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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 American Association of Trial Lawyers

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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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2010: Wendy M. Behan elected president of Lawyers Club

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Wendy M. Behan elected president of Lawyers Club of San Diego ...
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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: Wendy M. Behan sworn in as president of California Women Lawyers

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Wendy M. Behan elected president of California Women Lawyers ...
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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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