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October 28, 2005 Press Releases

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Robert J. Francavilla — a partner at Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield — has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an organization comprised of the country’s leading plaintiff and defense trial counsel.

According to Donna Melby, ABOTA’s 2005 national president, Francavilla’s election further evidences his “high personal character, honorable reputation and proficiency as a trial lawyer.”

Francavilla is continuing a longstanding Casey Gerry tradition of involvement with ABOTA, said Casey Gerry senior partner David Casey Jr. “We are honored that Robert has achieved membership status in ABOTA, which is one of the country’s most prestigious trial lawyer associations,” he said, noting that “ABOTA’s primary focus is to preserve the right of trial by jury, and its exacting membership requirements include the highest level of skill, civility and integrity.”

A seasoned trial lawyer, Francavilla has achieved more than $20 million in verdicts and settlements this year alone. He focuses his practice on all aspects of serious personal injury and wrongful death actions including product liability, automotive litigation, premises liability and highway design matters.

He currently president of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Consumer Attorneys of California and the San Diego County Bar Association. A former Tort Law Editor of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s publication Trial Bar News, he has also served as an instructor at the San Diego Inn of Court’s College of Advocacy and is an arbitrator by appointment of the San Diego Superior Court. A resident of Carmel Valley, Francavilla earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego.

Founded in 1958, the American Board of Trial Advocates is a national organization of comprised of highly experienced trial lawyers and judges — it is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Casey Gerry was established in 1947, and is the oldest plaintiffs’ law firm in San Diego. The firm’s 11 attorneys practice in numerous areas, including, personal injury, pharmaceutical drug, asbestos litigation and products liability. The firm is located at 110 Laurel St. in San Diego. For more information, call (619) 238-1811 or Contact Us online.