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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, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P. 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, and he has received the highest rating of "Superb" from AVVO. 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, the Suffolk County Women's Bar Association, and the Affiliated Lawyers of the Americas (ALTA).

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.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    20 years
  2. Ethics: 40%
    20 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    20 years
  4. Arbitration: 10%
    20 years

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Contact info

L'Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P.

1001 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY, 11530


NYCurrently registered 199707/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerL'Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P.2001 - Present
PrincipalLaw Office of William T. McCaffery2000 - 2001
AssociateLandman Corsi Ballaine & Ford, P.C.1998 - 2000
AssociateMoore & Lafferty1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Professional Liability Defense FederationMember2013 - Present
CLM Long Island ChapterVice President2013 - Present
University of Scranton Council of Alumni LawyersMember2011 - Present
Council on Litigation ManagementMember2009 - Present
Nassau County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Chaminade Alumni Lawyers AssociationMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Financial Services Vehicle Trust v. SaadSummary judgment for defendant affirmed.
In re Fitzgerald, 101 A.D.3d 871, 954 N.Y.S.2d 917 (2d Dep't 2012)Reversal
Schurz v. Bodian, et al., 2012 WL 502680 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. February 14, 2012)Summary judgment for defendant affirmed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Legal Malpractice: A Multistate PrimerLegal Malpractice: A Multistate Primer2016
New York Law JournalTrusts and Estates Lawyers Face Increasing Risks of Malpractice Claims2016
TheCLM.orgLegal Malpractice: The Claim Professional's Guide to Handling Legal Malpractice Claims2015
New York Legal Malpractice: A Claim Professional's GuideNew York Legal Malpractice: A Claim Professional's Guide2015
New York Law JournalBuild a Stronger Firm Through Risk Management2015
Nassau LawyerTime Management for Lawyers2014
New York ClaimsArbitration is not Arbitrary2014
New York ClaimsNew York's Online Resources2014
New York Law JournalAvoiding Attorney Fee Claim Litigation2014
New York ClaimsControlling the Cost of New York Claims2014
New York Law JournalBasic Principles Make Exceptional Attorneys2014
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Website ResourcesCLM's New York Claims Handling Guidelines2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St John's University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of ScrantonHistory and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WebinarRisk Management for the Trusts and Estates Practitioner2016
Risk Management 2015 ALBEffective Client Relations and Resolving Attorney-Client Disputes2015
Legal Malpractice 2015: Professional Liability Claims, Litigation Strategies and EthicsRisk Management for Lawyers2015
Ethical Management of a Law FirmEthical and Practice Traps - Avoiding the Top 10 Pitfalls in the Practice of Law2015
Risk Management 2014Effective Client Relations & Resolving Attorney-Client Disputes2014
L'Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P. Monthly CLE ProgramTime Management for Lawyers2014
Claims Managers SummitControlling Legal Expenses2014
Suffolk County Women's Bar AssociationDisaster Preparedness and Data Recovery: A Review of Malpractice Concerns for the Small Firm/Solo Practitioner2013
Protecting Your Practice: Risk Management 2013Effective Client Relations and Resolving Attorney-Client Disputes2013
Legal Malpractice 2013Risk Management for Lawyers2013
Long Island Trusts & Estates Discussion GroupRisk Management for the T&E Practitioner2012
Legal Malpractice 2011Risk Management for Lawyers2011
Building a Successful Solo/Small Firm PracticePracticing Solo Safely and Ethically2011
Affiliated Lawyers of the Americas Fall 2011 ConferenceEthics and Best Practices for Solos and Small Firms2011
Anatomy of a Legal Malpractice ActionRisk Management for Lawyers2009
NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Fall MeetingRisk Management for the Private Practitioner2008