Partner Frederick Schenk says his mentor was Richard Gerry, a tenacious litigator and CaseyGerry partner for decades. “He really was my role model, and was a cornerstone of this firm for many years.” Schenk has certainly adapted Gerry’s tireless work ethic, concentrating his practice on products liability, serious personal injury and asbestos law.
In fact, Frederick, who has been with CaseyGerry for more than 30 years, achieved the largest verdict ever in San Diego against an asbestos manufacturer – Owens Corning Fiberglass – obtaining a $2.4 million verdict in punitive damages as well as economic losses.
In addition, he is a specialist in auto collision litigation and co-author of the LexisNexis California Automobile Litigation Handbook. Over the years, Schenk has received numerous awards and honors for his work – including recognition as an Outstanding Trial Lawyer from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and recently recognized by Best Lawyers as San Diego’s 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year in the area of mass torts. He has remained active in both community and professional groups, and finds tremendous gratification in his work as an attorney, especially when he provided services to the families of the victims of 9/11 via Trial Lawyers Care, the largest pro bono program in the history of American jurisprudence. “My greatest sense of professional achievement came when I provided pro bono representation for a young man who lost his Muslim wife in the 9/11 attacks,” he recalls. “I arbitrated the case in New York and obtained a seven-figure result for him and his late wife’s parents.”
Raised in Los Angeles by immigrant parents, he speaks fluent Hungarian. In his spare time, he enjoys Padres Baseball and playing racquetball, as well as traveling with his wife Shari and their three children.
He is past president of the San Diego County Fair board, and California Governor Jerry Brown recently re-appointed him to another four year term on the board, which oversees all activities at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.