Paul Mones has been Trusted by Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Nationwide for Over 35 Years

Paul Mones is a California-based attorney who dedicates his practice to representing adult victims of child sexual abuse and sexually abused children. Backed by over 35 years of experience, he has the knowledge and skills to help you obtain fair compensation. Paul is licensed in California, Oregon, and Massachusetts and routinely collaborates with a network of co-counsel attorneys on child sex abuse cases nationwide.

If you or a loved one has been sexually abused as a child, you can trust Paul Mones to fight for your rights.

Survivors of child sexual abuse typically experience psychological trauma that lingers into their adult years. Although religious institutions, public and private schools, youth programs and family members have a duty to protect children, thousands of sexual abuse victims have been hiding in the shadows for decades. The best way for survivors to find justice is to file a civil lawsuit to recover meaningful compensation.

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Courtney Kiehl is an attorney and advocate for survivors of sexual abuse. Before she came to work for Paul, she founded A.C.H.E. (Abused Children Heard Everywhere) as a response to her own experience with sexual abuse by her gymnastics coach and has spent the last fifteen years working on related issues. She also serves as a Fellow for CHILD USA’s Game Over: Commission to Protect Youth Athletes.

Read more about Courtney’s journey here: A Survivor Shares Her Strength

Louanne Masry is of counsel to Paul Mones, P.C.. Over her long career, Louanne has represented numerous sexual abuse victims throughout California, and has distinguished herself by as well litigating numerous sexual abuse cases through trial. Since 2011, Louanne has been consistently listed as a “California Super Lawyer”, and has been regularly named in Super Lawyers’ list of the “Top 50 Women Lawyers in Southern California.” including in its most recent 2020 list.

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The Thacher School Releases Special Committee Report Outlining History of Sexual Misconduct

In the summer of 2020, The Thacher School received reports of sexual misconduct by faculty, staff, and students. This followed the creation of the anonymous Instagram page @rpecultureatthacher, which was created as “A safe space for those who have experienced r*pe culture at Thacher.” @rpecultureatthacher allowed those who had experienced sexual harassment, assault, or rape at The Thacher School to share their story and find resources, while revealing a history of sexual misconduct at the School.

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Verdicts & Results Paul Has Achieved

Over the course of his career, Paul has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients all over the nation. Although every case is different and past results therefore do not guarantee success in any particular case, these kinds of results do reflect Paul’s hard work and dedication to his clients.

$19.9 Million

Paul Mones obtained the largest verdict ever against the Boy Scouts of America

$11.45 Million

Paul Mones obtained one of the largest judgments nationwide against the Roman Catholic Church

View Verdicts & ResultsWhat Clients Say About Working with Paul Mones

Every case is different and past results therefore do not guarantee success in any particular case, these testimonials do show Paul's close relationship with the client’s he represents.

"For years I was torn, fearful and ashamed to tell the truth about what had happened to me at the hand of someone whom represented an organization I trusted and admired. This truth has also provided me the opportunity to feel freedom from a situation that was never of my own doing, my wishes or part of my plan. There is a responsibility that victims of abuse share…their truth can perhaps save another young person from the burden of a similar fate of consequence. If it helps only one beside myself, then it was worth it.

Only Paul’s steadfast support and his understanding devotion to seeing the correct and right thing through…gave me the strength to bring mine into the light. I will be forever grateful to him for standing beside me.""Paul worked diligently on my case which resulted in an outcome that I could not be more happy with. His passion for helping abuse survivors has allowed him to enter a world of much sorrow and pain. His courage in fighting through that world in order to reach me is what ultimately saved my life. Pulling me out of the darkness of my past and leading me into a bright future, Paul has helped restore my life.""Having Paul represent me in my sexual abuse case was an absolute blessing. From day one, he demonstrated compassion and understanding. He lead me through the legal process so easily it was amazing!! Paul is the best attorney you could have in your corner."PreviousNextView All Testimonials
“The enduring fantasy that nice guys don’t molest children provides dangerous cover to perpetrators and engenders abject hopelessness in victims. Hiding behind a facade of kindheartedness, child molesters know they are committing the perfect crime, one that silences most of its victims forever.”- Paul Mones
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Recent CasesNew law lets Redding man file sexual abuse lawsuit 20 years later38 Former Students Sue Yeshiva University Over Alleged Sex AbuseFormer Huntington Beach Teacher Gets 2 Years In Prison For Sexually Assaulting Teen In Long BeachView All Recent CasesPaul Mones' TV Interviews
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Oregon played pivotal role in case against Boy Scouts

