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Newsletter-Holiday 2015

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Happy Holidays from Casey & Devoti

Happy Holidays from Casey & Devoti!

As we approach the holiday season and our calendars fill up with ‘to-do’ lists of shopping, baking, kid’s activities, and holiday gatherings…please remember to:

  • Slow down.
  • Proceed with caution.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Buckle up.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Don’t drive distracted.
  • Arrive alive.

Matt and Matt would like to wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season and a prosperous new year.

Exit Survey / Quarterly Winner

Drinking and driving

As part of our ongoing commitment to legendary customer service, we will be sending quarterly exit surveys to all of our ‘closed cases’. As a token of our appreciation for completing the survey, we will enter all respondents into a quarterly drawing for a $25 Target gift card.

We will use this valuable feedback to help us better understand how clients find us, what they value in a personal injury attorney/firm, and how we can earn a client’s highest compliment — a referral.

A special thank you to everyone who completed a survey over the last few months and congratulations to our first quarterly winner: Rochelle Novack

All Attorneys Selected to MO. Super Lawyers

Once again, we are pleased to announce that all three of our attorneys—Matt Casey, Tom Casey and Matt Devoti—have been named Missouri Super Lawyers for 2015. Super Lawyers selections comprise the top 5% of attorneys and are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. This is the sixth consecutive year Matt Casey and Matt Devoti have been recognized by the Super Lawyers selection committee.

“Working in the legal profession in St. Louis and the surrounding areas, your reputation will precede you. How you treat others directly affects how people perceive you,” said Matt Casey. “We are humbled and grateful that our legal peers recognize our commitment to treating everyone—clients and colleagues—in a professional and respectful manner.”

Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Lawyers are selected by peer nomination, peer evaluation, and independent research. In 2013, the Super Lawyers selection process was patented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, which highlights its credibility as an impartial third-party rating system.

Latest News

Gateway CFF Wine Opener 2015: A Huge Success

With more than 350 wine lovers and CFF supporters in attendance, the annual Wine Opener raised more than $70,000 for the Gateway Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Casey & Devoti was once again a corporate sponsor of the event, which was co-hosted by Partner and Gateway CFF board member, Matt Devoti.

With family members afflicted with cystic fibrosis, Matt has been actively involved with the Gateway CFF chapter for many years. “The Wine Opener continues to get bigger and better each year,” said Devoti. “We are thrilled with the amount of money raised for this wonderful organization that provides much needed funding for CF research and awareness.”

Gateway Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Wine Opener

Gateway Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Wine Opener

Gateway Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Wine Opener

Gateway Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Wine Opener

Community Partner Spotlight: Harris House

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Casey & Devoti has been a proud supporter of Harris House, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility located in the city of St. Louis.

For over 50 years, Harris House has helped people recover their lives from drug and alcohol addiction. They advocate a recovery with responsibility program that empowers people to take control of their treatment and recovery process. Certified counselors guide clients in creating individual treatment programs to treat the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

Harris House offers a continuum of care that recognizes different people are at different stages of their recovery process — thus allowing people to enter at any stage. They offer the following:

  • Traditional 28-day residential treatment program
  • Actively employed residential treatment program
  • Intensive outpatient program
  • Transitional housing level 1 (for up to 1 year)
  • Transitional housing level 2 (for up to 2 years)

Harris House is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, approved by the BBB as an A+ accredited charity, and is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Staff is available 24/7 to answer questions regarding the treatment programs, admissions process, and payment options. Harris House is an in-network provider for several major insurance carriers. If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic substance abuse, there is hope. Learn more at www.harrishousestl.org or call (314) 631-4299.

Casey & Devoti Blog Digest

We are continually posting valuable safety and legal related articles to the Casey & Devoti website and social media pages. Click here to view our latest posts on Elder Abuse, Food Poisoning Liability, Home Invasions, Dog Bite Liability and more. To receive real-time updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Matt Casey and Matt Devoti also publish blogs on the Eastern Missouri Legal Examiner—a website that allows bloggers and readers to share their views and opinions on all things legal related. While they cover a variety of topics, Matt Casey focuses on birth injuries and Matt Devoti focuses on victims of drunk driving. Click here to check out the Eastern Missouri Legal Examiner site and read our latest posts.

Trending Topics

Social Host Liability

Beer and Keys

The holiday season is upon us. If you will be hosting parties, dinners, or family gatherings at your home, it is important to know and understand social host liability.

What is Social Host Liability?

Social host liability is similar to dram shop liability, but does have some major differences. First, almost every state has some form of dram shop legislation, while only some states have social host legislation. Secondly, dram shop imposes liability only on sellers of alcohol, such as bars, liquor stores and restaurants, while social host laws impose liability on anyone who provides alcohol to guests, if that guest goes on to injure someone while intoxicated.

Any occasion can give rise to social host liability—not just a party. It applies to any homeowner, renter of property or really anyone who provides alcohol to a guest who gets drunk and goes on to injure another person. The majority of states, Missouri and Illinois included, impose this law on hosts only if they give alcohol to a person under the legal drinking age of 21.

There are 2 types of social host cases:

A ‘first party’ social host case exists when the injured plaintiff is the person that was given the alcoholic beverages. Most states don’t allow ‘first party’ cases unless the plaintiff is a minor.

A ‘third party’ social host case exists when the injured person is someone other than the drunk person. This means if you were injured by a drunk driver and the driver got drunk at a party, then you may have a case against the host of the party who provided the alcohol.

If you will be hosting a social gathering at your house and alcohol is served, it is important to know the ages of your guests and be careful to not serve drinks to minors. It is also a good idea to monitor the alcohol consumption of your guests and offer to call a cab for anyone who appears to be overserved.

Client Business Spotlight
We are happy to launch a new section of our eNewsletter featuring a small business owned by a previous client. Our first client business spotlight goes to Michler Auto Body.

Michler Auto Body logo

Since 1995, Michler Auto Body has been providing quality, dependable collision repairs, restorations and expert color matching to the Festus and the surrounding areas. A Christian family-owned business that prides itself with integrity and ethical workmanship. Owner Ken Michler has more than 35 years of collision repair experience.

  • Complete collision repair
  • Expert color matching
  • Frame restoration
  • Windshield replacement and repair available
  • Hail and paintless dent repair available
  • Classic auto restoration
  • Free estimates and rental car assistance

(573) 483-3777

5161 Highway DD

Festus, MO 63028

www.autobody-michler.com

About Our Firm

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For over 30 years, Casey & Devoti has diligently protected the rights of its clients with honesty and integrity. Our lawyers are dedicated to providing individuals and small companies with first-class, professional and aggressive legal representation. Our lawyers have extensive trial experience representing clients in matters such as, automobile, train and truck accidents, medical and legal malpractice, product and premises liability, elder and sexual abuse, workers’ compensation and wrongful death. Casey & Devoti proudly serves the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

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