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Managing partner David S. Casey, Jr. derives great inspiration from his late father, David Casey, Sr., a highly respected trial lawyer who founded the firm in 1947. “He really inspired me to follow in his footsteps,” Casey says.
A third generation attorney, Casey joined his father’s firm in 1976, after working as a prosecutor for the San Diego City Attorney’s office. With dozens of high profile verdicts and settlements achieved over a 35-year legal career, Casey is well on his way to attaining his father’s – who tried more than 700 jury trials – legendary status. Specializing in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, Casey, Jr. obtains numerous seven figure results each year for personal injury clients, and also represented former Governor of California Gray Davis in successful tobacco litigation, helping to achieve a recovery of $25 billion for the State of California.
Casey is past president of The American Association of Trial Lawyers (now AAJ) – the world’s largest trial bar –and has been lauded with more then 60 professional awards, including a perpetual award in his honor, the "David S. Casey, Jr. Consumer Advocate Award" from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. His biggest accomplishment to date, he says, was his role in helping to create the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund mandated by the U.S. Congress, which set in place Trial Lawyers Care, the largest pro bono program in the history of American jurisprudence. That program has resulted in the compensation of several billion dollars for thousands who lost loved ones on 9/11. “I am very proud to have been closely involved in the creation and implementation of this fund, which made an important difference in the lives of many.”
A native La Jollan, Casey enjoys traveling with his wife Lisa and two grown children – as well as a good game of tennis – in his off time.