Sexual Abuse, Assault & Discrimination

Providing meaningful options for victims of sexual violence to obtain justice by holding responsible parties accountable.

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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, has achieved millions in settlements on behalf of anonymous survivors. Recently, Ms. Simon has taken action in the “End The Backlog” Movement and successfully prevented the destruction of a rape kit in Washington D.C., and preserved and maintained another in Chicago, IL.
  • Monica Beck recently 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.
  • Linda Wayner, Professor at Pace University School of Law, former deputy president of the Hispanic National Bar Association in New York, and served as NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s general counsel for international affairs for seven years.  Ms. Wayner’s litigation experience includes human rights advocacy on behalf of women, immigrants, and the Latinx community.  La Sra. Wayner es profesionalmente competente en español.
  • Lisa Cloutier, an alum of Harvard Law School and its Gender Violence Clinic, 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.

The National Title IX movement expertise, along with the sexual and gender violence training of Cari Simon, Monica Beck, Linda Wayner, and Lisa Cloutier, make us uniquely effective counsel for survivors of sexual and gender violence in schools, universities, fraternities, sororities, 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:

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Former MLB Player 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.

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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.

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