As Managing Partner, Francis J Scahill, Esq. ensures the firm’s commitment to the Golden Rule – responsiveness to clients. And the result has been long-standing relationships – in some cases for decades – with many clients.
His philosophy is an outgrowth of his background. A child of Irish immigrants, he was raised with the values of hard work and education. His parents struggled to build a life in the US and as a first-generation American, Frank felt a responsibility to succeed and live up to his parents’ and the American dream. He grew up in Rockaway Beach and attended Fordham and St. John’s University. He is an active alumnus of St. John’s and each year the firm offers intern positions to law school students.
Within the firm, Frank fosters an environment where everyone feels like part of a family. He demands hard work and dedication to client service, but also encourages staff to work together and help each other. The importance of building strong relationships is evident in how the firm was formed and how it successfully grew from 2 attorneys to 35 attorneys and 65 staff. After law school, Frank was Law Clerk to the Honorable John A. Milano in New York City Civil Court. The judge became a mentor and life-long friend and many years later joined the firm as counsel. Frank was an associate to John Picciano before the 2 decided to become partners establishing the firm in 1991. Over the years, they have emphasized adding people who fit within the firm culture.
Frank’s chief role as Managing Partner is overseeing litigation strategy for the firm. He is an accomplished trial lawyer with more than 100 trial wins; the majority with $1 million or more at risk. He draws on his substantial experience and insights to get results for clients.
Part of Frank’s own service to clients is authoring the firm’s highly-regarded newsletter “iNews.” Each month, he discusses decisions of note affecting the insurance defense industry and shares his own personal trial techniques under “Trial Tips.” He also regularly conducts in-house educational seminars for insurance carriers.
Pro bono is part of the culture of the firm. Frank believes in giving back and offers the firm’s legal services pro bono to the US Marine Garrison in Garden City and the US Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn.
Frank is most proud of his 4 children, all of whom have forged successful careers. Two of them are attorneys employed as prosecutors and the other two are teachers.
St. John’s University School of Law, JD 1984
Fordham University, BA 1981
US District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York