Firm News

Firm News

WE MOVED!  We are now directly across from the Dutchess County Courthouse and the County Office Building (DMV office), 2nd floor, Suite 219.

HOMICIDE “NO BILL” –  Mr. Caviglia recently represented a man accused of homicide resulting from a confrontation at his home.  The client testified in the Grand Jury with Mr. Caviglia present as his attorney, and the jury returned a finding of insufficient evidence to believe a crime was committed.

ELECTION COMMISSIONER – In November 2014, Mr. Caviglia was unanimously reappointed Democratic Board of Election Commissioner in Dutchess County by the County Legislature.

THE “OPINION” TALK SHOW APPEARANCES (2012) – Mr. Caviglia appeared as a guest on the program Opiniontwice, on the subjects of Municipal Liability for Violation of Orders of Protection and Are DWI Penalties Too Harsh?.

LECTURES (September 21, 2012) — Mr. Caviglia participated playing the role of the platiniff’s attorney in a trial simulation for the NYS Bar Association presentation Law School for the Insurance Professional programin Albany, NY, performing as the plaintiff’s attorney during mock trial cross-examination of an expert orthopedist, and then participating in questions and answers with attendees.

ELECTION AS FIRE COMMISSIONER — Mr. Caviglia has been elected to a five year term as LaGrange Fire District Commissioner, which Commission administers an almost six million dollar annual budget.

COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT — Mr. Caviglia, a member of CADVASA, recently attended CADVASA’s annual luncheon concerning issues concerning abuse of women, and lending his support to the organization’s needs to eliminate the violation of human rights of women.

LECTURES (April 15, 2011) – March and April were busy times for Mr. Caviglia, as he lectured in Continuing Legal Education seminars for practicing attorneys, first in Manhattan for the NYS Bar Association on the topic of Automobile Liability, specifically on “Soft Tissue Injury and Medical Diagnostic Testing” and then for the Dutchess County Bar Association’s program entitled “Criminal Trials from A to Z” specifically on the subject of ” In Limine Motions in Criminal Practice.”

RE-ELECTION AS BOARD MEMBER(April 10, 2011) – at the Annual Membership Meeting of the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Mr. Caviglia was elected to another two year term to the Board. Mr. Caviglia, in addition to this voluntary position also performs free legal service for the DCSPCA in its enforcement of the humane law seeking transfer of ownership of abused animals from their abusers to the shelter in order to enable adoption by caring people. This work involves coordination with prosecutors and preparing and trying bond hearings in court.

RELEASE OF CONFINED PATIENT (Nov 16, 2010) — Mr. Caviglia was successful in a rehearing in Queens County for the release of an alleged mental patient from Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital who had been confined for two years in a secure institution, alleged to be a paranoid schizophrenic, but demonstrating to the court that there was insufficient evidence of such and obtaining the immediate release of his client who joyfully walked out of court with him.

DISMISSAL OF MANSLAUGHTER INDICTMENT (Oct 2010) – Mr. Caviglia obtained a dismissal of a Manslaughter indictment against one of his clients based upon the failure of the prosecution to introduce evidence supporting a self-defense claim and for failing to instruct the grand jury on the law pertaining to such defense.

$687,000 GIFT TO DUTCHESS COUNTY S.P.C.A. MAKES NEW FACILITY POSSIBLE – Mr. Caviglia, the named Executor for the Estate of Edith Har-Esh, MD, awarded $687,000 to the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to launch its Capital Campaign. The facility is to be usedy to house dogs, cats, and certain birds in a state of the art facility for animals. Proudly, specifically because of this spearhead gift, the DCSPCA has recently announced that it has met the three million dollar amount needed for the construction.

The late Dr. Har-Esh provided a discretionary gift allowing Mr. Caviglia to specifically choose any charitable organization to receive these funds.

Mr. Caviglia also awarded $1,500,000 from the estate to the New York Medical College in Westchester, New York for the creation of a professorship for Geriatric Psychiatry and for assisting in the care and maintenance of geriatric schizophrenic women. This was also a descretionary gift by Mr. Caviglia.

The late Edith Har-Esh, MD expressed her confidence and reliance upon the character, expertise, and judgment of Mr. Caviglia in not only naming him as Executor to the estate, and allowing him to construct her estate plan, but also in allowing him full discretion in awarding the proceeds of the estate to those charities deemed worthwhile and deserving.