Partner Timothy Capowski Brings Big Name, Big Practice to the Powerhouse Defense Litigation Firm
White Plains, NY (March 14, 2022) –Just six months ago since launch, insurance defense firm Coffey Modica O’Meara LLP has become Coffey Modica O’Meara Capowski LLP, reflecting the addition of heavy-hitter appellate attorney and litigation consultant Timothy Capowski.
Capowski, who is known for defending insureds in catastrophic, high-exposure cases, joined the firm in January with partners Sofya Uvaydov and John (Jack) Watkins, alongside four associates from their prior office. Over the past two months, the group has continued its rapid growth, adding several more associates to support his powerhouse team, including three laterals for the firm’s brand-new Buffalo, New York office: Annabelle Gao, Samuel 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.
“In today’s climate, nuclear verdicts are a real threat to insurers,” said Juliann O’Meara, managing partner of CMOC LLP. “Tim, Sofya and Jack successfully minimize their clients’ risk by not only accurately evaluating legal issues and liability exposure, but also, as a result of the experience they and their team have garnered from monitoring well over 500 trials, they intimately understand the industry and how the judiciary addresses these cases, as well as the practical obstacles facing defense trial attorneys. This directly informs how they counsel clients.”
Coffey Modica O’Meara Capowski opened its doors in September of 2021 with its three founders – Michael Coffey, Robert Modica and Juliann O’Meara, who met at an Am Law 200 law firm more than 20 years ago and have worked together since then. The firm now boasts a roster of 25 attorneys. In addition to top-tier client service, the firm prides itself on a positive, creative, and collaborative culture.
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 Coffey. “We are busy servicing clients, litigating and trying cases, and onboarding laterals. We are thrilled to kick off 2022 with a new name and such an accomplished team.”
About Coffey Modica O’Meara Capowski LLP
Coffey Modica O’Meara Capowski LLP is a New York-based defense litigation firm with offices in Manhattan, White Plains, Buffalo, 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.