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Five CaseyGerry Partners Recognized in Legal System’s Preeminent Guide

August 27, 2014 Press Releases

SAN DIEGO (August 26, 2014)

Robert J. Francavilla Named Lawyer of the Year

CaseyGerry partner Robert J. Francavilla has been selected by his peers as a San Diego”Lawyer of the Year” for Products Liability Litigation/Plaintiffs in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a prestigious national ranking of attorneys selected through an exhaustive annual peer-review process.

According to Best Lawyers, “Lawyer of the Year” honorees are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during peer-review assessments conducted with thousands of leading lawyers each year. The honor reflects the highest level of respect a lawyer has earned among other attorneys based on his or her abilities, professionalism and integrity.

“Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as a Lawyer of the Year,” said CaseyGerry’s managing partner David S. Casey, Jr. “The fact that the honor is given by peers makes this accolade especially significant. We are quite proud of Robert and his achievement.”

Five CaseyGerry partners – Gayle M. Blatt, David S. Casey, Jr., Francavilla, Thomas D. Penfield and Frederick Schenk – are all featured in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession. This marks the ninth consecutive year Casey and Schenk have been featured, the seventh year for Francavilla, the fifth year for Penfield, and the fourth year Blatt has been recognized.

Because of the exacting methodology involved, the annual ranking is regarded as the industry’s  definitive guide to legal excellence. For three decades, Best Lawyers has become a resource for both lawyers and clients looking for top legal talent.

CaseyGerry specializes in serious personal injury, product liability and mass tort/class action litigation – firm partners included in the publication each have extensive experience in all aspects of consumer law:

  • Blatt is listed in the plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation section. She heads up the firm’s pharmaceutical and medical device practice team and concentrates her practice on pharmaceutical, product liability, class action and personal injury litigation.
  • Casey is listed in the plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation section and specializes in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. Over three decades, he has obtained successful verdicts and settlements in many high profile cases, and was recently recognized with the defender of Justice Award from the AAJ’s New Lawyer Division.
  • Francavilla is listed in two sections: plaintiffs’ product liability litigation and plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation. With a practice concentrating on serious personal injury/head injury and products liability, Francavilla has obtained millions in recent results, most recently a high profile verdict against the U.S. Government.
  • Penfield is listed under plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation section. With significant experience in personal injury, products liability, class actions and civil litigation, he is also an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law.
  • Schenk is listed in the plaintiffs’ mass tort litigation/class action category. He has extensive experience in products liability, personal injury, premises liability and auto litigation, and is especially renowned for his successful asbestos litigation practice. He was recently recognized as a Diplomate of Trial Advocacy by the American Association for Justice (AAJ)

About Best Lawyers

Since 1983, Best Lawyers has compiled lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting extensive peer-review surveys in which thousands of top lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Because attorneys do not pay a fee for the listing, Best Lawyers has gained respect as the country’s most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. In addition to the print version, Best Lawyers in America is posted online at

About CaseyGerry

CaseyGerry was established in 1947, and is the longest-standing plaintiffs’ law firm in San Diego. The firm’s 14 attorneys practice in numerous areas, including serious personal injury, product liability, pharmaceutical, mass tort and class action litigation. Headquartered at 110 Laurel St. in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood of San Diego, the firm also has an additional office in Carlsbad, Calif.

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