Faculty Profile: Casey Z Thomas
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For decades, Casey has built high-performing, well-adjusted teams that thrive. He is a master at making organizations genuinely tick and his passion is people.
He now has the daily, food-for-the-soul joy of buliding leaders of character across the globe.
Over the years, he has cherished the opportunity work with extraordinary teammates and to train and mentor countless legal professionals.
Casey jumped from airplanes as a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger.
He served as a Federal prosecutor, representing the United States in many dozens of trials. As Senior Trial Counsel, he influenced the daily activities of 7 heavy-lifting litigators and 31 paralegals contending with hundreds upon hundreds of cases.
For years Casey advised General Officers and other senior decision-makers on the practical and legal aspects of strategic and sensitive daily decisions in the most complicated of circumstances.
He was humbled to lead an exceptional team of 28 Army, Navy, Marine & Air Force legal professionals handling complex and high-pressure combat, detention, stability, cyber, and Iraqi prosecution operations (and other highly-delicate matters), for U.S. and Iraqi Special Operations Forces across the entire combat theater. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
As a Law Professor, he taught and challenged hundreds of Master of Laws students, new attorneys, and senior leaders. Later, as Associate Dean, he managed the daily academic operations of a law school with 5 Academic Departments educating 10,000 attorney, paralegal, senior executive, legal administrator, and international students each year.
Casey also had the honor of building and leading one of the most productive and successful large legal service organizations in the Federal government. The superb team of 165 employees masterfully worked 15,000+ various legal matters—administrative & civil, operational & international, criminal, fiscal & contract, claims, legal assistance—for a client base of 150,000 in an organization with an annual operating budget of $700+ million.
Casey was the #2 leadership graduate at West Point and had the distinct honor of serving as President of his class for 13 years. He also graduated from the University of Texas School of Law and holds his LL.M. from The Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He is barred in Texas and is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.
Casey is also the Chair of the Austin Chamber of Commerce Military Veteran’s Committee.