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Boy Scouts face some 90,000 sex abuse claims in bankruptcy case

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Boy Scouts Face Additional Abuse Claims In Bankruptcy Court

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A Survivor Shares Her Strength

Courtney Kiehl JD ’15 Law knew she wanted to work with trauma survivors in some capacity. A former elite gymnast and survivor of child sexual abuse, Kiehl chose to pursue a legal career after earning her bachelor’s degree in sociology at UCLA, where she had become involved in victims’ rights organizations. “When I began researching law...

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After Teacher Convicted Of Sex Offenses, Corona-Norco USD Sued

The Corona-Norco Unified School District is the target of a lawsuit stemming from multiple sexual offenses perpetrated by a former high school teacher and athletics coach now serving time in state prison, it was announced Wednesday. “Schools have a duty to protect the safety and welfare of students,” attorney Paul Mones said regarding the civil...

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Five Sexual Assault Survivors Sue Riverside County School District for Employing Convicted Serial Sexual Abuser High School Teacher-Track Coach

Former high school teacher, track and field coach, and cross-country running coach Joe Robles, Jr. – who is currently serving a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of multiple felony sex crimes – has been named in a civil action alleging that he sexually assaulted at least five children between the ages of 14 and 17 between...

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California Sexual Abuse Attorneys

Paul Mones is a leading nationwide advocate of sexual abuse victims, having represented hundreds of sexual abuse survivors. Although child sexual abuse is a serious problem across the nation, some states are making it easier for victims to pursue claims against their abusers. In New York, for example, the Child Victim’s Act extended the statute of limitations so that survivors can file a claim until they are 55 years old. A similar initiative in California goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, giving victims of child sexual abuse until the age of 40 to file a claim. 

Attorney Paul Mones is up-to-date on the most recent developments in the laws governing sexual abuse claims. Because he has worked closely with child sexual abuse survivors and their families for many years, Paul profoundly understands the trauma experienced by those who have been sexually victimized as children. When you become his client, he will take the time to listen to your concerns and handle your case with the personal attention it deserves. Although pursuing a claim may mean retrieving painful memories, Paul will offer you a supportive environment in which you feel comfortable sharing your story.

Paul Mones will fight to protect your rights and maintain your privacy through what may be an arduous process. Paul will dedicate his skills and resources to conduct a thorough investigation of your claim. This includes conducting an interview with you, often with the assistance of mental health professionals, identifying and interviewing witnesses, including the alleged perpetrator, as well as individuals in positions of responsibility who may have been complicit in the abuser’s crimes. As daunting as pursuing a child sexual abuse claim may be, Paul Mones will make the law work for you and fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.

If you were victimized sexually while in the care of a religious group, school, youth program, or any other entity or person charged with protecting children, you are likely afraid and angry. The sense of betrayal may have impacted you in many ways, lasting well into your adult years. Similarly, parents of children who have been sexually abused often experience guilt for unknowingly placing their children in harm’s way. 

Paul Mones believes that it is imperative to hold offenders accountable and pierce the veil of organizations that attempt to deny liability and even work to protect the perpetrators. For over 35 years, Paul has worked with other attorneys, lawmakers, and victim’s rights groups across the nation to combat child sexual abuse, and he is highly regarded for being a dedicated advocate of children and families. 

“Every Roman Catholic diocese and archdiocese must be held publicly accountable for their complicity in the sexual abuse of generations of children. These grand juries must be the voice of the untold thousands who were forced to remain silent, including those who went to their graves never revealing the crimes that ruined their lives.”- Paul Mones

Selecting a Sexual Abuse Attorney

For victims of sexual abuse, choosing an attorney to represent you is a challenging and often stress-inducing choice. Because it is a critical, life-changing decision to seek justice from the institution or person responsible for molesting you, choosing the right attorney is of paramount importance. Therefore, after closely looking at my website, I urge you to do the same with other attorneys’ websites you may be considering hiring and to speak with us, whether by phone or in person.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Won't I Know a Child Molester When I See One?

