David S. Casey, Jr.

Managing Partner



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“My challenge to our partners is to do the very best job we can for each of our clients. And I believe we do.”

Areas of Practice


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

Significant Contribution

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 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.” – David S. Casey, Jr.

“Our firm has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of clients since 1947,” says managing partner David S. Casey, Jr. “We believe our obligation is to treat each and every client with the highest respect and do our very best for them. It is an honor to represent and support an individual whose life has been severely impacted, and we treat this responsibility very seriously.”

A third generation attorney, he joined his late father David S. Casey Sr.’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 nearly 40-year legal career, he is well on his way to attaining his father’s – who tried more than 700 jury trials – legendary status.

David leads the firm in obtaining multi-million dollar results each year in a complex range of cases, and was recently appointed to the national VW Multidistrict Litigation Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee overseeing litigation targeting Volkswagen over its diesel emissions scandal.

He is past president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now American Association for Justice) – the world’s largest trial bar –and has been lauded with more than 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. In 2016, he was named among the Top 100 attorneys in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, lauded as one of the state’s top 30 Plaintiff’s attorneys by the same publication and was inducted into the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s Past Presidents Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Since 2008, he has 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. Prior to his appointment as state chair, David served on the local San Diego judicial selection committee for 16 years.

A native of La Jolla, he enjoys traveling with his wife Lisa and two grown children, as well as a good game of tennis.

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

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Past President, 2003-2004, Member of Board of Governors and Executive Committee 1983-2004 (now American Association for Justice)
  • United States District Court, Southern District, Lawyer Representative, 2016-present
  • The Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, Board Member, 2017-present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Public Justice Foundation, Lifetime Member
  • San Diego Judicial Appointments Committee for State Courts, Chair, 1999-2001
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association, Past President
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Past President
  • San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, Past President (now Consumer Attorneys of San Diego)
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors
  • International Society of Barristers, Member
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors
  • Fiat Chrysler Eco Diesel Litigation Plaintiffs Steering Committee, Member

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