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Sexual Abuse Litigation

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Sexual Abuse Litigation

Representing Our Clients In New England & Beyond

Melick & Porter, LLP has decades of experience defending sexual abuse claims. We provide pre-trial, trial, and appellate representation throughout New England to individuals and organizations, including private day and boarding schools, businesses, and non-profit organizations. We have served as trusted regional counsel for a national scout organization for over 25 years, and we were the only defense firm to provide arbitration services in connection with the global resolution of the Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis achieved by Commonwealth Mediation.

Call (617) 523-6200 or contact us online for a case evaluation with our litigators today.

Decades Of Service To Our Community

Our work in the sexual abuse area resulted in one of the earliest appellate decisions on the applicability of the statute of limitations in sexual abuse cases, Phinney v. Morgan, 39 Mass.App.Ct. 202 (1995). As the law in this area has evolved, our practice has grown as well. Over the years, we have built a network of trusted experts to assist with our case evaluations and trials. We have also developed professional working relationships with many, if not most, of the prominent plaintiffs’ counsel who handle these types of claims. We are committed to using these invaluable resources and relationships as well as our legal expertise to help insurers, insureds, and uninsureds obtain fair and expeditious resolutions.

Notable Case

  • Hammerberg v. Boy Scouts of America, Corp., et al., 33 Mass.L.Rptr. 54 (Mass Supr. Ct. 2015) (negligent hiring, summary judgment)

Call (617) 523-6200 to meet with our sexual abuse attorneys and discuss your options. We provide effective solutions for complex legal matters.

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Nationally-Recognized & Award-Winning Trial Attorneys

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    Sarah A. Farley

    Associate

    Sarah is an associate in the firm’s Boston office. Prior to joining Melick & Porter, Sarah served for more than three years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Most recently she served as a member of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Child Protection Unit investigating and prosecuting cases of physical and sexual abuse of children and adult survivors.

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    Michael J. Mazurczak

    Member

    Maz has been at Melick & Porter his entire legal career. He began as a Law Clerk in the summer of 1988 and joined the firm as an Associate in the fall of 1989. Maz has extensive experience in complex civil litigation matters, representing clients in both federal and state courts for 30 years. A significant portion of his practice involves employment law and includes providing major national corporations with oversight and defense of their employment litigation.
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    Victoria M. Ranieri

    Associate

    Victoria joined Melick & Porter after several years working with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, where she rose to the position of Supervising Trial Attorney. Victoria’s work with this agency, which provides for public defense in Massachusetts, allowed her to gain extensive jury trial experience, including numerous felony criminal cases involving sexual assault, home invasion and controlled substances offenses.
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    Holly G. Rogers

    Partner

    Holly is a partner in the firm’s Connecticut and New York offices. Her practice focuses on all facets of employment law, and the areas of professional liability and general liability. Holly represents clients in both federal and state courts in Connecticut and New York, as well as before federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights.
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    John F. Rooney III

    Member

    John F. Rooney, III, who joined the firm in 1986, has successfully tried over 300 cases in both state and federal court. His practice focuses on toxic torts, complex products liability, environmental damage, utility companies, fire and explosion cases, aviation law, contract actions, insurance fraud, sexual abuse matters, premises liability, and criminal law.
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    Syd A. Saloman

    Partner

    Syd is a cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and a cum laude graudate of Suffolk University Law School. During law school, he was the recipient of the Goodwin Scholarship for Best Trial Advocacy. Syd is an active member of the Suffolk University Law School Alumni Association. Syd previously practiced at Regan & Kiely LLP and Tucker, Heifetz & Saltzman in Boston.
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    Jennifer A. Sunderland

    Of Counsel

    Jennifer is a partner in the firm's Boston office. She focuses on helping employers defend claims involving discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. She also has experience with matters involving contract disputes, insurance coverage, professional malpractice, product liability, and premises liability. Jennifer has tried numerous felony criminal and civil jury trials in Massachusetts state court.
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    Matthew C. Welnicki

    Partner

    Matt focuses his practice on tort defense (including product liability, abuse cases, transportation claims and premises liability matters), business litigation, environmental law, and insurance matters. He has significant experience in the Massachusetts and Connecticut state and federal courts and before administrative agencies and arbitration panels.
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  • Client-Centered Approach
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  • Seasoned Litigators & Appellate Attorneys
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