Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, LLP
110 Laurel St
San Diego, CA 92101
Our firm has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of clients since 1947,” says managing partner David S. Casey, Jr. “We believe our obligation is to treat every client with the highest respect and do our very best for them. It is an honor to represent and support an individual whose life has been severely impacted, and we treat this responsibility very seriously.”
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 43-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 such as the Volkswagen Emissions scandal in which David was appointed to the national Plaintiff’s Steering Committee overseeing litigation. The case was resolved for $14.7 billion, one of the biggest corporate settlements in history.
In the Chrysler Dodge-Jeep Ecodiesel® Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, David was appointed by the federal court to serve on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee. The case was resolved for $300 million.
David has been lauded with more than 90 professional awards including a perpetual award in his honor, the “David S. Casey, Jr. Consumer Advocate Award” from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. He has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the International Society of Barristers. In 2019 alone, David received the 2019 Hughes McClenahan award for civility in the practice of law from the San Diego chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), he was the recipient of the University of San Diego 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award, recognized as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California 2016-2019, one of the Top 10 Lawyers in San Diego, and more.
He is the past president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now American Association for Justice) – the world’s largest trial bar, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Western Trial Lawyers Association, and the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association.
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.
AREAS OF PRACTICE Automobile Accidents Aviation Litigation Bicycle Accidents Burn Injury Construction Negligence Dog Bites Head/Brain Injury Maritime Litigation Motorcycle Accidents Personal Injury Premises Liability Product Liability Sexual Assault Slip Trip and Fall Spinal Cord Injury Trucking Accidents Wrongful Death
FEATURED CASES Injured Physician Awarded More than $7 Million Following Wheelchair Incident Severely Injured Cyclist Compensated Asiana Airlines Flight 214 Crashes Upon Approach into San Francisco International Airport Boating Accident Results in Tragedy; Victims Compensated
AWARDS Master – Wallace Inn Court – Inducted September 2020 Avvo Top-Rated Attorney 2020 Best Lawyers 2021 Daily Journal Top Plaintiff Lawyer 2020 Super Lawyer 2020 Super Lawyers Top 10 2020 Lawdragon 2020 Best Lawyers 2020 Daily Journal Top Plaintiff Lawyer 2020 2019 Hughes McClenahan award by American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) University of San Diego 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award 2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers 2015-2019 The Daily Journal’s Top Plaintiff Lawyers 2007-2019 San Diego Super Lawyers 2018-2019 Top 10 San Diego Super Lawyers 2009 – 2011 and 2013 – 2017 Top 50 San Diego Super Lawyers 2018 – The Daily Transcript’s Top Influential Leaders 2016-2018 The Daily Journal “100 Leading Lawyers in Calif.” 2018 Witkin Award for Excellence 2018 California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award 2016 Consumer Attorneys of San Diego Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame 2015 Legends of the Bar, San Diego County Bar Association 2014 American Association for Justice/New Lawyers Division Defender of Justice Award 2009 American Bar Association’s Pursuit of Justice Award 2009 Consumer Watchdog’s Lifetime Legal Achievement Award 2005 and 2014 Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California Consumer Attorneys of San Diego created the David S. Casey, Jr. Award in his honor (a Perpetual Award), recognizing consumer advocacy and leadership 2004 Daniel T. Broderick III Award for Civility, Integrity, Professionalism 2004 Daniel T. Broderick III Award for Civility, Integrity, Professionalism 2002 Legal Professional of the Year, San Diego County Bar Association 2002 Peacemaker Award, San Diego Mediation Center
AFFILATIONS 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 American Board of Trial Advocates, Member Public Justice Foundation, Lifetime Member San Diego Judicial Appointments Committee for State Courts, Chair, 1999-2001 Western Trial Lawyers Association, Past President Consumer Attorneys of California, Past President San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, Past President (now Consumer Attorneys of San Diego) American Association for Justice, Member International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors International Society of Barristers, Member International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors Fiat Chrysler Eco Diesel Litigation Plaintiffs Steering Committee, Member
IN THE NEWS David S. Casey, Jr. Recognized By The Daily Transcript Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement Provides Substantial Compensation to Owners and Lessees, Removes Polluting Vehicles from Road, and Remediates Environmental Damage Class Action Filed Against Yahoo Parachute Product Defect Case Following Death Of Navy Seal David S. Casey, Jr. named among California’s Top Plaintiff’s Lawyers Gwynn Tobacco Lawsuit Story on GMA Family of Baseball Legend Files Lawsuit Tobacco Company Sued by Gwynn Family Agreement in Principle reached in Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” (Emissions Defeat Device) Lawsuit filed following Santa Barbara County plane crash National Steering Committee Will Oversee Litigation Against Volkswagen Family of Qualcomm exec killed in mid-air collision files suit Family of Child Injured on Carlsbad State Beach Following Plane Crash Files Suit CaseyGerry Attorneys Only San Diegans on Daily Journal’s Top 25 Plaintiff Lawyers List Mitsubishi Apologizes for WWll Slave Labor CaseyGerry Partners Lauded Panel Examines Future of Football CaseyGerry Attorneys Featured in Super Lawyers Preparation Pays CaseyGerry Recognized in Best Lawyers David S. Casey Jr. Named Top Attorney Firm Partner Named to Board of International Academy League of Denial – Frontline Reveals Hidden Story A Powerhouse Battle San Diego firm specializes in serious personal injury, traumatic head injury cases Recession causes permanent shifts in legal firms’ practices CaseyGerry to help litigate case against NFL San Diego Lawyer Recipient of Pursuit of Justice Award Attorney David Casey Jr honored by ALAC for his work to promote clean air, lung health
SELECT CASES Injured Physician Awarded More than $7 Million Following Wheelchair Incident Severely Injured Cyclist Compensated Asiana Airlines Flight 214 Crashes Upon Approach into San Francisco International Airport Boating Accident Results in Tragedy; Victims Compensated Reno Air Crash Victims Awarded Historic 9/11 Pro Bono Effort Historic Role in Exxon Valdez Case Taking on Big Tobacco Largest Commercial Bribery Case Settles