SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Following nearly two years of careful planning and construction, Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, LLP — San Diego’s oldest plaintiff’s law firm — has completed the $3 million renovation of its longtime office building, a Banker’s Hill landmark at the corner of First and Laurel Streets near downtown San Diego.
Originally a mid-century contemporary style structure built in 1961 by the firm’s founder, David Casey Sr. and his developer brother Robert Casey, the renovation was spearheaded by the second generation — with Robert’s son Robin Casey, president of Casey Development, serving as general contractor for the new offices.
The newly renovated 8,850 square-foot building now features a classic Mediterranean style architectural exterior masterminded by Graham Viney Architecture; contemporary, state-of-the-art custom interiors by Howard Sneed Architecture and Design, and lush landscaping by Todd Fry, Landscape Architect.
With a traditional Spanish Colonial motif that relates to the surrounding Balboa Park neighborhood, the reconfigured and refurbished building has an entirely new façade and roofing, including a new Spanish-style stucco, arched windows and a mission clay tile roof. The handsome exterior is masterfully complemented by light splashed interiors in a classic transitional style with limestone, granite, rich cherry wood, crystal tile and glass accents. New office highlights also include three conference rooms, including an expansive new central meeting space equipped with state-of-the-art sound, lighting, audio and video systems; a new law library, a “war room” dedicated exclusively to trial preparation and a wing of offices for the firm’s in-house team of investigators.
A hallmark of Casey Gerry’s dramatically redesigned offices is its cutting edge high tech infrastructure, laying the groundwork for more efficient and effective office operations and client services.
In fact, the spacious new main conference room — equipped with the very latest technology for depositions, presentations and training — offers a sleek example of technological advances in the legal industry, with versatile systems that include a high definition projector and a 106-inch motorized screen, a high definition video conferencing system, plasma TVs, satellite teleconferencing abilities and a highly advanced, surround sound speaker system. A highlight is the system’s HD “Polycom” video conferencing system which allows users to conference via intra and internet to various viewing stations.
According to the firm’s managing partner, David Casey Jr,. this state-of-the-art new structure is a testament to the firm’s past, present and future. “Casey Gerry has flourished for six decades and is now known as one of the top victim’s advocate firms in the nation,” he says. The firm’s genesis dates back to 1947, when Casey’s late father, David Casey Sr., founded a firm to provide quality service for plaintiffs in civil litigation and personal injury cases. Since that time, Casey Gerry has emerged as one of San Diego’s leading plaintiff’s law firms, handling litigation ranging from the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the state of California’s record breaking $25 billion settlement against the tobacco industry, to representing individuals in general personal injury cases.
Located at 110 Laurel Street, Casey Gerry recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. The firm’s 11 plaintiff’s attorneys practice in numerous areas, including asbestos, personal injury, products liability and pharmaceutical litigation. For more information, call (619) 238-1811 or visit the website, www.caseygerry.com.