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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. Asbestos Video

In fact, Schenk, 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, 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. 

Currently he serves as the president of the San Diego County Fair board, a volunteer position he very much enjoys. 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.

"What drives me is giving back to people who have real needs, knowing I have the right skills to do so.” – Frederick Schenk

Education

University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., 1975

University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1978

Diplomate, National College of Advocacy, American Association for Justice, 2014

Affiliations

Civil Justice Foundation, President, 2005-06

Consumer Attorneys of California, Emeritus Board Member

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, President, 1994

American Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 2010-present

State Bar of California, 1979-present

San Diego County Bar Association, Member

The National Academy of Advocacy, Fellow

American Board of Trial Advocates, Member

American Association for Justice, Robert L. Habush Endowment Board of Directors

Involvement

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, President, 2000-02

22nd District Agricultural Association , Board of Directors, 2002-2006, 2011-present (President, 2013-present; Vice-President, 2012-2013)

Most Memorable Case

"During my 35 year career as a trial lawyer, I have had the privilege of obtaining justice for thousands of people. However, my greatest sense of professional achievement came when I had the honor of participating in Trial Lawyers Care and provided pro bono representation for a young man who lost his Muslim wife in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings. He was sitting at his desk in his office when we saw the building collapse, knowing that his wife was there. I arbitrated the case in New York against the trust that was set up by the President of the United States and the US Congress, and obtained a seven-figure result for him and his late wife's parents. Trial Lawyers Care offers a wonderful example of how the legal profession can work together and make a positive difference."  – Frederick Schenk