For Legal Questions and Assistance

Note that I am not affiliated with any of these individuals or law firms, this is not a legal referral site, and this information is provided for reference only; see the disclaimer at the bottom of this page. Please also direct any and all legal questions to your attorney as I am in no way qualified to answer those questions or give legal advice on any matter. This list is also not an endorsement of any attorney or firm, and is not all-inclusive; clergy abuse attorneys in your area may be found online or through actual referral sites.

U.S.:

Nationwide:

Jeff Anderson & Associates
website: http://www.andersonadvocates.com/default.aspx
Anderson was a pioneer in clergy lawsuits against the Catholic Church. His site states he has offices in Minnesota, California, Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

O’Donnell Clark & Crew LLP
website: http://www.kellyclarkattorney.com/
Note their blog post about Jehovah’s Witnesses here.

Schmidt & Clark
website: https://www.schmidtandclark.com/jehovahs-witness-sexual-abuse
Jehovah’s Witnesses are mentioned specifically on that page.

Kosnoff/Fasy
website: http://kosnoff.com/index.php
Their site does not mention Jehovah’s Witnesses but does discuss cases against the Catholic Church, Latter Day Saints (Mormons), and Jesuits.

Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian
website: http://www.garabedianlaw.com/
Their website states that they are in Massachusetts but have contact with local counsel for those outside the state.

Herman Law
website: http://www.hermanlaw.com/
His website states that he has offices in Florida and New York. The site says nothing about representing Jehovah’s Witnesses but does mention clergy abuse.

California:

Estey Bomberger
website: http://www.childmolestationvictims.com/
Note their page for reporting child sex abuse in all 58 counties in California here.

Manly Steward Finaldi
website: http://www.californiasexualabusefirm.com/
Their website does not mention Jehovah’s Witnesses but does talk about clergy sexual abuse cases.

Shea Law Offices
website: http://www.shealaw.com/
Their website does not mention Jehovah’s Witnesses but does talk about clergy sexual abuse cases.

Connecticut:

Bartlett Burns
website: http://www.bartlettburns.com/practice-areas/personal-injury/ct-sex-abuse-attorney/waterbury-child-sexual-abuse-attorneys/
While their website says nothing about Jehovah’s Witnesses, the page above states that the firm won a large settlement for a sexual abuse case that was over 40 years old.

Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney
website: http://www.tremontsheldon.com/Sexual-Abuse/Church-Clergy-Abuse/
Their site indicates they specialize in Catholic abuse cases and says they have represented over 150 clients in such cases.

Massachusetts:

Durso Law
website: http://dursolaw.com
According to his website, “Mr. Durso has represented clients in all phases of sexual abuse litigation over many years, and for the past 30 years has made that area of the law the main focus of his law practice.”

Oregon:

Paul Mones
website: http://www.paulmones.com/
Mones was featured in a story in Oregon Live regarding a case against JWs; here.

Pennsylvania:

Richard Serbin
website: http://www.childsexabuseattorney.com/
Their website does not mention Jehovah’s Witnesses but does talk about clergy sexual abuse cases.

Texas:

Nix Patterson & Roach
website: http://www.clergyabusevictims.com/
Their website does not mention Jehovah’s Witnesses but does talk about clergy sexual abuse cases.

Watson Law Firm
website: http://loriwatsonlawfirm.com/index.html
Their website does not mention Jehovah’s Witnesses but states that the attorney specializes in sexual molestation cases.

Love and Norris
website: http://www.lovenorris.com/
Their website states that they have represented “hundreds of victims of sexual abuse filed against a variety of organizations.”

Washington:

James S. Rogers
website: http://jsrogerslaw.com/

Other Sites for Finding Attorneys:

Lawyers.com
Click here for their state-by-state listing of attorneys who specialize in child abuse and neglect.

Avvo.com
Click here for their state-by-state listing of attorneys who specialize in child abuse and neglect.

U.K.:

AO Advocates
website: http://www.aoadvocates.com/
AO Advocates is the UK partnership of Jeff Anderson, mentioned above.

AUSTRALIA:

Artemis Legal
website: http://www.artemislegal.com.au
From their website: “Artemis Legal is a specialised practice that leads the way in complex claims and litigation.  We have helped thousands of Australians claim against institutions and individuals who failed to protect them.”

Knowmore
phone: 1800 605 762
A legal firm engaged to provide free legal advice in relation to the Royal Commission. They can refer you to a panel of six recommended legal firms:
1. Angela Sdrinis Legal (VIC)
2. Ryan Carlisle Thomas (VIC)
3. Maurice Blackburn Lawyers (NSW)
4. Shine Lawyers (QLD); Shine only joined the panel relatively recently
5. Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers (SA)
6. Turner Freeman Lawyers (NSW)
There are also firms who are not on the official panel but are representing victims (such as Artemis Legal, above). Even if you are with another legal firm not listed here, that’s okay, this is just awareness of the official firms who were vetted by the Royal Commission due diligence process. Knowmore themselves can give you free legal advice to assist you further, such as helping you to get Legal Aid.

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5 replies »

  1. Please,
    I live in FRANCE. I should appréciate to translate your handbook for attorneys for child sexe abuse in french. Is it possible ?
    Thank you, and congratulation.
    Guy JOLLY

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