Marco Caviglia has been a trial attorney for 34 years. He is a graduate of Colgate University and Albany Law School at Union University . He is admitted to the New York Bar and the Bar for the Federal Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He has served as Chief Assistant to the Dutchess County Public Defender, Assistant District Attorney in Dutchess County, and as County Legislator of Dutchess County. He has also served as Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Poughkeepsie and Special Counsel to the Town of Wappiner Falls.
Marco Caviglia is a Diplomate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in the teaching of trial skills to attorneys. He is one of the few attorneys in New York State that is 35-b Board Certified to try capital cases and has been lead counsel in four death penalty cases. Mr. Caviglia serves as Arbitrator on the Second Department Appellate Division panel for fee disputes between attorneys and clients and for litigated cases referred from court. He has served as a lecturer in the Continuing Legal Education for attorneys in area of Personal Injury for the New York State Bar Association in Manhattan and in Criminal Law for Dutchess County. He is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals . He is a Commissioner of Elections for Dutchess County, and is a former Commissioner of the Town of LaGrange Fire District.
Mr. Caviglia is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Dutchess County Bar Association, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York State Defender's Association and the New York State Women's Bar Association. Mr. Caviglia serves as an Adjunct Professor at Dutchess Community College in Family Law, and has served as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz in the subjects of Criminology and Deviant Behavior, and is a former Adjunct Professor in Paralegal Studies and the Department of Criminal Justice at Marist College, and the Department of Criminal Justice at Dutchess County Community College, and has authored several articles on legal subjects. Mr. Caviglia was also both the host of "Legal Brief," a radio law program, and a columnist for a similarly titled weekly newspaper column, and often appears on the television show "The Opinion."
As a former judicial candidate, he was rated as "Highly Qualified" to serve as a Family Court judge in 2011 by the NYS Governor's Bipartisan Screening Committee and "Highly Qualified" by the Dutchess County Bar Association. In 2010, he was also found "Highly Qualified" for the County Court judgeship by the Dutchess County Bar Association. In both instances, he was found "Qualified" by the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Committee of New York State (IJEQC), the highest ratings awardable at that time. He was personally endorsed by Governor Andrew Cuomo for Family Court Judge.