About Lauren Cerri
Lauren Cerri offers powerful representation to victims of child sexual abuse and neglect. She has represented numerous child sex abuse clients against individual perpetrators and institutions. In 2016, she was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association for her work in leading the trial team representing victims of YMCA sexual abuse.
Ms. Cerri’s commitment to victim advocacy began after representing a molestation victim early in her career. Shortly thereafter, she gained a firsthand understanding of the devastating trauma and anguish experienced by child victims of sexual abuse. She has since remained motivated in dedicating her time to the pursuit of civil justice for sexual abuse victims and their families.
Lauren Cerri earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut. She later received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2008. Prior to practicing in California, Ms. Cerri was named a New Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star, ranking her among the top 2.5% of area attorneys. She is also featured in the Newsweek.com 2015 Legal Superstars edition and the 2015 Northern California Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for a mere 2.5% of lawyers practicing in Northern California.
Since joining the Corsiglia McMahon & Allard legal team, Lauren Cerri has worked together with attorney Robert Allard to litigate more than half a dozen high-profile cases aimed at protecting the rights of children who have been victimized by sexual predators.
Her persuasive courtroom tactics have been instrumental in cases settled successfully by the Corsiglia McMahon & Allard team. Ms. Cerri and Mr. Allard both worked on behalf of the family of Audrie Pott, a fifteen-year-old student who was sexually assaulted while passed out at a party, then photographed and humiliated at school by her assailants. Audrie committed suicide eight days after the assault.
In pursuit of justice for the Pott family, Lauren Cerri and Robert Allard championed “Audrie’s Law”. This has consequently expanded the legal definition of “rape” to protect those who are unconscious or developmentally infirm.
Alongside her colleagues Robert Allard and Mark Boskovich, Ms. Cerri was honored as a finalist for the 2015 Santa Clara County Trial Lawyer of the Year award and the 2015 Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Trial Lawyer of the Year award for her work in the Audrie Pott case. She was also selected to receive the CAOC Woman Attorney of the Year award.
In 2015, Ms. Cerri settled three cases for one million dollars or more, including a sex abuse case against O.B. Whaley Elementary School which went before a jury and concluded with a $15 million settlement.
She currently represents sex abuse victims in a case involving a wrestling coach in Pleasanton (Lopez), as well as a young sex abuse victim in Marin County.