Attorney Lauren Cerri
Attorney Lauren A. Cerri is committed to achieving justice for sexual abuse victims and holding accountable those individuals and institutions responsible for allowing the abuse to occur.
Ms. Cerri has represented numerous victims in high-profile sexual abuse cases, including one that gained worldwide attention: the Audrie Pott case. Audrie was a high school student who was sexually assaulted in 2012 by three male classmates and later bullied and shamed. She took her own life eight days later. Audrie’s case changed California law by increasing penalties for teens convicted of sexual acts against individuals who are incapable of giving their consent.
"We’re not just getting money for the victims, we’re changing laws, we’re changing policies and procedures, and training schools, churches and other institutions to prevent abuse," Ms. Cerri said. "The reason we pursue these cases is to try to eradicate the problem."
In a case against the Morgan Hill Unified School District that settled for $8.25 million for three victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by their fifth-grade teacher despite numerous red flag warning signs, Ms. Cerri represented one of those victims. As part of the sexual abuse lawsuit settlement, the school district was required to implement a child protection system including programs to train students to recognize and prevent sexual abuse and to train staff on grooming signs and predator identification.
Mc. Cerri was trial counsel for one of four victims in two separate sexual abuse cases that settled during trial against the Evergreen School District for a total of $15 million and against a childcare provider for a total of $9 million.
She was recently involved in a case that resolved for $8.2 million on the eve of trial against United States Youth Soccer Association and its affiliate on behalf of a child sexually abused by her soccer coach due to the failure to mandate and conduct criminal background checks of coaches.
Ms. Cerri earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2002 from the University of Connecticut and her Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2008. She was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 2008 and the California Bar in 2012.
Prior to joining Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.C., she worked as an associate attorney at a Connecticut law firm that represented hundreds of childhood sexual abuse victims in civil cases against the Catholic Church and other religious organizations, as well as doctors, teachers and family members.
She is President of the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers’ Association. She was named to the California Super Lawyers Rising Star list for four consecutive years beginning in 2015 and was named the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2016.
Additional Case Results:
Jane Doe v. Unnamed Charter School
$3.15 million for a student sexually abused by a teacher’s aide at a charter school
Jane Doe v. EMQ Families First
$2 million for sexual abuse of two children by group home employee.
John Doe v. San Ramon Unified School District and New Life Church of Alamo
$1.548 million to child sexually abused by school wrestling coach and church youth group Leader
John Doe v. Jefferson School District
$1.2 million for student who was sexually abused by his fourth grade teacher
Jane Doe v Unnamed Charter School
$1.2 million for sexual abuse of a student by her high school teacher
John Doe v. The Unity Care Group and County of Santa Clara
$1.105 million to three foster children sexually abused by wraparound service provider.
Jane Doe v. Los Banos Unified School District
$1 million to student who was sexually abused by her high school drama teacher at Pacheco High School
Jane Doe v. Jefferson School District
$900,000 for student who was sexually abused by her teacher
Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P.
96. North Third Street, Suite 620
San Jose, CA 95112