William “Casey” Vaughn joined Smith Anderson's Construction and Litigation practice groups in 2018. Casey represents contractors, owners, developers, sureties and design professionals in a variety of disputes and construction related matters.

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Casey was an associate in the Dallas office of a large international law firm where he worked on a wide range of complex commercial and construction disputes, including domestic and international arbitrations, multi-district class action litigation, regulatory investigations and antitrust disputes.

Areas of Focus



  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Construction (2024)
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America
    • Construction Law (2022-2024)
    • Litigation - Construction (2024)
    • Litigation - Real Estate (2024)
    • Real Estate Law (2024)
  • Member, Texas Law Review
  • Recipient, Dean’s Achievement Award – Outstanding Student in Construction Law, Fall 2011


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2013
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of North Carolina, B.A. in Peace, War & Defense and Political Science, with Honors and Distinction, 2010
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar & Court Admissions


  • Construction Law Section Council, North Carolina Bar Association (2024-Present)


Select experience includes:*

  • Defended an engineering, procurement and construction joint venture against allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in a multi-billion dollar dispute arising out of one of the largest construction projects in North America, resulting in a take-nothing award in favor of the defense after a month-long arbitration.
  • Represented a buyer of mid-stream operating plants and related pipelines asserting breach of warranty claims against the seller, resulting in a favorable settlement on the eve of arbitration.
  • Conducted an internal investigation into allegations of fraud and misconduct on behalf a national retirement plan provider.
  • Defended a non-profit against claims of fraud and breach of warranty, resulting in summary judgment in favor of the defendant.
  • Defended trade associations and individual defendants against antitrust claims asserting violations of 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act, resulting in a favorable settlement.

*Includes matters handled prior to joining Smith Anderson


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