Attorneys

Jeff Anderson

Trial Attorney

Jeff Jeff Anderson is widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation and a champion of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In nearly four decades as a litigator, Jeff has represented thousands of survivors and their families and has tried over two hundred and fifty jury trials to verdict across the country through the crucible of the courtroom. Known for his optimism, energy and compassion for his clients, Jeff is credited with being instrumental in exposing the large scale cover-up of pedophile priests in the early 1980's. As one of the first trial lawyers in America to publicly and aggressively initiate lawsuits against sexual predators—and focusing on bringing heat and light on the offenders and the institutions that conceal and protect them.

Jeff has received many awards and recognitions but his greatest honor is the trust reposed in him by survivors and their families. From them he draws strength, courage and inspiration in the shared journey of hope and healing.

Anderson's tireless efforts extend beyond the courtroom where he is a frequent lecturer, survivor advocate and author who advocates for legislative and judicial protection of children and the prevention of childhood sexual abuse.

Jeff Anderson Bar Admissions:
Minnesota, 1975
Wisconsin, 1984
Illinois, 2004
Colorado, 2006
New York, 2010
Pennslyvania, 2011
U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1984
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

For a complete list of Jeff Anderson’s awards, recognitions, lectures, published works and certifications click here.

Mike Finnegan

Attorney

Mike Mike Finnegan has worked for over a decade with hundreds of courageous survivors of childhood sexual abuse to support them in their effort to reclaim power stolen from them as children. Using the civil courts to aid victims seeking accountability and healing, Mike has handled thousands of cases against individual perpetrators and institutions that protected them.

Mike’s work has resulted in the release of thousands of previously secret documents about childhood sexual abuse in organizations and resulted in numerous significant recoveries for his clients. Most recently, Mike has played a pivotal role in forcing the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to release over 50,000 documents pertaining to priests accused of sexual abuse.
A creative thinker and keen legal strategist, Mike was an attorney of record in a federal lawsuit naming the Vatican that resulted in the Vatican being ordered to produce documents in a child sex abuse case for the first time.

Mike grew up in West St. Paul, Minnesota and began his legal career at Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2002 as a law clerk and in 2004 as an Attorney. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Yale University in 1999 and his Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in 2004.

Mike Finnegan Bar Admissions:
Minnesota, 2004
Wisconsin, 2009
California, 2005
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2006
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2010

Gregg Meyers

Attorney

Gregg Gregg Meyers joined Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2011 after a legal career that began in the United States Department of Justice as a litigator in the Civil Rights Division and then moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where his practice concentrated on civil litigation for victims of sexual abuse, defamation, civil rights and claims under the federal False Claims Act.

Among Gregg’s significant achievements are a $105 million jury award in October of 2000, (the largest verdict in the history of Charleston County) for a parent of a sexual abuse victim and a $20.25 million jury award in December 2002 (the largest in the history of Berkeley County), for a doctor defamed by a hospital administrator. The sexual abuse verdict led to a series of significant settlements for dozens of abuse victims. He has been handling sexual abuse cases since 1987.

In addition, Gregg has argued appellate cases in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, North Carolina Court of Appeals, South Carolina Court of Appeals, South Carolina Supreme Court, and is licensed to practice in United States Supreme Court.

Gregg’s incredible depth of experience in the court room and a passion for those who have been sexually abused as children provides additional strength to the firm’s ability to handle cases in South Carolina, Minnesota and across the nation.

A native of Minnesota, Gregg graduated from Cum Laude from Mankato State University and earned his law degree at Hamline University Law School in St. Paul, where he was on the law review.

Gregg Meyers Bar Admissions:
United States Supreme Court, 1995
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth District, 1991
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth District, 1982
South Carolina State and Federal Courts, 1987
Minnesota State & Federal Courts, 1979

J. Michael Reck

Attorney

Michael Mike is an experienced trial attorney for Jeff Anderson and Associates who vigorously litigates on behalf of survivors of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by those in a position of power. During the past decade, Mike has become a prominent, nationwide force on behalf of victim’s rights. His recent successes on behalf of survivors include his instrumental role in a settlement with the Diocese of Wilmington and several independent religious orders in excess of 100 million dollars and the forced public release of thousands of previously secret documents. These documents and the accompanying disclosures brought allegations against numerous abusive priests to light and led to a successful criminal prosecution.

Mike’s litigation practice was forged in both state and federal courts where he successfully handles trial and appellate cases. As an avid environmentalist, during his early years Mike worked for a government agency regulating air quality emissions.

Raised in southern California, Mike attended the University of California at Irvine where earned a bachelor of science degree in biology. Mike’s Juris Doctorate was awarded cum laude from Whittier Law School where as a member of the law review he authored a published article entitled “A Community with no Conscience: the Further Reduction of a Juror’s Right to Nullify in California v. Sanchez.”

