Paul Katcher was born and raised in New York City, attended the city’s public schools, and graduated from Yale Law School in 1955.

In the latter years of his law practice, he was counsel at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae. There, he specialized in real estate law, primarily commercial financing. During that period, he authored articles which were published in the Real Estate Review and The Real Estate Finance Journal. He also participated in seminars conducted by the Practicing Law Institute, the NYU Real Estate Institute and the Institute for International Research.

His not-for-profit activities have centered principally on Concert Artists Guild, an organization dedicated to identifying and mentoring young classical musicians. He has served as a board member for eleven years, chairman for two years, and presently serve as chairman emeritus and a member of the executive committee.

For recreation, he plays tennis and the violin. His friends, who have witnessed him play both, have commented that they prefer the sound coming off the strings of his tennis racquet to those emanating from the strings of his violin.