Biography.

Professional

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William F. Caye II [pronounced Ki] is a distinguished trial lawyer and a respected alumnus of Duquesne University where he graduated magna cum laude with a BA Degree from the School of Liberal Arts, in 1990, and where he later received his JD from the School of Law, in 1993, having served as editor to the award winning law-student publication, JURIS. Bill was admitted to the bar in 1994 and he started his professional career at that time judicial-clerking for Chief US District Court Judge Donald E. Ziegler and was well regarded for his excellent research and writing talents in the areas of federal employment and labor laws. Next, Bill went on to successfully try numerous criminal prosecution cases to verdicts between 1995 and 1998 as an Assistant District Attorney, in the trial section, for the District Attorney of Allegheny County, the Honorable Robert Colville, Sr. Bill also assisted other prosecutors in the domestic abuse and area prosecution units before entering the private sector criminal defense bar, as an Associate Attorney for Carl A. Parise, in 1998.

While working for Mr. Parise, Bill successfully defended a myriad of clients charged with major crimes violations and DUI related offenses and, in particular, he cultivated an up and coming estates and trusts practice in the Orphans’ Court. A year later, Bill became a highly touted Senior Associate with the law firm of Gaydos, Gaydos & Associates, in White Oak, PA, and his trial skills expanded beyond criminal litigation into areas of Civil, municipal, Arbitration and Juvenile controversies and disputes. During this stint, Bill actively participated in the ACBA lawyer referral and juvenile justice court programs, as needed, assisting in the representation of many indigent clients. Bill, at that time, was designated by the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas to be a member of the court-appointed trial attorney list to aid in advocating and defending adults and children charged as co-defendants, due to professional conflicts of interest.

Later in 1999, Bill launched his own boutique, private law firm focusing on assorted litigation in Allegheny, Butler, Westmoreland, and Washington Counties and he began cultivating transactional and regulatory compliance work to benefit small family-run businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups. Additionally, Bill was asked to provide judicial and administrative support and advice clerking for the Honorable Cynthia A. Baldwin of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Family and Civil Divisions between 2000 and 2005 and he periodically served as a special master or arbiter to help alleviate backlogs.

In 2006, Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett specially assigned Bill to be a Commonwealth’s Deputy Attorney General prosecuting crimes against children in a new unit known as the Child Predator Unit to enforce internet safety across our state. Bill managed to uphold a 100% conviction rate for this difficult subject matter and he personally prosecuted and convicted well over 110 sexual offenders targeting minors in over 30 counties west of Harrisburg. In 2008, Bill was promoted to Senior Deputy Attorney General having unanimously won over 10 consecutive jury trials against highly recognized “super criminal defense lawyers.” Bill was re-assigned to prosecute elder abuse, public corruption, tax fraud and environmental crimes in 2014.

Bill has been considered an accomplished legal advocate that has over 22 years of diverse courtroom litigation and statewide jury trial experience. In fact, earlier this year, Bill was awarded a lifetime public service award for his substantial work “protecting lives and saving futures” by the Achieving Greatness organization. Moreover, Bill ran on both party tickets for the Court of Common Pleas as an endorsed candidate. According to his peers on the ACBA Judiciary Committee, Bill has “the highest reputation for legal ability, experience, integrity and temperament to excel as a judge.”

Bill decided to return to the private sector, earlier this year; and, to date, Bill has served the legal profession, over the course of his extensive career, as an appointed Master barrister at the prestigious American Inns of Court Dean Ed Sell Chapter. Indeed, Bill retains active memberships in the sole practice and criminal law sections of the Allegheny, Pennsylvania, and American Bar Associations. He formerly was involved with the unauthorized practice of law and government practice sections, respectively. Furthermore, Bill has guest-lectured at the Cyril Wecht Institute and he has instructed various complex continuing legal education seminars.


 

Personal

Bill is married to Tammy Gaydos Caye, the daughter of the late former US Congressman, Joe Gaydos, Sr. Bill and Tammy have 2 boys, Billy and Adam and they reside in Oakdale, Allegheny County, PA. Tammy has her Masters in elementary education and presently works as a special needs para-educator at South Fayette H.S. When he has any free time, away from the practice of law, Bill gives back to the community through his mentoring of younger lawyers and his follow up work with several reputable charities and non-profits, especially those organizations that invest in education, health and the safety and welfare of our children and seniors.

