Jason H. Casell

Partner

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    Houston, TX 77046

Jason H. Casell is a partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment Practices. He is an experienced attorney who focuses his practice on the defense of corporations in commercial and labor and employment litigation. He also has significant experience in the defense of healthcare, mass torts, and products liability matters in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Jason has served as an integral member of trial teams in cases involving complex legal, medical, and scientific issues. His experience includes representing the manufacturer of hernia and pelvic mesh products in lawsuits alleging post-implant injuries, defending a leading pharmaceutical company in mass tort litigation alleging systemic injuries from medication, and securing a jury verdict of no liability against an Indian steel manufacturer sued for more than $35 million in damages resulting from the alleged failure of a portion of a hydraulic fracturing well.

Jason also has represented companies in investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and numerous state agencies and regulators.

Jason is active in the Houston community. He serves as First Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Main Street Theater, which produces classic and contemporary plays for adults and literary-based theater and education programs for youth. He is a Leadership Houston Class XXXV Fellow.

Legal Experience

Following graduation from law school, Jason clerked for the Honorable John P. Bourcier, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Rhode Island (2001–2002) and for the Honorable Michael M. Baylson, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2002–2003).

Jason has worked at global and national law firms in New York, Washington, D.C., Austin, and Houston.

Publications

  • Author, “Life in an Increasingly Regulated Environment,” For The Defense (June 2016)
  • Author, “9th Cir. Raises The Bar For Crime-Fraud Exception,” Law360 (January 27, 2016)
  • Author, “Federal Prosecutors Face Uphill Battle in Insider Trading Prosecutions, Corporate Integrity, Vol. 9, Issue 1 (June 19, 2015)
  • Author, “A Useful Resource for Effective Representation,” For The Defense (June 2015)
  • Author, “Listen Up: Second Circuit Upholds Insider Trading Conviction Based Largely on Wiretapped Conversations,” Corporate Integrity, Vol. 8, Issue 1 (July 1, 2014)
  • Author, “SEC and DOJ Settle FCPA Action with Double Non-Prosecution Agreement,” Corporate Integrity, Vol. 7, Issue 1 (June 6, 2013)
  • Author, “Supreme Court May Have Final Word in Battle Over the Hyde Amendment and Prosecutorial Misconduct,” Corporate Integrity, Vol. 6, Issue 1 (October 22, 2012)
  • Author, “Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Broadcast Networks in FCC v. Fox,” DRI Today Case Reporter (June 22, 2012)
  • Co-Author, “Mission Impossible: Impossibility Preemption Post-Levine,” Law360 (May 9, 2012)
  • Author, “To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Juror Use of Electronic Communications and Social Networking Tools,” Journal of Internet Law (November 2011)
  • Co-Author, “New FDA Reporting Requirements and the Impact on Litigation: Evaluating Adverse Event Causation in Clinical Trials,” For The Defense (August 2011)
  • Co-Author, “Pharmaceutical Companies, Off-Label Promotion, and Qui Tam Actions,” Business Crimes Bulletin, Vol. 18, No. 11 (July 2011)
  • Author, “Professional Ethics in the Age of the Internet: Threats to Juror Impartiality,” For The Defense (April 2011)
  • Co-Author, “Qui Tam Actions in the Pharmaceutical Industry,” In-House Defense Quarterly (Spring 2011)
  • Author, “You’ve Got (Privileged) Mail: A Look at Stengart v. Loving Care, Inc.,” E-Discovery Connection, Vol. 5, Issue 2 (July 30, 2010)
  • Co-Author, “Fighting the Unholy Alliance,” San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal (May 28, 2010)

Pro Bono & Philanthropy

  • Represented appellant in Alabama state habeas proceedings in capital case
  • Obtained U.S. asylum for Nepali citizen based on persecution for political opinions
  • Main Street Theater, Board of Directors, 1st Vice Chair (2018–Present); Board of Directors, Member (2015–Present)
  • Leadership Houston, Class XXXV, Fellow (2016–2017)
  • ADL Houston Glass Leadership Institute, Co-Chair (2017-2018); Fellow (2016–2017)
  • United Way of Greater Houston, Young Leader (2014–2017)
  • Dartmouth Class Secretaries Association, Vice President (2017–Present)
  • Dartmouth Class of 1997 Secretary (2005–Present)
  • Dartmouth Alumni Council, Southwest Region Representative (2011–2014)

Professional Presentations

  • Speaker, “Hot Topics in False Claims Act Litigation," DRI Annual Meeting, Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance CLE Session, Boston, MA, October 19, 2016
  • Speaker, “It Wasn’t Me: Responsible Third Party Practice in Texas,” Reed Smith CLE Litigation Lunch & Learn, Houston, TX, May 12, 2016
  • Speaker, “Tort Reform Deep in the Heart of Texas: Friday Night Lights Out for Plaintiffs?” Reed Smith, Life Sciences Health Industry Meeting, December 3, 2013
  • Speaker, “Products Liability 101: Plaintiffs’ Liability Theories,” Reed Smith University, Firmwide CLE, November 6, 2013 and October 26, 2016 (updated)

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • District of Columbia
    • New York
    • Texas
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Admissions

Texas

New York

District of Columbia

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Associations

  • DRI, Drug and Medical Device Steering Committee, Vice Chair, Defense of Government Actions Special Litigation Group (2016–Present)
  • DRI, Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Committee, Committee Chair (2014–2016); Publications Chair (2012–2014)
  • DRI, Young Lawyers Committee, Membership Chair (2011–2012); Texas State Marketing Chair (2010–2011)
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow, (2014–Present)

Education

University of Michigan Law School

Juris Doctor, 2001

  • University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Managing Article Editor
  • Honorary Membership, Scribes, Society of Writers on Legal Subjects
  • Louis Honigman Memorial Award for outstanding Journal contributions

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism

Master of Science, Journalism, 1998

  • Top 10 Percent of graduating class
  • Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award, In-Depth Reporting

Dartmouth College

Bachelor of Arts, Honors in History, cum laude, 1997

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