Marie E. Casciari
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Marie E. Casciari

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Seattle, Washington

Marie E. Casciari
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Marie Casciari is a shareholder at DeBofsky Law, and leads the Seattle office. She is Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section, Employee Benefits Committee. She practices exclusively in the areas of employee benefits, ERISA, mental health parity (MHPAEA), and other insurance benefits litigation.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Society for Human Resource Management, Essentials of Human Resources Certification, 2021
  • Center for Conflict Resolution, Mediation Skills Training Certification, 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2021
  • Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2022
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2022
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2011

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • Juris Doctor, 2011
  • Boston University, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Bachelor of Arts, 2007
    • Major: Philosophy (Pre-Law Concentration)

Published Work

  • Bloomberg BNA American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law Employee Benefits Law Treatise
    • Chapter Editor, 2016-2022
    • Contributing Author, 2014-2016
  • What’s Hot and What’s Not in ERISA Health & Welfare Litigation, Practising Law Institute (August 2022)
  • Predicting the Future Course of Employee Benefits Litigation, American Bar Association (September 2021)
  • Recent Trends in Transgender Healthcare Law, American Bar Association (June 2020)
  • Federal Court Finds ERISA Does Not Preempt State Auto-Enrollment Individual Retirement Program, Illinois Bar Association (May 2020)
  • Federal Court Finds Insurance Giant Breach Its Fiduciary Duties and Violated Illinois Law, Illinois Bar Association (July 2019)

Representative Cases

  • Day v. Humana Ins. Co., 335 F.R.D. 181 (N.D. Ill. 2020)
  • Dominic W. v. N. Trust Co. Emp. Welfare Benefit Plan, 392 F. Supp. 3d 907 (N.D. Ill 2019)
  • Alice F. v. Health Care Serv. Corp., 367 F. Supp. 3d 817 (N.D. Ill. 2019)
  • 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 WL 4483506, 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 138837 (N.D. Ill. 2012)
  • Ehas v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 2012 WL 5989215, 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 169151 (N.D. Ill. 2012)

Classes / Seminars

  • ERISA Basics Concepts – Statutory Overview, American Bar Association (November 2022)
  • 2022 Health and Welfare Litigation Update, Practising Law Institute (October 2022)
  • Insurance Claims: Empowering Your Clients for Coverage, Chicago School of Professional Psychology (November 2021)
  • Recent Developments Impacting Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits: What Every Employer and Employee Should Know, American Bar Association (November 2021)
  • Benefits Claims – Administrative Procedures & Litigation Overview, American Bar Association (October 2021)
  • Advancing the Future of Proton Therapy, National Association for Proton Therapy (April 2021)
  • To Be Preempted or Not to Be Preempted: An Update on the Interactions between State Law and ERISA, American Bar Association (November 2020)
  • Navigating the Legal Landscape of Proton Therapy Denials, National Association for Proton Therapy (September 2020)
  • ERISA Ethical Issues and Concerns, American Bar Association (June 2020)
  • Into the Wilderness: Recent Developments in Federal Parity Act Litigation, American Bar Association (January 2020)
  • ERISA Preemption, American Bar Association (October 2019)
  • ERISA Ethical Issues and Concerns, American Bar Association (June 2019)
  • ERISA Preemption, American Bar Association (June 2019)
  • Mock Hearing on Motion to Dismiss, American Bar Association (February 2019)
  • What Every Social Security Lawyer Should Know About LTD Claims, Chicago Bar Association (November 2018)
  • ERISA Ethical Issues and Concerns, American Bar Association (October 2018)
  • ERISA Preemption, American Bar Association (October 2018)
  • Mental Health Parity Litigation, American Bar Association (May 2018)
  • Crafting Compliant, Effective Behavioral Health Benefit Programs, American Bar Association (February 2018)
  • Benefit Claims: Administrative Procedures, American Bar Association (October 2017)
  • Pleadings and Motion Practice in ERISA Litigation, American Bar Association (October 2017)
  • ERISA Ethical Issues and Concerns, American Bar Association (October 2017)
  • Pleadings and Motion Practice in ERISA Litigation, American Bar Association (June 2017)
  • Health Care Claims and Related Litigation, American Bar Association (June 2017)
  • Transgender Health Care Issues and Nondiscrimination, American Bar Association (March 2017)
  • Litigating Individual Health Claims, American Bar Association (February 2017)
  • Parkinson’s Disease and Disability: the Basics, Rush University Medical Center (February 2017)
  • Drafting ERISA Complaints and Moving to Dismiss, American Bar Association (October 2016)
  • ACA and Related Healthcare Litigation, American Bar Association (October 2016)
  • Hot Topics in Health Care Litigation under ERISA and the ACA, American Bar Association (June 2016)
  • Anatomy of a Deposition, American Bar Association (May 2016)
  • Pleadings and Motions Practice in ERISA Litigation, American Bar Association (May 2016)
  • ERISA Litigation Review, Chicago Bar Association (March 2016)
  • Wellness Programs: Design, Implementation and Litigation Risks, American Bar Association (February 2016)
  • Litigation of Welfare Benefit Claims, Chicago Bar Association (October 2015)
  • ERISA Basics Concepts – Statutory Overview, American Bar Association (October 2015)
  • Litigation of Long-Term Disability Claims, American Bar Association (May 2015)
  • 2013-2014 Year in Review: Top ERISA and Employee Benefits Cases, Chicago Bar Association (March 2015)
  • 2013-2014 Year in Review: Top ERISA and Employee Benefits Cases, Chicago Bar Association (November 2014)

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Employee Benefits Law, 2016 – Present
  • Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers, Employee Benefits Law, 2017 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law Leadership Development Program, 2014

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair of Labor & Employment Law Section, Employee Benefits Committee, 2022-Present
    • Co-Chair of Labor & Employment Law Section, Leadership Development Program, 2018-2020
    • Co-Chair of Labor & Employment Law Section, Employee Benefits Committee, ERISA Preemption and Effect on Other Laws Subcommittee, 2018-2022
    • Co-Chair of Labor & Employment Law Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Employment Discrimination & Employee Benefits Subcommittee, 2016-2018
    • Vice-Chair of Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Employee Benefits Committee, 2020-2022
    • Vice-Chair of Labor & Employment Law Section, Membership Development Committee, 2016-2018
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    •  CLE Coordinator of Employee Benefits Section, 2018-2020
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Vice Chair of Employee Benefits Committee, 2015-2016
    • Co-Chair of Health and Hospital Law Committee, 2014-2015

Past Employment Positions

  • DeBofsky & Associates, P.C., Associate, 2013 – 2016
  • Daley, DeBofsky & Bryant, Associate, 2011 – 2013
  • Daley, DeBofsky & Bryant, Law Clerk, 2009 – 2011
  • Foley & Lardner LLP, Project Assistant, 2007 – 2008
  • Mayer Brown LLP, Intern, 2006

Languages

  • English
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