We represent abuse survivors, not the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, or any other organization that enabled child abuse. When a child survives abuse by someone in a position of trust and authority, the resulting harm and damage can last a lifetime. We are attorneys who can help survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and we understand that many child abuse survivors do not realize they are suffering until much later in life.
The lawyers featured on this website have a wide-range of experience helping abuse survivors, including some who have represented hundreds of abuse survivors with claims against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, the Mormon church, schools, and other youth-serving organizations that failed to protect their clients from sexual predators. Some of the lawyers are licensed in California, with offices in California, while others are licensed in other states but are willing to jointly represent abuse survivors in California given their experience helping people in other states.
If you are an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, you may just now be in the process of starting to understand how the abuse has affected your life. You may have also recently learned that someone you trusted failed to protect you and allowed the abuse to occur. Sadly, you are not alone, but we are here to help you understand whether you have legal options to seek redress for the harm you suffered. Please contact us today for a free, confidential consultation.
Boy Scouts of America Bankruptcy — “Bar Date” Dramatically Shortens the CA Statute of Limitations: On May 18, 2020, the bankruptcy judge overseeing the Boy Scouts bankruptcy set November 16, 2020, as the “bar date” deadline for abuse survivors to file claims in the bankruptcy. This deadline is called a “bar date” because anyone who fails to file a claim by the deadline will likely have their claim against the Boy Scouts forever “barred” and they will likely forfeit any claim they have against the Boy Scouts, including any right to compensation from the Boy Scouts. The deadline usually applies to anyone who has a claim, even people who come forward late because they were not aware of the deadline.
This deadline dramatically shortens the statute of limitations for abuse survivors in California. On January 1, 2020, a new law in California gave all child abuse survivors, regardless of their current age, at least three years to file a lawsuit for the abuse they suffered. That three years no longer applies for people who have claims against the national Boy Scouts of America organization. Anyone with a claim against the Boy Scouts of America must file their bankruptcy claim by November 16, 2020.
If you or someone you love may have a claim against the Boy Scouts of America the time to act is now. Please contact us to learn your legal options and to ensure your legal rights are protected. You can also read our answers to “frequently asked questions” about the bankruptcy by clicking here.
Interviews Regarding the Boy Scouts Bankruptcy: Some of our clients have decided to speak out regarding the Boy Scouts bankruptcy and what it means to them. Our lawyers have also been featured in a number of news stories about the bankruptcy because of our long history of helping Boy Scout abuse survivors and our work in a large number of the Catholic bankruptcies. You can read or watch some of the stories by clicking on the links below:
- “Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid sexual abuse lawsuits” (CBS)
- “Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy. Hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits are now on hold” (CNN)
- “Boy Scouts seek bankruptcy, urge victims to step forward” (AP)
You can read more stories regarding our clients and attorneys by clicking here.
Historic Day!! We filed some of the first lawsuits against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, and other organizations under California’s new law for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Under the new law, all survivors of childhood sexual abuse, regardless of their current age, are provided a three year “window” to file a civil lawsuit for the abuse they suffered. This “window” could be significantly shortened if a defendant files for bankruptcy, so please contact us right away for a free, confidential consultation to learn your options under this new law!!
Stories on the New Law: Some of our clients have decided to share their stories and what the new law means to them. Many of our lawyers have also been quoted in a number of news articles. You can read their stories by clicking on these links:
“Law gives child sex assault victims more time to file suits” (Associated Press), featuring our client Rich Clayton and our attorney Michael T. Pfau
“California sex abuse law likely to spur thousands of claims” (Associated Press), featuring our attorney Spencer Lucas
“New California law allowing childhood sexual assault victims more time to report draws widespread praise” (OC Register), featuring our client John E. Hanson and our attorney Jason P. Amala
Why Contact Us?
The California lawyers featured on this website want to help abuse survivors understand their options, including whether they may be able to bring a claim against those who allowed or enabled their abuse to happen. In order to help in that effort, they have teamed-up with lawyers from other states who have significant experience helping abuse survivors, including claims against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, the Mormon Church, and other youth-serving organizations.