CaseyGerry is the oldest plaintiffs’ law firm in San Diego. Founded in 1947 by respected trial lawyer David S. Casey, Sr., the firm has remained true to its original mission: protecting the rights of consumers who have been severely injured or lost loved ones.

For more than 70 years, the firm has represented quality, integrity, compassion and professionalism – setting the gold standard for plaintiffs’ law in San Diego and beyond, with a colorful and compelling history marked by pioneering attorneys, precedent-setting cases, landmark verdicts and much more. Following are some highlights:

 

1947: The first offices

Firm – originally called The Law Offices of David S. Casey, Sr. – founded by David. S. Casey, Sr., a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant and son of a St. Louis attorney, to provide ...
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1956: Richard Gerry's career begins

1956 Richard Gerry begins a long and distinguished law career for $300 a month in the office of Melvin Belli, the "King of Torts"
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1957: David S. Casey, Sr. first president of San Diego chapter of ABOTA

The jury system was under fierce attack by the press, legislators, judges and scholars – California’s then ...
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1960: First president of San Diego Trial Lawyers Association

David S. Casey, Sr., founds and serves as the first president of the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association – now the ...
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1961: Groundbreaking for New Offices

David S. Casey, Jr. joins David S. Casey, Sr. during the groundbreaking ceremonies for construction of the new office building located on ...
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1961: California Plaintiff Trial Lawyers Association Founded

California Plaintiff Trial Lawyers Association (now the Consumer Attorneys of California) founded ...
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1964: Superior Court Judgeship

David S. Casey, Sr., runs for a Superior Court Judgeship.
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1969: Richard Gerry Joins the Firm

After relocating to San Diego from Brazil, where he lived with his family and worked as a cattle rancher for two years, Richard Gerry joins the ...
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1973: California State Bar Board

David S. Casey, Sr., elected to the board of directors of the California State Bar.
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1975: San Diego Press Club Headliner Award

David S. Casey, Sr., receives the San Diego Press Club Headliner Award for Law and Justice.
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1975: Second San Diegan Ever to be Elected President of the State Bar of California

David S. Casey, Sr., became the first plaintiff's lawyer and the second ...
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1976: Richard Gerry Named Partner

Richard Gerry named partner and the firm becomes Casey Gerry Casey and Westbrook.
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1976: Richard Westbrook Joins the Firm

Richard Westbrook, also a former city prosecutor, joins the firm as partner.
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1976: David S. Casey, Jr., Joins Firm as Partner

After graduating from USD School of Law and working as a prosecutor for the San Diego City Attorney’s ...
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1981: Richard Gerry Elected President of the American Association of Trial Lawyers

Richard Gerry elected president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of ...
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1983: Richard Westbrook Recognized

The late former partner Richard Westbrook recognized in the San Diego County Bar Association’s ...
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1985: Partners Obtain a $3 Million Verdict

Firm partners obtain a $3 million verdict from Volkswagen, after plaintiff is rendered paralyzed ...
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1985: Partners Help Obtain $1.6 Million in Damages

Firm partners help obtain $1.6 million in damages for a Mira Mesa woman severely injured when a truck ...
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1986: T. Michael Reed Named Trial Lawyer of the Year

San Diego Trial Lawyers Association names former partner T. Michael ...
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1989: David S. Casey, Jr., Obtained the Largest Personal Injury Settlement in History

David S. Casey, Jr., obtained what was at the time the largest personal ...
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1989: Firm Represents Fisherman Against Exxon

Firm tapped to represent fisherman in lawsuit against Exxon, following massive oil spill which resulted from crash ...
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1992: Represented Los Cerritos Shopping Center

Los Cerritos Shopping Center – represented by firm attorneys T. Michael Reed and Thomas Penfield ...
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1992: Selected to pursue a private attorney general action against Big Tobacco

CaseyGerry one of the firms selected by Governor Gray Davis to pursue a ...
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1992: Wins case against San Diego County for $3.47 million

The county of San Diego ordered to pay $1.9 million of a $3.47 million jury award in favor of jogger – represented ...
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1994: Frederick Schenk elected president of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

Following eight years as a board member, Frederick Schenk elected ...
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1994: Richard Gerry wins Exxon Valdez case

Following a four month trial, jury awards a class of 32,000 plaintiffs a verdict in excess of $5 billion in ...
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1994: David S. Casey, Sr., Trial Lawyer of the Year Award

The Consumer Attorneys of San Diego renames its coveted Trial Lawyer of the Year recognition the "David S. Casey, Sr., ...
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1996: Frederick Schenk obtains a $2.4 million verdict

Frederick Schenk obtains a $2.4 million verdict in punitive damages as well as economic losses – the largest ...
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1996: Thomas D. Penfield gets Environmental Lawyer of the Year Award

Thomas D. Penfield receives the Environmental Lawyer of the Year ...
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1996: Firm successfully represent thirteen Honda dealers

Firm partners achieved a high profile settlement after successfully ...
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1997: David S. Casey, Jr., Consumer Advocate Award

