Spotlight on Casey Coyle
July 23, 2019
Casey Coyle joined the Philadelphia office in 2014. He grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania, which is about 25 miles north of Philadelphia. He currently lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two daughters (ages 2 and 8 months). Casey comes from “a large, stereotypical Irish Catholic family,” in his words. His dad is one of five children, his mom is one of nine, and Casey is one of seven. As a “hyper-competitive” family, they have celebrated Thanksgiving for more than 25 years with an annual Turkey Bowl, a football game that pits the uncles and nieces against the nephews. (They also hold a family Olympics, see Q&A for more details.)
As a litigator, Casey concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation. He regularly represents businesses in disputes pending before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and other state and federal trial courts. His representative matters include cases involving theft of trade secrets, non-competition/non-solicitation agreements, shareholder litigation, emergency injunctions, class actions, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duties. He also has extensive experience in the area of appellate law, including serving as a law clerk for then-Justice, now Chief Justice, of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Honorable Thomas G. Saylor. In addition, Casey is a member of the Third Circuit Lawyers Advisory Committee, a 15-member committee comprised of lawyers from the private and public sectors across the Third Circuit that serves as a liaison between the bench, bar and the public, assists the court in its efforts to improve the administration of justice, and makes recommendations to the court on local rules and procedures.
What led you to pursue a career in law?
I was not the kid who spent his entire childhood dreaming of becoming a lawyer. I actually wanted to become a foreign correspondent for ABC’s World News Tonight. (I was a huge Peter Jennings fan growing up). I majored in journalism in college, but started to rethink my career path after I spent a semester interning at a cable news network. My one brother was in law school at the time, and he suggested that I enroll as well. This was before the Great Recession, where the conventional wisdom was that it was good to have a law degree no matter what career you wanted to pursue. I decided to enroll in law school, even though I wasn’t even sure that I wanted to practice law. Fortunately, I fell in love with the law and the rest is history, but in retrospect, it was a huge gamble on my part.
What do you enjoy most about your practice?
I’m really a nerd at heart, so the most enjoyable part of my practice is solving complex problems; the bigger the challenge the happier I am.
You mentioned that your family holds their own Olympics every four years. Please elaborate.
We hold a family Olympics every four years, and have done so since 1988. We have four teams that correspond to four different colors: (1) the Green Machine (green); (2) the Royals (blue); (3) the Flames (red); and (4) the loveable losers, the Pumpkin Heads (orange). We also have a children’s team, the Purple People Eaters. You get drafted to a team when you turn 14 years old, and you are on that team for life. Spouses are not allowed to be on the same team, and we try to split up family members as much as possible. We play a combination of individual and team events like volleyball, softball, horseshoes, kayak races, and a basketball shooting competition. Just like the real Olympics, there is an opening and closing ceremony (complete with the flame), and medals are awarded. The real prize, though, is bragging rights for the next four years!
What are some of the things on your bucket list?
My wife and I want to visit every Major League Baseball stadium. As of now, we’ve visited about one-third of them. We also want to visit all of the U.S. presidential libraries. We’ve been to Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s home) in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Hermitage (Andrew Jackson’s home) in Nashville, Tennessee, the LBJ President Library in Austin, Texas, and the Jimmy Carter President Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, so far, and are heading to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, in August.
If you could pick a career outside of the law, what would it be?
For the longest time, I used to say that I’d be a high school history teacher if I were not a lawyer. In the past few years, however, I’ve become a huge craft beer fan—although some of my friends may disagree and call me a beer snob—so now my dream job is to own a brewery someday.
What are some of your favorite albums of all time?
Prince “Purple Rain”
Incubus “Make Yourself”
Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience”
Outkast “The Love Below/Speakerboxxx”
Mumford and Sons “Babel”
The Roots “Things Fall Apart”
MGMT “Oracular Spectacular”
John Legend “Get Lifted”
Red Hot Chili Peppers “By the Way”
Who is your favorite fictional character?
Rocky Balboa. I mean, the guy singlehandedly ended the Cold War. (See Rocky IV.)
What is your favorite professional sports team?
Penn State football.
Who/what inspires you?
My mother. She’s the hardest working person I know.