About HON. EDWARD W. MCCARTY, III
Telephone: 516.437.4385 x124
Hon. Edward W. McCarty, III, the Nassau County Surrogate from 2011 until
his retirement in 2016, joined Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP in April
2016 as Of Counsel in the Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation
Practice Groups, as well as the Alternate Dispute Resolution Practice
Group. He also currently is a mediator-arbitrator in National Arbitration
and Mediation (NAM), where he specializes in medical malpractice, trusts
and estates, international law, clergy abuse, commercial law and orphan
Judge McCarty was elected Justice of the New York State Supreme Court from
1992 until 2010, where he presided over medical malpractice and other
matters litigated in the courts. From 1985 until 1991, he served in the
District Court of Nassau County. His civilian legal career also included
Nassau County Assistant District Attorney in the Homicide Bureau from
1972 until 1985, and prosecutor for the Judicial Inquiry of Professional
Conduct from 1971 to 1972.
A retired US Army Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps,
Judge McCarty received the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star for his service
during Operation Desert Storm. He has had many international and national
legal experiences, including assistant mission director for the Department
of Defense in providing humanitarian support to Afghan refugees in Pakistan
in 1990. He also has provided legal restoration services in the Balkans,
Eastern Europe and Haiti, and is a contributor to the American Bar Association’s
Central Eastern European Legal Initiative. In 2005, Judge McCarty spent
a month providing hurricane relief in Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina
and Rita. He was a judicial participant in 2008 in the Sir Richard May
International Law Seminar at The Hague in the Netherlands; Cassin Seminar
on Human Rights Law in France in 2009; and Massachusetts Institute of
Technology–DNA evidence in 2011.
Judge McCarty received a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Economics
and minor in English, from Siena College, where he was a student senator,
an executive board member of the student government and a varsity lacrosse
player. He received his Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University
School of Law. Judge McCarty also earned a diploma from the Foreign Service
Institute; a certificate in forensic medicine from the NYU School of Medicine;
and a diploma from the U.S. Army War College. Since 2004, he has been
a Special Professor of Law in the Adjunct Faculty at the Maurice A. Deane
School of Law at Hofstra University, where he teaches estate planning.
Additionally, has been an Adjunct Faculty member at this alma mater, St.
John’s University School of Law, since 2011.