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SCCTLA Honors Lauren Cerri & Robert Allard as 2016 Trial Lawyers of the Year

January 9, 2017 — San Jose, CA — The Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association honored attorneys Lauren Cerri and Robert Allard of the San Jose, CA firm Corsiglia, McMahon and Allard for their continued work in representing childhood sexual abuse victims against a national daycare provider. Ms. Cerri was the lead attorney for the plaintiffs' legal team. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant day care center negligently failed to protect four little girls, ranging in ages from 3 years to 8 years, from sexual abuse by a day care employee.

"Lauren is fully committed to devoting her full professional attention and focus to representing children who have been sexually abused by institutional employees, and it showed in this case," said Allard. "She willingly took the lead on this case and was able to successfully guide our legal team throughout our trial preparation and the commencement of trial, culminating with a tremendous result."

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The Irish Times: Berkeley Tragedy Witnesses Sue for "Emotional Harm"

April 12, 2016 — Oakland, CA — Three Irish students who stepped off the fourth-floor balcony in Berkeley, California, last summer moments before it collapsed killing five Dublin students and a young Irish-American woman have sued for emotional distress.

Caroline Conlan, Cliodhna Maloney and Aisling Tallon have taken legal actions against the builder, owner and manager of the Library Gardens apartment block in Berkeley claiming that they have “suffered severe mental and emotion harm” from what they saw during the tragedy of June 16th, 2015, and “for which they have not recovered”.

The three Irish students join the families of the six victims of the tragedy – five Dublin students and an Irish-American woman – and the seven survivors who were badly injured in issuing legal proceedings for damages against the companies behind the Californian property.

The women shared the fourth-floor apartment with Aoife Beary, whose 21st birthday the group of friends were celebrating when the balcony collapsed. Ms Beary suffered serious injuries in the accident.

The tragedy claimed the lives of Eoghan Culligan, Lorcán Miller, Niccolai (Nick) Schuster, Eimear Walsh and Olivia Burke, who were all 21 years old and from Dublin, and Ms Burke’s cousin Ashley Donohoe (22) of Rohnert Park, California, north of Berkeley.

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YMCA of Silicon Valley Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

May 27, 2014 -- San Jose, CA -- Sexual Abuse lawsuit claims that the YMCA of Silicon Valley illegally provided accused child molester Nicolas Lhermine with unsupervised access to young children leading to the sexual molestation of a 6 year old.

Attorneys Robert Allard and Lauren Cerri of the San Jose, CA law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard have filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against the YMCA of Silicon Valley (Santa Clara County Case #114CV265774) alleging that the YMCA enabled accused child molester Nicolas Lhermine by illegally affording him unsupervised access to young children, leading directly to the sexual molestation of then six year old Jane Doe.

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Oakland Jury Awards $13.7 Million, Holding Accountable Two Trucking Companies in an Accident that Killed 3 People

October 13, 2015 — Oakland, CA — San Francisco Bay Area attorneys Bradley M. Corsiglia and Andrew C. Schwartz persuade a jury that the two trucking companies were at fault for a 2012 truck accident that claimed the lives of three individuals on a foggy California highway.

Three San Jose families can now move forward with their lives following the deaths of three family members and nearly three years of litigation as a result of an Oakland, California jury awarding a total of $13.7 million and holding accountable two trucking companies. Bay Area attorneys Bradley M. Corsiglia, law firm of Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, along with Andrew C. Schwartz, law firm of Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, represented the three families.

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Attorney Timothy McMahon Named 2013 Santa Clara County Trial Lawyer of the Year

December 19, 2013 – San Jose, CA – San Jose attorney Timothy McMahon has been named 2013 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association for several outstanding case results on behalf of injured clients.

In a case that involved a young woman falling through a large floor-to-ceiling sliding window at an apartment complex owned by Spieker Companies, Mr. McMahon secured a $5.7 million settlement against Spieker Companies and their window contractor EPM.

Spieker had responded to the lawsuit by blaming the victim for the accident due to her blood alcohol level of .248 (three times over the legal limit.) Mr. McMahon argued that a person is not necessarily negligent because they use alcohol especially in the privacy of their residence.

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