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All Seven CaseyGerry Partners Recognized by Best Lawyers in America

August 20, 2015 Press Releases

All seven CaseyGerry partners – Wendy M. Behan, Gayle M. Blatt, David S. Casey, Jr., Robert J. Francavilla, Thomas D. Luneau, Thomas D. Penfield and Frederick Schenk -– are featured in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in, the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession.

According to CaseyGerry’s managing partner David S. Casey, Jr., this marks the first year all seven firm partners have been recognized, and is the 10th consecutive year he and Schenk have been featured, the eighth year for Francavilla, the sixth year for Penfield, the fifth year Blatt has been recognized and the first year for both Behan and Luneau.

“This is a prestigious national ranking,” said Casey, Jr. “The attorneys selected all underwent an exhaustive peer-review process — we are thrilled to have all of our partners recognized.”

Because of the rigorous methodology involved, the annual ranking is regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. For three decades, Best Lawyers has become a resource for both lawyers and clients looking for top legal talent in unfamiliar practice areas or jurisdictions.

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

Wendy M. Behan – listed under mass tort litigation and class actions. The current president of California Women Lawyers, Behan is a key member of the firm’s pharmaceutical and medical device practice team and concentrates her practice on pharmaceutical, product liability, class action and personal injury litigation.

Gayle M. Blatt – listed under plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation. Blatt heads up the firm’s pharmaceutical and medical device practice team, focusing on pharmaceutical, product liability, class action and personal injury litigation.

David S. Casey, Jr. – listed under plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation.  Casey Jr. 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 has received more than 60 professional accolades.

Robert J. Francavilla – 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 high profile results, including a recent verdict against the U.S. Government. In 2015, Francavilla was selected as Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for the Plaintiffs Personal Injury practice area.

Thomas D. Luneau – listed under plaintiffs’ personal Injury litigation, Luneau focuses his practice primarily on personal injury cases, including automobile accidents, truck accidents – including big rig collisions, interstate trucking cases and commercial trucks – and construction injuries.

Thomas D. Penfield – 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.

Frederick Schenk – listed in the plaintiffs’ mass tort litigation/class action category. He has extensive experience in products liability, personal injury, premises liability, auto land asbestos litigation. Schenk is the current president of the Board of Directors, 22nd District Agricultural Association (San Diego County Fair Board). In 2014, Best Lawyers recognized Schenk as “Lawyer of the Year” for the Plaintiffs Mass Tort/Class Action practice area.

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.

About CaseyGerry

CaseyGerry was established in 1947, and is the oldest plaintiffs’ law firm in San Diego. The firm’s 15 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 additional offices in Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Carlsbad, Calif. For more information, call 619-238-1811.