One of San Diego’s Oldest Firms

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

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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

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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

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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

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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: California Plaintiff Trial Lawyers Association Founded

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California Plaintiff Trial Lawyers Association (now the Consumer Attorneys of California) founded ...
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1961: Groundbreaking for New Offices

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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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1964: Superior Court Judgeship

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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 Association of Trial Lawyers of America

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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Gayle M. Blatt appointed by U.S. District Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz ...
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2011: Thomas D. Penfield joins forces with Capretz & Associates

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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

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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

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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David S. Casey Jr. and Frederick Schenk received top honors at The American Association for Justice ...
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2014: Angela Jae Chun elected president of the KABA-SD

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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