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Casselle Smith Associate

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Casselle came to Ifrah Law with a level of legal experience that is truly rare among new associates, beginning her career as a litigator well before entering one of the nation’s finest law schools. Having secured a coveted internship as a criminal defense investigator at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), Casselle gained invaluable experience serving as an active member of a defense team as she progressed from an intern to a senior fellow. She credits her time at PDS for giving her early lessons in the true meaning of zealous advocacy and for instilling in her an unflinching commitment to each client’s success in and out of the courtroom.

While at Harvard Law School, Casselle was granted membership to the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, one of the law school’s three historic honors societies. In addition to being elected as the 2009 President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Casselle also won a jury trial against an opposing counsel with over twenty years of litigation experience and successfully defended against a multinational bank’s motion for summary judgment.

Since arriving at Ifrah Law, Casselle’s acute analytical skills, ability to assess the big picture and keen attention to detail have made her an invaluable team member on a number of high profile cases. These matters have ranged from white collar and government investigations to business and employment litigation. In every case, Casselle thrives on handling matters that involve many moving parts and complicated facts, all of which she seamlessly manages in a manner that best serves her clients. Examples of Casselle’s recent work include:

  • Served as the lead associate in a parallel white collar investigation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). Working alongside Jeff Ifrah and David Deitch, Casselle has developed defense theories and investigation strategies, coordinated efforts with subject matter experts and investigators, and drafted substantive responses to FERC’s preliminary findings.
  • Worked closely with the General Counsel and CEO of an international corporation in the giftware industry to synthesize potential claims, quantify losses, develop a litigation plan, and draft substantive pleadings. This multistate matter involved the breach of fiduciary duty by a former company executive.
  • Drafted a substantive Position Statement for a leading security-industry contractor in response to a former employee‘s EEOC charge of discrimination, which resulted in the EEOC’s dismissal of the charge.

Awards + Recognition

  • Pro Bono Service Award, Harvard Law School, Commencement 2010
  • Dean’s Scholar Prize, The American Jury, Harvard Law School Spring 2010

Professional + Community

  • Member, Steering Committee - Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 100th Anniversary Celebration
  • DC Women’s Bar Association
  • NY State Bar Association
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