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Lauren A. Cerri

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Phone: (408) 289-1417
Phone: (408) 298-7200

96 N 3rd St #620
San Jose, California 95112

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Attorney Lauren Cerri is recognized for pursuing justice for victims of childhood sexual abuse and the wrongful death of loved ones.

Representing Childhood Sexual Abuse Victims

Ms. Cerri works closely with victims and their families to ensure that the well-being of the children always comes first while working to hold accountable the institutions that failed to protect those children from childhood sexual abuse.

Recognizing what is most important to victims and their parents, Ms. Cerri fights for more than just monetary compensation, taking legal action to mandate that institutions implement and enforce policies and procedures and lobbying for state legislation to better protect children from sexual predators.

For example, in a case involving the Morgan Hill Unified School District that settled for $8.25 million, the school district was required to implement a student abuse prevention program and a staff training program to identify predators.

“Childhood sexual abuse cases are not just about compensating victims with money for their lifelong harm. A civil lawsuit allows us to work toward preventing future sexual abuse in schools, churches and other institutions responsible for failing to protect children from sexual predators,” Ms. Cerri said. “The reason we pursue these cases is to try to eliminate the problem and keep children safe.”

Proven Results
  • Trial attorney for one of four sexual abuse victims that settled for $15 million against the Evergreen School District.
  • Trial attorney in a case against a childcare provider that settled for $9 million.

From a sexual abuse survivor and former client:

Want to let you know I have made strides in growth and recovery. Even when I look back on everything I went through, I still see you as a pivotal supportive person that really helped me get through it all. Throughout all the people who've helped me, you are one of those rare ones where I felt our relationship was real. It was a special relationship that I needed, especially in the whole system of the legal stuff. 

Representing Families in Wrongful Death Cases

Ms. Cerri also represents families who have lost loved ones a result of wrongful death including but not limited to those caused to motorists and pedestrians by dangerous roadways as well as car, truck, bicycle, and motorcycle collisions.

She has the unique ability to listen to her clients and communicate their story to a jury or a mediator. In a case where a Monterey County jury found that the State of California Department of Transportation failed to fix a dangerous highway condition on Highway 156, resulting in the collision and death of the young boy, Ms. Cerri elicited compelling testimony from eyewitnesses, first responders, and family members that helped the jury truly understand just how devastating the loss was to the family.

Proven wrongful death results
  • $9.3 jury verdict to the parents of a five-year-old Gilroy boy killed in a trucking accident.
  • $5.4 million for a child whose mother was killed by a box truck as she legally crossed the street.
  • $1.85 million for suicide of high school student sexually abused and bullied by classmates

“Helping people put their lives back together after trauma or tragedy is something I am very passionate about. It is the reason why I do this work,” states Ms. Cerri.

From the parents of a wrongful death victim and former client:

You are the absolute best and I am honored that you represented us in such a professional and humane fashion. I have the utmost respect for you as a person and a lawyer!

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.

Before 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 the past four consecutive years and Santa Clara County Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2016.

Additional Case Results:

Jane Doe v. Unnamed Charter School
$3.15 million. Sexual abuse of a student by a teacher’s aide at a charter school

Jane Doe v. EMQ Families First
$2 million. A group home employee sexually abused two children.

John Doe v. San Ramon Unified School District and New Life Church of Alamo 
$1.548 million. A high school wrestling coach and church youth group Leader sexually abused a young teenager.

John Doe v. Jefferson School District 
$1.2 million. A fourth-grade teacher sexually abused his student.

Jane Doe v Unnamed Charter School
$1.2 million. A high school teacher sexually abused student.

John Doe v. The Unity Care Group and County of Santa Clara
$1.105 million. A wraparound service provider sexually abused three foster children.

Jane Doe v. Los Banos Unified School District
$1 million. A high school drama teacher at Pacheco High School sexually abused his student.

Jane Doe v. Jefferson School District 
$900,000. School teacher sexually abused student.

Education

J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, CT, 2008

B.A., University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT, 2002

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice California, 2012
Connecticut, 2008
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors
Member Since: 2014

Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association

Consumer Advocates of California

Santa Clara County Bar Association

American Association for Justice

Honors and Awards
  • Santa Clara County Attorney of the Year, 2016
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015
  • New England Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2010
Past Employment Positions
  • The Veen Firm San Francisco, CA, Attorney, 2012-2013
  • The Venardi Law Firm, Walnut Creek, CA, Contract Attorney, 2012
  • Tremont & Sheldon, P.C., Bridgeport, CT, Associate, 2008-2011
  • Tremont & Sheldon, P.C., Bridgeport, CT, Law Clerk, 2007-2008
  • State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, Hartford, CT, Legal Intern, Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel, 2006
  • Riscassi & Davis, P.C., Hartford, CT, Law Clerk (Full-Time Law Student Position), 2005-2007
Client Reviews
★★★★★
I absolutely cannot speak highly enough of CMA Law, particularly of Mr. McMahon, with whom I have had the most experience. My entire family and I trusted CMA with our case following a significant and life-altering vehicle accident, and to say they delivered is putting it lightly. They were reachable & personable at every stage of this arduous, complex, and scary process, made things easier at every stage, inspired us with confidence, and delivered results. If you're looking for a law firm to place the trust of you in your family in, look absolutely no further than CMA - this is your firm. Declan O.
★★★★★
I suffered a severe spinal injury while working as a farm mechanic in the Salinas Valley. The attorneys -Tim McMahon and Mark Sigala were fantastic from the beginning. They fought for me over 3 long years and in the end, we won a difficult liability case against the farm company who was using dangerous equipment. The defendants in the case tried everything to put the blame on me and even claimed I was their employee in order to avoid civil responsibility. Tim and Mark never gave up on me and my case. I cannot recommend them highly enough. They are fighters. Adrian A.
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