Meet 2018 Witkin Award Recipient David S. Casey, Jr
David S. Casey, Jr. has been selected to receive the prestigious Witkin Award for Excellence in the Practice of Law. The Witkin Awards are presented annually to honor members of the San Diego legal community for civic leadership and excellence in the practice of the law, adjudication of the law, legal education, and the advancement of access to justice. Join us Thursday, October 4, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm to honor this year’s recipients.
David S. Casey, Jr. is the senior partner in Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blass & Penfield, LLP, a California law firm. He began his career as a prosecutor. He has since handled over 70 jury trials. He is a past president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now the American Association for Justice), the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Western Trial Lawyers Association, and the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association.
David has amassed an astonishing number of honors and achievements. In 2002, he was recognized by the San Diego County Bar Association as the Lawyer of The Year. In 2004, he received the highly coveted Broderick Award for civility, integrity, and professionalism in the legal profession. He has been honored with the distinguished Arthur Hughes Award by the University of San Diego Law School for his accomplishments. Moreover, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego created the David S. Casey, Jr. Award in his honor. The award recognized consumer advocacy and leadership. In 2009, he was recognized by the American Bar Association with its “Pursuit of Justice Award” and also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Consumer Watchdog, a public interest advocacy group. The list is long and distinguished.
At the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, David played a lead role in the development of the Victims Fund for those who suffered from 9/11. He was appointed in 2016 by the Federal Court to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Committee, representing victims of the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal. The end result was the largest consumer claims action in recent U.S. history. We are pleased to be able to honor him with the 2018 Award for Excellence in the Practice of Law.
Join us for a wonderful evening at this year’s Witkin Awards. The awards will be presented at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, starting at 5:00 pm with cocktails. Dinner and comedian Mark Christopher Lawrence follow from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Witkin Award Ceremony is the primary fundraiser of the San Diego Law Library Foundation.