USD School of Law Alumni David Casey, Jr. ’74 (JD) and Robert Francavilla ’79 (BBA), ’83 (JD) Named to “California's Top Plaintiff Lawyers”

David Casey, Jr. ’74 (JD) and Robert Francavilla ’79 (BBA), ’83 (JD) Named to “California's Top Plaintiff Lawyers”

Alumni David S. Casey, Jr., and Robert J. Francavilla

San Diego (September 30, 2020) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumni David S. Casey, Jr., ’74 (JD), and Robert J. Francavilla, ’80 (BBA), ’83 (JD), were recently named among “California's Top Plaintiff Lawyers” by the Daily Journal. The yearly awards honor attorneys with significant involvement in cases that make a difference.

Known for successfully taking on high-profile and complex litigation, David S. Casey, Jr. has earned both local and national reputations for his prominent role in many landmark cases. This year that included quick work on a lawsuit where four Marines died in a fiery helicopter crash two years ago near San Diego that was reaching its statute of limitations in April. Even with courts closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Casey was able to file a timely suit against the two companies responsible for supplying a component that lead to the crash, alleging counts of strict liability, breach of warranty, and negligence for providing faulty equipment to the military. The Daily Journal also recognized his work on a recent class-action suit against Wells Fargo & Co. and National General Insurance Inc., where bank loan applicants were unlawfully required to purchase auto insurance when they had existing policies, leading to a settlement of $393.5 million.

Francavilla has played a crucial role in some of San Diego’s most well-known legal proceedings and specializes in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death litigation. His recent wins include several confidential multi-million-dollar settlements, including a $2.5 million auto versus motorcycle case. The Daily Journal profiled Francavilla’s work on a lawsuit filed by a high school skateboarder who suffered an injury to his big toe when a hydraulic lift tipped over in shop class. Lawyers for the school district were initially quick to dismiss damages since the toe wasn’t broken and doctors proclaimed the damage repaired. However, the client was still experiencing ongoing severe nerve pain, which made the school nurse’s deposition significant since she noticed an extreme change in the client’s behavior after the accident. The defense found the nurse’s statement credible, and Francavilla’s work resulted in a $1.25 million settlement for his client.

Click here to read the Daily Journal’s full profile about David S. Casey, Jr.
Click here to read the Daily Journal’s full profile about Robert J. Francavilla.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world.  The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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