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California Sexual Abuse Lawyers


Our Reputation Speaks for Itself

The reputation of Jeff Anderson & Associates as the nation’s premier law firm to represent victims of childhood sexual abuse was earned by teaming with local attorneys to represent thousands of victims of childhood sexual abuse in cases against individual offenders and the institutions that harbor them. Engaging with attorneys who share our mission to exhaust every imaginable resource in order to serve our clients' needs has led us to be successful in filing claims against hundreds of religious institutions and priests in the Southern California area.

We Don’t Just Handle Clients, We Empower Survivors

We have represented thousands of victims of childhood sexual abuse in cases against individual offenders and the institutions that harbor them. We are engaged with a national network of attorneys who share our mission, and when we take a case, we exhaust every imaginable resource in order to serve our clients' needs.

Reaching Across Time and the Nation for Justice

An estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in the United States today. One in four girls and one in six boys experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18, and one in five children will be solicited sexually on the internet.

In most cases, childhood sexual abuse goes unreported or victims break silence many years after the abuse occurs. While there are many legal barriers to prosecuting those responsible for abuse, our firm has worked to overcome these barriers for more than 25 years. As pioneers of child protection through civil litigation, we are aggressively committed to this cause and capable of handling the most complex legal problems in courts across the United States. To begin your journey of healing and justice call us today and we will provide you with a free and private consultation. And be assured, if you decide to file a claim your privacy will be respected and your identity can remain confidential throughout the entire process.



Jeff Anderson
Trial Attorney

Jeff Jeff Anderson is widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation and a champion of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In nearly four decades as a litigator, Jeff has represented thousands of survivors and their families and has tried over two hundred and fifty jury trials to verdict across the country through the crucible of the courtroom. Known for his optimism, energy and compassion for his clients, Jeff is credited with being instrumental in exposing the large scale cover-up of pedophile priests in the early 1980's. As one of the first trial lawyers in America to publicly and aggressively initiate lawsuits against sexual predators—and focusing on bringing heat and light on the offenders and the institutions that conceal and protect them.

Jeff has received many awards and recognitions but his greatest honor is the trust reposed in him by survivors and their families. From them he draws strength, courage and inspiration in the shared journey of hope and healing.

Anderson's tireless efforts extend beyond the courtroom where he is a frequent lecturer, survivor advocate and author who advocates for legislative and judicial protection of children and the prevention of childhood sexual abuse.

Jeff Anderson Bar Admissions:
  • Minnesota, 1975
  • Wisconsin, 1984
  • Illinois, 2004
  • Colorado, 2006
  • New York, 2010
  • Pennsylvania, 2011
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Mike Finnegan
Attorney

Mike

Mike Finnegan has worked for over a decade with hundreds of courageous survivors of childhood sexual abuse to support them in their effort to reclaim power stolen from them as children. Using the civil courts to aid victims seeking accountability and healing, Mike has handled thousands of cases against individual perpetrators and institutions that protected them.

Mike’s work has resulted in the release of thousands of previously secret documents about childhood sexual abuse in organizations and resulted in numerous significant recoveries for his clients. Most recently, Mike has played a pivotal role in forcing the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to release over 50,000 documents pertaining to priests accused of sexual abuse. A creative thinker and keen legal strategist, Mike was an attorney of record in a federal lawsuit naming the Vatican that resulted in the Vatican being ordered to produce documents in a child sex abuse case for the first time.

Mike grew up in West St. Paul, Minnesota and began his legal career at Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2002 as a law clerk and in 2004 as an Attorney. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Yale University in 1999 and his Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in 2004.



Mike Finnegan Bar Admissions:
  • Minnesota, 2004
  • Wisconsin, 2009
  • California, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2010
Mike Reck
Attorney

Mike

As a seasoned trial attorney in some of the most meaningful sexual abuse litigation in the country, Mike vigorously advocates on behalf of survivors of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by those in a position of power. Mike’s work is a prominent force on behalf of victims’ rights. His practice forces accountability upon the individuals and institutions responsible for harming children.

