Carmel Valley resident and partner lauded by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

CaseyGerry partners Thomas Penfield and Robert Francavilla, a Carmel Valley resident, were recognized recently as “Outstanding Trial Lawyers” at the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s (CASD) annual Evening with the Trial Stars Awards Dinner held at the U.S. Grant Hotel (

The award was presented to the longtime CaseyGerry partners based on their successful work on a case against American Reprographics, LLC, a digital reproduction firm whose truck driver hit a young Carlsbad woman crossing the street, causing a serious and permanent foot injury. Following a three-day trial, a Vista Superior Court jury ordered the San Diego company to pay $425,741.67 in damages to the plaintiff.

According to CASD, a local organization of trial lawyers dedicated to preserving and protecting the legal rights of consumers, the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Awards are given to attorneys responsible for an outstanding verdict in connection with a jury trial involving a civil or criminal matter. Criteria include ingenuity, liability aspects, service to the community and the amount of the verdict.

With a practice concentrating on serious personal injury/head injury and products liability, Francavilla is now a six-time winner of CASD’s Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award and has been named one of the Top 25 Plaintiffs Lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Penfield has significant experience in personal injury, products liability, class actions and civil litigation; he is an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law and is one of a handful of California attorneys named a Diplomate of Trial Advocacy by the American Association for Justice.

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