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego names a standing award the "David S. Casey, Jr., Consumer Advocate ...
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1999: David S. Casey, Jr., honored with Edward I. Pollock Award

David S. Casey, Jr., honored with the 18th Annual Edward I. Pollock Award in recognition of his many ...
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1999: David S. Casey, Sr., elected to CASD’s Lawyer’s Hall of Fame

David S. Casey, Sr., elected to CASD’s Lawyer’s Hall of Fame. During his career, Casey. Sr. tried over 700 ...
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1999: Frederick Schenk named Contributing Editor

Frederick Schenk named a Contributing Editor, California Pleading and Practice Volume ...
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2000: Richard Gerry and Marcia Hughes retire

Richard Gerry and Marcia Hughes retire from the firm and it is ...
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2000: Frederick Schenk elected president of LFJCC

Frederick Schenk elected president of the Lawrence Family Jewish ...
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2001: Richard Gerry inducted into Lawyer Hall of Fame

Richard Gerry, a founding partner of the firm, inducted into the ...
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2001: David S. Casey, Sr., gets Pursuit of Justice Award

The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section ...
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2002: Gayle M. Blatt, Thomas D. Penfield and Robert J. Francavilla

Gayle M. Blatt, Thomas D. Penfield and Robert J. Francavilla named firm partners.
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2002: David S. Casey, Jr., helps create 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund

David S. Casey, Jr., then vice president of the Association of Trial Lawyers ...
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2002: David Casey, Jr., named a fellow of the IATL

David Casey, Jr., named a fellow of the prestigious International ...
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2002: David S. Casey, Jr., gets Legal Professional of the Year

David S. Casey, Jr., honored by San Diego County Bar Association with ...
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2002: David Casey, Jr., receives Peacemaker Award

David Casey, Jr., receives Peacemaker Award from the San Diego ...
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2003: David S. Casey, Sr., recognized in SDCBADLMF

David S. Casey, Sr., recognized in the San Diego County Bar Associations ...
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2003: David S. Casey, Jr., elected president of ATLA

David S. Casey, Jr., elected president of ATLA--the Association of Trial ...
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2003: David S. Casey, Jr., honored by USD

David S. Casey, Jr., honored by the University of San Diego (USD) with ...
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2004: Exxon Mobil Corp ordered to pay nearly $7 billion

Following appeals, Federal District Judge H. Russell of Anchorage ...
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2004: David S. Casey, Jr., gets Daniel T. Broderick III Award

David S. Casey, Jr., honored with the Daniel T. Broderick III award ...
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2004: Firm Partners with Michael Shames and Capretz & Associates

In an effort to help residents reclaim millions in damages – money that ...
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2005: Firm changes name

To reflect new partners, Firm changes name from Casey Gerry Reed ...
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2005: Robert J. Francavilla elected president of CASD

Robert J. Francavilla elected president of Consumer Attorney of San Diego.
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2005: Richard Gerry recognized by SDCBA

Richard Gerry recognized in the San Diego County Bar Association’s Distinguished ...
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2005: Robert J. Francavilla elected to ABOTA

Robert J. Francavilla elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates ...
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2005: David. S. Casey, Jr., Named in Top 100 attorneys

David. S. Casey, Jr., Named one of Top 100 attorneys in California by Daily Journal.
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2005: Frederick Schenk, elected president of board of directors of CJF

Frederick Schenk, elected the new president of the board of directors ...
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2007: Gayle M. Blatt one of Top 25 Women Super Lawyers

Gayle M. Blatt named one of Top 25 San Diego Women Super Lawyers.
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2007: Lisa and David S. Casey, Jr., donate $250,000 to USD

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law announces donation ...
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2007: Gayle M. Blatt elected president of Consumer Attorneys

Gayle M. Blatt elected president of Consumer Attorneys San Diego.
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2008: Thomas D. Penfield appointed chair of Task Force

Thomas D. Penfield appointed chair of the Task Force on Plaintiff's Involvement ...
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2008: David S. Casey, Jr., honored at

David S. Casey, Jr., honored at American Lung Association’s ...
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2009: David S. Casey, Jr., selected to oversee vetting committees

David S. Casey, Jr., selected to oversee Senator Dianne Feinstein's ...
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2009: David S. Casey, Jr., honored at Rage for Justice Event

David S. Casey, Jr., receives Consumer Watchdog’s Lifetime Legal ...
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2009: Thomas D. Penfield named president of BANSDC

Thomas D. Penfield named president of the Bar Association of North ...
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2009: David S. Casey, Jr., honored with Pursuit of Justice Award

The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section ...
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2009: Frederick Schenk to serve on Board of Governors

Frederick Schenk elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the ...
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2009: Thomas Luneau recognized as

Thomas Luneau recognized as an "Outstanding Trial Lawyer" by the ...
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2010: Frederick Schenk gets Wiedemann Wysocki National Finance Council Award

