Adam Ross Whitesel Cassingham is a graduate of Tulane University Law School in New Orleans. As a student, he won the CALI award in Administrative Law, represented Tulane in moot court competitions in San Diego and Hong Kong, and represented minors charged with criminal offenses as a student-attorney in Tulane’s Juvenile Law Clinic. Mr. Cassingham spent his summers working as a law clerk in Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy’s Chicago office, where he handled a variety of green card and visa matters.
After graduation, Mr. Cassingham accepted a job working under Jacob Briskman in Logan Sqaure. Eleven days after being specially sworn in as an Illinois attorney, Ross argued Ortiz-Santiago v. Barr, and successfully convinced the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse their own precedent and change the standards used to determine if the government has properly informed a noncitizen of removal proceedings. The decision resulted in numerous removal proceedings being thrown out, and has since been adopted across the country.
Since then, Mr. Cassingham has practiced a combination of immigration law and criminal defense. In that capacity, he’s appeared in State, Federal, and administrative courts across Illinois arguing an impressive variety of constitutional, statutory, and regulatory issues. His broad knowledge and deep skills will make him an invaluable asset to the firm.