Senior Attorney Casey Francis has spent the last 11 years representing injured people in their workers’ compensation claims. In that time, she has earned the respect of her clients and peers and has taken on many professional leadership roles.
She joined the Deuterman Law Group in 2011 as an associate attorney in workers’ compensation, following previous stints here as a law clerk and new client coordinator. In 2016, Casey was one of a select group of attorneys in the state who qualified as a Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation, a title that was renewed in 2022.
Casey’s strong desire to help people is evident in the work she does for her clients. It also guides her volunteer work and her professional involvement.
She is actively involved in a number of professional development groups, including the N.C. Bar Association and the N.C. Advocates for Justice (NCAJ). Others in the legal field consider Casey a leader in workers’ compensation law, especially cases involving undocumented workers.
Since she joined the firm, Casey has been the lead attorney on workers’ comp cases involving Spanish-speaking clients with a focus on representing undocumented workers in their claims. She has unmatched experience in the state in these kinds of cases.
She has litigated and won cases at all levels of the N.C. Industrial Commission, the N.C. Court of Appeals and N.C. Supreme Court.
Casey has spoken at several Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars across the state, teaching other attorneys how to successfully represent undocumented clients in their workers’ compensation claims, navigate issues in Medicare, obtain medical treatment, and advocate for injured workers in vocational rehabilitation. She also planned a CLE on workers’ compensation for the N.C. Bar Association.
Most recently, Casey was a presenter at the 26th Annual N.C. Industrial Commission Educational Conference. She also was a presenter and panelist at recent International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals of the Carolinas conferences. She will teach a CLE in April 2022 at the NCAJ Roundtable.
A native of Raleigh, Casey moved to the Triad as a teenager and attended Northwest High School in Greensboro. She graduated from magna cum laude from N.C. State in 2008, earning bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and International Politics with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Casey speaks Spanish and studied Arabic in college.
She earned her juris doctor with honors in 2011 from the UNC School of Law. In the same year, she was admitted to the N.C. State Bar.
Casey is a member of the N.C. Advocates for Justice Executive Committee for Workers’ Compensation and is serving a three-year term as a member of the N.C. Bar Association