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Sexual Molestation & Abuse Lawyers Who Fight For You

Sexual abuse perpetrated by an authority figure is an appalling reality for far too many children and adolescents in California and across the country. Priests, ministers, church officials and workers, coaches, teachers, day care workers, park rangers, and other trusted adults who sexually molest children, ruin lives and cause irreparable psychological damage.

The individual pedophile can be tried as a criminal, but can rarely be held financially accountable. His or her sponsoring or employing organization — the church, diocese, school, school district, or other public or corporate entity — may be liable for its failure to adequately supervise and screen the perpetrator.

What Forms Abuse Can Take On

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For more than 30 years, trial lawyers at have represented children and adolescents sexually abused and molested by trusted authority figures. Our law firm has the resources and the professional will to thoroughly investigate, prepare and present sexual abuse and molestation cases. We take systematic depositions from the victim and his or her psychotherapist, from psychiatric child sex abuse experts, from any witnesses, and from the perpetrator’s supervisors and organizational leaders. We seek to reveal all relevant facts and evidence, to establish psychological harm and to demonstrate fault within the organization where appropriate.

Let Our Experience Help Hold Your Abuser Accountable

No monetary amount can compensate for the damage that child sexual abuse causes. However, damage awards can be powerful financial incentives for schools, churches and other organizations to screen and monitor their employees who regularly interact with children and teenagers. Adequate financial compensation can also defray the cost of long-term psychotherapy and psychiatric care.

Throughout our personal injury practice, we devote our full personal attention to every case that we accept. We believe that effective representation in child sex abuse cases requires not only exceptional legal skill, but also the ability to respond to psychologically damaged children and outraged parents. If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a person in authority, please contact our law firm today.

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Managing Partner

Robert B. Waldsmith

Robert J. Waldsmith

Partner, 1999

William B. Smith

William B. Smith

Partner, 1978

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