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Sexual abuse lawyers who fight for justice.

Sexual abuse can cause damage that lasts a lifetime. We fight hard to seek justice for you and to prevent future assault from happening to others.

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Sexual abuse lawsuits that hold people accountable.

Whether it involved a stranger or someone you know, the pain of sexual abuse runs deep. Our lawyers have the expertise to hold the abuser and the institution that allowed the abuse to occur accountable. In fact, our work has changed institutional policies and procedures to better detect and prevent sexual abuse.

  • Sexual Abuse In Schools and Colleges Cases involving teachers, coaches, and other education professionals
  • Sexual Abuse By Clergy Members Cases involving a priest, pastor, rabbi, or other religious leaders
  • Sexual Abuse In The Workplace Cases involving abuse at work
  • Sexual Abuse By A Medical Professional Cases involving a doctor, chiropractor, therapist, hospital aid, or other healthcare workers
  • Sexual Abuse At A Nursing Home Cases involving nursing home staff, medical professional, or volunteer
  • Sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts of America Cases involving someone connected to the Boy Scouts

What to expect from Cooper Elliott, and what our commitments are to you.

Even though you didn’t do anything wrong, sexual abuse is often difficult to discuss with others. Our focus is on the events leading up to the abuse, and we connect you to resources that can help you heal.


Tell us what happened and how the abuse has affected your life.


We gather information, interview witnesses, and obtain police and medical records to get the whole picture.


Trauma specialists, medical professionals, and other experts explain what happened and why.


We collaborate with your doctors and therapists to learn the full extent of your trauma and treatment.


We take your case as far as you want it to go, from filing court documents to a trail in from of a jury.


We get results in sex abuse cases.

Ohio Confidential Settlement & policy changes

For abuse of three students in the Olentangy School District.

Ohio Confidential Settlement & license suspension

For the sexual abuse of a patient.

Ohio Confidential Settlement

For the sexual abuse of a dance student at Columbus Dance Theatre.

Ohio Confidential Settlement

For the sexual abuse of a student at West Muskingum Local School District.

*The outcome of any client’s case will depend on the particular legal and factual circumstances of the case.


Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you may have questions about whether you have a case or the timing involved with filing a sexual abuse lawsuit. Here are answers to what many of our clients want to know.

What can I expect in our initial consultation?

You will meet with an experienced attorney who will listen to your story and discuss the legal options available to you. We understand the challenges of speaking about sexual abuse, and we won't ask you to share any uncomfortable details. We have helped a lot of people who have been abused, and we have a clear understanding about how predators operate. It's our job to fight for you.

We will be honest with you about how the legal system works and possible avenues to explore to seek justice. Our attorneys present different options to you, but you decide what steps you want us to take.

Every day, we meet with people who are picking up the pieces of their life after a tragedy. We understand how tough this can be, and we won't pressure you into doing anything you don't want to do at any step.

Will the victim's identity be kept confidential?

The law permits us to file a lawsuit using "Jane Doe" or "John Doe" or even someone's initials in place of their name.

At the outset of a sexual abuse case, especially when a child is involved, we ask the court to issue an order prohibiting anyone from using the person's name in a publicly filed document.

Will the victim have to testify if they are a child?

It depends on the specific situation. They may have to testify if the child is old enough to truthfully describe what occurred and if they are emotionally secure enough to provide the testimony. If your child has to testify, measures are put in place to make them feel safe.

Why would I file a lawsuit against the place where the abuse happened?

Whether it's a school, an investment firm, or a nursing home, it's often not a secret that someone within the organization is a predator. Co-workers may make jokes about staying away from this person, but nothing is done in earnest to protect someone from getting hurt. It's also not uncommon for organizations to actively cover up sexual abuse after it occurs to protect their reputation.

Any company that hires an abuser needs to take a very close look at their hiring practices, training, and workplace culture. A civil lawsuit can bring about important changes that prevent abuse from happening there again.

How much do lawyers for sexual abuse victims charge to file a claim?

Cooper Elliott offers free consultations, and we are paid only if we win your sexual abuse lawsuit or settle your claim out of court. We discuss the details with you at each stage of the process so there are no surprises.

Why do people settle out of court instead of going to trial?

Most sexual abuse cases are settled out of court. Your attorney can share the benefits and risks of going to trial for your specific case, but here are some general reasons people choose to settle out of court:

Lawsuits come with risks. You may lose your case entirely, or a jury could award damages that are less than you would get in a settlement.
Timing. Trials take longer, which means you may not receive compensation as quickly as you would like. Having a pending lawsuit also prevents you from closing this difficult chapter of your life.
Privacy. The results of your lawsuit become part of the public record, which may not feel comfortable to you.

How do I find the best sexual abuse lawyers near me?

It's a good idea to do some research to make sure you have the best representation possible.

You can start with a peer-review website—where lawyers review other lawyers—such as or to research our firm and any Cooper Elliott attorney.

Cooper Elliott has receive numerous accolades since opening our practice in 1995, including:

The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
U.S. News & World Report
Tier 1 in the regional for personal injury litigation
Members of the Million Dollar and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Fewer than 1% of lawyers are members of this elite group of attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for clients.

Finally, we are invested in winning every case. Cooper Elliott uses a contingency model, which means we don't charge an hourly rate. We only get paid if you win a verdict or receive a settlement.


Let us fight for you.

Have you or a loved one suffered from sexual assault?

Take the first step toward justice by contacting our offices. Here’s how the process usually works:

  • Initial Conversation
  • Case Evaluation
  • Filing of Lawsuit
  • Exchange of Information
  • Mediation
  • Trial
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