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James M. Catterson

James M. Catterson

Special Counsel

New York
T: +1 212 836 7252
F: +1 212 836 8689

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  • St. John's University School of Law
    JD, 1985
  • Colgate University
    BS, 1980

Bar Admission(s)

  • New York
  • Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • District of Connecticut
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

James M. Catterson serves as Special Counsel in Kaye Scholer’s Complex Commercial Litigation Department. Prior to joining the firm, Jim was an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department of the New York State Supreme Court, where he participated in more than six thousand civil and criminal appeals. He is one of the most published judges in New York state history and carries a strong reputation for scholarly writing, having authored more than 250 signed opinions and dissents. In January 2015, the Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division First Department appointed Jim to a three-year term on the Disciplinary Committee. The Committee is charged with protecting the rights of the public and maintaining the integrity of the legal profession.

Prior to his elevation to the Appellate Division, Jim presided over hundreds of civil jury trials of a wide range of classifications in the Tenth Judicial District of the New York State Supreme Court. Before his election to the Supreme Court, Jim served as Suffolk County’s Deputy County Attorney and throughout his career has litigated on behalf of a broad spectrum of federal and local entities at the administrative, trial and appellate levels in both federal and state courts. He has prepared and argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. Jim spent the majority of his tenure in the EDNY as Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Unit.

Jim is a former adjunct professor for Cardozo Law School and Touro Law School. He received his JD from St. John’s University School of Law and his BA from Colgate University.