CaroLea Casas works with a variety of businesses throughout the Northwest to develop creative solutions to tough litigation challenges. She approaches every project with the same goal: to ask the right questions, provide clear communication and deliver a thorough and well-argued final product. She works alongside other Schwabe litigators as an attentive member of the team, making sure the client always has someone in their corner.
Although originally from California, CaroLea is a homegrown Schwabe lawyer, having spent both of her summers during law school working in the firm’s Seattle office. During law school, CaroLea also externed with Legal Voice and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.
CaroLea spent much of her time before law school interning with community direct service organizations and local government agencies, and both working in and managing restaurants. These positions, despite their differences, taught her about the value of strong communication and quick problem solving. They also gave her a genuine passion for teambuilding and individual connection that she now carries over into her relationships with clients as an attorney.
- Researches legal and factual backgrounds for cases and uses that research to draft motions for court filings and internal memoranda.
- Defeated a summary judgment motion for a client.
- Coordinated decryption of documents necessary to a client’s settlement agreement.
- Prepared deposition outlines for ongoing Public Records Act litigation.
- Has experience mooting other attorneys for appellate argument.
Memberships & Awards
- William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court, Member (2017-present)
- Latino/a Bar Association of Washington, Member (2018-present)
- University of Washington School of Law, Texas Young Lawyers Association Mock Trial Team (2016-2018)
- University of Washington School of Law, Moot Court Honor Board, Vice President of Judges (2017-2018); Member (2016-2018)
- Latinx Law Students’ Association, Executive Board Member (2016-2017)
- Women’s Law Caucus, Executive Board Secretary (2016-2017)
- Order of the Barristers (2018)
- Hugh Miracle Opening Statement Competition, Finalist (2018)
- Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, 1L Diversity Fellow (2016)
- Legal Voice, Legal Extern (spring 2018)
- American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Legal Extern (autumn 2016)
University of Washington School of Law, Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, Articles Editor (2017-2018); Member (2016-2017)
- University of Washington School of LawJuris Doctor degree, Order of the Barristers (2018)
- University of Puget SoundBachelor of Arts degree, History (2015)
United States District Court, Western District of Washington
Outside The Office
- Trying new recipes, visiting new places and befriending new dogs.