We Can Help with COVID-19 Business Interruption Claim Denials, COVID-19 Wrongful Termination, & Wrongful Death Lawsuits. Contact us Today!

Preeminent Plaintiff's Trial Law Firm 
Clergy Sexual Abuse

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, our seasoned team of professionals have over 100 years of combined legal experience handling complex legal matters.

Los Angeles Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorneys

Were You Abused by a Priest, Teacher, or Religious Leader? Call Today for a Free Consultation.

Sexual abuse and child molestation are always deeply traumatic for the victim – but when sexual abuse occurs at the hands of a trusted religious leader or priest, the victim may also struggle with a profound loss of trust and personal faith. While prosecutors may choose to file criminal charges against your abuser, a criminal conviction will do little to help you recover your peace of mind and begin to heal.

If you’ve endured clergy sexual abuse, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against your abuser and seek compensation through the civil justice system. In the wake of the #MeToo movement and multiple sex abuse scandals involving the Catholic Church, California law has been changed to allow child sex abuse victims more time to file a lawsuit. As compassionate Los Angeles clergy abuse lawyers, our team at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP stay fully up-to-date on these changes and will help you explore all your legal options for a sex abuse claim.

Call (866) 634-4525 to speak with a member of our legal team today. We offer free and confidential consultations.

Defining the Problem: Clergy Sexual Abuse

Within the last few years, many religious institutions across the country have faced a reckoning on the problem of institutional sex abuse. In 2081, a Pennsylvania grand jury released a groundbreaking report on systemic sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, prompting many state law enforcement agencies to open investigations on clergy sexual abuse. The expansive report contained allegations that Catholic Church leaders covered up or minimized sex abuse complaints against over 300 priests who preyed on young children.

However, these problems are hardly restricted to the Catholic Church alone. Because clergy members like religious leaders, priests, and teachers are so trusted and respected within their organizations, it’s all too easy for child sexual abuse and other abuses of power to go unnoticed (or to be suppressed) for years at a time. Additionally, victims of clergy sex abuse often fear retaliation from their religious communities for speaking up against those in power.

Clergy sexual abuse often involves some or all of the following:

  • Unwanted groping and touching
  • Sexual assault and rape
  • Coercion, threats, and intimidation
  • Physical injuries related to assault
  • Child molestation
  • Child pornography and indecent exposure
  • Lewd comments and other forms of sexual harassment
  • Voyeurism

Filing a Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawsuit in California

In addition to physical injuries, sex abuse victims often suffer from serious mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. Child sex abuse victims are particularly vulnerable to these injuries, with many struggling to find meaning in life and regain their sense of self for decades after the abuse takes place.

While adult survivors of clergy sexual abuse previously had little legal recourse, a new California law has made it easier for them to seek recovery. As of January 2020, child sexual assault victims now have until their 40th birthday to file a civil lawsuit related to sexual abuse (or within 5 years after discovering the abuse). However, the civil statute of limitations is still very strict, and you will need the assistance of a qualified attorney to pursue legal action.

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we empathize deeply with survivors of sexual abuse and assault. No matter your age at the time of the abuse, you deserve to seek justice for your losses. With over a century of legal experience and a robust clergy sexual abuse practice, our Los Angeles attorneys can stand by your side throughout the process of filing a claim.

Don’t hesitate to speak with our attorneys about your sex abuse case. Call (866) 634-4525 right away to explore your options.

  • Best Law Firms by US News
    Best Law Firms by US News

    Named in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms,” Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP ranks as Tier 1 Personal Injury and Product Liability firm in Los Angeles.

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
    Consumer Attorneys of California

    Many firm members have been honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California, including Browne Greene, Christine Spagnoli, and Bruce Broillet, recipients of the Marvin E. Lewis Award. In addition, attorneys Bruce Broillet, Scott Carr, Molly McKibben, and Tobin Lanzetta has been honored with the Consumer Attorney of the Year Award.

  • LACBA
    LACBA

    All of our attorneys are proud to be active members of the Los Angeles County Bar Association or LACBA.

  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    The Inner Circle of Advocates

    Founding partners Browne Greene and Bruce A. Broillet are both members of the exclusive invite-only Inner Circle of Advocates, as two of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in America.

  • Best Lawyers
    Best Lawyers

    No fewer than 11 of our attorneys have been selected to Best Lawyers® after an extensive peer review process.

  • Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019
    Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019

    Our attorneys were featured in TopVerdict for having one of the Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019, with $15 million won for the plaintiff in Keck v. Bel-Air Bay Club.

  • Super Lawyers®
    Super Lawyers®

    Our firm has more attorneys on the Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists than any other law firm in Southern California, with 15 members selected.

  • Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019
    Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019

    After winning $2.6 million for the plaintiff’s side in a head-on collision case, our victory was named in the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019 by TopVerdict.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    Several of our partners are members in the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national invite-only association consisting of the most experienced trial lawyers.

  • WLALA
    WLALA

    Firm partners Christine D. Spagnoli and Molly McKibben have both been honored by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and are active members.

  • CAALA
    CAALA

    Several partners are active members in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, with attorneys Browne Greene, Bruce Broillet, and Christine Spagnoli named “Trial Lawyer of the Year."

  • Top 100 Settlements in California in 2019
    Top 100 Settlements in California in 2019

    Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, was featured by TopVerdict in the Top 100 Settlements across all practice areas in California for 2019.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Bruce A. Broillet and Christine D. Spagnoli are Fellows with the invite-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a group of elite trial lawyers from over 30 countries.

  • International Society of Barristers
    International Society of Barristers

    Our team includes several Fellows and Associates with the invite-only International Society of Barristers in recognition of their trial advocacy.

  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
    America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

    As a member of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, founding partner Bruce Broillet joins a select group of California lawyers. Only 0.5% of active attorneys in the United States receive this honor.

  • Lawdragon
    Lawdragon

    Lawdragon has selected five of our firm’s attorneys to the 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers list.

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    American College of Trial Lawyers

    A preeminent trial lawyers’ organization in North America, the American College of Trial Lawyers have elected firm partners Bruce Broillet, Mark Quigley, and Geoffrey Wells as Fellows.

/

Greene Broillet & Wheeler

Where Success Is a Tradition®
  • Decades of Legal Experience
  • Billions Recovered For Our Clients
  • We're Always Available For Our Clients & Offer Free Consultations
  • We've Taken On Some of The Largest Corporations & Insurance Agencies

Billions Recovered

Schedule a Free Consultation  at (866) 634-4525
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.