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CaseyGerry’s Thomas D. Penfield Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates

June 4, 2016 Press Releases

SAN DIEGO (June 1, 2016) – Marking the fifth CaseyGerry partner to join the ranks of a national organization comprised of leading lawyers and judges, Thomas D. Penfield has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Membership to ABOTA – which is committed to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial – is by invitation only.

According to CaseyGerry’s managing partner David S. Casey Jr., CaseyGerry is the only plaintiffs firm in San Diego to have five partners who are ABOTA members. Other firm partners who are members include Casey Jr., Frederick Schenk, Thomas D. Luneau, and Robert J. Francavilla. “We are honored that Tom has achieved membership status in ABOTA, which constitutes a veritable “who’s who” of attorneys and is one of the country’s top legal associations,” Casey Jr. said. With a focus on preserving the right of trial by jury, ABOTA’s “exacting membership requirements include the highest level of skill, civility and integrity.”

A former member of the board of directors of the San Diego County Bar Association, Penfield is also past president of the North San Diego County Bar Association, the past chair of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Plaintiffs’ Policy of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) and former vice chair of the TIPS’ Trial Techniques Committee. He is featured in Best Lawyers in America – a revered annual peer ranking of the nation’s top attorneys and was named a Diplomate of Trial Advocacy by the American Association for Justice. Penfield concentrates his practice on personal injury, products liability and class actions.

A past recipient of the Environmental Lawyer of the Year Award from the Sierra Club’s San Diego Chapter, he is a graduate of California Western School of Law (J.D. 1974).

About CaseyGerry

Casey Gerry 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 an office in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif. For more information call 619-238-1811.


Founded in 1958, ABOTA is a national organization with membership consisting of highly experienced lawyers and judges. The organization is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution. For more information, visit