Our long-time associate and friend, Donald D. Casale, passed away on June 28th. He was 64.
Donald was battling cancer. He stopped working on Labor Day, 2012, but his recovery was going nicely. We were hoping that he would be able to return to work. Unfortunately, he took a turn for the worse in June.
Don and I both started as associates in 1981 at Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer, an insurance defense firm. Don left around 1982 or 1983 to join another firm, and we again became co-workers around 10 years ago.
Before joining us Don had a very varied experience on both the plaintiff and defense side. Based on his vast experience and intellect, Don was not only our “law man”, but an all-around lawyer who could handle research, our computer issues, case preparation, trial, and appeal.
Don was known for his sly sense of humor. For example, he recorded himself coughing as his cell phone ringtone. He planned this for court appearances. A cell phone ringing in court would earn a stern rebuke from the judge. Don found a way around this by using a cough ringtone. If the phone rang, he covered his mouth and left the courtroom to take the call. Therefore, Donald appeared to be coughing, and he avoided the reprimand. (Some judges got wise to this ruse, and they had a good laugh.)
Don leaves behind a brother (Anthony Casale), godchildren (Kevin and Kerwin Vasquez), and many dear and loyal friends.
Don was a good man full of kindness and compassion to all. He was a good brother to his disabled twin brother and a good son to his mother.
He will be missed.
Mark E. Seitelman