Lee A. Casey

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Lee Casey performs appellate work for clients, while also maintaining a practice in the areas of administrative law, compliance counseling and foreign-related litigation. He works with companies to ensure compliance with federal and international regulations and agencies and develops the best strategies to avoid or fight litigation. With a thorough understanding of his clients' industries and business positions, Lee helps create compliance and litigation strategies that achieve client objectives as efficiently as possible.

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  • Assists individuals, companies and non-profits in complying with the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which in general requires those engaged in public relations or political activities in the United States on behalf of foreign governments and other foreign individuals and entities to register with the United States Department of Justice, and to make regular reports regarding their activities. Advises clients on the registration and reporting requirements of the Lobbying Disclosure Act, which covers federal lobbying activities on behalf of domestic individuals and companies.
  • Represents a corporation on an ongoing basis regarding administrative concerns related to the Clean Air Act. Attends agency meetings and analyzes Environmental Protection Agency regulations applicable to the client and its operations. Protects the client's interests during administrative processes, including instances where governmental agencies and the client have conflicting agendas.
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Experience

  • Assists individuals, companies and non-profits in complying with the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which in general requires those engaged in public relations or political activities in the United States on behalf of foreign governments and other foreign individuals and entities to register with the United States Department of Justice, and to make regular reports regarding their activities. Advises clients on the registration and reporting requirements of the Lobbying Disclosure Act, which covers federal lobbying activities on behalf of domestic individuals and companies.
  • Represents a corporation on an ongoing basis regarding administrative concerns related to the Clean Air Act. Attends agency meetings and analyzes Environmental Protection Agency regulations applicable to the client and its operations. Protects the client's interests during administrative processes, including instances where governmental agencies and the client have conflicting agendas.
  • Represented 26 states challenging the constitutionality of Medicaid revisions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, arguing that an "individual mandate" was beyond the powers granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled in favor of the states at the case outset. The government appealed the case to the Eleventh Circuit, where the original decision was affirmed.
  • Assists companies, including international consulting and oil and gas companies, in domestic and international Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance counseling. Observes companies' operations and internal workings to plan and face potential concerns before they become larger issues.
  • Defended a Bivens action brought against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during representation before the Fourth Circuit.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award (2011)

Pro Bono

  • Served as amici curiae counsel for former Secretaries of Defense and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • Prepared amici curiae briefs when representing clients in a New York case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Served as counsel to the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation from 1995 to 2013.
  • Served as a member of the United Nations Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights from 2004 to 2007.

Prior Positions

  • Hunton & Williams: Associate
  • U.S. Department of Justice
    • Office of Legal Counsel (1992 to 1993)
    • Office of Legal Policy (1986 to 1990)
  • U.S. Department of Energy: Deputy Associate General Counsel for Legal Policy (1990 to 1992)
  • Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp: Associate
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the United States Claims Court (1984 to 1985)
  • Dykema Gossett (1982 to 1984)
  • George Mason University School of Law: Adjunct Professor of Law (1990 to 1994)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1995
  • California, 1985
  • Michigan

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1982, cum laude
  • B.A., Oakland University, 1979, magna cum laude