About Casey O. Housley

Casey spent his first 19 years at an international law firm before joining Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer in 2015. He has been repeatedly named by his peers to Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers and Best of the Kansas City Bar and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and American Lawyer’s Magazine. As a trial lawyer with over 25 first chair jury trials, he defends companies, insurers and their insureds in product liability, toxic tort, mass tort and other catastrophic personal injury defense cases including class action cases. A recent class action case he defended involved the largest chlorine release in U.S. history. The balance of his work is comprised of professional liability, errors and omissions, directors’ and officers’ liability, Qui Tam defense and general business litigation. Licensed in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa, he routinely appears in state and federal courts throughout the Midwest. He has defended clients against allegations of wrongful death, severe burn injuries and other catastrophic personal injury. He has also tried cases involving state merchandising practices and consumer protection acts. In his most recent jury trial, he obtained a unanimous defense verdict for an electrician who was alleged to have caused a fire that destroyed the Plaintiffs’ home.

Casey has represented sports leagues and teams in traumatic brain injury (concussion) litigation. He has represented a prominent energy drink manufacturer against claims that its product caused a consumer’s death. He obtained summary judgment in favor of the largest anesthesiology group in the country which was sued alleging $1 billion in damages for violations of the False Claims Act. This decision was recently affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Casey has also successfully argued appeals before appellate courts of Kansas and Missouri as well as the Eighth and Tenth 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. He is an active member of the National Fire Protection Association and has been peer selected to serve on two different NFPA committees that promulgate fire standards. He has also been a task force member for NFPA 921 – The Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. He routinely speaks at national conferences regarding fire investigations, burn injury management, products liability, flammable vapors, complex settlements and insurance coverage.

  • Education

    J.D., University of Kansas, 1996
    B.S., University of Kansas, 1992

  • Awards & Publications

    ATLA Scholarship
    Best Lawyers Personal Injury/Product Liability
    Kansas City Best of the Bar
    Super Lawyers
    ALM Best Lawyer
    AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell

  • Bar Admissions & Professional Affiliations

    Kansas, 1996
    Missouri, 1996
    Oklahoma, 2008
    Texas, 2012
    Iowa, 2002
    U.S. District Court, Districts of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
    The Missouri Bar
    Kansas Bar Association
    Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    Johnson County Bar Association
    NFPA
    NAFI
    Johnson County Bar Foundation (Board and President)

  • Significant Accomplishments

    • Martin v. Survivair

      Venue: Circuit Court of St. Louis City, Missouri

      A $27 million-dollar wrongful death product liability jury trial including a claim for punitive damages related to a fire fighter’s death.

    • Morrison v. Survivair

      Venue: Circuit Court of St. Louis City, Missouri

      A $2O million-dollar wrongful death product liability jury trial including a claim for punitive damages 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 $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 $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 $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.