Case Conclusion Date: 01.01.2006
Practice Area: Personal Injury
Outcome: successful mediation
Description: In 2003, the California legislature opened the Statute of Limitations for claims of clergy sexual misconduct. Since I have represented the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange since it's inception in 1976 (and had represented the Acchdiocese of Los Angeles since 1969) I was asked to head the defense of 90 claims that were made in 2003 against the Diocese of Orange. We were able to bring all 90 claims to a group settlement for the sum of $100 million, and were able to convince the various insurance companies not only to contribute 1/2 of that amount, but also able to convince the excess carriers to "drop down" and contribute even though the primary policies had not been exhausted.