Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

About

History

As the oldest plaintiff’s law firm in San Diego, CaseyGerry has earned a national reputation for its expertise in civil litigation and complex personal injury cases.

Over the years, CaseyGerry attorneys have worked to recover billions of dollars for families and individuals who have suffered serious injury or lost loved ones. We believe in individual and corporate responsibility – and also understand that most legal matters related to personal injury are extremely sensitive. That is why compassionate and confidential caring for our clients and their causes has been a hallmark of our law firm for 72 years.

At CaseyGerry, we work closely with those whose lives may have been devastated by an accident or personal injury, so our clients rely on us as not only as skilled attorneys, but as confidants and counselors. While the challenges may seem overwhelming, we handle complex litigation every day – and are here to guide you through the legal process. Caring for our clients and their cases has been – and always will be – our firm’s number one priority.

 
 

Leadership

 

Partner

David S. Casey Jr.

A third generation attorney, he joined his late father David S. Casey Sr.’s firm in 1976, after working as a prosecutor for the San Diego City Attorney’s office. With dozens of high profile verdicts and settlements achieved over a nearly 40-year legal career, he is well on his way to attaining his father’s – who tried more than 700 jury trials – legendary status.

David leads the firm in obtaining multi-million dollar results each year in a complex range of cases, and was recently appointed to the national VW Multidistrict Litigation Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee overseeing litigation targeting Volkswagen over its diesel emissions scandal.

He is past president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now American Association for Justice) – the world’s largest trial bar –and has been lauded with more than 60 professional awards, including a perpetual award in his honor, the “David S. Casey, Jr. Consumer Advocate Award” from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. In 2016, he was named among the Top 100 attorneys in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, lauded as one of the state’s top 30 Plaintiff’s attorneys by the same publication and was inducted into the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s Past Presidents Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Since 2008, he has served as state chair for Senator Dianne Feinstein’s judicial selection committee, maintaining a steadfast volunteer commitment to finding the most qualified judicial candidates for the federal bench in California. Prior to his appointment as state chair, David served on the local San Diego judicial selection committee for 16 years.

A native of La Jolla, he enjoys traveling with his wife Lisa and two grown children, as well as a good game of tennis.

 

Education

Smith College
Trinity College
, B.A., 1971
University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 197

Activities & Affiliations

Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Past President, 2003-2004, Member of Board of Governors and Executive Committee 1983-2004 (now American Association for Justice)

United States District Court, Southern District, Lawyer Representative, 2016-present

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, Board Member, 2017-present

Bar Admissions

• California

 
 

 
 
 
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Partner

Gayle M. Blatt

Heading the firm’s complex litigation practice group, Gayle concentrates her practice on class action, pharmaceutical and medical device and serious personal injury cases. She joined CaseyGerry more than 30 years ago, and has become well known for representing injured clients and consumers in a wide range of high profile, multi-million dollar cases.

Most recently, she was appointed as one of five lawyers throughout the United States to oversee the class action litigation related to the massive Yahoo data breaches announced late last year, which are the largest data breaches in history. She also works with partner David S. Casey Jr. on the high profile and historic Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal litigation. Her previous roles as liaison counsel in prominent cases include, In Re: Sony Gaming Networks and Customer Data Security Breach Litigation and In Re: Hydroxycut Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, as well as co-liaison counsel in In re: Incretin Mimetics Product Liability Litigation. Over the last decade, she has played a distinguished role in a complete spectrum of national pharmaceutical litigation cases, and is currently handling cases related to defective hip implants and transvaginal mesh products. She also focuses on serious personal injury cases. She has received three “Outstanding Trial Lawyer” awards from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and has recently been named one of San Diego’s Top 25 Female Attorneys and one of the Top 50 San Diego Lawyers by San Diego Super Lawyers.

 

Education

Hofstra University, B.A., 1982
California Western School of Law, J.D., 1985

Activities & Affiliations

YAHOO! Class Action Litigation Plaintiffs Executive Committee, Member

American Association for Justice, Member

State Bar of California, Member

San Diego County Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• California