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Marco Caviglia has been a trial attorney for 35 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 former Vice President of the Board of Directors  of the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a board member .  He is a Commissioner of Elections for Dutchess County, and is a former Commissioner of the Town of LaGrange Fire District.


Among his affiliations, Mr. Caviglia is a member of the Dutchess County Bar Association and the New York State Women's Bar Association.  Mr. Caviglia 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.


Languages spoken: Italian, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    37 years
  2. Divorce: 35%
    29 years
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    31 years


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Law Firm of Marco Caviglia

329 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601-3116


NYCurrently registered 198103/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2012
35-b Board CertifiedNational Center for State CourtsN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Chief CounselLaw Firm of Marco Caviglia1995 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorSUNY at New Paltz2007 - 2012
Special CounselTown of Wappinger2004 - 2008
Deputy Town AttorneyTown of Poughkeepsie2000 - 2001
PartnerCaviglia & Kolb1988 - 1995
Senior AssociateSteinberg & Kolb1987 - 1989
Chief Assistant Public DefenderDutchess County Public Defender's Office1986 - 1987
AssociateMeiselman, Farber, Stella & Eberz1984 - 1986
Assistant District AttorneyDutchess County District Attorney's Office1980 - 1982
LegislatorDutchess County Legislature1974 - 1975
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyDiplomateN/A
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
New York State Defenders AssociationN/AN/A
New York State Women's Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Mid-Hudson Women's Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Dutchess County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Black Belt MagazineCivil Liabilities in the Martial Arts1981
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Colgate UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Opinion Talk ShowMunicpal Liability for Violation of Orders of Protection2012
The Opinion Talk ShowAre DWI Penalties Too Harsh?2012
Law School for Insurance ProfessionalsPersonal Injury litigation2012
Soft Tissue Injury and Medical Diagnostic TestingPersonal Injury2011
Criminal Trials -- A to ZCriminal Trials2011