Patrick Casey’s criminal trial and appellate advocacy practice is built on a foundation of decades of private practice and public service, having acted as Assistant Federal Public Defender for twelve years prior to joining MBK. Pat practices at the state and federal level. He has litigated numerous matters before state and federal grand juries, trial and appellate courts, and administrative tribunals. He has successfully defended judges before the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board and represented government officials and prominent medical professionals in the state and federal courts. Pat has acted as lead counsel in numerous cases of bank fraud; wire fraud; mail fraud; tax evasion; counterfeiting; obstruction of justice; bribery; and other white-collar crimes.
Pat is a skilled courtroom advocate but he is equally effective at keeping his clients out of the courtroom. Pat often represents high profile clients in sensitive and legally complex situations, including allegations of public corruption. In such matters, an early, effective and discrete response is vital. He successfully advocates for many clients at the earliest stages of a matter, preventing an allegation, investigation or potential prosecution from ever proceeding, and maintaining the privacy and reputation of those clients and their families.
Pat is a zealous defender of the constitutional rights of his clients, with particular emphasis on the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution. He has argued questions regarding search warrants in grand jury proceedings before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (In re: Return of Seized Property of Lackawanna, 212 A.3d 1 (Pa. 2019)). He has represented a Pennsylvania state representative on direct appeal in a bribery case involving a challenge pursuant to Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986). He has advocated for clients in relation to illegal searches and seizures (United States v. Winston, 3:02-CR-278, M.D. Pa); immunity violations (United States v. Pagnotti, 507 F. Supp.2d 494 (M.D. Pa. Sept. 4, 2007)); evidentiary issues (expert opinion, FRE 704(b), United States v. Watson, 260 F.3d 301 (3d Cir. 2001); and hearsay, FRE 801, United States v. Lopez, 340 F.3d 169 (3d Cir. 2003)); sufficiency of the evidence arguments (United States v. Wolfe, 245 F.3d 257 (3d Cir. 2001), and United States v. Zavrel, 384 F.3d 130 (3d Cir. 2004)); acquittals (United States v. Rawlings 3:01-CR-067, M.D.Pa.; United States v. Rhodes 3:04-CR-373, M.D.Pa.); and sentencing departures (United States v. Sweeting, 213 F.3d 95 (3d Cir. 2000)).
Pat is a prolific writer and respected authority in the areas of litigation and criminal defense both locally and nationally. He is the current President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Since 2002, he has been certified as a Criminal Trial Law Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and repeatedly been selected to the list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers since 2007.
- New York
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
- Temple University Beasley School of Law, LL.M., Trial Advocacy, 2001
- Creighton University School of Law, J. D., 1987
- The University of Scranton, M.A., History, 1984
- University of Scranton, B.A. History, 1984
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- President-Elect, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- National Board of Trial Advocacy, Criminal Law Advocate, 2002-present
- Assistant Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Pennsylvania, Scranton Division, 1992-2004
- Adjunct Professor, University of Scranton, School of Management and Marketing, “The Legal Environment of Business” Mgt. 251, 1988-2004
- Donna A. Walsh and Patrick A. Casey, “Immunity: An Overview,” For the Defense, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, December 2016
- Donna A. Walsh and Patrick A. Casey, “Can Violating a Work Rule Make You a Criminal?” The Champion, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, September/October 2013
- Donna A. Walsh and Patrick A. Casey, “Electronic Evidence: The Ever-Expanding Frontier,” Utilizing Forensic Science in Criminal Cases, Aspatore Books, 2013
- Aloysius G. Casey and Patrick A. Casey, Velocity: Speed with Direction – The Professional Career of Gen. Jerome F. O’Malley, Air University Press, Maxwell, Alabama, 2007
- Aloysius G. Casey and Patrick A. Casey, “Lavelle, Nixon and the White House Tapes,” Air Force Magazine, February 1, 2007 (referenced in Seymour M. Hersh, “Authorizations,” The New Yorker , March 19, 2007)
- Donna A. Walsh and Patrick A. Casey, “Immunity,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute Criminal Law Symposium, 2014
- Pennsylvania Bar Institute Criminal Law Symposium, 2012
- Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2007, 2010-2020
- Named in Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2019-2020
- Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM Peer Review Rating