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September 17, 2008 Press Releases

Casey Gerry Partner to Chair
Task Force on Plaintiff’s Involvement

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Thomas D. Penfield — a partner with San Diego based law firm Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, LLP — was recently appointed chair-elect of the Task Force on Plaintiff’s Involvement of the Tort, Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association (ABA), the leading national bar association for United States attorneys.

In his role as chair of the task force, Penfield will focus on increasing participation by plaintiff and consumer attorneys in the 45,000-member TIPS section of the ABA. He will officially take charge as Task Force chair following the ABA convention in New York City this coming August.

A resident of Cardiff by the Sea, Penfield is also president-elect of the Bar Association of North San Diego County, and will officially be sworn in as BANSDC president in January of 2009.

With experience in personal injury, products liability, and class actions, Penfield has been an attorney with Casey Gerry since 1988.

He is a graduate of California Western School of Law (J.D. 1974) and a past recipient of the Environmental Lawyer of the Year Award from the Sierra Club’s San Diego Chapter. Prior to joining Casey Gerry, he worked as a supervising trial lawyer with the Defenders Program of San Diego, and as a full-time clinical Professor of Law at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law, where he still teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Law.

Celebrating more than 60 years in San Diego, 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 asbestos, personal injury, product liability and pharmaceutical litigation.

Located at 110 Laurel St. in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood of San Diego, the firm recently completed an extensive $3 million renovation of its longtime offices.

Casey Gerry also maintains offices in Carlsbad, Calif. For more information, call (619) 238-1811 or visit the website at