James P. Casey


Posted on Apr 13, 2015

Jim Casey is a partner in the firm who concentrates his practice in Labor & Employment Law, Litigation, and Mediation. He has been practicing law in the Evansville area for over 30 years. Jim received his undergraduate degree from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 1977 and his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law in 1980.

Jim advises his private and public sector union and non-union clients on employment law and personnel related matters and defends employers in employment discrimination and other employment related litigation including civil rights, non-compete agreements, trade secrets, wage claims, wrongful discharge, unemployment claims, and ERISA/employee benefits in state and federal courts. Jim regularly defends employers before a variety of administrative agencies including EEOC, ICRC, NLRB, IOSHA and the DOL. Jim also represents management in collective bargaining negotiations with Unions.  In August 2021, Jim was recognized in The Best Lawyers of America as ranked among the top 5% of private practice attorneys in the area of Employment Law – Management.

Jim devotes a significant part of his practice to serving as a Neutral (both as a Mediator and Arbitrator) in Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings. Certified as a Mediator in 1992, Jim has served as a court appointed Mediator in over 800 cases for the Circuit/Superior Courts in Vanderburgh, Gibson, Warrick, Posey, Pike, Daviess, Spencer, Knox, Perry, Dubois, Crawford, and Marion counties in Indiana, as well as Daviess County and Henderson County Circuit Courts in Kentucky.  Jim has also served as an Arbitrator/Referee in approximately 50 cases including as Referee for the Duke University Private Adjudication Center in the resolution of class action litigation claims. Jim was the recipient of the EBA Pro Bono Award (2005) and the Doran Perdue EBA Service Award (2016) for his pro bono efforts as a Mediator.

Jim is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association. He previously served as the Chair of the Evansville Bar Association ADR Committee, and has also served on the Council of the Labor and Employment Law and ADR Sections of the Indiana State Bar Association. In addition, Jim served as Contributing Author for the Employment and Labor Law Handbook for Indiana Lawyers (2005 and 2014) published by the Indiana State Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of labor and employment law and ADR topics and received and ABA Recognition Award as a Topic Author on How Arbitration Works, Elkouri, Fourth Edition. He has achieved the AV Preeminent peer review rating from the Martindale & Hubbell legal directory. Jim was recognized in the 2011 Edition of Indiana Super Lawyers as one of the top labor and employment lawyers in the State of Indiana. Jim was also appointed to serve as a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Working Group to establish specialized Commercial Courts in Indiana.

Professional Associations

  • Evansville Bar Association – Past President (1993 – 1994)
  • Indiana Bar Foundation – Fellow and Past Board Member
  • Indiana State Bar Association – Board of Governors (2006 – 2008)
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel – 2006

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana
  • Southern District of Indiana
  • Northern District of Indiana
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Community Involvement

  • Evansville ARC Board of Directors (1996-2004; 2017-present) – Chairman (2001-2003)
  • Evansville Country Club Board of Directors (2019-2022)
  • Wesselman Nature Society – President (2014-2015) and Board of Directors (2011-2018)
  • Legal Aid Society – President (1994 – 1995) and Board of Directors (1989 – 1995)
  • Leadership Evansville