Brian Kent, Civil Sex Abuse Lawyer, Starts Crime Victims Lawyers Group


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Laffey, Bucci & Kent co-founder, Brian Kent, formed the Crime Victims & Abuse Lawyers Group for members of the social networking website, LinkedIn. The purpose of this unique group is to provide lawyers who represent victims of crime with a means to network in order to better represent their clients.

Crime victims civil law cases are some of the most complex types of cases, and oftentimes, defendants are represented by large insurance companies. It’s the typical “David versus Goliath” situation: a victim of crime goes up against a large entity, represented by an insurance company. A common example involves a priest or clergy abuse lawsuit in which the church organization is represented by a national insurance company.

Dealing with large insurance companies in crime victim cases often requires experience, resources and diligence. Some crime victims lawyers may not have the resources to match those of a large insurance company. Mr. Kent founded the Crime Victims & Abuse Lawyers Group to help other lawyers around the country. The group will facilitate collaboration among crime victims lawyers.

Changes in State Laws Allow More Crime Victims to File Civil Lawsuits

Formation of the group comes at a time when civil crime victims cases, such as sexual abuse, sexual assault, hazing, etc., have been increasing due to changes in state laws across the country. Many states, for instance, have relaxed statute of limitations laws, giving victims of child molestation the opportunity to seek justice against abusers and others whose negligence allowed the abuse to occur. A few states have gone so far as to open special windows of time, allowing victims whose cases were previously time-barred with the opportunity to finally seek justice and file a civil lawsuit.

Roughly three years ago, the Delaware legislature passed a law which allowed victims of child molestation to file civil lawsuits. The law opened a special window of time allowing victims of child molestation, whose cases were barred Delaware’s statute of limitations, to file civil lawsuits. Mr. Kent took advantage of this special law and filed a lawsuit on behalf of two clients against a sitting state court judge. The case received widespread media attention around the country. Locally, Mr. Kent was interviewed about the case during a Philadelphia area news broadcast. More states are expected to pass similar laws. Pennsylvania’s legislature, for example, has considered passing such a law.

About Mr. Kent

Mr. Kent is an injury and accident lawyer specializing in handling crime victims cases. He entered private practice in 2008. Prior to entering the private sector, he served as an Assistant District Attorney with the District Attorney’s Office of Montgomery County, just outside of Philadelphia. There, Mr. Kent prosecuted sex offenders in the sex crimes unit. He is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Illinois, and his firm has the resources to handle cases nationwide. Call the firm for more information. (866) 641-0806 or Click To Call (toll-free)

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