B. Robert Allard
Phone: (408) 289-1417
Phone: (408) 298-7200
96 N 3rd St #620
San Jose, California 95112
Practice is focused on helping childhood sex abuse victims and families who have lost loved ones
Robert Allard is a trailblazing attorney who works to protect children by holding accountable institutions that protect sexual predators. He is also an attorney advocate for families whose loved ones have been killed due to negligence.
In both cases, helping his clients heal and protecting their financial futures is Mr. Allard’s top priority.
He’s considered one of the nation’s top attorneys in “institutional” sexual abuse that occurs in schools, daycare centers, camps and youth sports leagues – all places where groups of children gather on a regular basis.
For his work representing sex abuse victims, he was named California Attorney of the Year in the field of Public Justice.
He has also been named the Santa Clara County Trial Attorney of the Year an unprecedented four times.
Mr. Allard has also represented numerous high-profile clients over the years, including the Audrie Pott family of Saratoga, California.
Fifteen-year-old Audrie Pott took her life in 2012 after being sexually assaulted by three high school classmates. She was unconscious during the assault and was publicly humiliated on social media afterward.
Mr. Allard was an advisor on the award-winning Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy” that dealt with the post-assault treatment of sexual assault victims.
The introduction of “Audrie’s Law” was another outcome of the Pott case, with Mr. Allard playing a key role in its passage. The law increased penalties and decreased privacy protections for California teens convicted of performing sex acts on a person incapacitated by drugs or alcohol, or who is disabled.
Audrie’s Law is an example of how Mr. Allard is working at the state level to increase awareness of the childhood sex abuse epidemic.
At the local level, he and his team settled a 2017 case for $8.25 million for three girls who were molested by a fifth-grade teacher. The settlement included a landmark provision that all employees of a Morgan Hill, California school district be trained to identify sexual predators.
State Sen. Jim Beall took note of that provision and sought Mr. Allard’s advice on a bill that would require all California school districts to train employees to identify sexual predators.
“We’re doing work that other lawyers aren’t doing,” Mr. Allard said. “Our cases do not end with a monetary payout. Through these tragic claims, we seek to increase awareness, enact legislation and force policy changes.”
Mr. Allard and his team also negotiated a $15 million settlement for five San Jose elementary school students who were abused by their teacher.
“Of course, no one can ever go back in time and change past events, but money obtained through settlements, awards and verdicts can greatly assist in the healing process by providing financial stability for things such as education, therapy and lapses in employment,” Mr. Allard said.
When Mr. Allard learned that a young swimmer’s coach had sexually abused her for years, he continues his battle with USA Swimming to remove predator coaches from the sport. The initial success, including a confidential monetary settlement on behalf of the swimmer, is an important victory because more than 300,000 young swimmers trust that USA Swimming will keep them safe.
On a broader scale, the Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard legal team is credited with forcing the U.S. Olympic Committee to centralize and standardize background checks across all Olympic sports: this alone impacts the safety of an estimated seven million young athletes.
Currently, Mr. Allard is part of a nationwide team of attorneys working to achieve justice for the sexual abuse victims of Dr. Richard Strauss.
Strauss was an Ohio State doctor who abused at least 177 male students, primarily athletes, during his 20-year tenure beginning in 1979.
Mr. Allard is attacking arbitrary laws that remove a sexual abuse victim’s right to sue for their harm. The “Sexual Abuse by Power Accountability Act” is an example of that work. If approved, it would prohibit educational institutions from invoking a statute of limitations if they received Title IX federal funds.
Mr. Allard also helped craft pending legislation that would extend California’s statute of limitations for childhood sex abuse victims.
“We’ve seen over and over again that institutions who cover up for and protect sexual predators aren’t held responsible because applicable statutes of limitation periods have expired,” Allard said. “This has to be fixed to take into account characteristics unique to sex abuse victims, including memory repression, disassociation, shame, embarrassment, fear and serious psychological ailments such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety.”
The Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard legal team is lead up by Mr. Allard and includes veteran civil litigators Lauren Cerri and Mark Boskovich, retired District Attorney Ray Mendoza, and retied San Jose Police Sergeant Mike Leininger.
The team has been honored repeatedly for protecting the rights of sex abuse victims. Mr. Allard, in particular, is called on regularly to provide his insights and expertise to organizations such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CBS News, CNN, Megyn Kelly Today and all of the San Francisco Bay Area news media.
- Safe At School? Attorney, State Senator Raising Awareness About Sexual Predators
- An Olympic-sized statement against coaches who sexually abuse their athletes
- A look at San Jose attorney’s fight against sexually abused athletes
Mr. Allard received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1991 and graduated from the University of San Francisco Law School.
Mr. Allard has also developed a reputation in recent years as a caring and skilled advocate for families whose loved ones were killed in trucking accidents. For example, a 2014 trucking accident that killed a man on Highway 17 near Los Gatos, California was caused by faulty brakes. Allard sued the truck owners for negligence and negotiated a $9.5 million settlement for the victim’s family.
“This unprecedented settlement included a court order that required the trucking company owners to follow safety laws or risk serious consequences going forward, including jail time and hefty fines,” Allard said. “We insisted that the amount of the settlement be released to send a message to other trucking companies that don’t follow laws on driver regulations and truck inspections.”
Another wrongful death trucking accident resulted in a $3.75 million settlement for the family of a man who was killed when his truck blew a tire.
“The trucking company failed to conduct a mandatory 90-day inspection on the truck, just two days before the fatal crash,” Mr. Allard said. “If they had conducted the inspection they would have discovered that the right front tire tread was well below the legal limit and the tire would require replacement before the truck could go on the road again.”
These examples provide only a snapshot of Mr. Allard’s many accomplishments. But perhaps what’s equally important to understand is his dedication to his clients.
“I believe that to give and to serve is our purpose in life,” Mr. Allard said. “That’s why my team and I always strive to enforce laws and policies that protect our children and the generations that follow.”
J.D., University of San Francisco Law School, 1994
B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1991
Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association
Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Governors
Santa Clara County Bar Association
American Association for Justice
- Santa Clara County Attorney of the Year, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2016
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2010-Present
- Rated by Super Lawyers, 2009-Present
- Award of Meritorious Service, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2007
- Martindale-Hubbell, AV-Preeminent Rating