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 of the firm. She practices exclusively in the areas of employee benefits, ERISA, mental health parity, and other insurance benefits litigation. Marie Casciari handles litigation at the state court, federal district court, and federal appellate court levels; and manages internal appeals and benefit claim submissions under group and individual benefit plans.

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 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

  • 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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