Noteworthy community leader contributing valued energy and resources to responsible causes such as career mentoring, professional teaching and sustainable fundraising in support of critical issues impacting children, seniors, women, veterans, small business owners and animals; Award-winning experienced trial attorney with significant statewide litigation results recognized for exceptional legal research, problem solving and persuasive advocacy in complex, challenging and difficult subject matters; Distinguished professional possessing a rare pedigree of combined executive, judicial and legislative work history and a unique record of productivity and mature development; Dynamic writer and public speaker known for the highest reputation for legal knowledge, integrity, ability and temperament to excel in a responsible decision making position.


WILLIAM F. CAYE II, LLC, Proprietor, Managing member, 2000 – 2006; 2015 – present.

  • Creates a sustainable statewide law practice focusing on criminal and juvenile trial defense
  • Advises families and seniors in estate and succession planning and administration
  • Provides efficient and sound legal advice and counsel to a myriad of clients
  • Resolves diverse legal issues impacting working class families

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

  • Responsible to General Counsel and assisted outside litigation counsel with case management
  • Prepared and reviewed Trial strategies, coordinated witnesses and vetted motions and pleadings

BUSINESSLEGAL, P.C., ‘of Counsel,’ Senior Attorney / Advisor, 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

OFFICE of PA ATTORNEY GENERAL, Senior Deputy AG, Criminal Section, 2008-2015

  • Effectively prosecuted or resolved difficult conflict referrals from District Attorneys
  • Responsibly managed demanding criminal investigations involving complex crimes
  • Participated in community outreach and education impacting vulnerable members of our society

OFFICE of PA ATTORNEY GENERAL, Deputy AG, Criminal Section, Western Region, 2006-2008

  • Convicted scores of defendants charged with major felony violent crimes against persons
  • Directed criminal investigations of corrupt public servants, complex fraud and theft rings
  • Assisted special agents investigating and prosecuting multijurisdictional cyber crimes

COMMON PLEAS COURT, CIVIL DIV. (Allegheny County), Chief Judicial Law Clerk, 2005-2006

  • Facilitated daily the Court’s reasoning and analysis in deciding numerous intricate matters
  • Supervised and collaborated with law clerk and legal externs in areas of research and drafting

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

  • Performed extensive legal research and exercised due diligence on a wide range of topics
  • 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

  • Litigated commercial claims in arbitration and alternative forums with positive results
  • Protected the interests of indigent clients in juvenile court on a court-appointed basis

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

  • Prepared pleadings and substantive pretrial motions and legal briefs on behalf of clients
  • Negotiated / advised clients in avoiding exposure to liability to secure favorable resolutions

OFFICE of 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, CJ, Federal Judicial 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

Legal Apprenticeships

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

  • Assisted Responsible Attorneys in Case Management
  • Contributed Substantively to Pleadings and Legal Submissions
  • Summarized Depositions and Document Review

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

  • Drafted Legal Briefs
  • Studied Theories of Liability and Defenses
  • Developed Client Matter Files for Supervising Attorneys
  • PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT, Summer Clerk Legal Intern, Allocaturs / Appeals, 1990
  • Prepared Legal Memoranda
  • Conducted Legal Research for Consideration
  • Analyzed Pleadings and Reproduced Records



JURIS, Front Line Editor, 3.35 GPA

Extern / Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Donald E. Ziegler, Chief Judge, U.S.D.C. (W.D. Pa.)


Dean’s List High Honors, 4 years, 3.9 GPA

Senior Leader Award Political Science

Summer Legal Intern at Pennsylvania Supreme Court



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
  • Board of Governors, Duquesne University School of Law Alumni Association, At Large member
  • Board of Governors, Duquesne University Alumni Association, Engagement Committee
  • Duquesne University School of Law, Alumni, Mentor and Seton-LaSalle H.S., Alumni, Career Mentor
  • American Inns of Court (Dean Ed Sell, University of Pittsburgh Chapter), Master barrister
  • Amen Corner, Judiciary Advisory Awards Committee, Past 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;
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Solo & Small Firms Section
  • Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA), Criminal Litigation Section, present member
  • ACBA Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Past member
  • South Fayette Township Library Board & South Fayette Township Board of Standards
  • Serra Club Diocese of Pittsburgh, Active member
  • ISDA Morningstar Lodge 38, Loyal Order Moose Lodge #609, AOH Div. 1, degreed member


Therese Rocco, Retired Assistant Pittsburgh Police Chief – 412.343-1849

Todd Goodwin, Esquire, Senior Deputy Attorney General – 412.565-7680

Hon. PJ, Jeffrey A. Manning, Court of Common Pleas Allegheny County – 412.350-1900