BALTIMORE, MD, MAY 05, 2023 — Before the Maryland Attorney General released its 456-page report on sexual abusers in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, three Maryland law firms formed a coalition to better represent survivors of institutional abuse. This report, published in April of 2023, named new and known members of the clergy accused of sexual abuse as well as more than 600 survivors.
Days after the release of this report, lawmakers passed the Child Victims Act of 2023. Starting October 1 of 2023, this law will remove the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. The elimination of the statute of limitations will allow those who suffered sexual abuse and institutional coverups to take action in civil court.
Jenner Law, Baird Mandalas Brockstedt Federico & Cardea, and Grant & Eisenhofer are combining their more than 100 years of experience to better support survivors who intend to come forward.
This Coalition Aims to Combine Knowledge and Resources Ahead of New Cases
Each firm brings a unique skill set that will help provide more comprehensive representation for clergy abuse survivors. Anyone who completes an intake with one of the three firms will receive the entire team’s resources, time, and support.
The coalition of trauma-informed lawyers is prepared to handle an influx of cases as those who were previously barred from civil action due to a lapsed deadline start to assess their options. This combination of some of the country’s most dedicated litigators aims to provide well-rounded advocacy, compassionate support, and protection for those who suffered harm from these abusers.
For more than three decades, the team at Jenner Law has been fighting for injured people in Maryland, unintimidated by large companies or legal teams. Founding attorney Robert K. Jenner, has focused his practice on social activism and tenacious representation of the underdog, including those who suffered injustice at the hands of large, well-funded institutions.
Jenner Law also represents the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), an international support group for survivors of religious and institutional abuse. Among the firm’s clientele are several victims whose stories were integral parts of the Attorney General’s report.
Baird Mandalas Brockstedt & Federico (BMBF)
The attorneys at BMBF have fought and won several high-profile cases against perpetrators of abuse and institutional coverups, including a $123 million settlement for child victims of a Delaware pediatrician and a $190 million settlement for victims of a Johns Hopkins gynecologist.
Partner Phil Federico also serves as a member of the Survivors Advisory Board, pursuing justice for institutional sexual abuse survivors. He has led and teamed up with other litigators to secure over one billion dollars in settlements and court verdicts for those wronged by companies, churches, medical institutions, and more.
Grant & Eisenhofer
A long-time partner of Jenner Law, Grant & Eisenhofer has experience standing up to huge institutions in the fight for justice. For more than 25 years, G&E has dedicated its roster of litigators to the fight against large-scale injustices.
Jay Eisenhofer, the firm’s co-founder and managing director, has been the counsel for many multi-hundred-million dollar cases against the world’s largest companies. Frequently recognized by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Mr. Eisenhofer is known as one of the top securities and corporate governance litigators in the country.
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Starting October 1st, 2023, Survivors Have the Time They Need to Pursue Justice
As other states passed laws eliminating the statute of limitations on sexual abuse cases, Maryland lawmakers began to press forward with their own Child Victims Act. While the legislation has been signed into law, it will not take effect until October 1st, 2023.
From its effective date, survivors of sexual abuse will no longer be barred from filing lawsuits against their abusers because of a lapsed statute of limitations. This means the hundreds who have been assisting the attorney general with its investigation into systemic abuse of children in religious institutions can finally pursue their own justice.
Some of the victims named in this report were forced into silence decades ago. The report indicates that the church not only covered up instances of sexual abuse to save face but, in some cases, covered up the perpetrators so they could continue to abuse.
Contact Jenner Law to Assess Your Options Under the New Child Victims Act
At Jenner Law, we take pride in developing relationships with the people we represent. With our team, you aren’t just a client. We want to empower you to be heard, to experience catharsis, and to receive justice. If you suffered abuse and were forced into silence by the institutions protecting your abuser, we want to fight for you.
Whether the Archdiocese of Baltimore perpetrated your abuse or another institution silenced you, please call our team to learn more about how Jenner Law will combine its knowledge, experience, and resources with those of the firms in its coalition to make your voice heard.