Faculty Profile: Casey Z. Thomas
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For decades, Casey has built high-performing, well-adjusted teams that thrive and take extraordinary care of clients and customers. He is a master at making organizations genuinely tick. His passion is people.
Casey jumped from airplanes as a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger.
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 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.
As a Law Professor, he taught and challenged hundreds of Master of Laws students and new attorneys. Later, as Associate Dean, he managed the daily academic operations of a law school with 5 Academic Departments educating 10,000 attorneys, paralegals, and senior executives each year.
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 delicate matters), for U.S. and Iraqi Special Operations Forces across the entire combat theater. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
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.
Over the years, he has cherished the opportunity work with extraordinary people and to train and mentor countless legal professionals.
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.