Abuse and Sexual Assault
At Cerri, Boskovich & Allard, we are more than just a law firm; we are a dedicated legal team committed to seeking justice for survivors of sexual abuse and child molestation. Our approach is founded on empathy, relentless advocacy, and an unwavering commitment to our clients' well-being.
The firm's team of attorneys, led by Robert Allard, Mark Boskovich, and Lauren Cerri, have achieved groundbreaking results for clients in national and local sexual abuse cases. For us, it is not just about securing victories in the courtroom; it is about effecting change. The firm has been at the forefront of advocating for stronger laws to protect children from sexual abuse and improving child protection systems within various institutions. These efforts have led to more robust screening, training, and reporting mechanisms, demonstrating our law firm's commitment to eradicating childhood sexual abuse.
At Cerri, Boskovich & Allard, we aim to provide a supportive, understanding environment for survivors and their families, ensuring their voices are heard and their rights are fiercely protected.Why Trust Us With Your Case?
We understand the immense courage it takes to confront the past and hold your abuser accountable. It can be incredibly frightening and overwhelming to face such a daunting task, but you are not alone. Our law firm is committed to walking alongside you at a pace that feels comfortable for you. Our compassionate team gently guides you through each step, ensuring that you are fully informed and comfortable with each decision.
When you trust us with your case, you will be surrounded by a safe, supportive environment where you can explore your legal options, understand your rights, and make empowered choices about proceeding with your case. We aim to make this process as healing and affirming as possible, giving you the support and legal expertise you need to seek justice and closure.Our Collaborative Approach Yields Success
At Cerri, Boskovich & Allard, we are committed to supporting survivors of sexual abuse with dedication and respect. Our law firm is one of the only law firms in the country with a dedicated team of attorneys and professionals who focus entirely on advocating for sexual abuse survivors and their families. When you choose us, you gain the support of a group of accomplished legal professionals collaborating to champion your cause.
Central to our approach, we have three trained survivor advocates who guide and counsel those we represent. Our team also includes Kendra Nunes, a former lieutenant with the San Jose Police Department, who brings her 30-years of law enforcement experience, particularly in child sexual abuse investigations and experience in areas like Child Exploitation and Internet Crimes Against Children.
In addition, the investigative team includes Douglas G. Gerbrandt, a dedicated investigator with 29 years of law enforcement experience. Doug held a wide range of investigative assignments throughout his law enforcement career, including serving as Juvenile Sex Crimes Detective and Supervising Assaults Detective.
Our team’s diverse expertise ensures comprehensive support for survivors, combining legal representation with emotional and practical guidance.Outstanding Case Results
Our firm boasts a record of award-winning client case results nationwide, reflecting our ability to secure significant compensation for survivors. For the outstanding results we have achieved for clients, our attorneys have been honored as Trial Lawyer of the Year an unprecedented eight times. Attorney Lauren A. Cerri’s unwavering commitment to justice for sexual abuse victims led to a historic $102.5 million verdict against the Union School District, reflecting the firm's capability to secure substantial compensation for survivors.
Our significant trial verdicts include:
Furthermore, the firm's work in the Audrie Pott case, spearheaded by attorneys Boskovich, Cerri, and Allard, resulted in "Audrie's Law," expanding the legal definition of "rape" in California and setting a new precedent in legal protection for the vulnerable.Top Settlements
Our experience in representing childhood sexual abuse victims has led to the largest single-plaintiff settlement in a case against youth soccer organizations. We meticulously build every case, ensuring no detail is overlooked. Our track record of success speaks volumes about the types of work we do. We’ve collected millions for sexual abuse victims in California and across the country and held some of the largest organizations accountable for their crimes. Some of our past results include:
Nationally recognized as formidable trial advocates, our attorneys prepare each case for trial, ensuring the aggressive pursuit of justice. Our reputation influences how insurance carriers and opposing parties view and handle our client's cases.
Our relentless pursuit of justice has brought the firm into the national spotlight with landmark cases that have reshaped policies and procedures in schools, sports leagues, and other youth-serving institutions. Yet, our efforts extend beyond courtroom victories to include advocacy for legislative reforms, further cementing our status as a leading voice in the fight against institutional sexual abuse.
Our lawyers have gone up against some of the largest institutions in the country, including California school districts, USA Swimming, and United States Youth Soccer Association.Contingency Fees - Accessible Legal Representation
Confidentiality is a crucial aspect of sexual abuse lawsuit to protect the privacy and well-being of the survivor. Our attorneys work to maintain the confidentiality of the survivor's identity and sensitive information throughout the legal process. In some cases, non-disclosure agreements or protective orders may be employed to prevent the public disclosure of certain details related to the case.
Contingency fees refer to an arrangement where the attorney's fees are contingent upon the outcome of the case. In sexual abuse lawsuits, many attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means they only receive payment if they successfully obtain compensation for the survivor.
At Cerri, Boskovich & Allard, we firmly believe that access to justice should not be determined by your wealth or status. This core belief is reflected in our contingency fee structure, which is designed to ensure that our legal services are accessible to every survivor, regardless of their economic situation. Under this arrangement, clients are not required to pay any upfront fees when they hire us to represent them.
This means that our legal representation is available to you without the burden of immediate financial strain. We only receive payment if and when we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. This approach aligns our interests with yours and removes the financial barriers that often deter survivors from seeking the justice they deserve.
By offering our legal services on a contingency basis, we aim to empower survivors to pursue their rights and hold perpetrators accountable, ensuring that every survivor can seek the justice, closure, and compensation they are entitled to.Our Commitment to Sexual Abuse Legislative Change and Prevention
Our California sexual abuse law firm is deeply committed to creating a safer future for children through legislative change and prevention. Our firm understands that while legal recourse is vital for survivors, true change also involves proactive efforts to prevent sexual abuse from occurring in the first place. To this end, we have dedicated significant resources and expertise to work alongside legislators in strengthening laws that protect children from sexual predators.
A key achievement of our legislative advocacy is the passage of Audrie's Law, a significant legal reform inspired by a tragic case we handled. This law enhanced the legal protections for incapacitated and developmentally disabled victims of sexual assault, marking a substantial step forward in the legal treatment of sexual abuse cases in California.
Furthermore, we have been instrumental in abolishing the statute of limitations for prosecuting childhood sexual abuse in the state of California. This crucial change means survivors can seek justice without time limits, allowing them the time they need to come forward.
Our firm also actively promotes the implementation of sexual abuse prevention training in schools. We believe that education is a powerful tool in combating sexual abuse, and by advocating for comprehensive training programs, we aim to equip both students and staff with the knowledge and skills needed to recognize, prevent, and respond to instances of abuse. These training programs are designed to protect children and create an environment where they feel safe and supported.Your Partners in the Pursuit of Justice
At Cerri, Boskovich & Allard, we are dedicated to helping survivors of sexual abuse find justice and healing. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual abuse or child molestation, we are here to support and guide you. Reach out to us for a free consultation. Let's work together to stand up against injustice and make a positive change. Your story is important, and we are committed to listening and fighting for you.