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High Stakes Sexual Abuse Cases: Plaintiff, Defense, Court, and Mediator Perspectives

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

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This CLE webinar with a nationwide panel with some of the leading and most respected minds in this space will offer guidance from plaintiff and defense counsel on trying high stakes sexual abuse cases. The program will offer direction on case evaluation, presuit settlement negotiations, litigation vs. mediation, discovery, timing, and even some ethical considerations to be considered at each step.


Because many states have reopened the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse claims, tens of thousands of civil cases have been and are continuing to be filed against both individuals and institutions where they may have been employed or volunteered.

These cases can be challenging as well as rewarding, but the client may require special attention. This program will discuss proving the elements of the claims, damages, and finding insurance coverage, as well as advantages and pitfalls of both mediation and litigation.

Listen as the top attorneys in this field nationwide offer instruction on best strategies and practices for trying sexual abuse cases.



  1. Special considerations when dealing with sexual abuse victims
  2. Applicable statutes and statutory schemes
  3. Proving the elements of child sex abuse in civil litigation
  4. Presuit obligations for the plaintiff and defense
  5. Evaluating Litigation vs. mediation: presuit resolution
  6. Filing a lawsuit, pleading standards and motions to dismiss
  7. Damages and recovery
  8. Insurance coverage issues
  9. Paper discovery - requests, responses, standards and decisions
  10. Early resolution before depositions
  11. Depositions
  12. Motions for summary judgment - impact on case resolution


The panel will review these and other issues:

  • What are best practices for screening potential claims?
  • What are the best practices for litigating potential claims?
  • What factors are used to set settlement values for different cases and different survivors within the same case?
  • When is the best time for mediation/case resolution?
  • How to get from point A to T?


Cunningham, David
Honorable David S. Cunningham, III

Judge, Superior Court of Los Angelos County, California
Los Angeles County Superior Court

Judge Cunningham serves as the Supervising Judge for the Complex Civil Litigation Program, presiding over product...  |  Read More

Dowden, James
James P. Dowden

Ropes & Gray

Mr. Dowden has over two decades of experience advising companies, institutions and individuals in enforcement...  |  Read More

Merson, Jordan
Jordan K. Merson

Merson Law

Mr. Merson has litigated medical malpractice, wrongful death, negligence, defective products and product liability,...  |  Read More

Silver, George
Honorable George J. Silver, (retired)
Former Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for the City of New York Silverstar Mediation

The Hon. George J. Silver, managed all the Child Victims Act cases filed in New York City. In July 2017, he was...  |  Read More

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