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Newsletter – Holiday 2017

Holiday Safety Tip: Watch Out for Fire Starters

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The holiday season is the time for cozy fires and candlelight. Please be aware of the safety hazard fires and candles pose—especially around the holidays. Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire-related injuries every year, and 12% of home candle fires occur in December, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Increased use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations in many homes means more risk for fire.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep candles out of reach of children
  • Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
  • Don’t burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
  • Don’t burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
  • Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year
  • Do a ‘cold out’ test before dumping fireplace/pit ashes into trash cans or any other location
  • A fire is ‘cold out’ when the wood/fuel is burned down to white ash and you can run your hands through the ashes—feeling no heat or warmth

Partner Spotlight: Matt Devoti

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We had a little fun getting to know Partner Matt Casey over the summer, now it’s time to learn about the other half of Casey & Devoti, Partner Matt Devoti.

Matt currently resides in the south St. Louis City neighborhood of St. Louis Hills with his wife Lauren, their daughter Lillian (1) and his three kids: Joseph (18), Sophia (16) and Nicholas (13).

Q: What was your first job after college?
A: I worked at National Paper Company while I was in college doing odd jobs—everything from cutting, boxing and packing paper to painting warehouse space. I also worked in the payroll department at Blue Cross Blue Shield while I was in law school.

Q: What compelled you to want to go to law school?
A: I was at a crossroads late in college; I was majoring in History and Political Science and had worked on a teaching certificate. After I student-taught during my Junior year, I realized that I wasn’t cut out for the rigors of teaching. A friend brought me to the federal courthouse in Oklahoma City and introduced me to Judge Wayne Alley, a federal district court judge who briefly presided over the prosecution of Timothy McVey. I was immediately captivated by the opportunities offered by the trial practice.

Q: How did you end up working for Casey & Devoti?
A: Tom Casey and my dad went to CBC High School together in the 1960s, sitting next to each other in homeroom. I think Tom offered me that first job out of friendship with my dad.

Q: Your law partner, Matt Casey, is a 2-term council member for the City of Richmond Heights, do you have any desire to hold a political office?
A: I did at one point. I’ve knocked on doors for both Republicans and Democrats, and served as treasurer for my local alderwoman during two elections. Right now, I’m focusing on serving the City of St. Louis as a Circuit Judge.

Q: You currently sit on the board of directors for (2) nonprofit organizations—St. Martha’s Hall (as a board member) and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Gateway Chapter (as board president). How did you initially get involved with these organizations?
A: Jessica Woolbright, the mom of one of Nick’s friends, nominated me for a leadership position with St. Martha’s Hall. Her timing was fortuitous, and I was impressed by the Shelter’s mission statement from the beginning. I’ve worked with St. Martha’s Hall for just under six years and I’m extremely proud of my connection there. I cannot imagine doing the work that Jessica and the rest of the Shelter’s staff do every day to serve battered women and their children.

With the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Gateway Chapter, I was asked to help with one of the Chapter’s fundraising events—the Wine Opener. I eagerly accepted because cystic fibrosis affects my family. The Wine Opener’s early success eventually led to an invitation to join the Chapter’s Board in 2013. In 2017, I took over as Board president. I’m still part of the Wine Opener’s planning committee and I’m pleased to announce this year’s event raised over $100,000.

Q: What compels you to devote so much of your time and talents to these organizations?
A: My parents raised me to share my time, talent and energy with those who are not as lucky as me. I feel fortunate that both my family and extended family are healthy, happy and prosperous. Those feelings energize and compel me to give to those who I believe I can help.

Click here to read Matt Devoti’s complete Q&A.

Law Days for Southeastern Missouri Residents

As part of our ongoing commitment to assist clients throughout southeastern Missouri, Matt and Matt will host monthly ‘law days’ in Ste. Genevieve. Our firm has a large client base from this region of the state and it is our goal to make meeting with them as easy as possible.

During the designated law days, Matt and Matt are available to meet with current clients, as well as potential clients. If you or someone you love has been injured by the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation for things like medical expenses, lost wages from time off work, pain and suffering. Are you unsure if you need to hire a personal injury attorney? Then your best course of action is to have an experienced personal injury attorney review the circumstances of the negligence and resulting injury.