Mike is instrumental in cases against the Catholic Church, Boy Scouts, camps, private schools and other powerful institutions and individuals. His cases have forced disclosure of the identities of previously secret pedophiles and led to criminal prosecutions. The public release of thousands of previously secret documents about clergy sex abuse was a result of Mike’s tireless work. As a caring advocate, Mike stands with survivors of abuse against powerful and prominent defendants including a great many Archdioceses and Dioceses throughout the country.

Known for his individual attention and positivity, Mike draws strength from the survivors he works with. Numerous national publications and television stations have interviewed him. He works on behalf of victims’ organizations and trains other advocates through the National Crime Victim Bar Association.

Mike has represented hundreds of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Prominent recent cases include:

  • Settlement with the Diocese of Wilmington and several independent religious orders.
  • Settlement with the Diocese of Honolulu and several independent religious orders.
  • Settlement on behalf of hundreds of survivors with the Irish Christian Brothers who were forced into bankruptcy.
  • Cases and/or settlements involving major dioceses and churches including: the Archdiocese of New York; Diocese of Brooklyn; Diocese of Syracuse; Diocese of Newark; Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Diocese of Bridgeport; Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Diocese of Providence and others.
  • Cutting-edge litigation seeking to inhibit institutions from keeping the identities and whereabouts of pedophiles secret.

Mike attended the University of California at Irvine where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1997. Michael’s Juris Doctorate was awarded cum laude from Whittier Law School in 2000. During law school he was a member of the law review and his work was published. Michael is a member of the State Bar of California since 2000. He is also a member of the state bars of New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Mike was raised in southern California and has been a long time resident of New York. As an avid environmentalist, Mike spends much of his free time outside with his family.

Mike Reck Bar Admissions:
  • California, 2000
  • Texas, 2006
  • New York, 2007
  • Pennsylvania, 2014
  • United States Supreme Court
Stacey Benson
Attorney/Director of Communications

Stacey With an extensive background in the legal and investigative fields, and having worked as a field investigator and as an assistant to a California county coroner, Stacey adds great value to our firm. She brings compassion and understanding to her work having volunteered at CornerHouse, a child abuse evaluation and training center in Hennepin County, Minnesota as well as the internationally recognized Innocence Project. Stacey joined the firm in 2011 as a paralegal and also works as the firm's Communications Director.

In 2018, Stacey graduated cum laude from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. During law school, Stacey and her partner won the Rosalie Wahl Mock Trial competition and participated in the regional mock trial competition in 2017. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, along with a certificate of Forensic Science, at Hamline University.

Stacey has dedicated her career to advocating on behalf of survivors of child sexual abuse and will do everything she can to bring attention and awareness to the prevention of child sexual abuse and sexual assault. Stacey resides in St. Paul and spends her free time traveling.



Stacey Benson Bar Admissions:
  • Minnesota
Patrick J. Wall
Advocate

Patrick

Patrick J. Wall, an advocate and world renowned author/lecturer on the history of child abuse and cover-up in institutional organizations, is lead researcher for Jeff Anderson and Associates. Patrick began his career as a monk and Roman Catholic priest of the Order of Saint Benedict in Collegeville, Minnesota. From 1986-1998 he worked in four parishes in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Since leaving the ministry in 1998, Patrick has worked with prosecutors and private law firms on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse around the country. In 2002, he co-authored the book "Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes" with Thomas Doyle O.P. and A.W. Richard Sipe.

A prolific and respected blogger, Patrick has also been an expert commentator on ABC, CBC, CNN, NPR and RTE. He holds a Bachelors and Masters of Divinity from Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, as well as an LLM in Canon law from the University of Cardiff School of Law. Patrick is an adjunct faculty member at the University of California – Irvine School of Law. Patrick and his family live in Dana Point, CA.


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Erin Dalluge
Legal / Executive Assistant

Erin Erin is the legal and executive assistant to attorneys Mike Reck, Trusha Patel, Josh Peck, Molly Burke and Jeff Anderson. Erin has been with the firm since 1993, making her the longest tenured employee at Jeff Anderson & Associates. She brings a calm demeanor and historical perspective that are invaluable to the day-to-day work of the firm.