Dan Cavarello is a Partner with Sugarman Law Firm, specializing in the defense of claims against municipalities, school and fire districts and related entities, as well as those involving private companies. These include wrongful death, civil rights, premises defects, labor law, product liability, motor vehicle, and negligent supervision claims. He also represents clients in administrative proceedings before the Department of Labor, Division of Human Rights, and EEOC. As a former town attorney, his experience also includes land use and zoning issues.
Over the past several years, Mr. Cavarello has been selected as a mediator and arbitrator in a wide variety of disputes in both New York State and Federal Court. The vast majority of his mediated cases have resulted in settlements, which has led to substantial growth in this area of his practice. He is known for his patience, professionalism, and diligence in working with the parties and their clients toward an acceptable resolution.
Mr. Cavarello was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1996 and has practiced before all New York State and Federal district courts. He is a member of the Erie County and New York State Bar Associations, including the Municipal Law Section. His other professional memberships include the New York State Magistrates, Erie County Magistrates, Western New York Trial Lawyers, and Buffalo Claims Associations.
In 2014, Mr. Cavarello was named “Attorney of the Year” by one of the firm’s largest clients, HCC Public Risk, a multi-state insurer of municipal entities. In 2018, he was named to Buffalo Business First’s list of “Legal Elites,” and has also been selected to the “Super Lawyers” list in the area of municipal practice for the past several years.
Mr. Cavarello is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Boston College where he received both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees, with honors, in 1992 and 1995, respectively.
Mr. Cavarello is an active member of the Tonawanda, New York community where he served as Town Attorney from January, 2006 until August 2010, when he was appointed Town Justice. He was recently re-elected to his third four-year term and continues to hold that office. He is also past President and Trustee of the Kenmore-Tonawanda School Board. He volunteers as a religious education instructor at St. John the Baptist Church and is a member of its Holy Name Society.
Mr. Cavarello and his wife, Chris, are life-long residents of the Town of Tonawanda where they reside with their 3 children, Claire, Erin, and Tommy.