Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard
As a community leader, business advisor and proven litigator, Casey Wong takes care to note the interplay among the three pillars of diversity, equity and inclusion work.
“Equity and inclusion are undoubtedly essential for sustainable progress and long-term success,” he says. “We can create a culture of equity and inclusion without real diversity, but you cannot have sustainable diversity without equity and inclusion.”
A 2007 graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law, Wong joined his current firm fresh out of law school. He specializes in civil litigation defense in the products practice group as well as appellate and business law.
Outside of work, Wong is an elected alderman for the City of Sunset Hills, where he spearheaded a campaign to enact floodplain standards in the suburban St. Louis County municipality.
The University of Notre Dame alumnus is an avid Fighting Irish football fan, alumni association board member at his undergraduate alma mater and chair of the school’s Asian Pacific alumni chapter. He’s also serving a four-year term on The Missouri Bar’s Board of Governors, helping to lead its Special Committee for Lawyers on Color.
What motivates you most in your work as an attorney and as an advocate for Diversity & Inclusion?
Lawyers are leaders. The diversity, equity and inclusion progress made within the legal profession and through lawyers in our communities has broad and deep impacts in society generally.
What must Missouri’s legal community do to promote meaningful and long-term diversity within its legal/justice system?
We need massive action on all fronts to promote meaningful and long-term diversity in the profession and fairness and equity in the legal and justice system. There are difficult, complex, longstanding and often unconscious issues, so there are no easy solutions. One area that I am particularly focused on is increasing the number of diverse lawyers in the profession (through all ranks), so we reflect the communities we serve.
Complete this sentence: I consider it a successful day when . . .
The diversity of the legal profession in Missouri reflects the communities we serve and live in, systematic racism and implicit bias are reduced and eventually eliminated, and societal hearts and minds are shifted so fairness, equity and inclusion are not merely aspirations but have become our normative culture.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you:
I am a voracious reader, primarily in the areas of biographies, leadership, business and personal development, and have not read a fiction book since college. Also, if I wasn’t a lawyer, I would probably be a philosopher.