Overview
Experience

Casey spent his first 19 years at an international law firm before joining Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer. He has been repeatedly named to Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best of the Kansas City Bar. He is “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale Hubbell and American Lawyer’s Magazine.

As a trial lawyer with over 25 first chair jury trials to verdict, he defends companies, directors, officers, and professionals in professional and product liability matters, mass tort and business disputes including class action cases across the nation.  He defended a chemical company which involved the largest chlorine release in U.S. history.  A recent defense verdict was considered the 5th largest defense verdict in Missouri that year. The balance of his work is comprised of complex managed health care litigation, Qui Tam (FCA), trade secret claims, tortious interference with contract and fiduciary obligations. He is panel counsel for several major U.S. and international insurance companies.

Licensed in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa, he has jury tried wrongful death cases, including severe burn injuries and amputations. He has also jury tried cases involving state merchandising practices and consumer protection acts.

His other notable representations include:
Purdue Pharma in the Kansas AG’s opioid suit against the company;
National counsel for the world’s largest privately held insurance broker;
Professional and amateur sports leagues and teams in brain injury (CTE) litigation;
Monster Energy Drink against claims that its product caused a consumer’s death;
Summary judgment (8th Cir. affirmed) for the country’s largest anesthesiology group in which $1 billion in damages were alleged for FCA violations.

Casey has also successfully argued appeals before Kansas and Missouri appellate courts as well as the 8th and 10th Circuits.

In addition to his jury trial and appellate experience, Casey is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) through the National Association of Fire Investigators.

Casey Housley was recently appointed as Principal to the NFPA 302 Committee by the National Fire Protection Association. NFPA 302 has primary responsibility for fire standards related to pleasure and commercial motorized water craft governing designers, builders and owners. Since 2011, Casey has been a Principal of NFPA 303 governing fire standards for marinas and boat yards. He has past experience as a Technical Committee Member of NFPA 921 – Guide to Fire and Explosion Investigations. The National Fire Protection Association is the preeminent organization related to fire safety. Since 2010, Casey has been a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator certified by the National Association of Fire Investigators. He routinely speaks at national conferences regarding fire investigations, burn injury management, products liability, flammable vapors, complex settlements and insurance coverage.  He has represented companies in fire and explosion litigation throughout the country.

Casey attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M where he played baseball before graduating from the University of Kansas.  He also attended law school at the University of Kansas.

Representative Matters

Green v. Arizona Cardinals
Casey represented the Arizona Cardinals, a franchise of the National Football League, against claims that a player sustained CTE as a result of playing professional football.
Yummy Foods v. Lockton
Casey represented Lockton Companies against claims that Lockton failed to procure insurance for a landlord that sustained a total fire loss to its building.
Felts v. Monster Energy
Casey represented Monster Energy Drink in a wrongful death suit where it was alleged that plaintiff sustained a fatal heart attack after consuming a Monster Energy drink.
Martin v. Survivair
Venue: Circuit Court of St. Louis City, Missouri.  A jury trial involving a $27 million-dollar wrongful death claim related to a fire fighter’s death.
Morrison v. Survivair
Venue: Circuit Court of St. Louis City, Missouri.  A jury trial involving a $27 million-dollar wrongful death claim related to a fire fighter’s death.
Williams v. Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corp.
Venue: Circuit Court of St. Louis City, Missouri. A $30 million-dollar wrongful death product liability jury trial related to alleged defects in cigarette caused by an individual smoker’s death.
Townsend v. Soresco Chemical
Venue: Platte County, Missouri Circuit Court. A $30 million-dollar toxic tort exposure to PCBs brought by a Missouri Highway Patrolman. This defense verdict ranked as the 5th largest defense verdict for the year.
Kalbfleisch v. Willowbrook Foods
Venue: Circuit Court of Warren County Missouri. A claimed $2 million-dollar jury trial involving a truck accident that caused the plaintiff’s paraplegia.
Rider v. YMCA of Greater Kansas City
Venue: Circuit Court of Jackson County. A claimed $6 million-dollar jury trial for premises liability where plaintiff’s fall resulted in an amputation which included a claim for punitive damages.
Jordan v. Altec Industries
Venue: Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. A claimed $3 million-dollar product liability jury trial related to an aerial device that failed causing the plaintiff’s paraplegia.
Solia v. WetSeal
Venue: United States District Court of Kansas. Jury trial alleging violation of the plaintiff’s civil rights related to false arrest and imprisonment with attendant claims for emotional distress.
Donegan v. AAKC
Venue: United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Summary judgment obtained in favor of defendant where relator claimed a billion dollars in damages for violation of the False Claims Act related to anesthesia services. The judgment was upheld by the 8th Circuit on appeal.
State of Kansas v Purdue Pharma
Venue: Shawnee County, Kansas. Represented defendant opioid manufacturer in claims brought on behalf of the State by Attorney General alleging violation of the KCPA in marketing and distribution of opioids.
St. Luke’s v BMI
Venue: Jackson County, Missouri. Dismissal of alleged violations of the Missouri Prompt Pay Act with pendant claims for breach of contract and promissory estoppel based on managed health care network participation.

Professional Affiliations

  • NFPA
  • NAFI
  • DRI
  • Johnson County Bar Foundation (Past President)

Recognitions

  • NFPA 303 Committee
  • Best of the Bar Kansas City
  • Best Lawyers (11 years in a row)
  • Martindale Hubbel (AV Preeminent)
  • ALM Best Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers (10 years in a row)