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Frederick Schenk

Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, LLP
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Frederick Schenk
Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, LLP
San Diego,
 CA

Partner Frederick Schenk, who has been with CaseyGerry for 35 years, achieved the largest verdict ever in San Diego against an asbestos manufacturer - Owens Corning Fiberglass - obtaining a $2.4 million verdict in punitive damages as well as economic losses.

In addition, he is a specialist in auto collision litigation and co-author of the LexisNexis California Automobile Litigation Handbook. Over the years, he has received numerous awards and honors for his work - including recognition as an Outstanding Trial Lawyer from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. Additionally, he has been selected by his peers as San Diego's Trial Lawyer of the Year in the area of mass torts in both the 2014 and 2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America. He has remained active in both community and professional groups, and finds tremendous gratification in his work as an attorney, especially when he provided services to the families of the victims of 9/11 via Trial Lawyers Care, the largest pro bono program in the history of American jurisprudence. "My greatest sense of professional achievement came when I provided pro bono representation for a young man who lost his Muslim wife in the 9/11 attacks," he recalls. "I arbitrated the case in New York and obtained a seven-figure result for him and his late wife's parents."

Raised in Los Angeles by immigrant parents, he speaks fluent Hungarian. In his spare time, he enjoys Padres Baseball and playing racquetball, as well as traveling with his wife Shari and their three children.

He is past president of the San Diego County Fair board, and California Governor Jerry Brown recently re-appointed him to another four year term on the board, which oversees all activities at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Areas of Practice

Asbestos and Mesothelioma
Automobile Accidents
Bicycle Accidents
Burn Injury
Construction Negligence
Head/Brain Injury
Maritime Litigation
Motorcycle Accidents
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Slip Trip and Fall
Spinal Cord Injury
Trucking Accidents
Wrongful Death

Involvement

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, President, 2000-02
22nd District Agricultural Association, Board of Directors, 2002-2006, 2011-present (Vice-President, 2012-2013; President, 2013-2016; Immediate Past-President, 2016-present)

In the News

Fred Schenk is the magic behind the San Diego County Fair
CaseyGerry Attorneys Listed in 2017 Super Lawyers
Seven CaseyGerry Partners Recognized by Best Lawyers
Gwynn Tobacco Lawsuit Story on GMA
Family of Baseball Legend Files Lawsuit
Tobacco Company Sued by Gwynn Family
Schenk Completes Tenure as Fair Board President, Shares Insights
Fair Board President Frederick Schenk Discusses Factors in Larger Fair Attendance
Member Spotlight: Frederick Schenk
CaseyGerry Partners Lauded
CaseyGerry Attorneys Featured in Super Lawyers
CaseyGerry Recognized in Best Lawyers
Frederick Schenk Reappointed by Governor Brown
Schenk Discusses County Fair Board Position
League of Denial - Frontline Reveals Hidden Story
A Powerhouse Battle
Frederick Schenk elected as president of San Diego Fair Board
Frederick Schenk named top attorney by ?Best Lawyers'
San Diego firm specializes in serious personal injury, traumatic head injury cases
CaseyGerry giving back through education
CaseyGerry to help litigate case against NFL

Affiliations

Civil Justice Foundation, President, 2005-06
Consumer Attorneys of California, Emeritus Board Member
Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, President, 1994
American Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 2010-present
State Bar of California, 1979-present
San Diego County Bar Association, Member
The National Academy of Advocacy, Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates, Board of Directors
American Association for Justice, Robert L. Habush Endowment Board of Directors

Awards

2019 Best Lawyers
2018 edition of San Diego Super Lawyers
2018 Lawyer of the Year, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, Best Lawyers
2016 San Diego County Bar Association, Community Service Award
2015 San Diego Daily Transcript, Reader's Choice, Top Influentials
2014 Diplomate of Trial Advocacy, American Association for Justice
2014 San Diego Business Journal, Best of the Bar
2014 Lawyer of the Year, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, Best Lawyers
2011 Consumer Attorneys of San Diego's Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award
2010 Top Attorneys 2010, San Diego Daily Transcript
2007-2017 San Diego Super Lawyers
2006-2017 Best Lawyers in America

Most Memorable Case

"During my 35 year career as a trial lawyer, I have had the privilege of obtaining justice for thousands of people. However, my greatest sense of professional achievement came when I had the honor of participating in Trial Lawyers Care and provided pro bono representation for a young man who lost his Muslim wife in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings. He was sitting at his desk in his office when we saw the building collapse, knowing that his wife was there. I arbitrated the case in New York against the trust that was set up by the President of the United States and the US Congress, and obtained a seven-figure result for him and his late wife's parents. Trial Lawyers Care offers a wonderful example of how the legal profession can work together and make a positive difference." - Frederick Schenk


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