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June 15, 2011 Press Releases

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Six CaseyGerry partners – Gayle M. Blatt, David Casey Jr., Robert J. Francavilla, Thomas D. Luneau, Thomas D. Penfield, and Frederick Schenk – have been recognized in Super Lawyers Magazine, the nation’s leading annual legal services directory for consumers, in its prestigious annual ranking of attorneys.  Additionally, Casey Jr. was listed among the top 50 attorneys in San Diego.

The CaseyGerry partners are featured in San Diego Super Lawyers 2011 and also highlighted in Super Lawyers magazine.

Each year, Super Lawyers ranks the top five percent of attorneys in San Diego, as well as other select regions throughout the United States. The listing includes lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys selected are chosen by their peers through a process which includes extensive polling, peer evaluations and independent, third party research.

Meeting Super Lawyers’ rigorous standards, the six CaseyGerry partners have considerable expertise in all aspects of consumer law:

Gayle M. Blatt is liaison counsel for the growing number of Hydroxycut personal injury cases in Multi-District Litigation now pending in the Southern District of California. Earning numerous multi-million dollar results, she concentrates her practice on personal injury, pharmaceutical and product liability litigation. She is a past president of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

A past president of the American Association for Justice, David S. Casey, Jr. is a third generation attorney specializing in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. He has obtained successful verdicts and settlements for dozens of high profile cases throughout his three-decade career. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, he is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Concentrating on all aspects of serious personal injury and wrongful death, Robert J. Francavilla has obtained multi-million dollar results in highway design, automobile accident and premises liability cases. A member of ABOTA, he is a past president of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

Earning numerous multi-million verdicts and settlements for a range of clients, Thomas D. Luneau focuses his practice primarily on personal injury, products liability and civil rights, and has extensive experience with a full gamut of cases, including trucking cases and Rhino ATV roll-overs.

Specializing in personal injury, products liability, class actions and civil litigation, Thomas D. Penfield is chair of the Task Force on Plaintiff’s Involvement of the Tort, Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association (ABA) and past president of the Bar Association of North San Diego County. He is an adjunct professor at University of San Diego (USD) School of Law.

A partner with CaseyGerry for more than two decades, Frederick Schenk specializes in asbestos litigation, products and premises liability. He serves on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the world’s largest trial bar, and is also past-president of the consumer Attorneys of San Diego and the Washington, D.C.-based Civil Justice Foundation, a national non-profit charitable organization. He is a member of ABOTA.

About Super Lawyers

A publication of Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers magazine can be found in all 50 states. With an objective to create a comprehensive list that is useful to consumers of legal services, its listings range from small town lawyers in boutique firms to big city attorneys at large corporate law offices, as well as legal aid attorneys, prosecutors and in-house counsel. For more information, visit

About Casey Gerry

San Diego’s oldest plaintiff’s law firm, CaseyGerry was founded in 1947, and since then has worked to help recover hundreds of millions of dollars for families and individuals who have suffered serious injury or lost loved ones. The firm’s 13 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 also has a satellite office in Carlsbad, Calif.  For more information, call (619) 238-1811 or visit the website at