Ms. Cerri brings a strong background in representing victims of childhood sex abuse.
Online PR News – 22-January-2013 – San Jose, CA – The San Jose, California nationally recognized personal injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is announcing that attorney Lauren Cerri will join the firm and primarily represent victims of childhood sexual abuse against their predators and the institutions that protect them.
"I was drawn to Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard because of the firm’s dedication to helping sex abuse victims and their desire to protect children and make the community that we live in a safe place for all," said Ms. Cerri.
Ms. Cerri worked as an associate attorney at a personal injury law firm in Connecticut that represented hundreds of victims of childhood abuse against the area Diocese and religious institutions as well as victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by family members, doctors, and teachers. She was involved in a case against a high school student sexually assaulted by a teacher where the Court held that the school cannot use the shield of government immunity to avoid responsibility for its negligence. The Judge ruled that the evidence presented by the student showed sufficient facts that the alleged sexual abuse by the teacher was a foreseeable risk created by the school officials' negligent conduct and that the decision should be left to a jury to decide whether to hold the school accountable.
"Lauren’s vision and commitment for using the law to make positive societal change fits perfectly with the goals of our law firm,” said Robert Allard, founding partner, Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard. “Lauren’s experience will help us as we continue to pursue lawsuits against institutions which have harbored pedophiles and failed to take the appropriate action to protect children from sex abuse," added Allard.
Ms. Cerri also brings litigation experience in personal injury cases involving automobile accidents, premises liability, products liability, construction accidents, and municipal liability. She has successfully resolved numerous cases via jury trial, arbitration, mediation and pretrial settlement. In 2010 she was named as a Rising Star in the field of personal injury by Connecticut's Super Lawyers.
Ms. Cerri received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She began her legal career as a law clerk and interned for the Office of the Connecticut Chief Disciplinary Counsel, assisting in attorney disciplinary matters.
About Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard
The personal injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is included in the US News & Best Lawyers - "Best Law Firms" 2011-12 and 2012-2013 law firm rankings. All three of its name partners, Bradley Corsiglia, Timothy McMahon and Robert Allard, have been named as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association and also designated as "Super Lawyers". Allard was honored as 2012 California Lawyer of the Year for Public Justice as a result of helping children and their families recover from the evils of sexual abuse.