Thomas D. Penfield finds that his work as an attorney enables him to make a positive impact on the lives of others. “I help people with serious injuries put their lives back together,” he says.
With a distinguished legal background, he has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates – an invitation only organization for top trial lawyers – and is one of only 11 California and two San Diego lawyers recognized as a Diplomate of Trial Advocacy by the American Association for Justice’s National College of Advocacy.
He was a supervising trial lawyer with the Defenders Program of San Diego and then a clinical Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law before joining CaseyGerry in 1988. He continues to teach as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law and regularly lectures both nationally and internationally on trial techniques and persuasion.
During his tenure with the firm, he has handled numerous multi-million dollar cases, concentrating his practice on personal injury, products liability and class actions, including serving as co-counsel in a jury trial representing H&H Cerritos against U.S. Mineral Products, Inc. – obtaining a $14.1 million verdict. He has also been involved in numerous class action lawsuits, including a case against the City of San Diego – an effort that helped residents reclaim millions in damages that was mischarged for sewer services – which was settled for $40 million.
His efforts have resulted in numerous awards, including the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego “Outstanding Trial Lawyer” award and a “Lawyer of the Year” honor from the Sierra Club.
He is a past president of the North County Bar Association, and a past national chair for the Bicycle Litigation Section for the American Association for Justice.
In his spare time, he enjoys photography, jogging and singing, and formerly played guitar in a popular local rock band.