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Bar News - October 15, 2014

‘Undefeated’ Attorney Publishes Autobiography

Alfred Catalfo Jr., a longtime Dover attorney now living in Gatlinburg, Tenn., has published his autobiography, Undefeated: Scored On Once.

(Catalfo is the father of Alfred Catalfo III, the lawyer and filmmaker/screenwriter profiled in the August issue of Bar News.)

A graduate of Boston University Law School, Catalfo Jr., now 94, was admitted to the NH Bar in 1947 and, in 2008, was admitted to the Tennessee Bar. In New Hampshire, Catalfo was primarily a criminal defense lawyer and was active in Democratic Party politics. Catalfo was an elected delegate for President John F. Kennedy at the Democratic convention in 1960.

The book’s title has a dual meaning: Catalfo coached Berwick Academy’s football team while he was a college student and recorded an “undefeated, scored-on-once” season; while in the Navy in World War II, he was seriously injured in a plane crash. In the book, Catalfo recounts how he successfully argued with a surgeon who wanted to amputate his left arm, mangled in the crash.

The book relates that at a swearing in ceremony, US District Court Judge Martin Laughlin introduced Catalfo to the admittees as “a man who has forgotten more criminal law than all of you will ever know.”

The book is available at

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