Marie E. Casciari

Marie E. Casciari

Chicago, Illinois

Marie Casciari practices exclusively in the areas of employee benefits and other insurance litigation. Marie Casciari has handled all aspects of litigation at the state court, federal district court, and federal appellate court levels; and manages internal appeals under ERISA, and benefit claim submissions under group and individual benefit policies.  Marie Casciari has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the Illinois Circuit Court.

Marie Casciari is an active participant in the American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Committee and Joint Committee on Employee Benefits; and serves as a chapter co-chair of, and contributing author to, the American Bar Association Annual Report of the Employee Benefits Committee. Marie Casciari was selected for the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Leadership Development Program in 2014. Marie Casciari was also the former co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Health and Hospital Law Committee from 2014-2015, and vice chair of the Chicago Bar Association Employee Benefits Committee from 2015-2016.  Marie Casciari has presented numerous times on the topic of employee benefits litigation for both the American Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association, and was named a Super Lawyers' Rising Star for the year of 2016.

Areas of Practice

  • ERISA/Employee Benefit Claims and Litigation
  • Insurance Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Mediator, Center for Conflict Resolution, Mediation Skills Training, Chicago, IL, 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2011


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2011
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • Boston University, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 2007
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Philosophy (Pre-Law Concentration)

Published Works

  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law Annual Report of the Employee Benefits Committee for 2012-2015

Representative Cases

  • Berg v. N.Y. Life Ins. Co., 831 F.3d 426 (7th Cir. 2016)
  • Krupp v. Liberty Life Assurance Co. of Bos., 936 F. Supp. 2d 908 (N.D. Ill. 2013)
  • Raybourne v. Cigna Life Ins. Co., 700 F.3d 1076 (7th Cir. 2012)
  • Ayotte v. Prudential Ins. Co. of N. Am., 900 F. Supp. 2d 814 (N.D. Ill. 2012)
  • Shepherd v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 13453 (N.D. Ill. 2012)
  • Krase v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 138837 (N.D. Ill. 2012)
  • Ehas v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 169151 (N.D. Ill. 2012)


  • “2013-2014 Year in Review: Top ERISA and Employee Benefits Cases,” Chicago Bar Association (November 2014)
  • “2013-2014 Year in Review: Top ERISA and Employee Benefits Cases,” Chicago Bar Association (March 2015)
  • “Litigation of Long-Term Disability Claims,” American Bar Association (May 2015)
  • “ERISA Basics Concepts – Statutory Overview,” American Bar Association (October 2015)
  • “Litigation of Welfare Benefit Claims,” Chicago Bar Association (October 2015)
  • “Wellness Programs: Design, Implementation and Litigation Risks,” American Bar Association (February 2016)
  • “ERISA Litigation Review,” Chicago Bar Association (March 2016)
  • “Pleadings and Motions Practice in ERISA Litigation,” American Bar Association (May 2016)
  • “Anatomy of a Deposition,” American Bar Association (May 2016)
  • “Hot Topics in Health Care Litigation under ERISA and the ACA,” American Bar Association (June 2016)
  • "ACA and Related Healthcare Litigation," American Bar Association (October 2016)
  • "Drafting ERISA Complaints and Moving to Dismiss," American Bar Association (October 2016)

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Employee Benefits, January 2016
  • American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law Leadership Development Program Alumni, July 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Daley, DeBofsky & Bryant, Associate, 2011 - 2013
  • Daley, DeBofsky & Bryant, Law Clerk, 2009 - 2011
  • Foley & Lardner LLP, Project Assistant/Paralegal, 2007 - 2008
  • Mayer Brown, Intern, 2006


  • English