Abuse By Authority Figures

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Nothing is more important than recovery and compensation for your loved one after a severe injury. 

Fight Back Against Abuse By Authority Figures

Perpetrators of sexual abuse can range from police officers, doctors and therapists, volunteer organizations, park rangers, camp counselors and security guards to day care providers, teachers, coaches and juvenile detention center or prison officials. Newspaper headlines carry stories of church organizations that have betrayed parishioners’ trust, citing examples of child sexual abuse by members of church hierarchies. These “authority figure” abusers often deny any allegations and can be very effective and articulate in their own defense.

The good news is that clergy abuse crimes can no longer be swept under the proverbial rug. You can read our four-part series on the tainted legacy:

In addition, many state laws now require that criminal background checks and fingerprinting measures be conducted for new public school employees such as teachers and coaches.

Experience, Reputation And Results

has championed the rights of the vulnerable for more than 30 years. Our skilled abuse lawyers have dedicated decades of experience to “being there” for victims of sexual abuse and child molestation in churches and schools from pre-kindergarten to college levels. We have the experience, reputation and results to handle sexual abuse cases.

We want to do what we can to punish offenders, promote your recovery and prevent future organizational abuse from occurring.

Courage To Confront Your Abusers

We want you to feel personally empowered to confront your abusers and those who covered up the wrongs done to you. Our attorneys will show every sensitivity in working with you to handle your case with utmost discretion and efficiency.

The open lines of communication we establish will give us the accurate information and truth of your feelings that are essential to conveying your story and ultimately earning our goal of maximum compensation for you. The authorities need some sense of your feelings of desperation, pain, loss and defeatism brought on by your abuse. You can trust us to represent your interests effectively and passionately throughout the case.

Cutting-Edge Technologies

Our trial attorneys are leaders in the fields of courtroom technology and electronic case presentation. We employ creative, high-tech techniques so a jury is able to understand complex issues and get all the facts that support your side of the story.

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When a trusted authority figure such as a church camp counselor or middle school coach violates that trust and sexually preys upon a defenseless child, attention must be paid. Society should drive the predator from its midst and do what it can to both prevent the event’s recurrence and right the wrong to the victim with just and fair compensation.

That’s where we come in. If your child or the child of someone you know has been the victim of a sexually predatory authority figure, get in touch with us for a free confidential consultation.

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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Vehicle Accidents

There are two things to establish in any motor vehicle accident case: the cause of the accident (fault) and the full cost of the injuries and losses. As we prepare your case, we will investigate both of these.


Abuse & Molestation

 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.


& Serious Injuries

People suffering from a brain injury, spinal cord injury or other severe injury will require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitative therapy and other long-term care.



Claims related to sports and recreation injuries can be complicated. These cases often include issues involving waivers and the “assumption of risk” defense.


& Spine Injuries

When you or a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), life changes dramatically. Even mild TBIs can lead to years of recovery and rehabilitation.


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The personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP have more than 100 years of combined experience guiding clients through the legal process.

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