Since starting the firm in 2006, Matt Casey has obtained more than 150 verdicts and settlements of at least $1 million. That astounding statistic includes 35 recoveries that each topped $10 million, five of them verdicts.
One glance at the long list of cases that Casey has resolved for record amounts provides a window into the success of his catastrophic injury practice.
Even during the pandemic, with courts closed for more than a year, Casey settled cases for $29.5 million, $27 million, $18.5 million, $18 million, $14 million, and $12.2 million. And during the same time, he settled many other cases for seven-figure values.
In 2020 alone, Casey recovered $114 million in a wide array of catastrophic injury cases. Among them was a $45.5 million settlement in a hospital critical care case.
For Casey, the results build on a similar series of legal victories over the prior four years in which he recovered an astonishing $433 million.
Some noteworthy examples from 2016-2019 include:
Casey is among the very few lawyers in the state’s history who have multiple seven and multiple eight-figure jury verdicts to his credit. Casey has won five eight-figure verdicts in catastrophic injury cases and has settled many more for eight-figure values.
Casey’s practice specializes in cases involving brain and spinal cord injuries. He has amassed an unmatched record of victories in these highly complex types of cases, including recent recoveries of $29 million, $26.3 million, $22.9 million, and $20 million.
In 2019, Casey won an extraordinary $40.5 million verdict in a case that involved medical negligence that led to a baby’s brain injury, and the settlement in the case now means the injured child will receive all of the care she needs for the remainder of her life.
Casey also reached a settlement with Geisinger Health System (terms confidential) in the highly publicized wrongful death case involving the late Jennifer Sidari, the 26-year-old physician from Northeastern Pennsylvania who died of a blood clot in her head as she was set to embark on a promising medical career. The settlement came after what newspapers described as days of “damaging testimony” elicited by Casey against the defendant (read about the case).
Casey’s success over the past few years is no anomaly, however. He has been winning notable recoveries since becoming a lawyer.
In late 2014, Casey settled a landmark and record-setting bad-faith case against the largest insurance company in America for $22 million.
The case involved the insurer’s refusal to pay a $250,000 policy to a man who was catastrophically injured in a Philadelphia car crash. The September 2014 settlement, which followed a $19.1 million jury verdict won by Casey in the case, is the largest insurance bad-faith settlement in Pennsylvania history, and the largest involving a motor vehicle in the nation, according to VerdictSearch, a leading publisher of verdicts and settlements (read about the Patrick Hennessy case).
Casey gained national media attention for successfully litigating civil cases against Penn State University on behalf of seven sexual assault victims of former football coach Jerry Sandusky. Casey prominently represented Victims 2, 3, 7, and 10, Sandusky’s adopted son, Matt Sandusky, as well as other victims.
Ross Feller Casey handled more victim claims than any other single law firm and was integral in finalizing a $60 million global settlement with Penn State (read about the cases).
Casey won a stunning, record-setting $85 million compensatory damages jury verdict in a Philadelphia premises liability case on behalf of Marcus Gustafsson, a 30-year-old University of Pennsylvania medical student who injured his spinal cord in a 20-foot fall through an open manhole. Casey proved that the company that owned and operated manholes throughout the city had prior notice that its covers were being removed.
Just moments before the jury announced its mammoth verdict, Casey, with his client’s authority, rejected a $10 million settlement offer made by the AIG insurance company. According to Lawyers USA, the outcome was the largest personal injury verdict in the U.S. for 2008. It is also the largest premises liability verdict in Pennsylvania history, and the second-largest compensatory verdict ever in the state (read about the case).
Casey also recovered $31 million (as co-counsel) in a 2014 case that involved a product defect that caused paralysis.
Casey obtained a $23.1 million jury verdict in a Lehigh County, Pa., case involving medical negligence by a home care nurse who failed to properly evaluate and timely report Sharlee Ann Smoyer’s infected catheter. The delay led to a bloodstream infection that ultimately caused Smoyer, 55, to have both legs amputated below the knees.
The eight-figure verdict in 2011 was among the highest ever for a medical malpractice case in Lehigh County and was among the highest verdicts of its kind in Pennsylvania over the prior decade (read about the case).
Just months earlier, Casey won a $10 million jury verdict for a 63-year-old man who was misdiagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Casey successfully argued that his client, Eric Davenport, never suffered from the fatal neuromuscular disease and that the misdiagnosis delayed treatment for his actual condition, a spinal cord compression. Davenport, as a result, was left permanently wheelchair-bound. The verdict against a noted ALS specialist was nearly twice the largest medical malpractice verdict in Philadelphia for all of 2010 (read about the case).
In September of 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied the final defense appeal, and Davenport recovered the full amount of the jury’s verdict, plus interest, which totaled in excess of $11.7 million.
Matt Casey’s impressive list of record-setting courtroom victories places him among the nation’s leading catastrophic injury lawyers.
Casey won a $6.4 million jury verdict for the children of a Philadelphia man who died as a result of medical negligence.
