SAN DIEGO (Sept. 12, 2014) – Taking the helm of the only statewide bar association for women in California, CaseyGerry partner Wendy M. Behan was sworn in as president of the California Women Lawyers (CWL) at the organization’s 40th Anniversary Annual Dinner and Silent Auction at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego yesterday – Thursday, Septmber 11, 2014.
In her new role, Behan will serve a one-year term and head the organization’s board of governors – representing the interests of more than 30,000 women working in all facets of the legal profession throughout California.
She has served on CWL’s board of governors and executive committee since 2011 and is past president of the Lawyers Club of San Diego – which also seeks to advance the status of women in law and society – currently serving on their advisory board.
Concentrating her practice on serious personal injury cases, class actions and pharmaceutical and medical device products liability, Behan has been involved in litigation against the manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants (DePuy ASR, Biomet, Wright, Stryker), Hydroxycut® and transvaginal mesh products.
Behan joined CaseyGerry in 1999 and was promoted to partner in 2010. Her past experience includes co-litigating lawsuits filed on behalf of American Prisoners of War who had been abused and exploited as slave laborers by Japanese companies during World War II.
A native of Orange County, Behan is a cum laude graduate of California Western School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in law and society from UC Santa Barbara.
For more information about California Women Lawyers, founded in 1974 to support women in the legal profession and advocate for women in society, visit www.cwl.org
Celebrating more than 65 years in San Diego, CaseyGerry was established in 1947, and is the oldest plaintiffs’ law firm in San Diego. The firm’s 14 attorneys practice in numerous areas, including serious personal injury, product liability, pharmaceutical, mass tort and class action litigation. Located 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.