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 has led us to be successful in filing claims against hundreds of religious institutions and priests in the United States, including Hawaii and California.
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.
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. We are people who feel deeply and work tirelessly in response to an unjust world. We have a reputation for being the best at what we do, and that begins and ends with our ability to support, protect and guide survivors along their journey towards justice and healing.
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:
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:
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:
Annie Kopplin is Of Counsel to Jeff Anderson & Associates and previously worked as an attorney and law clerk at Jeff Anderson & Associates for over five years. Annie advocated for survivors in numerous cases involving religious institutions throughout Minnesota and Hawaii. Annie was admitted to the Hawaii bar in 2013 and was involved in claims brought against perpetrators and institutions during the first two statute of limitation windows- from 2012 to 2016.
Annie attended St. Olaf College where she graduated cum laude with degrees in Political Science and Spanish. She earned her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law. Annie resides in Minneapolis and enjoys an active life with her husband and daughters.
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.
Molly joined Jeff Anderson & Associates in October 2014 after serving for three years as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Before becoming a lawyer, Molly’s passion for helping children led her to a 10-year career working with children on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities. Molly worked one-on-one with children and taught and counseled their parents in the United States and internationally. Molly’s enthusiasm about positively impacting the world, her experience helping those facing adversity, and her dedication to improving the lives of others makes her a welcome addition to the Jeff Anderson & Associates team.
Molly graduated summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in 2010. During law school, Molly worked as a summer associate at Halleland, Lewis, Nilan and Johnson and was an Assistant Editor on the Law Review. Before law school, Molly’s interest in advocating for children influenced her undergraduate studies; she majored in Women’s Studies and graduated magna cum laude from the College of St. Catherine.
Molly is certified as a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral, and she enjoys volunteering as a mediator in Hennepin County Harassment Court and with youth in restorative justice community mediations. Molly is a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers and the Minnesota Association for Justice.Molly Burke Bar Admissions:
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:
Trusha Patel Goffe has dedicated her legal career to advocating for children and brave survivors of child sexual abuse. As an attorney at Jeff Anderson & Associates, she has worked on hundreds of cases against schools, youth organizations, and religious institutions that concealed sex offenders and allowed perpetrators to abuse children.
Trusha received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 2006 and her J.D. from University of St. Thomas in 2010. Prior to joining Jeff Anderson & Associates, Trusha served as a law clerk to Judge David Higgs in the 2nd Judicial District of Minnesota and as an Assistant County Attorney in the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office’s Child Protection Unit where she gained significant insight into the court system and learned valuable litigation strategies. Trusha is a member of the Minnesota Association for Justice and the National Crime Victims Bar Association.Trusha Patel Bar Admissions:
Since joining Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2011, Elin Lindstrom has diligently advocated for survivors of child sexual abuse and worked to hold accountable the institutions that allowed the abuse to occur. Elin’s empathy and compassion, combined with her legal knowledge and expertise, make her an essential part of the litigation team at Jeff Anderson & Associates. During her 6 years with the firm, Elin was an integral part of the trial teams that successfully litigated cases involving religious institutions from Wisconsin and Minnesota. In 2015, Elin received the Minnesota Lawyer attorney of the year award for her work on one of the first cases to go to trial under the Minnesota Child Victims Act. Elin was also designated a Minnesota Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2017. In addition to her trial experience, Elin has successfully contributed to the public exposure of thousands of secret documents from religious institutions around the state of Minnesota.
Elin spent most of her childhood in Minnesota before finishing high school in Switzerland at Zurich International School in 2004. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and is a 2011 graduate of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. In addition to practicing law, Elin balances life as a mother and enjoys spending time outdoors.Elin Lindstrom Bar Admissions:
Josh Peck is a dedicated advocate with a proven commitment to service who joined Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2013. He is honored to work with survivors of childhood sexual abuse in a collaborative effort to prevent further harm to children, and to hold accountable those who perpetuate and allow such abuse to continue.
A native of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Josh spent four years in the United States Navy before graduating summa cum laude from San Diego State University. After college he returned to his home state to attend Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul. While in law school Josh served as an Associate Editor of Hamline’s Journal of Public Law and Policy, earned honors in Legal Research and Writing, volunteered at the National Child Protection Training Center, and clerked at a law firm advocating for disabled and injured clients. Josh also played on Hamline Law’s hockey team and participated in an annual charity fundraiser game between Hamline and William Mitchell College of Law.
Josh brings passion and experience in child protection to the firm. He believes strongly in what Jeff Anderson & Associates stands for and will work diligently to protect children and assist survivors of abuse in their journey of healing.Josh Peck Bar Admissions:
Taylor Stippel joined Jeff Anderson & Associates as an attorney in October 2017 after working at the firm as an intern and law clerk since 2013. She is grateful for the opportunity to empower survivors by holding accountable perpetrators and the institutions that shelter and enable them.
Taylor attended Michigan Technological University, where she played on the women’s basketball team. After graduating summa cum laude with a liberal arts degree in 2014, Taylor returned to her home state of Minnesota to attend law school.
Taylor graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and became a member of the Order of the Coif. During law school, Taylor worked as a student attorney in the Civil Practice Clinic and represented multiple clients in family and employment law matters. She further honed her advocacy skills as a member of the law school’s mock trial team. Taylor was also a managing editor for the Minnesota Law Review and authored a published student note entitled “Toward Definition, Not Discord: Why Congress Should Amend the Family and Medical Leave Act To Preclude Individual Liability for Supervisors.”Taylor Stippel Bar Admissions:
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.
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.