Law School/Year: J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1978
College/Year: B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1975
Civil Litigation, Personal Injury & Property Damage, Product Liability
A recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Frederick Schenk obtained the largest verdict ever against an asbestos manufacturer in San Diego County of San Diego. In addition to his successful asbestos litigation practice, he has tried and litigated numerous product liability, automobile collision, premises liability, F.E.L.A., maritime and other serious personal injury cases. He also helped represent Gov. Gray Davis, achieving the nation's largest settlement against the tobacco industry, a settlement on behalf of the state of California for $25 billion.
Schenk is a senior partner with Casey Gerry, and has been with the firm for 27 years, concentrating on products liability, personal injury and asbestos law. His unique knowledge in the area of automobile collision litigation was also recognized when he was selected as a consulting editor for Matthew Bender's Legal Publication, "Pleading and Practice Vol. 8," on automobiles. In addition, he is co-author of LexisNexis Publishing's, "California Automobile Collision Handbook," first published in 2000. He is a past president of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and is the San Diego representative on the board of governors for the 30,000-member American Association for Justice.
Since 2005, he has been listed in Woodward and White's Best Lawyers In America. Additionally, he is consistently listed in Super Lawyers magazine and is also a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Active in numerous community and professional organizations, Schenk was recently elected to serve on the board of governors of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the world's largest trial bar. He is past-president of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and of the Civil Justice Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending consumer access to justice. In addition, he is a past vice president of the 22nd District Agricultural Association (Del Mar Fairboard).
He is past-president of The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center and a founding co-chair of the Cardozo Society of the United Jewish Federation of San Diego.
Raised in Los Angeles by immigrant parents, Schenk speaks fluent Hungarian. In his spare time, he likes to travel with his wife Shari and their three children. He is a devoted Padres baseball fan and enjoys playing racquetball.