Absolutely not. Child molesters disappear into the fabric of the culture they’re living in. They often just seem like eager people, ready to help with a single call. You may have a queasy feeling about someone in your child’s life that you can’t ignore, though. When people are interviewed typically after these cases are over, they say, “You know, I always saw that so-and-so, he always wanted to be around my kid, but I thought he just was being nice about it because my kid never complained.” It’s often that person who you just weren’t sure of at the outset, so it’s important to monitor your child’s relationships with other adults.

What Kinds of Behaviors are Typical Among Child Molesters?

Child molesters who work or volunteer in youth programs go out of their way to be with your child. Your son or daughter’s teacher or Boy Scout leader may show up at your home to take your child to a music lesson or shopping for clothing even if you didn’t call them. Ironically, they are the person you can always count on to show a great interest in your child, buying presents, taking them out for special dinners, etc.

How Prevalent is Sexual Abuse in Children?

It’s likely at least one child you know has been a victim of abuse. One in four girls have been sexually abused. One in six boys has been sexually abused.

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Paul Mones is Not Just an Attorney - He is An Advocate for the rights of Abuse Survivors

While prosecutors take sex crimes against children very seriously today, thousands of people have been victimized over the course of decades by priests, rabbis, other clergy members, scoutmasters, teachers, coaches, youth leaders, as well as parents and other family members. Although a conviction for child sexual abuse carries criminal penalties, victims also have a right to seek civil damages. When you consult Paul Mones, you can rest assured that justice will be served.

Paul devotes his practice entirely to fighting for sexual abuse victims. He has a proven track record of winning significant jury awards and a well-earned reputation as a national advocate of sex abuse victims. Through his decades of working on behalf of victims, he has been humbled by their strength and courage in acknowledging the emotional harm they have suffered. Paul also profoundly understands the emotional and psychological obstacles victims face in holding their abusers and the institutions in which they flourish accountable in a court of law. Paul Mones eradicates those obstacles by providing his clients with powerful representation and caring personal service. Paul routinely collaborates with a respected network of psychologists and counselors to develop cases as well as to provide victims with the emotional support they need to face this challenge and confront their abusers.

Certainly, no amount of money can erase your memories of being abused as a child or the years of pain you have endured, but filing a lawsuit can help you regain your bearings and enable you to move on with your life. Coming forward can also help prevent other children from being victimized. You should know that you may still have a valid claim even if the offender has not been charged with or convicted of a sex crime.

“As a nation we should reflect on the fact that the solution to this massive problem is just not as easy as 'see something, say something.' We will never be able to give our children the protection they need until we understand the complex, nuanced and difficult nature of these crimes.”- Paul Mones

Trust Experience - Trust Paul Mones

Paul Mones is keenly aware that you may not have experience with the legal system, which is why he will take the time to explain all your rights and guide you through the entire process. Filing a lawsuit and confronting your abuser may seem intimidating, but Paul will provide you with strength and support and make your cause his cause. Although each case is unique, you may be entitled to damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, expenses for psychological counseling, and other fair and just compensation. If you have been the victim of child abuse, don’t suffer in silence. Contact Paul Mones today and let the healing begin.

Recent Cases


New law lets Redding man file sexual abuse lawsuit 20 years later

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38 Former Students Sue Yeshiva University Over Alleged Sex Abuse

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Former Huntington Beach Teacher Gets 2 Years In Prison For Sexually Assaulting Teen In Long Beach

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Sex Abuse News


U.S. Gymnasts Testify That the FBI Mishandled the Nassar Case

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New York’s Child Victims Act Filing Window Closes

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The Thacher School Removes Former Heads of School’s Name from Campus

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See How Paul Can Help

For over thirty five years, Paul Mones has been a leading nationwide advocate for victims of child abuse, representing hundreds of people who have been sexually abused as children by their Boy Scout leaders, priests, ministers, coaches, employers, teachers, guidance counselors as well as by their parents and guardians.


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