Jillian Casarella focuses her practice on complex medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. She previously worked as a law clerk at Kline & Specter where she assisted with trial preparation before graduating from law school cum laude.
In a recent case, Casarella was co-counsel at a Philadelphia trial in which a jury handed down a $9.7 million verdict against a doctor and hospital for a patient who suffered a brain injury during surgery. Before that 2021 verdict, the same case produced a $12.75 million settlement with a medical device maker whose mechanism broke inside the patient’s brain during the same operation.
While in law school, Casarella was selected as a judicial intern to work under the Honorable Mark A. Kearney, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. During her time as a judicial intern, she worked directly with Judge Kearney to draft, review, and revise opinions on complex federal issues, as well as assisted with trial preparation.
Casarella previously interned at both a veterans aid non-profit organization and a top personal injury law firm, taught criminal law as a Dean’s Scholar, and served as a lead editor on the law review at the Kline School of Law. She also held teaching assistant positions in several courses, including Introduction to Trial Advocacy and Professional Practice Fundamentals, and earned the Best Student Performance award in legal methods.
Casarella earned a B.S. in psychology from Ursinus College, graduating magna cum laude with honors in psychology and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
Casarella, a lifelong competitive gymnast, competed on the Ursinus College Gymnastics Team throughout her undergraduate career, and was selected as captain her senior year. She earned several athletic awards, including being selected as the NACGC/W Gymnast of the Year in 2017 and achieving All-America honors on both the uneven bars and balance beam. Her passion and love for gymnastics lives on through coaching young gymnasts, dancers and cheerleaders in the Philadelphia area.