James M. Catterson 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 Presiding Justice of the First Department appointed Mr. Catterson 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, Mr. Catterson 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, Mr. Catterson 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 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, First and Second Judicial Departments. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Catterson spent the majority of his tenure in the EDNY as Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Unit.

Mr. Catterson 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.

Mr. Catterson 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.


  • 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 Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Civil Practice in New York

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