Sexual Assault Litigation

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Course Description

This course was recorded on September 1st, 2017

This seminar will cover the remedies available to adult and child survivors of sexual abuse. The topics discussed will include the intersection between criminal and civil law, intentional and negligent torts, damages issues, insurance coverage, and collectability issues.



  • Bryan Smith
    Bryan Smith grew up in Yakima, Washington. After obtaining a psychology degree from Western Washington University and working at a psychiatric hospital for children, he obtained law degree from Seattle University and moved back to Yakima to practice law in the community where he was raised. Before becoming an attorney, he worked as an advocate for children suffering from mental illness. As an attorney, he continues to advocate for children and their families in the civil justice system. Bryan now represents victims of sexual abuse, medical malpractice, serious injuries, and wrongful death. Bryan has successfully handled complex litigation cases which have resulted in numerous multi-million dollar recoveries, and was co-counsel in the clergy sex abuse lawsuit against the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, which resulted in the largest settlement with a religious order: $167 million. He was also co-counsel in the Montana clergy sexual abuse lawsuit against the Diocese of Helena which resulted in a $20 million settlement. In addition to clergy sexual abuse cases, Bryan has handled sexual abuse cases against state agencies that fail to protect his clients, resulting in recoveries of $6.55 million, $6.4 million, and 1.65 million.

    Bryan is admitted to practice in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and practices by association with local counsel throughout the United States. He is speaks regularly on the topic of personal injury and wrongful death litigation on Indian reservations and authored the “Expert Testimony” chapter of the “Washington Medical Negligence Deskbook”.

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    1. Criminal vs. Civil Remedies for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
    2. Criminal Prosecution (broad overview)
      1. Statutes of limitation
      2. Restitution
      3. Crime Victim's Compensation Programs
      4. Effect on abuse survivor
      5. Effect on civil case
    3. Civil Remedies
      1. Intentional Torts
      2. Torts Sounding in Negligence
      3. Responsible Parties
      4. Statutes of limitations
      5. Insurance Coverage issues
      6. Seeking personal assets when no insurance is available
      7. Damages issues

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