Bio: Catherine E. Graziano

Catherine E. Graziano, Esquire

Catherine E. Graziano has been a member of the Rhode Island Bar since 1986.

In addition to practicing law, she is an Associate Judge with the Providence Municipal Court since 1998.

Attorney Graziano was a former Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Providence from 1988 to 1998 wherein, she handled matters such as Superior Court defense litigation, District Court litigation, Housing and Municipal Court prosecutions. In addition, she has experience as legal counsel to the Retirement Board, the Providence Zoning Board and various Providence City Council committees.

From 1987 to 1988, Attorney Graziano was an Administrative Assistant, Legal Assistant, to the Commissioner of Public Safety in Providence, Rhode Island.

Attorney Graziano has successfully tried many cases before juries in the Superior Court and has extensive experience in the areas of personal injury litigation, probate practice, District Court, Traffic Court defense, and municipal law. Also, Attorney Graziano has represented clients at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Department of Labor and Training and other state agencies.

Bar Admissions:


Rhode Island Bar Association 1986

United States District Court, District of Rhode Island 1987



Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, Juris Doctor Degree, 1986

Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, 1981 and Master’s Degree, 1983

Professional Associations:

Rhode Island Bar Association

Cases argued before the Rhode Island Supreme Court:

   Kaya v. Partington, et al

   (Municipal liability to injured police officer limited to IOD payments)

   Lahaye v. Napolitano

   (Municipal liability for sidewalk defect defined)

   D.A.R.E v. Gannon, et al

   (Access to public records, specifically, police disciplinary records,


   Ramos v. City of Providence

   (Sidewalk slip and fall – summary judgment for the

   Defendant upheld)

   Graziano, et al v. Rhode Island Lottery Commission

   (Open meetings issues and wrongful termination)

Federal Court Cases:

   Bertoncini v. City of Providence

   (Alleged reverse discrimination by Fire Dept. candidates)

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