Having served as a trial judge in one of the busiest courts in New Jersey, I strongly believe that mediation and arbitration are often quicker and more cost-effective routes to fair and final dispute resolutions, and avoid the case backlog that impacts our judicial system in traditional litigation.   

Judge Casale focuses his practice on mediation, arbitration, settlement conferences and discovery management.  He has extensive experience in the areas of family law, personal injury and insurance defense, which he brings to bear in his representation of clients in complex family and civil disputes, including malpractice and employment litigation matters. His practice also encompasses consultation and trial strategy in child custody, relocation, child support and domestic violence matters. 

In 2016, Judge Casale retired from the New Jersey Judiciary following over 20 years of service as a Superior Court Judge in Essex County, serving at the trial court level in the Criminal (1996 – 2008), Civil (2008 – 2011) and Family (2011 – 2016) Divisions. During his long judicial career, Judge Casale presided over a death penalty case, numerous gang and drug trials, negligence cases, medical and legal malpractice lawsuits, employment discrimination matters, commercial litigations, product liability claims, and a wide range of family law cases.

Prior to his service on the bench, Judge Casale represented clients as a litigator in private practice, representing numerous New Jersey municipalities in personal injury defense matters and handling litigation matters for insurance company clients.  

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the Peter J. Rodino Award while attending law school

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  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association; Family Law Section Executive Committee
  • Member, Essex County Bar Association
  • Member, Barry Croland Family Law Inn of Court
  • Member, Brennan-Vanderbilt American Inn of Court
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More Activities & Experience

  • Assistant Township Attorney, Township of Bloomfield (1991-1995)
  • Councilman, Township of Bloomfield (1985-1990)
  • Past chairman, Essex County Security and Facilities Committee
  • Past member, Essex County Judicial Pension and Salary Committee

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Education

Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1981

University of Connecticut, B.A., cum laude, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1981

Clerkships

  • Former law clerk to The Honorable Nicholas J. Scalera