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Jeff Anderson & Marc Pearlman
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Abused by Clergy in Chicago
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Jeff Anderson & Marc Pearlman — Chicago Clergy Abuse Attorneys

Our Reputation Speaks for Itself

The reputation of Jeff Anderson & Associates as the premier law firm to represent victims of childhood sexual abuse was earned by teaming with Chicago sexual abuse attorneys Kerns, Frost & Pearlman to represent 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 dozens of religious institutions and other persons in positions of authority, such as teachers, in the Chicago area.

We Don’t Just Handle Clients, We Empower Survivors of Sexual Abuse

The alliance of Jeff Anderson & Associates and Kerns, Frost & Pearlman is the most recognized team of sexual abuse attorneys in Chicago and all of Illinois. As Illinois sexual abuse attorneys, we’ve represented over 100 survivors of sexual abuse and have earned a reputation for being the best at what we do, and that begins and ends with our ability to support, protect and guide sexual abuse survivors along their journey towards justice and healing. Our staff of sexual abuse attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants have years of experience working with survivors of sexual abuse and work hard to be sure that each survivor’s case is handled with sensitivity, compassion, respect and a high regard for confidentiality and privacy

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 of experienced, Chicago sexual abuse attorneys 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 an opportunity to have your case evaluated by one of our Illinois sexual abuse attorneys. 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 & Associates Chicago Sexual Abuse Attorney Team

Jeff Anderson 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.

Contact Jeff: 312.515.5771

Marc Pearlman Marc Pearlman, of the Chicago-based law firm Kerns, Frost and Pearlman, is an intense and focused Chicago clergy abuse attorney practitioner with significant experience working alongside Jeff Anderson & Associates representing survivors of priest abuse and sexual abuse and exploitation in general. He has participated in many domestic and international arbitrations and acted as national coordinating counsel for his clients.

In representing victims of sexual abuse and exploitation, Marc is committed to advocating on behalf of and protecting the interests of children and vulnerable adults. In addition to litigating and settling cases on behalf of his clients, Marc has assisted in drafting legislation and worked to change law to better protect victims of sexual abuse.

Marc graduated from Cornell University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1991.

An accomplished athlete, Marc played four years of football at Cornell, and was a black belt in judo and a ten-time United States judo champion. In 1984, he was the youngest member invited to the U.S. Olympic trials. Marc attributes some of his most positive workplace qualities - teamwork, loyalty, discipline and determination - to having participated in these sports.

Contact Marc: 312.261.4554

Mike Finnegan 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.

Contact Mike: 312.515.5771

Trusha Goffe Trusha Goffe Trusha’s dedicated passion for children and the community makes her an excellent addition to the Jeff Anderson team. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and upon graduating served in the Americorps Program at Hands on Miami. Trusha continued her education at the University of St. Thomas where she obtained her JD in 2010, served as president of the school’s Public Service Board, and received the Living the Mission Award for integrating faith and reason in the search for truth through a focus on morality and justice.

During law school, Trusha participated in the community justice project clinic, addressing systemic issues facing disadvantaged communities and implementing social justice programs relating to youth. Trusha worked at the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office as a Certified Student Attorney and Assistant County Attorney, representing the human services department in child protection proceedings. She served as Judicial Law clerk to Judge David Higgs in the 2nd Judicial District of Minnesota where she gained significant insight into the court system and learned valuable litigation strategies.

Trusha is active as a volunteer for Hands on Twin Cities and the Jeremiah Program and founded JaMinn Link, a Minnesota-based non-profit that builds awareness surrounding human rights issues facing Jamaica. Born and raised in Jamaica, Trusha now resides in Minneapolis and enjoys reading, yoga and cooking when she’s not busy advocating for abused and neglected children.

Contact Trusha: 651.227.9990

Kellie_Glasow Kellie Glasow, 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 lives in Cottage Grove and enjoys outdoor running/activities, reading, cooking and eventually hopes to create her own healthy recipes to share with others.

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