Mr. Casselman joins ADR Services, Inc. after more than 40 years of experience as one of California’s top trial lawyers, uniquely representing both plaintiffs and defendants for his entire career. He became a founding member of Wasserman, Comden & Casselman LLP in 1982 and remained the lead trial partner until 2013, when he formed Casselman Law Group.
As lead trial counsel, Mr. Casselman successfully secured some of the largest verdicts in the State of California, including two of the top ten verdicts in the same year. He has consistently handled major cases, securing multiple eight and nine figure verdicts and settlements, including an $84 million settlement with Caltrans, which was reported to be the largest settlement in the history of Santa Barbara County at the time. He has also defended many cases with pre-trial claims of that magnitude and larger, resulting in defense verdicts or early, favorable settlements.
Mr. Casselman is a former President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation-only national organization of trial lawyers. He later served as President of Cal-ABOTA, representing all chapters in California. In 2006, he was honored with the Los Angeles Chapter’s Lee B. Wenzel Civility Award, which recognizes attorneys who “elevate the standards of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession.”
In addition to his success as a trial lawyer, Mr. Casselman is a well-known speaker, expert witness, law professor, and published author. He is an original co‑author and editor of Insurance Litigation, The Rutter Group California Practice Guide. In that capacity, he traveled the state for several years teaching as part of the Rutter Group’s insurance panels. He has also been a frequent mediator for several decades.
Throughout his career, Mr. Casselman has handled trials and appeals on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants across a broad spectrum of civil law, including:
Mr. Casselman is a passionate defender of animals and has provided pro bono legal work for animals for over 30 years. He was involved in drafting and developing California state legislation leading to the enactment of animal law protections, including the “Hayden law”, intended to protect animals in the care of public animal shelters. He also successfully tried the high profile case to free the Los Angeles Zoo elephants, pro bono, including two successful appeals. The case was ultimately reversed by the California Supreme Court.
Mr. Casselman is the Founder and Director of the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary, a Board Member of the Whale Sanctuary Project and The Elephant Project, and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy. He was also an Executive Producer of the feature film Love & Bananas: an Elephant Story.
Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California
Juris Doctorate, 1978
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.A. in Psychology “With Distinction,” 1975
Mr. Casselman was also a past Board Member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and a past member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, American Trial Lawyers Association, and Defense Research Institute.
Mr. Casselman has served as an Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law at Southwestern Law School and Trial Advocacy at West Los Angeles School of Law. In addition, he is a frequent speaker and has presented at various legal seminars for the Los Angeles Superior Court, ABOTA, the Rutter Group, the California State Bar, and law firm MCLE seminars.