Students and other victims of sexual violence have meaningful options for seeking justice, regaining the upper-hand, and beginning the process of putting life back together. Our team’s school litigation experience – paired with the national Title IX movement expertise of Cari Simon – make us uniquely effective advocates for people who have suffered rape or sexual assault in schools, universities, fraternities and sororities. We also represent survivors of sexual violence defend lawsuits brought against them by perpetrators. These lawsuits are often based upon alleged defamation, and are almost always intended to harass and punish survivors for coming forward in campus proceedings to pursue their rights. We also help survivors bring counterclaims against perpetrators in these lawsuits because, ultimately, survivors are entitled to dismissal of the defamation claims and entry of judgment on their claims for sexual assault, battery and infliction of extreme emotional distress.
We have unique, close relationships with the country’s leading nonprofit advocacy groups, with whom we regularly confer, and, at times, “partner” on cases to increase a victim’s ability to obtain justice and cause systemic change. Such groups include: National Crime Victim Law Institute; Clery Center for Security on Campus; Public Justice Foundation; Know Your IX; Harvard Gender Violence Program; National Crime Victim Bar Association; and National Center for Victims of Crime.
WE BUILD LEGAL TEAMS COMBINING LOCAL ATTORNEYS AND NATIONAL EXPERTISE SO YOU GET THE BEST LEGAL REPRESENTATION WHEREVER YOU ARE.
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“I had tears in my eyes when I said goodbye to ‘John Doe’ and his mom. To think of what he went through … I am proud our law firm helps survivors like ‘John Doe’ and other victims get justice and resources to help them change their lives. I saw a lot of attorneys in that court room today (8, counting me), and I was the only one talking to “John Doe” and his mom, encouraging them, letting them know how amazing it was THEY brought this lawsuit and held a school district responsible for its failings, and what an honor it has been to work for them. That’s what we all do, as I’ve heard and seen, every day, all of us, on the phone, in letters, in court filings, in very hard work. We do the complicated legal work and handle the emotional side of these issues like nobody else.”
OUR CLIENTS MEAN THE WORLD TO US! HERE ARE A FEW COMMENTS FROM PEOPLE WE HAVE REPRESENTED:
“I am so happy, and relieved with some stress off my back now! Makes me feel really good. Thanks so much for all your hard work and help! I couldn’t thank you enough!”Sexual Assault Survivor
“I can’t tell you how much of a weight you lifted, to know we have your expertise in helping her make it through this final state. It means the world!”Parent of Sexual Assault Survivor
“If I could hug you, I would!”Parent of Sexual Assault Survivor
“Witnessing Cari take my life into her hands and deeply care for it has been more healing than anything I could possibly imagine.”College Sexual Assault Survivor