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Summary

A distinguished professional possessing a rare combination of executive, judicial, and legislative work experience; an award-winning trial attorney with profound statewide litigation results recognized for exceptional legal research, problem solving and persuasive advocacy in complex, challenging and difficult subject matters; a dynamic motivating public speaker and community leader contributing time, energy and valued resources to responsible causes such as career mentoring, continued legal education and training, and sustainable fundraising missions in support of remedying critical issues facing children, seniors, women, veterans, small business owners and animals; and an open-minded and compassionate person known for demonstrating the highest reputation for integrity, ability, knowledge and temperament to excel in impactful decision-making, or leadership positions.

Professional

WILLIAM F. CAYE II, LLC, Founder, Managing member, 2015 – present.

  • Defends individuals / entities facing serious criminal and juvenile investigations and prosecutions
  • Represents and advocates for favorable outcomes for clients in criminal and white-collar litigation
  • Provides crisp and unique legal advice impacting clients in areas of various government regulations
  • Initiates a professional consulting service for nonprofits, charities, and small businesses, to date

W.G. TOMKO, Inc., Special inhouse litigation counsel, 2016

  • Responsible to CEO and General Counsel; and monitored outside trial counsel case activities
  • Introduced best practices and internal operating protocols to increase productivity and reduce costs
  • Prepared and reviewed trial strategies, coordinated witnesses and analyzed motions and pleadings

 BUSINESSLEGAL, P.C., Senior Attorney – Advisor, of Counsel, 2015-2016

  • Supervised and coordinated transactional legal projects for business and succession clients       
  • Reviewed processes and programs for improvement recommendations and implementation        
  • Analyzed formation, operation, governance, and succession plans for advice and counsel

PA ATTORNEY GENERAL, Senior Deputy Attorney General, Criminal Prosecution Section, 2008-2015

  • Effectively prosecuted or resolved challenging and difficult criminal conflict of interest referrals   
  • Managed demanding statewide criminal investigations involving complex and sensitive crimes   
  • Participated in local educational outreach programs impacting vulnerable community members

 PA ATTORNEY GENERAL, Deputy Attorney General, Criminal Section, Western Region, 2006-2008

  • Convicted scores of defendants charged with major felony violent crimes against persons          
  • Directed criminal investigations of environmental crimes, complex theft schemes & abuse of office
  • Assisted special agents investigating and prosecuting multijurisdictional fraud and cyber crimes

 COMMON PLEAS COURT, Civil Division (Allegheny County), Chief Law Clerk, 2005-2006

  • Facilitated the Court’s reasoning and analysis in deciding numerous intricate evidentiary matters
  • Supervised clerks and externs assigned to collaborate on research and drafting of opinions & orders
  • Organized jury selection with litigants and parties and managed necessary trial oversight activities

WILLIAM F. CAYE II, Esq., Sole Proprietor, 2000 – 2006

  • Developed a diverse multi-county criminal litigation and juvenile trial defense practice     
  • Advised clients in areas of Orphans’ Court estate, succession planning and administration          
  • Provided progressive legal counsel to small business start-ups and a myriad of emerging clients

 COMMON PLEAS COURT, Civil Division (Allegheny County), Baldwin, J., Law Clerk, 2001-2003

  • Performed legal research and exercised due diligence on a wide range of court claims and defenses
  • Administered to professionals and the Court contributing to efficient judicial operations    
  • Coordinated and scheduled motions, pretrial conciliations, and day to day court business

GAYDOS, GAYDOS & ASSOCIATES, Senior Associate Trial Counsel, 1999-2000

  • Successfully litigated commercial claims in arbitration, magistrate courts and alternative forums 
  • Protected the interests of countless indigent clients, in juvenile court, on a court-appointed basis

CARL A. PARISE & ASSOCIATES, Associate Trial Counsel, 1998-1999

  • Prepared pleadings and substantive motions and legal briefs advancing claims for civil clients    
  • Negotiated and advised criminal clients to avoid exposure to liability securing favored resolutions

