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David S. Casey graduated from St. Louis University in 1937, was admitted to practice in Missouri in the same year. He worked as an insurance adjuster for Harry LeBarron Company in San Diego for one year and then returned to St. Louis where he worked for the law firm of Mark D. Eagleton, a personal injury lawyer. In 1941 he entered the Navy Air Force until the conclusion of the war. Thereafter, he returned to San Diego, took the California bar and passed.

He was a candidate for Mayor of San Diego in 1966 running in a field of 15, including Curran, Goodrich and Hitch. Missed final run off by a mere 300 votes. He served on the Smog Committee and Water Authority and headed up Proposition C, which allowed Hotel Motel taxation. He headed up Propositions A and B, which allowed the Pueblo Lands in San Diego to be given or sold. Part of this property was given to the University of San Diego and the Salk Institute.

He was a charter member of the California Trial Lawyers Association, the first President of the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, and a diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a past President of that organization. In order to be a diplomate one must have tried 100 civil jury cases to a conclusion. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is restricted to 400 lawyers throughout the world. He is a fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He was elected Governor of the State Bar of California and served from 1975 through 1976, when he was elected president of the State Bar of California. He was recipient of the award of honor of the San Diego Press Award for Law and Justice as Headliner for 1975. He was a senior partner for Casey, Gerry, Reed & Schenk, specializing in personal injury litigation.  He passed away August 3, 2003.