Marc Casale ’13 recently accepted a position with international law firm Baker & McKenzie. He will start working in the firm’s New York City office in its tax practice group after graduating from Albany Law School and taking the bar exam.
Casale, a Waterford, N.Y., native, has planned his career in law since childhood. His grandfather, a World War II veteran, attended Siena College on the GI Bill and intended to pursue a law degree, but with a growing family, he did not end up going to law school.
“I’ve always wanted to pick up his torch, and finish his dream of a law degree,” said Casale, who enrolled in the 3 + 3 Accelerated Program with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that allowed him to earn his undergraduate degree in management in three years.
While at Rensselaer, Casale got an early start building his legal resume by landing an internship with Donald Zee, P.C. in Albany. Since coming to Albany Law, he has also worked for Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP, in Albany, and clerked for Judge Lawrence E. Kahn in the Northern District of New York.
Casale is a member of the Albany Law Review, and he will soon see his article “More than a Headache: How the Application of New York’s No-Fault Threshold Has Effectively Eliminated Head Injury Plaintiffs’ Chances of Recovery” published in a forthcoming issue of the Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology.
“New York requires very specific conditions to establish an injury that would allow one to sue after an automobile accident,” Casale explained. “The problem is that concussions, for example, do not often manifest in a way that meets these conditions. Therefore, it becomes impossible for a concussive victim to meet the required standards, and they might not be able to get the help they need.”
Casale is also a member of the law school’s Moot Court Board as the Karen C. McGovern Senior Prize Trials Chair.
Baker & McKenzie employs more than 4,000 attorneys in 72 offices around the world. Last summer, Casale completed a summer internship at the firm, at which point he was offered the permanent position.