William Bosch and former New York State Judge James Catterson, two highly regarded commercial litigators, have joined Pillsbury’s renowned litigation practice. Both join as partners from Arnold & Porter, where Bosch previously led the Real Estate Litigation practice and served as co-head of the Hospitality group. Catterson will be based in the firm’s New York office while Bosch will split time between New York and Washington, DC.

“We are thrilled,” said Deborah Baum, the leader of the firm’s global litigation practice. “Not only are Bill and Jim both outstanding commercial litigators, they also bring to the firm a distinctive skillset: in Bill’s case, an exceptional, nuanced knowledge of the Real Estate & Construction and Hospitality sectors, and in Judge Catterson’s case, vast appellate experience on both sides of the bench, a long history of successes representing high net-worth individuals, and of course, a uniquely deep understanding of litigation in New York’s Commercial Division. In all respects, their arrival will be of enormous benefit to Pillsbury clients.”

Bosch is a skilled trial lawyer whose practice is focused on complex commercial disputes, with particular experience representing real estate owners, joint ventures, developers and high-end funds that invest in real estate projects. Consistently recognized as one of the leading Leisure & Hospitality lawyers in the United States by Chambers USA, he regularly handles cases involving valuation issues, enforcement and termination of hotel management agreements (including disputes involving most of the major hotel operators), complex lease structures, development agreements, and issues of fraud and racketeering, breach of contract, fiduciary duty, accounting, cost allocations, unfair trade practices, personal services and agency. He also regularly handles related arbitrations and mediations, including under American Arbitration Association (AAA), and internationally, under International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) rules.

Catterson—a former Judge of the New York State Supreme Court for Suffolk County and Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, as well as a former Assistant United States Attorney—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. He frequently argues appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as well as the New York Court of Appeals and Appellate Division. He has provided extensive expert opinions in domestic and international litigation and arbitration, and has worked as a mediator and arbitrator for high value civil litigations and consults with other law firms on complex New York litigation issues.

“We saw clear synergies between our practices and Pillsbury’s, especially given the firm’s terrific litigation team and strong industry focus,” Bosch said. “Just as importantly, we respect and admire many of the Pillsbury lawyers we’ve come to know over the course of our careers and through the recruiting process. I’m excited to be here, and for the new opportunities the move presents for our clients.”

Added Judge Catterson: “The Pillsbury platform just fits our practices so well, with a wealth of highly-regarded complementary practices that can augment our work, and a long-standing commitment to the industries that matter most to us.”

Pillsbury’s award-winning team of more than 200 litigators works with clients around the world to help them successfully resolve disputes, in trial and out of court, at home and in jurisdictions around the globe. The firm has garnered dozens of top-tier recognitions as a result of the exceptional litigation counsel, and was most recently recognized as one of the ten most feared law firms for litigation by BTI Consulting Group.