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 alternative 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 art redemptions.
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.