
  • Recognized as a Massachusetts “Rising Star” by Law & Politics magazine in the area of Professional Liability: Defense, 2016
Classes/Seminars Taught
  • “A Roadmap for Defending Covered and Non-covered Claims: Part 1 – Reservation of Rights Letters” (webinar) (March 2020)
  • “Reducing Risk for Yourself, Your Company and Your Clients” – Managing Engineering Liability and Risk Seminar, Half Moon Education, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts (March 2020)
  • “Insurance and Legal Issues for Architects” Central Massachusetts Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Worcester, Massachusetts (September 2015)