The Daily Transcript –

The law firm of Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield has expanded its class-action litigation practice team with the addition of veteran attorney Mark Ankcorn as of counsel.

Ankcorn, whose practice has concentrated on consumer actions, will work closely with partner Gayle M. Blatt in representing clients on complex litigation matters, including national class actions against the largest banks in the world.

The firm is actively prosecuting cases against JPMorgan Chase Bank (NYSE: JPM), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), among others.

“Mark brings us a wealth of expertise, ranging from leading a team that prosecuted the largest financial services companies in the world to representing insurance companies in major health care fraud litigation,” said CaseyGerry’s managing partner, David S. Casey Jr. “His knowledge of finance, regulatory compliance and risk exposure will be particularly important to our class action work, as well as our personal injury and product liability practices.”

Prior to joining CaseyGerry, Ankcorn was in private practice in San Diego, handling national consumer class actions, with more than $9 million in settlements to date. He also was an associate with boutique litigation firms in Century City, Calif., and Orlando, Fla.

After graduating as a member of the Order of the Coif from the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, Ankcorn began his legal career as a deputy district attorney in Orange County.

In addition to his legal career, Ankcorn is an ordained rabbi with a master’s degree in rabbinic studies from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. From 2003 to 2006, he served as the senior rabbi of one of the oldest synagogues in New York City, Congregation Shaare Zedek, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He also held a pulpit in Orlando, Fla., for two years.

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