Carolyn Margolies’ 25 years of trial advocacy has been earned in civil and criminal courtrooms throughout New York State and, most recently, Florida Courts.

In addition to having a Masters Degree from Yale University, Carolyn graduated with honors from Cardozo Law School.

As lead trial attorney for the Wall Street firm of Cheven, Keely & Hatzis, Carolyn had a record number of successful verdicts on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Most notably, high verdicts were awarded in wrongful death cases, trucking accidents, Labor Law cases including awards for serious injuries resulting from violations of OSHA, premises liability and civil suits where violent crimes resulted from lax security in business establishments.

Her aggressive representation of litigants, and her outstanding record of favorable verdicts, have been reported in numerous publications, including the New York Law Journal. Now, here, in the Tampa Bay Area, Carolyn has successfully represented clients throughout the trial process and has proven to be a skillful trial attorney in Florida’s Civil and Criminal Courts with impressive results.

Notable Achievements

As a Senior Assistant District Attorney in New York, Ms. Margolies worked with the criminal defense bar to facilitate treatment for those charged with driving under the influence and assisted in the State’s Drug Court initiative, ensuring that those with addictions are given the opportunity for treatment in lieu of jail time.

Immediately following the September 11 attacks, Carolyn became an active member of T.L.C. (Trial Lawyers Care); an organization formed to provide pro bono legal representation to the families of World Trade Center Victims.

As the attorney for the students at the State University of New York, Carolyn successfully worked to change the law so that students could claim their dormitory address as a domicile for voting purposes, thereby changing the political landscape in national and local elections.

AREAS OF FOCUS:

PERSONAL INJURY, WRONGFUL DEATH, LABOR LAW, CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS, CRIMINAL DEFENSE, CONTRACT DISPUTES, TRUSTS & ESTATES AND INSURANCE LAW