J. Michael Reck Bar Admissions:
California, 2000
New York, 2007
Texas, 2006
United States Supreme Court

Sarah Odegaard

Attorney

Sarah Sarah is proud to represent survivors of child sexual abuse, as she is driven by a passion to help others and a desire for justice. Sarah practices in state and federal courts, and handles cases primarily in Minnesota and California. Sarah has successfully represented clients in achieving settlements against institutional entities including churches, school districts and private businesses. Sarah also handles appeals, and has argued in the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Sarah graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School. During law school, she served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Sandra L. Margulies in the California Court of Appeal.

Between college and law school, Sarah worked as an AmeriCorps member at College Possible, a Twin Cities-based non-profit that helps low income students earn admission to and succeed in college. She graduated with honors from Macalester College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Economics and played varsity basketball and tennis.

Sarah is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL).

Sarah Odegaard Bar Admissions:
Minnesota
California
U.S. District Court Northern District of California
U.S. District Court District of Minnesota

Elin Lindstrom

Attorney

Elin After graduating from S.J. Quinney College of Law in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2011, Elin Lindstrom joined Jeff Anderson & Associates as an attorney in the firm’s St. Paul office.

While in law school Elin competed on the school’s Moot Court Team and in 2011, her team was successful in making it to the National competition in New York City. As a third year law student Elin worked in the Salt Lake City Prosecutor’s office as a student prosecutor where she often represented the office in motion hearings and bench trials for DUI and domestic violence cases.

While living with her family in Switzerland, Elin attended and graduated from the Zurich International School and after returning to the United States earned B.A.s in both history and international studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

An active runner, Elin has completed marathons and half marathons and also enjoys Nordic and alpine skiing, paddle boarding and painting.

Elin Lindstrom Bar Admissions:
Wisconsin, 2011
Minnesota, 2012

Annie Kopplin

Attorney

Annie Annie Kopplin joined Jeff Anderson & Associates as a law clerk in 2010 and is grateful to continue to work as an attorney with the firm.

Annie’s diverse experiences as a law student at William Mitchell College of Law included teaching constitutional law and civics at St. Paul’s Central High School as part of the Marshall-Brennan Project, working as an extern for a Ramsey County District Court Judge, volunteering with the Immigrant Law Center, serving as a student attorney, and ultimately arguing in front of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Before attending law school, Annie graduated with honors from St. Olaf College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish and was a captain of the cross country and track and field teams. Annie’s proficiency in Spanish is an important contribution to our legal representation of Hispanic and Latino clients.

Annie Kopplin Bar Admissions:
Minnesota, 2012
Hawaii, 2013
U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2012

Trusha Patel

Attorney

Trusha Trusha’s dedicated passion for children and the community makes her an excellent addition to the Jeff Anderson team. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and upon graduating served in the Americorps Program at Hands on Miami. Trusha continued her education at the University of St. Thomas where she obtained her JD in 2010, served as president of the school’s Public Service Board, and received the Living the Mission Award for integrating faith and reason in the search for truth through a focus on morality and justice.

During law school, Trusha participated in the community justice project clinic, addressing systemic issues facing disadvantaged communities and implementing social justice programs relating to youth. Trusha worked at the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office as a Certified Student Attorney and Assistant County Attorney, representing the human services department in child protection proceedings. She served as Judicial Law clerk to Judge David Higgs in the 2nd Judicial District of Minnesota where she gained significant insight into the court system and learned valuable litigation strategies.

Trusha is active as a volunteer for Hands on Twin Cities and the Jeremiah Program and founded JaMinn Link, a Minnesota-based non-profit that builds awareness surrounding human rights issues facing Jamaica. Born and raised in Jamaica, Trusha now resides in Minneapolis and enjoys reading, yoga and cooking when she’s not busy advocating for abused and neglected children.

Trusha Patel Bar Admissions:
Washington, D.C.
Minnesota

Josh Peck

Attorney

Josh Josh Peck is a dedicated advocate with a proven commitment to service who joined Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2013. He is honored to work with survivors of childhood sexual abuse in a collaborative effort to prevent further harm to children, and to hold accountable those who perpetuate and allow such abuse to continue.

A native of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Josh spent four years in the United States Navy before graduating summa cum laude from San Diego State University. After college he returned to his home state to attend Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul. While in law school Josh served as an Associate Editor of Hamline’s Journal of Public Law and Policy, earned honors in Legal Research and Writing, volunteered at the National Child Protection Training Center, and clerked at a law firm advocating for disabled and injured clients. Josh also played on Hamline Law’s hockey team and participated in an annual charity fundraiser game between Hamline and William Mitchell College of Law.

Josh brings passion and experience in child protection to the firm. He believes strongly in what Jeff Anderson & Associates stands for and will work diligently to protect children and assist survivors of abuse in their journey of healing.

Josh Peck Bar Admissions:
Minnesota

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