James M. Catterson is a partner in the complex commercial litigation practice of the firm. He represents a wide variety of corporate entities, high net worth individuals and other major law firms in civil litigation in both state and federal court. Jim has prepared and argued many appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as well as the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division for the First and Second Departments.

Jim has been retained to provide extensive expert opinions in domestic and international litigation and arbitration. He has worked as a mediator and arbitrator for high value civil litigations and consults with other law firms on complex New York litigation issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Jim served as 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.

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 as well as arbitration on a wide range of municipal issues. 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.


  • JD, St. John's University School of Law, 1985
  • BA, Colgate University, 1980
  • New York
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Member, Chief Judge's Advisory Committee on Civil Practice in New York
  • Member, Departmental Attorney Disciplinary Committee, First Department

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