Residents of southeastern Missouri should contact our office to schedule an appointment. We can be reached at (314) 421-0763 or

Firm & Partners Continue Commitment to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation—Gateway Chapter

Casey & Devoti and Partners Matt Casey and Matt Devoti have been dedicated supporters of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation—Gateway Chapter for many years.

Wine Opener

With family members afflicted with cystic fibrosis, Matt Devoti began volunteering his time ‘co-hosting’ the foundation’s annual Wine Opener. This quickly led to an invitation to join the board of directors in 2013. For the past several years, the Wine Opener raised close to $75,000 annually for the foundation. In 2017, Matt took the reigns as foundation president and with the help of his fellow board members, an amazing foundation staff and an army of dedicated volunteers, shattered this year’s Wine Opener goal by raising over $100,000 for the foundation. Click here to read more.


Reach for A Star galaIn November 2017, Casey & Devoti and Partner Matt Devoti also hosted a table at the foundation’s 26th annual ‘Reach for A Star’ gala—which raised more than $400,000 for those living with cystic fibrosis. Click here to read more.


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Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. More than 10 million Americans are unknowing, symptomless carriers of a defective CF gene. The mission of the Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis (CF) and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

To learn more about the local foundation and how you can get involved, visit

Opioids & Chronic Pain: A Personal Injury Lawyer’s Perspective

Opioid pills

As personal injury lawyers, we see first-hand the rampant use of opioids to control acute and chronic pain. Everyday clients who have suffered serious injuries, due to negligence, come into our office to share their stories.

As lawyers, we tend to focus on the facts, the injury, the medical records and opinions of medical experts, who should be held accountable, the laws, the judicial system we must navigate to file, and perhaps try, a personal injury claim from start to finish.

But, at the heart of every personal injury claim is just that—an injury. Sometimes an injury is very straight forward. A broken bone, for instance, can be set and over time will heal without much, if any, residual pain. During the initial treatment of a broken bone, a doctor might prescribe an acute pain medication, which means it is designed to be taken for a very short amount of time and then discontinued once the pain subsides.

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Matt & Matt Continue ‘Distracted Driving’ Education

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Distracted driving is an epidemic in the United States. One in four accidents in the U.S. involve texting and driving. Every day, 11 teenagers die in car accidents because they were texting and driving.

For these reasons, Matt and Matt continue their commitment to ‘End Distracted Driving’ (EndDD). This fall, they delivered this important safety message to 400 students at Ursuline Academy and 50 students at SCOPE School in the Mehlville School District.

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The EndDD program aims to educate young drivers on the importance of eliminating distractions while driving—whether it’s texting, talking on the phone, daydreaming, posting to social media, talking to passengers, changing the radio, reaching for an object or eating.

Four years into their effort to educate students, Matt and Matt have delivered this powerful message to more than 5,000 students at 11 different high schools throughout St. Louis and southeastern Missouri. Visit to learn more and to preview the presentation. The firm is currently booking presentations for spring 2018. Please contact Lara Vitiello at (314) 409-0996 or to schedule a presentation.

Fall Promotion: St. Louis Blues Hockey + Hotel Weekend Giveaway

St. Louis Blues game
Congratulations to Bridget S. of St. Louis! Bridget was the lucky winner of our fall sports giveaway, which included (2) tickets to the St. Louis Blues vs. Columbus Bluejackets game in late October, plus overnight accommodations at the Hilton Hotel Union Station. Not only did Bridget bring home a winner, but she also sent us this fabulous picture of the new scoreboard at Scottrade Center. Ever since that game in October, the Blues have been on a roll. Thank you to everyone who participated in our fall promotional giveaway. And, Let’s Go Blues!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Casey and Devoti Families.

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Living Safer Magazine

Each quarter, Casey & Devoti publishes our safety magazine called Living Safer. This free magazine is brimming with informative articles on all things safety-related. Our latest issue features a powerful cover story on the opioid epidemic. Sign-up to have this free magazine delivered directly to your house or click here to read the electronic version of the magazine.

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