Ensuring Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault in Michigan & Nationwide
Our Team is Dedicated to Seeking Justice for Survivors, Victims, and Their Families of Sexual Assault, Title IX Cases, and Other Sexual Misconduct.
People who have faced sexual misconduct and discrimination have several ways to pursue justice and regain their lives. The support of skilled and passionate legal professionals is crucial to achieving this goal. Our team of attorneys specializes in representing victims of sexual misconduct and abuse, whether as individuals or survivors of a larger group. We offer legal assistance to those failed by institutions and organizations that should have protected them from abusers.
Our Firm’s Powerful Advocates:
- Cari Simon, Harvard Law School alum and Inaugural Fellow at the Harvard Gender Violence Clinic, is one of the Nation’s Top Title IX Attorneys representing survivors of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and sexual harassment in University and K–12 settings nationwide. Ms. Simon has been credited with the inclusion of stalking and dating violence in the definition of sexual harassment under Title IX, and her impact litigation ensured universities are responsible under Title IX for sexual violence at fraternity houses.
- Monica Beck, University of Michigan Law School alum, obtained a $1.8 Million verdict in federal court against former MLB player Chad Curtis who was convicted of sexually assaulting four high school students. Ms. Beck immediately followed that verdict with a settlement in excess of $1 Million against a school district whose employee sexually assaulted an elementary school student. Most recently, Ms. Beck obtained a settlement for over $1 million against a school district that mishandled credible reports of sexual misconduct and assaults on two girls by a male student who was a “known repeat sexual predator,” and who happened to be the child of a teacher in the school district.”
- Olympias Iliana Konidaris (“Iliana”), Washington University Law School alum, has over ten years of experience handling civil litigation and claims involving civil rights in New York City. Ms. Konidaris represents victims and survivors in Title IX proceedings at the K-12, university, and graduate and professional school levels. She also represents survivors of gender-based violence in the workplace and in cyber abuse cases. In 2020, Ms. Konidaris was appointed the Co-Chair of the New York City Bar’s Sex & Law Committee and has been named a 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Civil Rights Law.
- Rachael Denhollander, Oak Brook College of Law alum, became internationally known in 2016 as the first woman to pursue criminal charges and speak publicly against USA Gymnastics Women’s National Team doctor Larry Nassar, one of the most prolific sexual abusers in recorded history. As a result of Ms. Denhollander’s activism, over 300 women—including numerous Olympic medalists—came forward as survivors of Nassar’s abuse, eventually leading to his life imprisonment. Ms. Denhollander’s courageous tenacity and ongoing advocacy helped trigger a complete upheaval at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. Ms. Denhollander was instrumental in helping secure a record-setting $500 million settlement with Michigan State University for Nassar survivors in 2018, and a further $380 million settlement with USA Gymnastics in 2021.
- Lisa Cloutier, Harvard Law School alum, is a national expert with over fifteen years of experience in successfully advocating for survivors at K-12 schools and higher education institutions, and in related policy work on these issues. Ms. Cloutier’s track record of results for her courageous clients regularly has included obtaining course final grade changes, significant tuition refunds and monetary awards, the suspension and expulsion of student perpetrators, the suspension and other significant, permanent sanctions against tenured faculty members at top national universities, and policy changes.
The National Title IX movement expertise, along with the sexual and gender violence training of Cari Simon, Monica Beck, Iliana Konidaris, Rachael Denhollander, and Lisa Cloutier make us uniquely effective counsel for survivors of sexual and gender violence in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, fraternities, sororities, sports teams, camps, scouting, group outings, and the workplace.
Our Partners Across the Country:
We have unique, close relationships with the country’s leading non-profit advocacy groups, with whom we regularly confer, and at times, “partner” on cases, to increase a victim’s ability to obtain justice and cause systematic change. Such groups include:
- American Association of University Women (“AAUW”)
- Clery Center
- Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (“CCASA”)
- End Rape On Campus (“EROC”)
- The Every Voice Coalition
- Gender Equality Law Center
- Harvard Law School Gender Violence Program
- Know Your IX
- National Organization of Victim Assistance (“NOVA”)
- National Center for Victims of Crime (“NCVC”)
- National Crime Victim Bar Association (“NCVBA”)
- National Crime Victim Law Institute (“NCVLI”)
- National Women’s Law Center (“NWLC”)
- Rocky Mountain Law Center
- Public Justice
- Women’s Resource Center for Traverse City, Michigan
Additional Help & Resources:
- #metoo Movement
- Child USA
- Futures Without Violence
- It’s On Us
- Joyful Heart Foundation
- Legal Momentum
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center (“NSVRC”)
- No More
- Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment (“PAVE”)
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (“RAINN”)
- Sanctuary for Families
- Stop Sexual Assault in Schools
- Victim Rights Law Center
- Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”)