Two Temple University Hospital emergency room doctors misdiagnosed Derrick Harlem’s heart condition as pneumonia and discharged him only for him to die of a massive heart attack months later, the jury found. Handed down in May 2012, the verdict is among the largest in years in Pennsylvania for a medical malpractice case involving a death. The verdict was paid in full (read about the case).
Casey obtained a $10 million settlement in a case of a 40-year-old welder who was killed when a pressurized tank he was working on exploded. Reached after the second day of trial testimony, the settlement is one of the largest ever reported in Pennsylvania for a product liability case involving a single death (read about the case).
Casey has a proven record of taking on the tough cases with tenacity and has never shied from the powerful entities he faces.
When Jeffrey Davis was killed in an oil refinery explosion at Motiva Enterprises in Delaware City, Delaware, Casey, as co-counsel with another lawyer, spearheaded the discovery in the ensuing wrongful death case.
Casey analyzed more than 40,000 documents and probed beyond the cursory look that the state and federal agencies had taken when investigating the case. The effort revealed that a corroded tank had leaked hydrogen and that this hydrogen was the source of the explosion. Casey also proved that Motiva had been aware of the inherent danger. The case was settled for a stunning $36.4 million, ranking nationwide among the largest single-victim settlements ever for a wrongful death case.
Findings uncovered by the case led to the passage of a new Delaware law governing aboveground storage tanks. It also caught the eye of Philadelphia Magazine, which in 2003 placed Casey among its “It List” of people to watch, tapping him as “The Lawyer” in Philadelphia who would become a household name in the next decade.
The magazine also highlighted Casey’s work in another case, in which he and another lawyer recovered $10.5 million in a product liability case for the family of a kindergartener who was killed when a folding table collapsed on him in a Philadelphia school cafeteria.
Through intensive analysis of thousands of documents and dozens of his depositions, Casey discovered that Midwest Folding Products had been aware of the safety problems connected with its folding tables. In order that other children could also be warned about the potential danger of the folding tables, the settlement in the highly publicized Cozzolino case was not kept confidential.
Casey also served as co-counsel in a succession of noteworthy results earlier in his career. They include:
Geographically, Casey’s success includes victories in regions of Pennsylvania not known as friendly venues for personal injury cases.
For instance, he achieved a $1.5 million settlement in 2004 for the family of a learning-disabled woman who died after giving birth. It is one of the largest medical malpractice settlements ever achieved in Pennsylvania’s conservative-leaning Franklin County.
Also that year, Casey won a $5.2 million jury verdict for a 76-year-old woman who suffered a stroke because doctors improperly read her test results. It was among the largest medical malpractice verdicts in the state in 2004.
In 2006, Casey won a $2.7 million jury verdict for the family of a woman who died after her bowel was perforated during elective surgery. At the time, the outcome was the largest medical malpractice verdict for a case involving death in the history of Lackawanna County, Pa.
Casey graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Notre Dame. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Martindale-Hubbell has recognized Casey with a “Preeminent” AV peer rating, the highest possible evaluation.
“Finding Matt Casey to represent me was a blessing. He really did his homework. The hospital was stunned at all the things he knew. He knew the hospital's own rules better than the hospital did. He knew me better than I knew myself. The number one thing for me is that you have to have a lawyer who cares. And Matt really cared about me as a person and about my case.” — Lisa Deschak
“It was almost like you were watching a TV show. Matt Casey had an amazing courtroom presence. He was everything you would expect a lawyer to be, but only more.” — Amy Potsko
“Matt Casey is just an incredible litigator, and his knowledge of the law is top-notch. He is meticulous and incredibly prepared in every detail. He decimated and eviscerated the other side and the verdict he won for me speaks for itself. Beyond that, he really does care about his clients in a way that lawyers like to say that they do, but he actually does.” — Marcus Gustafsson
“Matt Casey showed me it wasn't just about winning money. He really cared about me and my kids and going after the people who did wrong to my husband. He showed that he had a heart, and that mattered a lot to me.” — Hana Redding
“I had never dealt with a lawyer before, so I had no idea what to expect. They went out of their way to make me feel comfortable with the whole process. They were very understanding and sympathetic. What Matt Casey and Ross Feller Casey did for us was simply life changing. I don’t have to worry about my son any longer. I know he will be taken care of now, and even when I am no longer here – all because of their hard work.” — Jackie Hufford
“My family and I were blown away with the caliber of work that came before and during the trial and throughout the whole process. I was in awe of Matt Casey’s knowledge of the law and how prepared he was for anything and everything. The entire firm treated my mom, my family and myself with the utmost of respect and professionalism, and they couldn’t have done a better job in how they represented my father. It was a long process and they were with us every step of the way.” — Ken Yetter, Jr.
“If you need a personal injury lawyer, this is the guy you want. Matt Casey is smart and really knows his stuff, and stands by his clients. He was very well prepared. Everything that happened at trial is exactly how he said it would happen. Matt is just a great lawyer.” — Patrick Hennessy