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Partner Frederick Schenk says his mentor is 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. Asbestos Video
In fact, Schenk, who has been with CaseyGerry for over 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 – most recently recognition as an Outstanding Trial Lawyer from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego – and has remained active in both community and professional groups. He 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, Schenk 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 also current president of the San Diego County Fair board, a volunteer position he very much enjoys.