Trump nominates Jonathan Katchen as Alaska district judge

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has nominated Jonathan Katchen to serve as district judge in the U.S. District Court for Alaska.

Katchen's legal employment history includes working for Alaska's junior U.S. senator and clerking for the president's sister.

Katchan currently works in private practice in Anchorage at the office of Holland & Hart, focusing on oil and gas law. He began working there in 2017 after a five-year stint at Crowell & Moring LLP in Anchorage, according to a biography provided by the White House.

Katchen worked as intergovernmental coordinator for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources from 2010 to 2012, managing appeals and litigation under then-commissioner Dan Sullivan, now a Republican U.S. senator. Katchen also worked under Sullivan as an assistant attorney general for oil, gas and mining in Alaska.

Katchen earned bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees at Boston College, and his law degree at the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

After law school, Katchen clerked for Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, the president's older sister, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Katchen wrote several opinion pieces for Alaska Dispatch News, which can be found here.

Erica Martinson

Erica Martinson is a former reporter for the Anchorage Daily News based in Washington, D.C.