Jason L. Cassidy

Associate

emailjcassidy@rcalaw.com
phone602.440.4812
fax602.257.6912
Legal Secretary: Tina Kaminski
emailtkaminski@rcalaw.com

Biography

Jason is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group. He has experience helping clients resolve disputes involving the False Claims Act, real estate, defamation, land use/zoning, discrimination, ADA/disability issues, bankruptcy, contracts, federal and state laws, and a wide variety of business issues.

Some of Jason’s representative matters include:

  • Negotiating a full-discharge settlement of a client’s student loans from the United States via an adversary bankruptcy proceeding. Jason was named to the Arizona Pro Bono Honor Roll in 2014 by the Arizona Bankruptcy Court for his work on this case.
  • Navigating real estate and land use issues to help a school obtain a quiet title judgment in Superior Court, enabling the school to expand its facilities on an adjacent lot.
  • Defending a group of healthcare workers in three related defamation actions involving the Federal Tort Claims Act, tribal law jurisdiction, and arguments of first impression regarding acts within the scope of employment that are currently under appeal in the Ninth Circuit.
  • Successfully defending a national grocery store chain in a series of five lawsuits that sought to stop construction and operation of a new store in Surprise, Arizona. The store is now open for business.
  • Helping a business owner obtain an injunction against the United States that saved the business from being shut down.
  • Successfully defending a contractor in Superior Court in a multi-million dollar lawsuit involving complex contract and statutory interpretation issues.
  • Obtaining a long-term temporary restraining order against a university on behalf of a graduate student facing expulsion that would have violated the ADA and Rehabilitation Act.

As an undergrad, Jason studied music at Northwestern University. After graduating, he became a stage actor in Chicago and appeared in many musical theatre productions in the area. He spent nine months traveling the country in a tour bus and has performed on stages from New York to Hawaii.

In addition to his music/acting career, Jason spent eight years as a legal assistant. Before attending Northwestern Law, Jason assisted attorneys with a wide variety of cases involving civil litigation, real estate, estate planning, state and federal regulatory matters, and loan transactions.

At Northwestern Law, Jason was a member of the Accelerated J.D. program, completing three years of coursework in only two years. He graduated cum laude and was named an inaugural Kirkland & Ellis Scholar for his academic achievements.

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • "The Federal False Claims Act, Or: Why It's a Really Bad Idea to Defraud the Federal Government," Law Firm CLE Program, June 2015
  • "The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: Correctly Collect Debt Without Defect, Neglect or Disrespect," Law Firm CLE Program, February 2015
  • "Pro Bono for Practice Development," Law Firm CLE Program, Panelist, February 2014
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Education

  • Northwestern University, B.M., Vocal Performance, 2001
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Kirkland and Ellis Scholar, 2013

Admissions

  • Arizona, 2013
  • U.S. District Court of Arizona, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2015

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