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Caryn L. Lilling

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Caryn Lilling is a co-owner and managing partner of Mauro Lilling Naparty LLP, the largest firm in New York dedicated to appeals. For the last 20 years, MLN has nimbly handled state and federal matters in various appellate courts around the region including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. With our staff of experienced appellate practitioners and former law clerks to appellate judges, we know what works and our rate of success proves it. Our overall rate of success on appeal is 70 percent, far exceeding the national average.


Whether an institution or an individual, our commitment is to provide an exceptional product accompanied by the best service available, anywhere.  MLN is a firm with a conscience.  We pride ourselves on always trying our best to do the "right thing" by our clients.  Our goal is to achieve the best possible result in the most cost efficient manner.


Ms. Lilling joined the firm 20 years ago as its first associate upon graduation from law school. Ms. Lilling has received Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer review rating of AV, having been designated as Preeminent in appellate practice. This distinction is awarded to less than five percent of all United States lawyers.

In 2010, Ms. Lilling was recognized by Long Island Business News for inclusion in its list of Who’s Who In Professional Women, and in 2011 she was named one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business by the same publication. In 2011, she was also selected by Super Lawyers as one of the top attorneys in the field of Appellate Law.

Ms. Lilling has handled hundreds of civil appeals in state and federal courts, and has argued cases in the New York State Court of Appeals. Her name appears on hundreds opinions in a wide variety of practice areas, and she has published extensively on a various topics in her field. She is a frequent lecturer for in-house counsel, insurance companies, hospitals and bar associations on appellate advocacy, New York’s structured judgment statutes and the newly enacted Medical Indemnity Fund.

In 2007, she was sworn in as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate in Nassau County, New York. The Family Court Advocate Program provides the court with trained volunteers who investigate, monitor and report to the court on the status of individual children in foster care.

Ms. Lilling holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Hofstra University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in all state courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as the United States District Court in the Eastern and Southern districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 100%
    25 years, 350 cases

Attorney endorsements

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    Caryn Lilling is a highly experienced and successful appellate litigator. She has handled appeals in numerous practice areas. I would highly recommend her to any client.


    Katherine Solomon Construction and development Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Jacqueline Harounian

    Caryn Lilling concentrates her practice on appellate matters, and has an outstanding professional track record of success. I recommend her very highly and would not hesitate to refer a client to her.


    Jacqueline Harounian Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Mauro Lilling Naparty LLP

130 Crossways Park Drive
Suite 100
Woodbury, NY, 11797

Mauro Lilling Naparty, LLP

One Penn Plaza
49th Floor
New York, NY, 10119



NYCurrently registered 199303/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent 4.7 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super Lawyer - Appellate LawSuperLawyers2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business AwardsLong Island Business News2011
Who's Who in Professional WomenLong Island Business News2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerMauro Lilling Naparty LLP1992 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Defense Research InstituteMember2009 - Present
Gotham Networking - Long Island Legal GroupMember2005 - Present
New York County Lawyers' AssociationMemberN/A
Nassau County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Federation of Defense and Corporate CounselMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Novikov v. ZamdborgCase Dismissed
Reisman v. Bay Shore Union Free DistrictReversed in favor of our client
Coizza v. 164-50 Crossbay RealtyAppellate Division found in favor of our client finding that they were entitled to specific performance of the property as well as other items of damages.
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Publication nameTitleDate
DRI - In House Defense QuarterlyAn Appellate Perspective: Early Case Evaluation and Risk Management2010
New York Law JournalPremises Owners Have A Greater Incentive To Provide Adequate Security2002
Medical Malpractice Law & StrategyPhysical Injuries May Have Psychogenic Origins1999
Medical Malpractice Law & StrategyDamage Award Inflators In Claims of Psychological Injury1997
New York Negligence ReporterThe Defense of Mental Health Professionals In Sexual Misconduct Claims1995
Hofstra Labor Law JournalThe Civil Rights Act of 1991: An Examination of the Storm Preceding The Compromise of America's Civil Rights1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of MichiganN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Risk Management - An Appellate PerspectiveA Practical Guide To CPLR Article 50-A2010
Nassau County Women’s Bar AssociationIncrease Your Odds on Appeal: Techniques That Every Litigator Needs To Make The ‘Perfect’ Record In The Trial Court And Navigate The Appellate Process2008
Nuts and Bolts of New York Appellate Practice: Winning Strategies for the New York Appellate LitigatorStrategies for the New York Appellate Litigator2004
UnknownAppellate Practice Techniques and Tips2003
Hofstra University School of LawThe Art of Oral Advocacy2001
UnknownWhy Retain Appellate Counsel, Boutique Law Firms2001