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August 29, 2011 Press Releases

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Aug. 29, 2011) – California Governor Jerry Brown has announced the appointment of Frederick Schenk — a partner with the law offices of Casey Gerry, Schenk, Francavilla, Blatt and Penfield  — as a member of the Board of Directors, 22nd District Agricultural Association (San Diego County Fair Board), which runs the San Diego County Fair and oversees all operations at the state-owned fairgrounds in Del Mar. Members of the volunteer, nine-member board are appointed by the sitting governor to four-year terms.

Schenk, a longtime San Diego resident, previously was appointed to serve on the San Diego County Fair Board by former Governor Gray Davis, serving from 2002 to 2006, and was vice president of the board in 2006.  Schenk first served on Governor Brown’s presidential campaign in 1980.

An attorney with San Diego-based Casey Gerry since 1983, Schenk has extensive experience in products liability, personal injury, asbestos law and drug litigation.  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.  A member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA),  Schenk co-authored the LexisNexis California Automobile Litigation Handbook, and since 2005 has been listed in Woodward and White’s Best Lawyers In America. Additionally, he is listed in Super Lawyers magazine and was awarded the “Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award” by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

A resident of San Diego’s Carmel Valley neighborhood, Schenk earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

The 22nd District Agricultural Association is a State of California agency that owns and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Surfside Race Place, Horsepark Equestrian Center and the Del Mar Golf Center. The 22nd DAA produces five events each year: The San Diego County Fair, the Del Mar National Horse Show, Professional Bull Riding (PBR), The Scream Zone and Holiday of Lights. In addition, the Fairgrounds hosts more than 350 events annually, the largest of which is the live horse-racing meet each summer, which is operated by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the 22nd DAA and the State of California. For more information on the Fairgrounds, visit

About Casey Gerry
Celebrating more than 65 years in San Diego, Casey Gerry was established in 1947, and is the oldest plaintiffs’ law firm in San Diego. The firm’s 12 attorneys practice in numerous areas, including asbestos, personal injury, product liability and pharmaceutical litigation. Located 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