Sonoma Academy Santa Rosa California Student Sexual Abuse Investigation

Lieff Cabraser is investigating disturbing reports about sexual harassment and misconduct between faculty and students at the prestigious Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, California. A report commissioned by the school released in December 2021 details allegations of how a former teacher at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa allegedly groomed, sexually harassed or otherwise acted in an inappropriate way with dozens of female students. The report also claims that two other former employees sexually abused at least three students.

The detailed, report was compiled by an outside law firm in the wake of published reports of the sexual allegations against faculty at Sonoma Academy over the last 15 years.

Proven Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Lieff Cabraser represents survivors across the U.S. who have been victimized by sexual violence and sexual abuse. We treat every client with care, respect, and compassion as we bring our comprehensive legal skills forward on each and every case. We have a dedicated team of lawyers, nurse consultants, and paralegals experienced in working with and listening to survivors who work individually with every client in every case to see that justice is won.

We approach each case with a client-focused team, working at the pace and with the support each client deserves. In California, we have challenged abuse alleged at private schools like The Branson School in California’s Marin County, at the several of the country’s most prestigious universities, and via online platforms that have facilitated the sexual exploitation of minors. We understand the incredible courage it takes to challenge institutions and leaders, and we applaud our clients for taking steps that make the world safer for other survivors and that help to stop others from being harmed.

Our current and previous sexual abuse cases include our work on behalf of female students who were abused by the university gynecologist at USC ($215 million settlement and sweeping university reforms) as well as cases against the NCAA, the University of Michigan, the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, the Branson School, J.B. v. G6 Hospitality LLC, Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California, and Doe v. Twitter (representing anti-trafficking non-profit amici). We are also involved in numerous non-public school, church, and institutional student and teen abuse cases, including investigations regarding conversion therapy providers and troubled teen institutions.

If a school, church, sports team, hospital, or another institution failed to protect you from abuse, we may be able to help you hold that institution accountable, and possibly seek compensation and practice changes to prevent that failure from happening again to you or others. We urge you to contact a survivor’s rights lawyer at Lieff Cabraser today about your potential case and recovery.

If you were the victim of abuse unrelated to a larger institution, representation by our firm may not be the best option for your situation. We encourage you to consider representation by other attorneys, as well as support from resources like (another resource for male survivors),, and

Contact us

Lieff Cabraser attorney Annika K. Martin leads our firm’s work on behalf of students who suffered sexual abuse of all kinds by teachers or staff at Sonoma Academy. You can contact Annika by telephone at 212 355-9500, or you can use the confidential form below. There is no charge or obligation for your outreach, and all information will be held in the strictest confidence.

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