Frederick Schenk honored by the American Association for Justice ...
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2010: Frederick Schenk elected to ABOTA

Frederick Schenk elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates ...
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2010: Gayle M. Blatt appointed to serve on Plaintiffs' Steering Committee

Gayle M. Blatt appointed by U.S. District Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz ...
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2010: Wendy M. Behan elected president of Lawyers Club

Wendy M. Behan elected president of Lawyers Club of San Diego ...
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2011: Thomas D. Penfield joins forces with Capretz & Associates

Firm partner Thomas D. Penfield joins forces with Newport Beach-based ...
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2011: Robert J. Francavilla helps obtain a $1.25 million out-of-court settlement

In a case that reaffirms the right to safe public access for the physically ...
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2011: Frederick Schenk, Gayle M. Blatt and Robert J. Francavilla

Frederick Schenk, Gayle M. Blatt ...
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2012: CaseyGerry Welcomes Jason Evans

Jason Evans joins the firm as an associate attorney.
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2012: Settlement reached for high school football player in traumatic brain injury case.

More than four years after teenager Scott Eveland collapsed on a San ...
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2012: CaseyGerry joins Plaintiffs Steering Committee overseeing litigation against NFL

Partner Frederick Schenk represents the firm on the Plaintiffs Steering ...
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2013: Suit Filed Against NFL

After NIH researchers determined that Junior Seau suffered from ...
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2013: Plaintiff in Premises Liability Case Awarded $7.5 Million

In a complex premises liability case, a woman injured in poolside fall ...
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2013: Victims of Reno Air Crash Awarded $9.5 Million

Our attorneys helped attain $9.5 million in awards for victims of the ...
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2013: Frederick Schenk elected president of the Board of Directors

Frederick Schenk elected president of the Board of Directors, 22nd District Agricultural Association (San Diego ...
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2013: Gayle M. Blatt Assumes a Leadership Role in MDL Litigation

Gayle M. Blatt appointed by U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia to serve as co-liaison counsel for ...
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2014: David S. Casey, Jr. appointed to serve on the board of directors of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers

David S. Casey, Jr. appointed to serve on the board of directors of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
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2014: Judge Orders U.S. Government to Pay Injured Motorcyclist $5.4 Million

Following a four-day trial, the Honorable Larry H. Burns, United ...
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2014: AAJ Recognizes David S. Casey, Jr. and Frederick Schenk

David S. Casey Jr. and Frederick Schenk received top honors at The American Association for Justice ...
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2014: Wendy M. Behan sworn in as president of California Women Lawyers

Wendy M. Behan elected president of California Women Lawyers ...
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2014: Angela Jae Chun elected president of the KABA-SD

Angela Jae Chun elected president of the Korean American Bar Association of San Diego (KABA-SD) ...
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2015: Srinivas Hanumadass joins the firm as an associate attorney

Srinivas Hanumadass joins the firm as an associate attorney.
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2015: Jury finds American Reprographics at fault following delivery truck collision in North County

Following a three-day trial, a Vista Superior Court jury orders San ...
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2015: Robert J. Francavilla and David S. Casey, Jr. recognized among California’s Top Plaintiff’s Lawyers

Robert J. Francavilla and David S. ...
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2016: David S. Casey, Jr. appointed to national steering committee overseeing litigation against volkswagen

David S. Casey Jr. appointed to the ...
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2016: Gayle M. Blatt and Jeremy Robinson Recognized by CASD

Gayle M. Blatt and Jeremy Robinson both honored with the “President’s ...
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2016: Adam Levine joins the firm as an associate attorney

Adam Levine joins the firm as an associate attorney.
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2016: Daily Journal Names Srinivas Hanumadass One of Top 40 Under 40

Srinivas Hanumadass recognized as one of California’s Top 40 Attorneys ...
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2016: Tobacco Company Sued by Gwynn Family

CaseyGerry files a negligence and product liability lawsuit on behalf of the family of San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn ...
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2016: Frederick Schenk lauded with San Diego County Bar Association community service award.

Frederick Schenk lauded for his ...
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2016: Thomas D. Penfield and Thomas Luneau elected to the ABOTA

Thomas D. Penfield and Thomas Luneau elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) ...
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2016: David S. Casey, Jr. inducted into Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

David S. Casey Jr. inducted into the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego's Past Presidents’ Trial Lawyer Hall ...
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2016: David. S. Casey, Jr. Named one of Top 100 leading attorneys

David. S. Casey, Jr. Named one of Top 100 leading attorneys in California ...
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2016: Thomas D. Penfield and Robert J. Francavilla Lauded by CASD

Thomas D. Penfield and Robert J. Francavilla honored as "Outstanding Trial Lawyers" by the Consumer ...
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2016: Historic Settlement Approved in Wake of VW Emissions Cheating Scandal

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer approves the $14.7 billion deal ...
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2017: Robert J. Francavilla named 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year

Robert J. Francavilla named 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD) during the organization’s 58th Annual Awards event.
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