Casey Smith is a partner at Walsh LLP. He puts his passion into everything he does, whether he is spending time with his wife and 4 rambunctious boys, hiking and scrambling in the mountains, pursuing his musical talent, competing in long distance cycling events, or assisting clients in resolving legal conflicts.
As a lifelong learner with an inquisitive mind, Casey has an interest and expertise in many legal areas. He has experience in civil and corporate litigation, insurance defence, including professional liability and disability claims, employment law with emphasis on termination of senior level employees from both an employee and employer perspective, construction law involving contractual interpretation and negotiation as well as disputes for payment and builder’s liens, First Nations law, and human rights law. While he may take risky mountain descents at 80km/hr on 23mm bike tires, when it comes to advising Boards, Casey takes a cautious line in managing risk and avoiding litigation.
As an affable and kind-hearted person by nature, Casey can help clients resolve files often without the need of protracted litigation and he endeavors to find reasonable outcomes that are practical and minimize costs. Legal disputes can be very emotional but Casey strives to take the emotion out of the conflict and knows you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. However, when necessary, Casey is comfortable in the Courts and his experience has included representing Provincial Boards at the Court of Appeal, developing early case law in civil forfeiture, conducting fatality inquiries, and resolving disputes through mediation and arbitration. Casey’s love of learning is a benefit to his work and clients and he enjoys learning the intricacies of a file and the ins and outs of his clients’ business to better understand the file and the factors that will assist in its resolution.
A rich and diverse life are integral to Casey’s approach to the law. He has 4 degrees from across North America and he has the first Master’s Degree in Euphonium from the renowned McGill School of Music. He has taught 2 years of secondary education and has performed with the CPO Chorus, Altius Brass, and the Calgary Wind Symphony. He has also travelled across all the lower 48 States, competed in the Gran Fondo World Cycling Championships, climbed Mount Athabasca in the Columbia Icefield, and is excited that his boys are getting old enough to join him on his adventures (knowing he will soon struggle to keep up with them). He can draw on his diversity of life experience and can relate to and deal with a wide variety of people with the ultimate objective of bringing clients’ files to a successful conclusion.