Firm grows from three attorneys in one office to nearly 45 in eight offices in 16 months.

White Plains, NY (January 4, 2023) – Coffey Modica O’Meara Capowski LLP (CMOC) has expanded its ranks again with the addition of partners Michael Mezzacappa, Lawrence Luppi, Vince Avery, and Glen Feinberg. 

In less than a year and a half, the firm has grown from three attorneys – the founding partners – in White Plains to more than 45 attorneys and staff in eight offices across the Northeast.

“We are growing at an unprecedented pace,” explained Juliann O’Meara, CMOC managing partner. “Not only are our impressive results yielding more business from existing clients – both insurers and self-insureds – but they are attracting new clients as well.”

Mr. Mezzacappa and Mr. Luppi handle high-exposure, catastrophic personal injury and property damage cases, bolstering the firm’s already deep bench of trial attorneys and litigators.  Mr. Avery strengthens the existing Employment & Management Liability Practice.  Mr. Feinberg focuses on defending ultra-sensitive, high-value cases, including those related to the Child Victims Act.  

Mr. Mezzacappa brings 35 years of experience handling high-exposure personal injury and property damage claims. Much of his practice is focused on cases arising from explosions and fires. He has litigated and tried some of the most notable fire and explosion, product liability, premises liability, and construction accident cases in New York. 

He brings to the firm experience working for a national defense firm for 21 years and as a named in-house counsel for a national insurance company for five years. These decades of experience allow him to intimately understand his clients’ internal procedures and challenges and implement the most efficient processes in all his cases. Mr. Mezzacappa is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and D.C.

Admitted in three states – New York, California and Texas, Mr. Luppi represents clients in general liability matters, including high-exposure premises liability and New York Labor Law cases with claims of wrongful death. He handles all aspects of litigation and works creatively and diligently to extricate his clients from their cases. 

Mr. Avery defends employers across all industry sectors, focusing on two highly regulated industries ripe for litigation — hospitality and home healthcare — in state and federal court. In addition, he provides advice and counsel, working closely with in-house counsel and business owners to mitigate litigation.   

Employers rely on Mr. Avery’s aggressive approach to litigation. He has successfully defended clients in two dozen collective actions and prevailed in 10 trials. He is known for defeating class action certification of wage and hour cases at each stage, even early on during the conditional certification stage, which saves his clients the cost and emotional toll of litigation. He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Feinberg is a veteran trial attorney and former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, who represents educational, childcare, healthcare and religious institutions in general liability, employment, and malpractice claims. 

A significant part of his practice involves defending schools, daycare centers, summer camps, and religious institutions in claims of general and premises liability, employment discrimination, and negligent hiring and supervision arising out of alleged sexual misconduct by their employees. His matters often include claims arising under the Child Victims Act. He is admitted to practice in New York. 

“Word is spreading throughout the insurance and legal industries,” added Michael Coffey, one of the founding partners. “We are defending the types of cases that true litigators and trial attorneys want to handle and that junior attorneys want to experience to help build their careers. They take creativity, strategic problem solving and an aggressive, no-holds-bar attitude. 

We also offer a unique collegial culture founded on mentoring and collaboration, and we offer a dog-friendly environment that attracts attorneys who want something a little different than a traditional law firm.”

About Coffey Modica O’Meara Capowski LLP

Coffey Modica O’Meara Capowski LLP is a New York-based defense litigation firm with eight offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Philadelphia and is among the fastest-growing firms in the nation.  The firm represents defendants in high-profile, high-exposure matters across many disciplines and industries around the country.  Known for being aggressive trial attorneys and litigators, Coffey Modica O’Meara Capowski resolves matters on behalf of its clients with the most cost-effective resolutions aligned with their short- and long-term business goals and culture.