Lawyer’s local Super Bowl ad is described as ‘completely nuts’ and a masterpiece
Posted Feb 3, 2014 12:24 PM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Advertising Week’s Adfreak blog is giving an A to Georgia personal-injury lawyer Jamie Casino for his local Super Bowl ad, dubbing it “completely nuts and completely entertaining.’
The “insane ad” explaining Casino's transformation from a criminal-defense to personal-injury lawyer is a “two-minute heavy-metal masterpiece,” Adfreak says. The Wall Street Journal Law Blog says the commercial, shown on Georgia TV stations, “looks like a trailer for a long-forgotten, straight-to-video Steven Seagal movie.”
In the ad, Casino says he represented criminal defendants until his brother was shot and killed along with the brother's girlfriend in 2012. “At some point a man must ask why God created him,” Casino says. Heavy metal music begins to play as Casino lays flowers on a grave. He crushes a flower with his foot, picks up a flaming sledgehammer, smashes the tombstone and walks off amid flames.
“I’m attorney Jamie Casino, and I don’t represent villains anymore,” he says. “I speak for innocent victims who cannot speak for themselves.”
WBTV identifies Casino’s brother as Michael Biancasino; a prior story by the Savannah Morning News has a different spelling (Biancosino) and says the brother was an aspiring lawyer who worked as Casino’s law firm. A suspect was recently indicted for the murders, WSAV reported last month. Casino later told the New York Daily News that he wanted to honor his brother's memory with the ad.
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