DISTRICT ATTORNEY (Allegheny County), Assistant District Attorney, 1995-1998

  • Prosecuted numerous criminal defendants charged with a variety of street crimes to verdict        
  • Engaged in significant pretrial litigation such as motions in limine and evidentiary hearings

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT (WDPA), Ziegler, Chief Judge, Law Clerk, 1993-1995

  • Composed proposed judicial opinions and orders of court to dispose of complex matters 
  • Performed extensive legal research and due diligence on a wide range of federal subjects
  • Assisted fellow law clerks with addressing the needs of the Court to dispose of pro se litigation

Legal Apprenticeships

TARASI, TARASI & ASSOCIATES, Litigation and Pretrial Motions Practice, Law Clerk, 1993

  • Assisted Lead Attorneys in Case Management of workers compensation and disability cases     
  • Contributed Substantively to Pleadings and Legal Submissions in personal injury claims
  • Summarized Depositions and Document Review in Maritime and Product Liability actions

CAROSELLI & BEACHLER, Civil Trials / Appeals and Administrative Law, Law Clerk, 1992                

  • Drafted Legal Briefs for Lead Attorneys in the Appeals of injured and disabled workers   
  • Studied Theories of Liability and Defenses in medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits   
  • Developed Client Matter Files for Supervising Attorneys in civil and administrative client matters

PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT, Summer Clerk Legal Intern, Allocaturs / Appeals, 1990

  • Prepared Legal Memoranda on capital appeals, product liability, torts, and injured workers         
  • Conducted Legal Research for consideration in drafting opinions and case dispositive orders     
  • Analyzed Pleadings & Reproduced Records in criminal homicide and sexual assault prosecutions

Education

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, JURIS DOCTOR, 1993                

  • JURISFront Line Editor, 3.35 GPA
  • Extern / Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Donald E. Ziegler, Chief Judge, U.S.D.C. (W.D. Pa.)

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY, BACHELOR OF ARTS, MAGNA CUM LAUDE, 1990

  • Dean’s List High Honors, 4 years, 3.9 GPA       
  • Senior Leader Award Political Science   
  • Summer Legal Intern at Pennsylvania Supreme Court

SETON-LASALLE CATHOLIC H.S., DIPLOMA, MAGNA CUM LAUDE, 1986

  • Dean’s List High Honors, 4 years, 3.9 GPA       
  • National Honors Society, 3 years
  • KDKA Student-Athlete Extra Effort Award

Boards, Memberships & Associations

  • Executive Board, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Western Chapter, BOG voting delegate 
  • President Serra Club Diocese of Pittsburgh, Active member
  • Pittsburgh Autism Speaks, Secretary, Board of Trustees, Active member  
  • Board of Governors, Duquesne University School of Law Alumni Association, Active member
  • Board of Governors, Duquesne University Alumni Association, Past Engagement Committee member
  • Duquesne University School of Law, Alumni, Mentor & Seton-LaSalle H.S., Alumni, Career Mentor
  • Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science & Law, Duquesne University, Guest Instructor and Presenter
  • American Inns of Court (Dean Ed Sell, University of Pittsburgh Chapter), Master barrister, Past member
  • Amen Corner, and Judiciary Advisory Awards Committee, Active member
  • National Association of Attorneys General & Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Past member
  • US Attorney WD Pa Crimes against Children Task Force, Former member
  • Greater Pittsburgh Police Emerald Society, Former prosecutor active member
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section and Government Lawyer Section 
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Solo & Small Firms Section
  • Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA), Criminal Litigation Section, Active member
  • ACBA Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Past member
  • South Fayette Township Library Board & South Fayette Township Board of Standards, Past member
  • Friends of the South Fayette Township Library, Active member        
  • Allegheny County Democratic Committee, South Fayette Township
  • ISDA Morningstar Lodge 38, Active member
  • Loyal Order Moose Lodge #609, Active member
  • AOH Div. 1, Degreed active member