“Our clients come from very different backgrounds and from all around the city. Many of them do not have a relationship with other lawyers to represent them in separate matters, so we also handle matters that are not directly related to the particular case.”
The pursuit of justice has been a lifelong passion for Carolyn Caccese. Even as a young child, she knew she wanted to practice law, and would tell that to anyone who asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. Early exposure to the law came courtesy of her father, an Assistant District Attorney in Riverhead on Long Island. He would take Carolyn and her brother to court with him on days when they were off from school, and she quickly discovered a great interest in the working of the law.
She also brings that surety to her decision to pursue her career at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro. “I started here as a law intern and have never wanted to go anywhere else. Not only are Bob and Marvin great people to work for, I know I’m helping our clients get through a very difficult time in their lives and that is exceedingly rewarding.”
Carolyn was introduced to Marvin Salenger by her father, who was an opposing attorney in a case where Marvin represented the plaintiff. She interned at the firm while at St. John’s Law and became an associate when she passed the Bar exam. She was named a partner at the firm in 2014.
“I wasn’t sure that I wanted to do personal injury initially, although I was always interested in litigation—as a kid I thought that litigation was the only thing that lawyers did. But I quickly realized that making a difference in someone’s life—working not for a corporation but for real people, was very rewarding. The firm has grown tremendously in my time here, but what hasn’t changed is that we’re like a family who works together.”
“Because of the nature of our work, we don’t have repeat clients, but our relationship with them often doesn’t end with a settlement or verdict. Working on medical malpractice cases in particular fosters a strong bond, and I may keep in touch to see how they’re doing. Our clients come from very different backgrounds and from all around the city. Many of them do not have a relationship with other lawyers to represent them in separate matters, so we also handle matters that are not directly related to the particular case; for instance, we may get involved with landlords. I enjoy the opportunity to help them with other legal issues. As lawyers, that’s our job—we have a duty to help our clients and if I can, I’m happy to do it. We do it for our former clients as well.”