We regularly consult with survivors of childhood abuse who simply need to break their silence and talk to someone–often for the first time ever–about what happened to them as children. Many of these men and women decide not to pursue legal claims at all, and in those circumstances, we view it as our job–and our honor–to walk alongside, to listen, to suggest counselors or other resources, and to support them in their process of healing. Lawsuits are a tough business, and some survivors can and do rightly decide that, for their path to closure, there is a different way.
On the other hand, many people decide to pursue legal justice. In that situation, it is our job to help them fully understand their options, what the challenges and difficulties of such a path will be, and what can be accomplished along the way, both in terms of monetary restitution and non-monetary justice: apologies, policy changes, and other similar goals.
Ultimately, we believe the legal process should serve the healing and closure of the survivor and not the other way around. In other words, we do our best to work for the whole person. If you do decide that civil justice is your goal, you will not find more tenacious and experienced courtroom and trial advocates anywhere. We have brought over 300 claims on behalf of children and adults who were abused as children, in over a dozen states, against such organizations as the Catholic Church, the Mormon Church, the Boy Scouts of America, public and private schools, athletic leagues and other “institutions of trust” whose employees abuse children. We have obtained some of the largest settlements and jury verdicts anywhere in the country.
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We have lawyers licensed in Oregon and Washington, and we regularly affiliate with lawyers all over the country, and have brought child abuse claims in nearly two dozen different states. And we have done it for nearly two decades.