Caitlin N. Quvus Esq.
Forest Hills, New York
Caitlin Naomi Quvus graduated from St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2012, with a Juris Doctor degree, and from Fordham University, Class of 2008, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. At Fordham, Mrs. Quvus was a member of the National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha Delta Zeta. At St. John's, Mrs. Quvus received the Silver Pro Bono Service Award for her commitment to public interest work and pro bono services. Mrs. Quvus was an editor on the International Law Review Journal, a Project Coordinator of the International Law Society, and a member of Amnesty International. Mrs. Quvus won 3rd place in the 2012 Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing for her paper entitled The International Moon Authority: Establishing an Effective Legal Regime to Govern the Exploitation of Lunar Resources, and received the Dean's Award for Excellence in numerous courses. During law school, Mrs. Quvus worked as a student attorney at the St. John's Refugee and Immigration clinic and at the NYC Administration for Children's Services.
Mrs. Quvus is admitted to both the New York State Bar, Second Judicial and to the New Jersey State Bar. Upon graduating, Mrs. Quvus spent several years practicing immigration law where she represented individuals in both affirmative and defensive immigration proceedings, including criminal deportations. Mrs. Quvus currently provides pro bono legal services to the Center for the Women of New York in the Center's women's rights clinic.
Mrs. Quvus joined Addabbo & Greenberg in 2015 and focuses on criminal defense. Over the last several years, Mrs. Quvus has worked on a broad range of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, including homicides, assaults, domestic violence incidents, and drug/alcohol related charges. Mrs. Quvus also has significant experience in criminal jury and bench trials. Here are several examples:
- After a two-week trial, a Nassau County jury found our client "not guilty" of driving while intoxicated. Mrs. Quvus assisted lead attorney Todd Greenberg by conducting jury selection, cross-examining a key prosecution witness, and researching legal issues. Although the jury did find our client "guilty" of driving while ability impaired, a violation and not a crime, Mrs. Quvus submitted a motion to vacate the conviction based on the wrongful excuse of a juror. The motion is currently pending.
- Following extensive pre-trial hearings on a felony indictment for possession of a weapon, Mrs. Quvus filed a legal brief requesting suppression of the gravity knife arguing that the Police Officer conducted an unlawful ‘stop-and-frisk' of our client without reasonable suspicion to believe that the Defendant was committing a crime. Based on that brief, the Judge granted suppression of the knife and the indictment was subsequently dismissed in its entirety.
- Mr. Greenberg and Mrs. Quvus worked together on a bench trial that resulted in the acquittal of all felony charges regarding the possession of illegal handguns found in our client's apartment. Mrs. Quvus conducted the direct examination of our client and prepared a legal memorandum arguing that the District Attorney did not meet their burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the Defendant had the intent to use the handgun unlawfully against another. Our client was found "not guilty" of all felony charges and avoided a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 3 ½ years.
- Mrs. Quvus and Mr. Greenberg obtained a verdict of "not guilty" where our client was charged with assault using an automobile. Extensive cross-examination of the complainant established that the complainant filed false charges against our client for the purpose of seeking financial gain in a pending civil lawsuit and workers compensation claim.
- Following pre-trial hearings on a felony drug possession/sale case, Mrs. Quvus prepared a legal brief requesting suppression of five (5) pounds of marijuana and a quantity of U.S. currency on the basis that there was no probable cause for the arrest or for search of the client's vehicle. Suppression was granted and the charges against our client were ultimately dismissed in their entirety.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Defense
- New York, 2013
- New Jersey, 2014
- St. Johns University Law School
- J.D. - 2012
- Honors: Silver Pro Bono Service Award
- Honors: 3rd place in the 2012 Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, paper entitled The International Moon Authority: Establishing an Effective Legal Regime to Govern the Exploitation of Lunar Resources
- Honors: Dean’s List (Fall 2010)
- Honors: Dean’s Award for Excellence in Refugee and Immigration Clinic (Fall 2010), Constitutional Theory (Fall 2011), International Legal Research (Fall 2011)
- Honors: Project Coordinator, International Law Society
- Honors: Member, Amnesty International
- Fordham University
- B.A. - 2008
- Honors: National Political Science Honor Society - Pi Sigma Alpha Delta Zeta
- Major: Political Science