Case Results

Outstanding Results for Clients

The sexual abuse legal team at Cerri, Boskovich & Allard has a national reputation and proven record of helping survivors and their families recover from childhood sexual abuse. 

  • The firm’s $65 million sexual abuse jury verdict in a case against a public school is believed to have been the largest single plaintiff verdict ever at the time in California and the United States. 
  • In May 2022, the law firm obtained a $10 million jury verdict for the 2003 sexual abuse of a then-high school tennis player abused by his coach. 
  • And in 2022, the firm secured $7.5 million for five men sexually abused by their teacher in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
As a result of its legal accomplishments for clients, the firm has received numerous awards.

Local Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Results

102.5 million jury verdict on behalf of a middle school sexual abuse survivor

A jury returned a total verdict of $102.5 million against the Union School District in a sexual abuse case involving two former students at Dartmouth Middle School. Attorney Lauren Cerri represented the young girl responsible for music teacher Samuel Neipp's arrest and subsequent prison sentence. The jury awarded her $65 million. It was the largest single plaintiff sexual abuse verdict against a California school district.

$15 million for O.B. Whaley sexual abuse survivors

This case started with a single victim. In January 2012, authorities arrested Craig Chandler on suspicion of molesting a young child at O.B. Whaley Elementary School, where he had worked as a teacher for nine years. As the investigation proceeded, it became clear that he had molested five girls going back to 2010. Attorney Robert Allard led the litigation team against the Evergreen Elementary School District. By preparing an airtight case against the District, Mr. Allard’s team persuaded the District to pay $15 million to the victims for the lifelong harm they are to endure.

10.3 million for Berryessa Union School District Sexual Abuse Survivors

The Berryessa Union School District has agreed to a $10.3 million settlement with a group of former Sierramont Middle School students who were victims of grooming and sexual abuse by a teacher during the late 1990s and early 2000s. The teacher was convicted in 2023 and sentenced to 20 years in prison following new allegations from the victims. This settlement brings closure to a painful chapter for the victims and their families.

$10 million jury verdict on behalf of a high school student abused nearly 20 years ago

A Marin County jury ruled that the Tamalpais Union High School District was 100 percent negligent for the 2003 sexual abuse of a then-high school student by its then PE teacher and tennis coach Normandie Burgos (Marin County Superior Court, Case# CIV2001133). It awarded the student $10 million.

$9 million against a childcare provider
Confidential settlement

$9 million settlement, Jane Doe v. Unnamed Childcare Provider
Confidential settlement in a sexual abuse case against a city childcare provider that settled during trial for $9 million.

$8.25 million against Morgan Hill Unified School District
As part of the $8.25 million settlement with three child sex abuse victims, the Morgan Hill Unified School District is also moving forward in implementing and supporting programs aimed at preventing the sexual abuse of students. The legal team led by Attorney Robert Allard announced that the Morgan Hill Unified School District agreed to pay $8.25 million to three then-elementary school students sexually abused by former teacher John Loyd. At the same time, complying with the wishes of the victims’ parents, the district also moved forward to carry out child sexual abuse prevention programs.

$8.4 million against a statewide daycare provider.
Confidential settlement

$8.2 million against US Youth Soccer and its affiliate
Two youth soccer organizations, with a major presence in the San Francisco Bay Area, are now conducting background checks on coaches following a record-setting $8.2 million settlement for a young girl sexually molested by her youth soccer league coach.

$7.6 million for a developmental disabled rape victim
The West Valley- Mission Community College District paid a disabled rape victim $7.6 million as a result of a lawsuit. The lawsuit filed in 2020 alleged that district officials failed to protect a developmentally disabled victim from an instructional aide in the Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities that holds classes at Mission College in Santa Clara.

$7.5 million for five men abused nearly 40 years ago by their school teacher
Union School District settled a 40-year-old sexual abuse case for $7.5 million. The men had high praise for Attorney Robert Allard and his team’s “impressive mix of empathy and professionalism,” with one man wishing them “all the best in continuing your efforts on behalf of children who need and deserve a voice like yours.”

