SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 25, 2009 – Frederick Schenk – a longtime partner with Casey Gerry, San Diego’s oldest plaintiff’s law firm – has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), which with more than 55,000 members is the world’s largest trial bar.
Schenk, who is filling an existing term which expires in July of 2010, is the only San Diego attorney currently serving on the board.
The Board of Governors is the governing body of the AAJ (previously known as ATLA –the American Association of Trial Lawyers), and is charged with establishing and approving all Association policies, including the adoption of a three-year budget on an annual basis. Each state trial lawyer organization is represented on the board by two or more governors; governors are also chosen by international jurisdictions and by various caucuses, organizations and groups within the Association. Schenk represents the Consumer Attorneys of California on the board.
“Casey Gerry has an enduring tradition of serving this prestigious organization, and we are honored that Fred will continue our legacy and represent our firm on a national level,” said David Casey Jr., who has been involved with the organization for many years and served as ATLA president from 2004 to 2005.
An attorney with Casey Gerry since 1983, Schenk has extensive experience in products liability, personal injury, asbestos law and drug litigation. He co-authored the LexisNexis California Automobile Litigation Handbook, and since 2005, he has been listed in Woodward and White’s Best Lawyers In America. Additionally, he has been recognized by San Diego Magazine as the top local plaintiffs’ personal injury attorney specializing in asbestos litigation, is listed in Super Lawyers magazine, and was awarded the “Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award” by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. Active in numerous community and professional organizations, he has served as president of the Consumers Attorneys of San Diego and was recognized as “Chapter President of the Year” by the Consumer Attorneys of California. Schenk is also past-president of the Civil Justice Foundation, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit organization dedicated to preventing consumer injury and defending consumer access to justice; past-president of The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center and a founding co-chair of the Cardozo Society of the United Jewish Federation of San Diego, which promoted Jewish learning, continuing legal education, and networking for Jewish attorneys in San Diego. In addition, he was vice president of the 22nd District Agricultural Association (Del Mar Fairboard), serving on the board of directors from 2002 to 2005.
A resident of San Diego’s Carmel Valley neighborhood, Schenk earned his law degree from the University of San Diego and his bachelor’s degree from UCLA.
About Casey Gerry
Celebrating more than 60 years in San Diego, Casey Gerry was established in 1947, and is the oldest plaintiffs’ law firm in San Diego. The firm’s 12 attorneys practice in numerous areas, including asbestos, personal injury, product liability and pharmaceutical litigation. Headquartered at 110 Laurel St. in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood of San Diego, the firm also has a satellite office in Carlsbad, Calif. For more information, call (619) 238-1811 or visit the website at www.caseygerry.com.
As the world’s largest trial bar, AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights—particularly the right to trial by jury—and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. With members worldwide, and a network of U.S. and Canadian affiliates involved in diverse areas of trial advocacy, AAJ provides lawyers with the information and professional assistance needed to serve clients successfully and protect the democratic values inherent in the civil justice system. For more information, visitwww.justice.org