Jim Cataland is a Professor of Professional Skills at Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida. He began his employment with the law school in January 1997, and from 1998 through 2001, he served as its Senior Administrative Dean. He now teaches Contracts, Business Associations, Franchise Law, Corporate Governance, and an entrepreneurial law course titled Business Development.
Professor Cataland began his legal career in Northeast Ohio, specializing in complex business litigation and criminal defense. He was counsel in shopping center and construction litigation in the district courts of Ohio, Kentucky, and Florida. He was also counsel in the defense of a former county sheriff charged in federal court with violating the Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Professor Cataland also served as lead counsel in several high profile death penalty cases.
Prior to joining Florida Coastal School of Law, Professor Cataland served as the Chief Executive Officer of Arthur Treacher’s, Inc., the publicly traded parent company of the Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips restaurant chain. Professor Cataland acquired the chain and simultaneously took it public in a series of financial transactions and mergers. He grew the company through several acquisitions and built an international supply system and franchise network.
Professor Cataland has lectured at colleges and universities and has served frequently as an expert witness. He also served as a Court-Appointed Custodian for the United States District Court in Jacksonville, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Ohio State University and a J.D. from the University of Texas.