David Casey, Jr





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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.”

Over the last two years, Casey Jr. has helped obtain more than $47 million in results for clients — in a complex range of cases (most of them confidential) that relate to aviation, maritime, premises liability, faulty equipment, government tort claims, complex motorcycle accidents, product liability, trucking and automobile crashes.   In January of this year, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer appointed Casey Jr. to the national VW Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee overseeing litigation targeting Volkswagen over its diesel emissions scandal — one of the largest in class action history.

For the last five years, he served as state chair for Senator Dianne Feinstein’s judicial selection committee, maintaining a steadfast volunteer commitment to finding the most qualified judicial candidates for the federal bench in California.

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.

Recently named one of Top 25 Plaintiffs Lawyers in California. See Video

Smith College
Trinity College, B.A., 1971
University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1974

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Past President
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association, Past President
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Past President
  • San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, Past President
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • International Society of Barristers, Member
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors