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William McCaffery

Firm: L'Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P.
Phone: (516) 837-7369

Specialties / Areas of Practice

  • Ethics
  • Law Practice Management
  • Litigation


Mr. McCaffery’s practice concentrates in the areas of legal malpractice defense, professional liability, commercial litigation, and general liability defense. He is experienced in both trial and appellate practice. Among other areas of professional liability and?defense litigation, he represents attorneys and law firms that have been sued for legal malpractice in cases ranging from real estate and personal injury matters to complex business transactions and commercial litigation.

Prior to joining L’Abbate Balkan in 2001, Mr. McCaffery had a general practice in which he handled real estate transactions, business formations, commercial litigation, will drafting, and personal injury matters. Prior to his general practice, he was associated with two defense firms in New York City, where he defended Labor Law actions, dental malpractice actions, general liability claims and represented individuals, small businesses and large, self-insured corporations. This broad range of experience enables Mr. McCaffery to better represent his clients in the varied subject matter that arises in the context of legal malpractice actions and other defense litigation.

Mr. McCaffery has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, their highest rating for general ethical standards and legal ability; he has received the highest rating of "Superb" from AVVO; and he has been named a Metro New York "Super Lawyer" in the area of professional liability defense. He is a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM); Vice President of the Long Island Chapter of CLM; and a member of CLM’s Professional Liability Committee. He is also a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the University of Scranton Council of Alumni Lawyers, and the Chaminade Lawyers Association. He has authored articles for the New York Law Journal ("Trusts and Estates Lawyers Face Increasing Risks of Malpractice Claims," "Build a Stronger Firm Through Risk Management," "Basic Principles Make Exceptional Attorneys," and "Avoiding Attorney Fee Claim Litigation"), Nassau Lawyer ("Time Management for Lawyers"), and co-authored the CLM Claims Handling Resources for New York. He is a regular speaker on matters of legal malpractice, professional liability, risk management, and litigation before insurance carriers and groups such as the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, and the Suffolk County Women's Bar Association.

He received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law in 1996 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton in 1993. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and is admitted to the United States District Courts for both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Education & Admissions

  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • University of Scranton, B.A., 1993
  • U.S.D.C.S.D.N.Y., 1998
  • U.S.D.C.E.D.N.Y., 1998
  • New York State, 1997

Awards and Recognition

  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Superb Rating, AVVO
  • Super Lawyer, Thompson Reuters

Professional Affiliations

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • University of Scranton Council mof Alumni Lawyers
  • Chaminade Alumni Lawyers Association

Reported Cases

  • Financial Services Vehicle Trust v. Saad, 137 A.D.3d 849, 27 N.Y.S.3d 584 (2d Dep't 2016)
  • In re Fitzgerald, 101 A.D.3d 871, 954 N.Y.S.2d 917 (2d Dep't 2012)
  • Schurz v. Bodian, 92 A.D.3d 753, 939 N.Y.S.2d 81 (2d Dep't 2012)
  • Hirsch v. Fink, 89 A.D.3d 430, 931 N.Y.S.2d 866 (1st Dep't 2011)
  • Rupolo v. Fish, 87 A.D.3d 684, 928 N.Y.S.2d 596 (2d Dep't 2011)
  • Krichmar v. Scher, 82 A.D.3d 1164, 919 N.Y.S.2d 378 (2d Dep't 2011)
  • Maksimiak v. Schwartzapfel Novick Truhowsky Marcus, P.C., 82 A.D.3d 652, 919 N.Y.S.2d 330 1st Dep't 2011)
  • Ehrlich v. Froehlich, 72 A.D.3d 1010, 903 N.Y.S.2d 400 (2d Dep't 2010)
  • Von Duerring v. Hession & Bekoff, 71 A.D.3d 760, 896 N.Y.S.2d 424 (2d Dep't 2010)
  • Gassab v. R.T.R.L.L.C., 69 A.D.3d 511, 893 N.Y.S.2d 540 (1st Dep't 2010)

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