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Lauren A. Cerri

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Phone: (408) 289-1417

96 N 3rd St #620
San Jose, California 95112

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Cerri, Boskovich & Allard attorney Lauren Cerri is recognized for her results obtaining justice for victims of childhood sexual abuse.

Representing Childhood Sexual Abuse Victims

Ms. Cerri works closely with victims and their families to ensure that the well-being of the children always comes first, while working to hold accountable the institutions that failed to protect those children from sexual abuse.

Ms. Cerri was particularly proud in March 2022, when a Santa Clara County jury returned a $102.5 million verdict against the Union School District in San Jose. The case involved two former students who were sexually abused by their music teacher. The jury awarded Ms. Cerri’s client $65 million of the $102.5 million and attributed 80% of the fault to the District. The judgment on behalf of Ms. Cerri’s client is believed to be the largest single plaintiff sexual abuse judgment against a school district in California.

In another case against the Union School District, Ms. Cerri obtained a $7.5 million settlement on behalf of five men in their fifties, who were sexually abused by their elementary school teacher in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

Recognizing what is most important to victims and their parents, Ms. Cerri fights for more than just monetary compensation, taking legal action to mandate that institutions implement and enforce policies and procedures to better protect children from sexual abuse. She also lobbies state legislators to approve bills that better protect children from sexual predators.

From a sexual abuse survivor and former client:

Want to let you know I have made strides in growth and recovery. Even when I look back on everything I went through, I still see you as a pivotal supportive person that really helped me get through it all. Throughout all the people who've helped me, you are one of those rare ones where I felt our relationship was real. It was a special relationship that I needed, especially in the whole system of the legal stuff.

The Audrie Pott case is one example of Ms. Cerri’s lobbying work. Audrie was a high school student who was sexually assaulted in 2012 by three male classmates, and later bullied and shamed. She took her own life eight days later. Audrie’s case changed California law by increasing penalties for teens convicted of sexual acts against individuals who are incapable of giving their consent.

“Childhood sexual abuse cases are not just about compensating victims with money for their lifelong harm. A civil lawsuit allows us to work toward preventing future sexual abuse in schools, churches and other institutions responsible for failing to protect children from sexual predators,” Ms. Cerri said. “The reason we pursue these cases is to try to eliminate the problem and keep children safe.”

A case involving the Morgan Hill Unified School District that settled for $8.25 million is an example of how Ms. Cerri works to make that happen: the district was required to implement a student abuse prevention program that trains students to recognize and prevent sexual abuse, and trains staff on grooming signs and ways to identify sexual predators.

Proven Results

$4.5 million settlement for two survivors of sexual abuse. The District was accused of failing to supervise the George Washington High School athletic director and then allowing him to quietly resign from his position.

Jane Doe v. Union School District
$65 million of $102.5 million jury verdict for student sexually abused by band director at Dartmouth Middle School

Jane Doe v Evergreen Elementary School District
Trial attorney for one of four sexual abuse victims in a case that resolved during trial for $15 million against San Jose’s Evergreen Elementary School District

Jane Doe v Unnamed Childcare Provider
Trial attorney in a sexual abuse case against a childcare provider that settled during trial for $9 million

Jane Doe v. United States Youth Soccer Association
Case resolved for $8.2 million on the eve of trial against US Soccer Association and its affiliate on behalf of a child sexually abused by her soccer coach due to the failure to mandate and conduct criminal background checks of coaches

John Doe v. Union School District
$7.5 million for five men sexually abused by their teacher in the late 1970s and early 1980s

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

Jane Doe v. Unnamed Charter School
Case settled for $3.15 million. Sexual abuse of a student by a teacher’s aide at an unnamed charter school

Jane Doe v. EMQ Families First
$2 million. Group home employee sexually abused two children

Jane Doe v. New Haven Unified School District
$1.875 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. A high school wrestling coach and church youth group Leader sexually abused a young teenager

John Doe v. Jefferson School District
$1.2 million. A fourth-grade teacher sexually abused his student

Jane Doe v Unnamed Charter School
$1.2 million. A high school teacher sexually abused student

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

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. A high school drama teacher at Pacheco High School sexually abused his student

Jane Doe v. Jefferson School District
$900,000. Teacher sexually abused student


J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, CT, 2008

B.A., University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT, 2002

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice California, 2012
Connecticut, 2008
New York, 2020
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2013
Member of the Board of Governors since 2014 and Past President (2018-2019)

Consumer Advocates of California

Santa Clara County Bar Association

American Association for Justice

Honors and Awards
  • Santa Clara County, Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2022
  • Santa Clara County, Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2021-2024
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015-2020
  • New England Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2010-2011
Speaking Engagements
She is a frequent lecturer to attorneys across the state on trial practice and representing survivors of sexual abuse.
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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