$4.5 million for two survivors of San Francisco Unified School District - George Washington High School sexual abuse
The law firm sued SFUSD in 2022 for failing to supervise then George Washington High School athletic director Lawrence Young-Yet Chan. Chan allegedly sexually abused two students and was allowed to quietly resign from his position.

National Sexual Abuse Cases:

Jury Returns $9 Million Sexual Assault Verdict Against USTA

Class action lawsuit in Ohio on behalf of 100’s of male athletes who were sexually abused by former Ohio State University physician Dr. Richard Strauss

Multi-victim claim in Colorado against United States Taekwondo (“USAT”) on behalf of female athletes sexually molested by former gold medal athlete Steven Lopez and his brother and Olympic coach Jean Lopez

Case in Southern California involving former swimming national record holder Ariana Kukors-Smith who was sexually molested as a minor by her former Olympic coach Sean Hutchison

Federal claim in Indiana involving former silver medalist, national champion and All-American Terin Humphrey who was sexually abused as a teenager by notorious former Olympic physician Larry Nassar

Claim against the Syracuse Diocese in upstate New York stemming from sexual abuse committed by several priests against a minor altar boy

Cases across California involving former female swimmers sexually abused as children by former silver medalist swimmer and Olympic coach Mitch Ivey, Andy King and Don King

Matter in Southern California against the United States Olympic Committee (“USOC”) and USAT

Other Notable Case Results

Jane Doe v. Unnamed Private School
$3.5 million for student sexually abused by a teacher at a private school

Jane Doe v. Unnamed Charter School
$3.15 million for a student sexually abused by a teacher’s aide at a charter school

Jane Doe v. EMQ Families First
$2 million for sexual abuse of two children by group home employee.

Jane Doe v. New Haven Unified School District
$1.87 million for three students sexually abused by their elementary school teacher.

John Doe v. San Ramon Unified School District and New Life Church of Alamo
$1.548 million to child sexually abused by school wrestling coach and church youth group Leader

John Doe v. Jefferson School District
$1.2 million for student who was sexually abused by his fourth grade teacher

Jane Doe v Unnamed Charter School
$1.2 million for sexual abuse of a student by her high school teacher

John Doe v. The Unity Care Group and County of Santa Clara
$1.105 million to three foster children sexually abused by wraparound service provider.

Jane Doe v. Morgan Hill Unified School District and South Valley Dance Arts
$1.045 million to three children sexually abused by a theater technician.

Jane Doe v. Los Banos Unified School District
$1 million to student who was sexually abused by her high school drama teacher at Pacheco High School

Jane Doe v. Jefferson School District
$900,000 for student who was sexually abused by her teacher

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Client Reviews

“Working with CBA has been a truly remarkable experience. They exude genuineness, openness, and transparency, transforming a challenging situation into a positive one. Lauren, in particular, consistently displayed empathy, ensuring a comfortable and safe environment throughout.”

Jane Doe v. San Francisco Unified School District

Jane Doe

“Every step of the way, Lauren gave me hope when I felt hopeless, and she gave me help when I felt helpless. Lauren was the attorney who I knew was in my corner, and she will undoubtedly continue to be in the corner of survivors to hold their abuser and institution accountable.”

Jane Doe 2 v. East Side Union High School District

Jane Doe 2

“What happened to me needed to be addressed. I missed out on such an important part of my life, while my institution made no qualms. You don’t get to push kids under a rug. I’m glad I was given an opportunity to address my broken life.”

Jane Doe v. Saratoga–Los Gatos Union High School District

Jane Doe
“My family and I were so thankful for the law services and guidance received during a very emotional and challenging time; the care, sensitivity and professionalism with which our case was handled provided us with a sense of calm, clarity and confidence that we could not have navigated on our own or for each other.” Mary Doe
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