Our Team’s Litigation Experience in These Areas of Law is Unmatched.
Survivors of sexual violence and discrimination have meaningful options for seeking justice, regaining the upper-hand, and beginning the process of putting their lives back together. This pursuit of justice and meaningful resolution must be supported by intelligent, trained, and passionate legal firepower. For your reference, we highlight some of our firm’s powerful advocates that are available to help you:
- 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 $1 Million verdict in federal court against a school district who 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.
- Lisa Cloutier, Harvard Law School alum and previous Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, has a professional background that includes “big law firm” litigation training, employment as a Supervisory Attorney at the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and consulting work on behalf of numerous women’s rights organizations, including Futures Without Violence.
- Carly Mee, George Mason University School of Law alum, was a Senior Staff Attorney at the legal nonprofit, SurvJustice, and was a recipient of the 2019 Unsung Hero Award from the Virginia Attorney General’s Office for her dedicated service to victims of crime in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The National Title IX movement expertise, along with the sexual and gender violence training of Cari Simon, Monica Beck, Lisa Cloutier, and Carly Mee 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” with on cases, to increase a victim’s ability to obtain justice and cause systematic change. Such groups include:
- National Crime Victim Law Institute
- Clery Center
- Public Justice Foundation
- Know Your IX
- Futures Without Violence
- Harvard Gender Violence Program
- National Crime Victim Bar Association
- Women’s Resource Center for Traverse City, Michigan
- National Center for Victims of Crime
Additional Help & Resources:
- #metoo Movement
- Stop Sexual Assault in Schools
- Child USA
- National Organization of Victim Assistance
- It’s On Us
- End Rape On Campus (“EROC”)
- Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment (“PAVE”)
- No More
- Victim Rights Law Center
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center (“NSVRC”)
- Joyful Heart Foundation
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (“RAINN”)
| Cases Sexual Abuse, Assault & Discrimination
Former MLB Outfielder Chad Curtis’ Sexual Assault of 4 Student-Athletes
Obtained a $1.8 Million verdict on behalf of one of our four clients in Federal Court. All four women settled with Lakewood Public Schools and its Board of Education in Western Michigan for $575,000.
Four student-athletes alleged former MLB player Chad Curtis sexually assaulted them under the guise of performing therapeutic massages while being a volunteer coach in the weight room of Lakewood High School in Barry County, Michigan. He was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in October 2013 and is serving 7 to 14 years in prison.Continue Reading
Ooltewah High School Sexual Assault Case
Filed suit against the school district, school and coaching staff under Title IX, Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act, and state law. Before trial, we accepted a substantial, six-figure settlement.
John Doe suffered a brutal sexual assault by his high school basketball teammates. Our firm filed suit against the school district, school and coaching staff under Title IX, Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act, and state law. The Court agreed with our claims, refused to dismiss the case, and issued a 60-page opinion setting legal standards that will help other survivors obtain justice.Continue Reading
Doe, Jane vs. Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, et al and Wesleyan University
Rape at Fraternity with Long-Documented History of Dangerous Misconduct
United States District Court, District of Connecticut, Case No. 3:12-cv-01428Continue Reading
Doe, Jane v. Gwinnett County School District
In 2015, Ms. Doe, a 15-year-old sophomore, reported to the District that a fellow student had sexually assaulted her at Peachtree Ridge High School. The District responded by suspending her, twice.
United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, File No. 1:18-cv-05278Continue Reading
Doe, John vs. Holt Public Schools
Our action against Holt Public Schools is for its violation of our client's rights under Title IX and his substantive due process rights under the 14th Amendment.
United States District Court, Western District of Michigan, Case No. 1:20-cv-00341Continue Reading
Doe, John vs. Russell County School Board, et al.
We secured a $1.1 Million settlement for John Doe and produced rulings that may guide future Title IX litigation.
Attorney Monica Beck filed a $10 Million lawsuit on behalf of a third-grader who suffered extreme sexual abuse at the hands of school custodian. The federal lawsuit garnered national attention and ignited a firestorm illuminating the scope of Title IX in K-12 schools.Continue Reading
Kansas State University Title IX Lawsuit
Our lawsuit filed against Kansas State University by two former students, who were sexually assaulted, has been given clearance to proceed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Tessa Farmer and Sara Weckhorst, were each brutally raped by KSU students at off-campus fraternity houses. Both reported the rapes to KSU and identified the perpetrators, one of whom is now in prison. KSU refused to investigate or take any action against the perpetrators, allowing them to remain on campus, and justified its indifference on the basis that the rapes occurred off-campus.Continue Reading