Bill is a proud member of the Loyal Order of Moose Beechview Lodge 609, the AOH Division #1, the ISDA Morningstar Lodge 38, as well as the Greater Pittsburgh Police Emerald Society. In closing, Bill was a former recipient of the KDKA extra-effort award and was a 3 years member of the National Honor Society, as an exceptional baseball and basketball player at Seton-LaSalle Catholic H.S. where he graduated, in 1986, magna cum laude.

Bill was born and raised in Brookline, in the City of Pittsburgh, in the 19th ward. His parents are Eva Colosimo Caye and William “Billy” Caye, Sr. Bill’s younger brother, Julius Caye, is a Deputy Sheriff with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office.


Experience

Bill has extensive experience in private practice. He is a graduate of Duquesne University and Duquesne University Law School. Bill has worked tirelessly to protect Allegheny County families. Over the course of his career, Bill has successfully represented children, seniors and working class families fighting for their interests. Bill has taught, lectured and trained other professionals on various legal topics.


Integrity

Bill has been a champion for disabled workers, an advocate for hardworking families, and voice to ensure fairness in the judicial process. Bill served as a Senior Deputy Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where he prosecuted child predators and violent sexual offenders and previously, he served as an Assistant District Attorney putting dangerous criminals behind bars. Bill is a Master of the American Inn of Court Dean Ed Sell Chapter.


Fairness

Bill has functioned as a trusted legal adviser for judges and in particular, he worked as a judicial law clerk, first, for the Honorable Chief United States District Court Federal Judge Donald E. Ziegler, and subsequently, he worked for the Honorable Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Cynthia A. Baldwin. Bill gained a true sense of fairness in those roles of helping judges do the job of judging.


 

Results

William F. Caye II of the Law Office of William F. Caye II brings a results oriented leadership approach to every situation, and Bill pays attention to the details. Bill offers a well-rounded perspective from his unique background, education, training and proven experience of over 22 years statewide jury trial results. Bill has excelled in the public and private sectors. According to his peers, William F. Caye II adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards for legal ability, integrity and temperament, and he is adeptly familiar with all branches of government and all sectors of government.

Bill has strong organizational, research and analytical skills and a proven track record of delivering exceptional client services. He is motivated to perform efficiently to meet deadlines, to multi-task and to resolve complex matters with simplicity and creativity, alike. Bill is able to work well independently and he is proficient at problem solving and monitoring programs and plans of action, and professionally addressing crisis with poise.

Bill is well versed in the rules of Evidence and Court. Bill also is thoroughly familiar with interpreting and implementing regulatory enforcement procedures, rules, and regulations. Bill has taught and lectured, at different levels, on various legal subjects.

Next, Bill possesses extensive work experience, demonstrated across the Commonwealth, handling litigation, motions practice, arguments, arbitrations and trials. He has a strong judicial law clerk background that includes extensive legal drafting and writing; and has significantly contributed to published materials. Bill has a passion for researching and planning projects and for fast pace functioning through teamwork.


 

Philosophy

The Law Office of William F. Caye II makes it a priority to know and understand the client and situation so that the client may be best served in a strategic fashion to maximize opportunities and minimize risk. Further, Bill is passionate about helping people improve quality of life and is especially good working with seniors and children in human interest capacities.

Bill endeavors to play a part in a meaningful capacity to promote and foster best practices and sound policy decision-making to help others. As such, Bill looks forward to being productive to a client, firm or organization that needs diversity, excellence and consistency in representation.

Our long-lasting, highly productive relationships with our clients are built on trust, service, execution and superior work product and results.


 

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • ABA – American Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court Dean Ed Sell Chapter
  • PBA – Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • ACBA – Allegheny County Bar Association
  • ATLA – American Trial Lawyers Association
  • NAAG – National Association of Attorneys General
  • PDAA – Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association
  • Amen Corner
  • Duquesne University School of Law Alumni Association
  • Seton LaSalle HS Alum
  • Greater Pittsburgh Police Emerald Society
  • ISDA Morningstar Lodge 38
  • Ancient Order of Hibernians, Degreed member
  • Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 609