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Casey is the Global Managing Partner and Executive Committee Chair of Reed Smith. In her 28 years at the firm, Casey has served in several leadership roles including Global Head of Legal Personnel, Global Chair of the Labor & Employment Group and Vice Chair of the Litigation Department. As Global Head of Legal Personnel, Casey led the firm’s compensation, promotion, and hiring processes. She developed several key associate initiatives, including Reed Smith Associate Life and Reed Smith Associate Advantage. She worked closely with the firm’s Wellness Works and Alumni initiatives and was integral to the launch of both.


  • University of Notre Dame Law School, 1996, J.D., Lead Articles Editor, Journal of Law Ethics and Public Policy
  • University of Notre Dame, 1993, B.A., English, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

  • State Supreme Court - Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Pennsylvania

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Member
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, Law Advisory Council, President
  • Allegheny Health Network Cancer Advisory Board – Board Member
  • Allegheny Conference on Community Development – Board Member
  • PBA Federal Practice Committee, Member
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute – Faculty Member and Course Planner, Employment Law Institute – West
  • Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania Awards of Distinction – Committee Member
  • United Way of Allegheny County – Member of the Board of Directors
  • United Way of Allegheny County – Co-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council (2013-2015)


  • Honored as a Corporate Counsel 2023 Women, Influence and Power in Law Award winner, in the category of innovative leadership
  • Selected for the INvolve Heroes Women Executives Role Model List 2023, showcasing leaders who are championing women in business and driving change for gender diversity in the workplace
  • Recognized as a U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year in Pittsburgh in the area of Litigation – Labor and Employment (2018) and as Lawyer of the Year in Pittsburgh in the area of Employment Law (2017)
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Pennsylvania Labor & Employment, 2009-2023
    • 2020: “Casey Ryan advises on an array of employment disputes such as discrimination claims, breach of contract litigation and wrongful discharge disputes. Sources say her ‘work product is stellar’ and describe her as ‘a very fine lawyer and a great counselor.’”
  • Recognized by Legal 500 US - Workplace and Employment Counseling:
    • 2017: Pittsburgh-based, Casey Ryan is highly regarded.
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2006-2024
  • Included in Legal 500 US and described as: “The finest attorney I have every worked with - loyal, fiercely competitive but always in a positive professional manner.”
  • Included on Employment Law360's 2010 national list of 10 labor and employment lawyers under 40 to watch
  • Dress for Success, Your Hour, Her Power - Annual Women’s History and International Women’s Day - 2022 Honoree
  • Named Junior Achievement’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni
  • Named to The Legal Intelligencer’s 2019 List of Pennsylvania Trailblazers
  • Ranked in the “Top 50 Ally Executives for 2019” for OUTstanding LGB&T & Role Models List
  • Recognized for championing the advancement of women, named to the 2019 “HERoes Women Role Model Lists” by Involve
  • Named to Corporate Counsel's 2019 Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards in the category “Women's Legal Awards”
  • Named a “Distinguished Leader” by The Legal Intelligencer for 2019
  • Ranked in the “Top 50 Women List” in the nomination, research and blue ribbon review process, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, (2015-2016)
  • Selected by the Pittsburgh Business Times as a “2014 BusinessWomen First” honoree
  • Recipient of the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania’s 2015 Awards of Distinction in the category “Woman of Distinction in Government & Law”
  • Selected as a “2006 Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer