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San Francisco Clergy Abuse Attorney

If you want results, call us. If you want peace of mind, call us. If you want representation who understands the hardship that has been thrust upon you, call us.

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For over 35 years, the San Francisco clergy abuse attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have been empowering survivors of childhood clergy sexual abuse. We have experience going up against priests and other members of the religious sector in the Diocese of San Francisco and dioceses throughout California. Our firm maintains the highest standards of privacy and confidentiality, encouraging survivors to come forward and have their voices heard without fear of exposure, adversity or retaliation. 

The time to fight for justice and closure is now. Contact us for a free consultation you will have in confidence with one of our lead attorneys. You may come to our office or we can meet you in the comfort of your own home.

Why Choose Us?

  • We take client confidentiality extremely seriously, always protecting your identity and respecting your wishes.
  • We pride ourselves on being extremely professional, courteous and honest.
  • Our personal injury lawyers decades of experience representing and winning sexual abuse cases throughout California.
  • We are an AV-rated firm – one of the highest levels of professional excellence among our peers. We are also part of the 5% of attorneys in the U.S. selected by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • We do not charge for our services on clergy abuse cases unless we obtain a compensation award for the client.

What to Expect From Our Firm

If we accept your case, our goals will be to maximize your recovery – financial and emotional. We will take care of the difficult aspects of your claim while you spend your time healing and recovering. Our San Francisco priest abuse lawyers, along with vocational experts and physicians, will work together to go up against a member of the clergy or the Diocese of San Francisco on your behalf. We will address your needs and concerns along the way, including keeping your identity private, if desired. We make sure the courts take your clergy abuse case seriously.

How Might You Obtain Compensation?

At our law firm, we have helped clergy abuse survivors enough to know that the main priority often is not a financial award. The goal is to shed light on one of San Francisco’s darkest places: churches where children and youth suffer clergy sexual abuse. Coming forward with your story – anonymous or not – can help bring perpetrators to justice in the city. You may be able to stop a priest, bishop or another clergy member from committing further abuse by exposing him or her to the public.

Such has been the case with 35 individuals listed on the Database of Publicly Accused Priests under the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Media outlets named these priests and other religious leaders as individuals accused, convicted, sued, charged, indicted and arrested for alleged sexual abuse in the city. Convicted clergy abusers in San Francisco include Salvatore Billante, Arthur Manuel Cunha, Bernard Dabbene, Carl Anthony Schipper, Jose Superiaso and Robert M. Van Handel. Bringing attention to this heinous crime in San Francisco can spread awareness and bring offenders to justice.

The main outlet for financial recovery for clergy abuse survivors in San Francisco is a civil lawsuit. A civil suit could end in compensation for your physical pain, emotional suffering, psychological trauma, lost quality of life and additional punitive damages. In California, you have until age 26 to bring a childhood sexual abuse claim. If you did not discover the abuse until after the fact, you have three years from the date of discovery. Our clergy abuse lawyers in San Francisco can help you fight for fair and just compensation.

Call (714) 783-2205 for a Free Consultation

Our attorneys are passionate about helping clergy abuse survivors in San Francisco. While we have years of experience within this practice area, we encourage you to contact us so we can hear the details of your unique case. We will listen to your story, maintain your privacy and explain your legal options as a clergy abuse survivor. Call (714) 783-2205 today to speak directly to one of our attorneys.