An aggressive and award winning attorney for sexually abused children
No other lawyer has done more to enhance the protection of children from sexual predators in both schools and sport than attorney Robert Allard. Mr. Allard devotes a considerable amount of time and attention to bringing awareness to the childhood sexual abuse epidemic created by pedophile educators and coaches. Virtually all of his pro bono efforts are devoted to ultimately eradicating childhood sexual abuse from our society.
Robert Allard’s commitment makes him an advocate for institutional accountability. He led a trailblazing legal team to ban child predators from coaching positions within USA Swimming, the national organization that oversees the training and selection of America’s Olympic athletes.
This four-year legal battle was the first to successfully force the U.S. Olympic Committee to standardize background checks across every Olympic sport. Consequently, over a million vulnerable young athletes are safe from the trauma of daily exposure to child predators.
Mr. Allard’s landmark success was nationally celebrated, earning him “2012’s Person of the Year” by SwimSwam. He also earned recognition as one of the “Top 10 Most Impactful People in Swimming” by Swimming World in 2014.
Great results inside and outside the courtroom
Robert Allard has aggressively leveraged the momentum of his success to advocate child sex abuse victims’ rights at a local, state and federal level. Additionally, he worked with legislators for the passage of “Audrie’s Law”. Consequently, this has expanded the legal definition of “rape” to protect those who are unconscious or developmentally infirm. He also led the trial team that settled the sex abuse case against OB Whaley Elementary School for $15 million. As a result, alongside his colleagues Lauren Cerri and Mark Boskovich, he was named a finalist for the 2015 Santa Clara County Trial Lawyer of the Year award. Additionally, he was named a finalist for the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Trial Lawyer of the Year award.
Robert Allard’s latest accomplishments include quickly securing a $5.3 million wrongful death settlement for a child who lost her mother in a truck accident. Currently, he is representing the parents of Daniel McGuire, a young San Jose State University graduate who was killed by an inexperienced truck driver on Highway 17 in Santa Cruz. The efforts of Mr. Allard and McGuire’s parents have been instrumental in introducing new legislation. As a result, this requires more rigorous training for big-rig drivers, and will help prevent inexperience-related accidents.
Mr. Allard continues to represent numerous sex abuse victims. Robert Allard labors to obtain fair compensation for the victims, as well as to mandate that all teachers and school personnel receive mandatory training to identify predatory grooming behavior, which might have prevented sex crimes from occurring.
Trusted by sex abuse survivors and their families
While he continues to receive awards and recognition for his efforts, Mr. Allard’s greatest honor is the trust survivors and their families have vested in him. For this reason, Robert Allard is drawing strength and courage from his clients. As a result, it is the mutual journey of hope and healing inspires Allard.
A Notre Dame graduate, Robert Allard earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco in 1994. During his 20 years of practicing law in the Santa Clara County, Mr. Allard has served on the Board of Governors for the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association (2001-2005). Additionally, he has served as President of the Board (2006).
A reputation for aggressive representation and the highest ethical standards
- Top 100 National Trial Lawyer (2010-present) by the National Trial Lawyers Association
- Super Lawyers (2008- present)
- 2012 California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer
- 2012 Lawyer of the Year finalist by the Consumer Advocates of California
- Santa Clara County Trial Lawyer of the Year an unprecedented three times
- An AV rating — The very highest accolade for legal ability and ethical standards under the peer review system of Martindale-Hubbell, the national legal directory