After Opening Its Doors in September 2021, Firm Grows To 30 Attorneys and Six Offices

Buffalo, NY (April 4, 2022) –White Plains, New York-based insurance defense firm Coffey Modica O’Meara Capowski LLP has opened an upstate New York office in Buffalo, located at 42 Delaware Street, Suite 525.

In just seven months, the firm opened its doors with its three founders – Michael CoffeyRobert Modica and Juliann O’Meara and has grown its roster to 30 attorneys and six offices – four in New York, one in New Jersey and one in Connecticut.

This expansion is just one of many announcements the firm has made recently. Last month, the firm shared its name change from Coffey Modica O’Meara LLP to Coffey Modica O’Meara Capowski LLP (CMOC), with the addition of Timothy Capowski, a heavy-hitter appellate attorney and litigation consultant, who joined the firm in January as a named partner. 

Capowski, a University of Buffalo alumnus, and his CMOC colleagues currently have matters upstate and expect it to be a growth market for the firm.

Capowski, who is known for defending insureds in catastrophic, high-exposure cases, joined the firm with partners Sofya Uvaydov and John (Jack) Watkins, and four associates from their prior firm.  Over the past two months, the group has grown rapidly, adding several more associates to support his team, including three laterals in the Buffalo office: Annabelle GaoSamuel Newman and Christopher Bitar.

“We are not your grandfather’s appellate practice,” said Capowski. “We have carved out a unique niche practice that helps our clients fight and win the highest exposure cases in the country. Rather than dropping into a case after an unfavorable result, like traditional reactive appellate groups, we provide strategic litigation and trial support, monitoring, consulting and drafting as needed from start to finish, from discovery onward.  This early intervention ‘full-court press’ provides our clients and their counsel added-value services that improve their ability to evaluate legal issues and liability exposure, implement tactics and arguments to craft compelling summary judgment motions, and position themselves for a successful appeal or favorable negotiation.

We also seamlessly supplement the nation’s finest trial litigation teams by providing reporting, drafting and analytical support, but we do so in a complementary manner, without interfering with the strategic goals and process of the trial team.  For this reason, we are often requested by the best of the best to join their teams on major claims.”

Capowski’ s 12-member team has more than two decades of experience representing international and national excess insurers and private clients in a wide variety of fields.  Clients rely on the team to identify, evaluate, monitor, mitigate and defend their risk in catastrophic property and casualty matters including claims of catastrophic personal injury, construction defect, product liability, subrogation, professional liability, premises liability, labor law, employment law, mass torts, complex torts, toxic torts, insurance coverage and general commercial litigation. 

CMOC represents numerous private clients and all major insurers, as well as Lloyd’s of London syndicates and leading self-insured companies with the following primary practice areas: Property & Casualty; Community & Homeowners’ Association Law; Construction & Construction Defect; Cyber, Technology, & Media; Directors and Officers; Employment Law; Medical Malpractice; Professional Liability and Trucking &Transportation.  It services a wide range of industries.

“We are moving full steam ahead,” explained O’Meara. “We are busy servicing clients, litigating and trying cases, and onboarding laterals. We are thrilled to kick off 2022 with a new name, a new accomplished team and new offices that give us a presence throughout the tri-state area.

About Coffey Modica O’Meara Capowski LLP

Coffey Modica O’Meara Capowski LLP is a New York-based defense litigation firm with offices in New York –   Manhattan, White Plains, Buffalo, and Long Island – New Jersey and Connecticut. The firm represents defendants in high-profile, high-exposure matters across many disciplines and industries. 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 that are aligned with their short- and long-term business goals and culture.