Jeff Anderson & Associates is recognized as the nation’s premier law firm to represent victims of childhood sexual abuse. We are smart, tough and relentless, but the virtue that ultimately sets us apart is our compassion. 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.
As sexual abuse lawyers 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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Since beginning her work with survivors of sexual abuse in 2008, Jennifer has dedicated the majority of her legal practice to the child protection movement with an exclusive focus on personal injury matters involving childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and civil rights violations. She has represented hundreds of survivors in cases against a variety of defendants, including individual perpetrators and the entities that employed them (public schools, private schools, youth sports organizations, religious institutions, and residential care facilities). Jennifer has been heavily involved in some of the most significant sexual abuse cases across the country and is passionate about making a tangible difference in the lives of those she represents and, by extension, children everywhere.
Jennifer is a certified Dispute Resolutions Program Act (DRPA) Mediator and has served as a mediator for the Riverside County Superior Court and in private practice. Jennifer has also authored articles on legal issues in various publications throughout California.
University of San Diego, B.B.A., Cum Laude (2010)
Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude (2014)
Darrow Anderson is dedicated to empowering survivors of childhood sexual abuse through advocacy and civil justice. As an advocate, he seeks to promote the protection of children through institutional transparency and to give a voice to those wrongfully silenced. As an attorney, he seeks to hold the perpetrators, concealers, and conspirators of childhood sexual abuse accountable for their crimes.
He spent his formative years in Stillwater, Minnesota. His lifelong athletic pursuits – including qualifying as a downhill skiing U.S. Junior Olympian – led him to Montana State University in Bozeman, where he studied philosophy, policy, and music. After receiving a BA in Philosophy in 2013, he returned to Minnesota to pursue a career in law and advocacy.
Beginning his legal career in environmental law, Darrow clerked in both the public and private sector, and worked as a certified student attorney for Legal Assistance for Minnesota Prisoners with a focus on injury, family, and civil rights. In 2018, he received his Juris Doctorate from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and joined Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2018 as a law clerk before his admission to the Bar in 2019.Darrow Anderson Bar Admissions:
Lakeesha’s experience as a litigation paralegal is vital to our mission; her experience interviewing and then maintaining client relationships is invaluable; and her attention to detail in every aspect of case management is important to the overall success of our team.
In addition to her Paralegal certification, Lakeesha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in History and Philosophy.
Tim is an experienced paralegal with a background in civil litigation and criminal prosecution. Tim began his career as a journalist and uses his interviewing and writing abilities to help the firm and our clients achieve success.
With previous experience in advocating for injured persons, Tim works on behalf of our clients diligently and with great respect. Tim has a Paralegal bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University. Outside of work, Tim enjoys live music, reading, playing hockey, running and all outdoor activities.
A graduate of Winona State University, Kellie brings to the firm a fresh perspective and background in the legal field and is willing to go the extra mile to advocate for our clients. Kellie’s previous experience includes work with a civil litigation firm in La Crosse, Wisconsin and an internship with the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office in the Child Protection Unit. She has worked with family members of abused and neglected children and brings a calm, understanding disposition to the work that we do here at Jeff Anderson & Associates. Kellie resides in St. Paul and enjoys cooking, reading and traveling.
Parker brings several years of civil litigation experience to our firm. Parker’s success as a paralegal can be attributed to his previous experience in law enforcement, accounting, and private investigation. In addition to his paralegal certificate, Parker completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. His compassion for survivors and intolerance for injustice drives him to help our clients find a path to healing and closure. Parker epitomizes a phrase commonly heard around our firm, “We lead with our hearts and steer with our heads.” Outside of work, Parker stays active playing golf, hiking, working out, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Asja holds a B.S. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Before joining Jeff Anderson and Associates, she worked as an Advocate coordinating crisis lines, providing court advocacy and supporting survivors through Sexual Assault Forensic Exams.
Asja enjoys volunteering in her spare time and has been involved with Women’s Advocates and HandsOn Twin Cities. She brings expertise in working directly with survivors and provides a safe environment for clients here at Jeff Anderson and Associates.
Therese has worked for Jeff Anderson for over nineteen years and currently serves as a legal and executive assistant to Jeff Anderson, Mike Finnegan, and Elin Lindstrom. In the ever demanding world of a major litigation environment, Therese provides a capable and steady hand that keeps the firm focused and on time.
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.
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.
