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Corey M. Casey, 39

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Corey M. CaseyLocation: Kansas City

Practice Area(s): Intellectual property, Hatch-Waxman litigation

Law School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

One of the things that makes Corey Casey a superb litigation strategist and planner for drug manufacturers is that he’s a registered pharmacist.

While earning his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he completed an externship at Eli Lilly and Company. One of his mentors there had a background in both pharmaceuticals and the law — a path Casey found to be so interesting that he emulated it.

At Polsinelli, he has served as counsel in cases involving a variety of drugs, including topical solutions and transdermal patches. Within the past year, for example, he was part of a team that negotiated a favorable settlement for a client in a generic pharmaceutical patent-infringement case.

Outside of the firm, he volunteers at Our Lady of the Presentation parish in Lee’s Summit and with the Special Olympics Missouri.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

A little over a year and a half ago, I got to spend approximately two weeks in Texarkana, Texas for a trial in the Eastern District of Texas. It is relatively rare for pharmaceutical patent-infringement cases to go to trial, so to have that experience was invaluable.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Be adaptable and willing to embrace change in your career . . . In law school, and even for my first year or two in practice, I never envisioned myself involved with litigation, but the opportunity arose, and now I am thankful I made that decision.

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