Michael S. Catlett

An Arizona native, Michael S. Catlett was appointed to Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals by Governor Doug Ducey in 2022. From 2020 to 2023, Judge Catlett worked at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office as Deputy Solicitor General and Chief Counsel of Special Litigation, representing the State of Arizona and the Arizona Attorney General in trial and appellate courts. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Judge Catlett was a complex commercial and appellate litigator in private practice with the law firms of Quarles & Brady LLP (Associate 2010-2014, Partner 2014-2020) and Osborn Maledon, P.A. (Associate 2007-2010). After graduating from law school, Judge Catlett served a one-year clerkship (2006-2007) with the Hon. Paul J. Kelly, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Judge Catlett received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in finance from Arizona State University. Judge Catlett received his law degree summa cum laude and order of the coif from the University of Arizona College of Law, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the Arizona Law Review.  Judge Catlett has been a member of the Arizona State Bar’s Civil Practice and Procedure Committee and is an author of a chapter in the Arizona Attorneys’ Fee Manual.  Judge Catlett has also been a professor of practice at the University of Arizona College of Law, co-teaching a course on Government Liability. Judge Catlett has donated his time to provide pro bono legal services through the Federal Court Pro Se Litigant Clinic and the Ninth Circuit’s Pro Bono program and has volunteered as a youth basketball coach.