McKinley joined Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2005 as a technology and administrative assistant. He excelled through a combination of dedication, hard work, and proficiency, and soon rose to become the firm’s technology manager. McKinley oversees and manages every technical aspect of Jeff Anderson & Associates’ day-to-day operations. His workload includes overseeing the firm’s web presence, connecting affiliate offices, and managing the hardware and software used to streamline our workflow and tasks. McKinley’s vital role facilitates Jeff Anderson & Associates’ global outreach while allowing us to maintain our primary focus on what we do best, helping victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Michelle is the lead receptionist at Jeff Anderson and Associates, and has answered the phone with a smile since 2004. Before coming to the firm, Michelle worked with adolescents as a client representative for Face to Face Health and Counseling Inc., in St. Paul, Minnesota.
With great attention to detail and an incredible work ethic Mellissa has kept things in impeccable order at Jeff Anderson & Associates for more than eight years.
Laura’s passion for helping others and strong relationship building skills make her a great addition to the team at Jeff Anderson & Associates. She has the ability to bring calm and resolve to any situation and thrives on helping others. Laura brings years of experience in customer service positions, most recently having worked for a large insurance company. Music, a creative mind and a love of art keep Laura busy outside of work. She frequently visits Minnesota’s North Shore and Laura and her family also enjoy camping, hiking, boating and many other outdoor activities.
Kristin joined Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2015 as an electronic filing specialist. Her attention to detail along with time management and organizational skills has allowed her to quickly transition into the role of Legal Support Specialist. Kristin works directly with the firm’s paralegals providing needed support in the areas of research, trial and mediation preparation and investigations leading to the posting of perpetrator histories on our website.
Kristin completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement at Metropolitan State University.
Kristin lives in Roseville and enjoys working out, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Paul is an experienced videographer with a background in commercial, non-profit, and documentary filmmaking. In addition to his professional and creative endeavors, Paul has been making films with the intent of protecting vulnerable children both here and abroad for more than a decade. His accomplishments include creating several films in support of the founding and growth of a children’s clinic in rural Haiti and serving as a board member for the St. Paul based non-profit No Time For Poverty. Paul was first introduced to Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2012 as a camera operator for HBO Film’s “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God”, a Peabody award winning film that featured the work of attorney Jeff Anderson. Since that day, Paul has remained inspired by the mission of the firm and is honored to have the opportunity to play a part in the child protection movement with a role focused on creativity, artistry, and advocacy.
Christopher’s road to our firm starts in 2007, when he served as a researcher and editor for his uncle, A.W. Richard Sipe, in support of Sipe’s mission to expose systemic secrecy and sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. After graduating from Hamline University with a B.A. in English and creative writing, Christopher spent more than a decade as a copywriter and creative leader in integrated advertising agencies across the Twin Cities. Most recently he worked as an associate creative director at Thomson Reuters and as a pro bono communications consultant for the animal advocacy group Howling for Wolves. Christopher lives on the West Side of St. Paul with his wife and their two rescue mutts, Frieda and Chroma. He greatly enjoys spending his time in the company of living things, spelunking in used bookshops, throwing around kettlebells, drawing poorly, and drinking lots and lots of black coffee.
With an uncanny ability to align the right people and the right information at the right time, Taylor is an invaluable member of the JAA team. After graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with degrees in Psychology and Sociology, she worked as intern for Senator Michael Bennett and future Colorado governor, Congressman Jared Polis. Taylor joined the firm in in 2018, and has since played an integral role in the development of The Anderson Reports. She enjoys being outside, traveling, and spending time with friends.
With a finely-tuned eye for the tiniest details and a knack for deftly managing multiple processes at varying altitudes, Michelle has handled all of our day-to-day financial operations with precision and efficiency since joining the firm in 2018. She credits these abilities, in part, to her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State University. Michelle is continually inspired by the passion of her colleagues and is energized by our collective, ongoing dedication to the fight for survivors’ rights. Outside of the office, you may very likely find her golfing, spending time with friends and family, or relaxing at the lake.
Gregory G. Gianforcaro established his independent law firm in 1992. A native of New Jersey, he has practiced law for more than 30 years and is a sought-after expert on litigation and trial law, particularly matters involving childhood sexual abuse. Greg graduated from Seton Hall University’s School of Law. He also earned a BS in Civil Engineering and Construction Technology from Temple University.
New Jersey Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters Publication) – 2007, 2012-Present
New Jersey State Bar Association — 2014 Professionalism in the Law Award
Warren County Bar Association — 2019 Trailblazer Award
State v. Judge 275 N.J. Super. 194 (App. Div. 1994)
DeSai v. Bd. of Adjustment of Phillipsburg 360 N.J. Super. 586 (App. Div. 2003)
Nunnery v. Salisian Mission, Inc. (unreported)|
Coffey, et. al. v. Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate (unreported)
Davis v. Devereux 209 N.J. 269 (2012)