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Jeff Anderson & ASsociates: Attorneys

Jeff Anderson

Trial Attorney

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
  • Pennsylvania, 2011
  • New Jersey, 2019
  • 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
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2019
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2020

Mike Finnegan

Attorney

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
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • New York, 2019
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2019
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2020

Mike Reck

Attorney

As a seasoned trial attorney in some of the most meaningful sexual abuse litigation in the country, Mike vigorously advocates on behalf of survivors of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by those in a position of power. Mike’s work is a prominent force on behalf of victims’ rights. His practice forces accountability upon the individuals and institutions responsible for harming children.

Mike is instrumental in cases against the Catholic Church, Boy Scouts, camps, private schools and other powerful institutions and individuals. His cases have forced disclosure of the identities of previously secret pedophiles and led to criminal prosecutions. The public release of thousands of previously secret documents about clergy sex abuse was a result of Mike’s tireless work. As a caring advocate, Mike stands with survivors of abuse against powerful and prominent defendants including a great many Archdioceses and Dioceses throughout the country.

Known for his individual attention and positivity, Mike draws strength from the survivors he works with. Numerous national publications and television stations have interviewed him. He works on behalf of victims’ organizations and trains other advocates through the National Crime Victim Bar Association.

Mike has represented hundreds of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Prominent recent cases include:

  • Settlement with the Diocese of Wilmington and several independent religious orders.
  • Settlement with the Diocese of Honolulu and several independent religious orders.
  • Settlement on behalf of hundreds of survivors with the Irish Christian Brothers who were forced into bankruptcy.
  • Cases and/or settlements involving major dioceses and churches including: the Archdiocese of New York; Diocese of Brooklyn; Diocese of Syracuse; Diocese of Newark; Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Diocese of Bridgeport; Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Diocese of Providence and others.
  • Cutting-edge litigation seeking to inhibit institutions from keeping the identities and whereabouts of pedophiles secret.

Mike attended the University of California at Irvine where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1997. Michael’s Juris Doctorate was awarded cum laude from Whittier Law School in 2000. During law school he was a member of the law review and his work was published. Michael is a member of the State Bar of California since 2000. He is also a member of the state bars of New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Mike was raised in southern California and has been a long time resident of New York. As an avid environmentalist, Mike spends much of his free time outside with his family.

Mike Reck Bar Admissions:

  • California, 2000
  • Texas, 2006
  • New York, 2007
  • Pennsylvania, 2014
  • United States Supreme Court

Elin Lindstrom

Attorney

Since joining Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2011, Elin Lindstrom has diligently advocated for survivors of child sexual abuse and worked to hold accountable the institutions that allowed the abuse to occur. Elin’s empathy and compassion, combined with her legal knowledge and expertise, make her an essential part of the litigation team at Jeff Anderson & Associates. During her 6 years with the firm, Elin was an integral part of the trial teams that successfully litigated cases involving religious institutions from Wisconsin and Minnesota. In 2015, Elin received the Minnesota Lawyer attorney of the year award for her work on one of the first cases to go to trial under the Minnesota Child Victims Act. Elin has also been designated as a Minnesota Super Lawyers “Rising Star” from 2017 to 2020. In addition to her trial experience, Elin has successfully contributed to the public exposure of thousands of secret documents from religious institutions around the state of Minnesota.

Elin spent most of her childhood in Minnesota before finishing high school in Switzerland at Zurich International School in 2004. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and is a 2011 graduate of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. In addition to practicing law, Elin balances life as a mother and enjoys spending time outdoors.

Elin Lindstrom Bar Admissions:

  • Wisconsin, 2011
  • Minnesota, 2012
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2019

Trusha Goffe

Attorney

Trusha Patel Goffe has dedicated her legal career to advocating for children and brave survivors of child sexual abuse. As an attorney at Jeff Anderson & Associates, she has worked on hundreds of cases against schools, youth organizations, and religious institutions that concealed sex offenders and allowed perpetrators to abuse children.

Trusha received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 2006 and her J.D. from University of St. Thomas in 2010. Prior to joining Jeff Anderson & Associates, Trusha served as a law clerk to Judge David Higgs in the 2nd Judicial District of Minnesota and as an Assistant County Attorney in the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office’s Child Protection Unit where she gained significant insight into the court system and learned valuable litigation strategies. Trusha is a member of the Minnesota Association for Justice and the National Crime Victims Bar Association.

Trusha Goffe Bar Admissions:

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Minnesota
  • Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Josh Peck

Attorney

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:

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota

Molly Burke

Attorney

Molly joined Jeff Anderson & Associates in October 2014 after serving for three years as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Before becoming a lawyer, Molly’s passion for helping children led her to a 10-year career working with children on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities. Molly worked one-on-one with children and taught and counseled their parents in the United States and internationally. Molly’s enthusiasm about positively impacting the world, her experience helping those facing adversity, and her dedication to improving the lives of others makes her a welcome addition to the Jeff Anderson & Associates team.

Molly graduated summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in 2010. During law school, Molly worked as a summer associate at Halleland, Lewis, Nilan and Johnson and was an Assistant Editor on the Law Review. Before law school, Molly’s interest in advocating for children influenced her undergraduate studies; she majored in Women’s Studies and graduated magna cum laude from the College of St. Catherine.

Molly is certified as a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral, and she enjoys volunteering as a mediator in Hennepin County Harassment Court and with youth in restorative justice community mediations. Molly is a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers and the Minnesota Association for Justice.

Molly Burke Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Taylor Stippel

Attorney

Taylor Stippel joined Jeff Anderson & Associates as an attorney in October 2017 after working at the firm as an intern and law clerk since 2013. She is grateful for the opportunity to empower survivors by holding accountable perpetrators and the institutions that shelter and enable them.

Taylor attended Michigan Technological University, where she played on the women’s basketball team. After graduating summa cum laude with a liberal arts degree in 2014, Taylor returned to her home state of Minnesota to attend law school.

Taylor graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and became a member of the Order of the Coif. During law school, Taylor worked as a student attorney in the Civil Practice Clinic and represented multiple clients in family and employment law matters. She further honed her advocacy skills as a member of the law school’s mock trial team. Taylor was also a managing editor for the Minnesota Law Review and authored a published student note entitled “Toward Definition, Not Discord: Why Congress Should Amend the Family and Medical Leave Act To Preclude Individual Liability for Supervisors.”

Taylor Stippel Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota
  • New York

Stacey Benson

Attorney

With an extensive background in the legal and investigative fields, and having worked as a field investigator and as an assistant to a California county coroner, Stacey adds great value to our firm. She brings compassion and understanding to her work having volunteered at CornerHouse, a child abuse evaluation and training center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as working as a volunteer investigator with the internationally recognized Innocence Project. Stacey joined the firm in 2011 as a paralegal and worked as the firm’s Communications Director until 2019, at which point she turned her focus to practicing law full-time.

Stacey graduated cum laude from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Certificate of Forensic Science at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Stacey has dedicated her career to advocating on behalf of survivors of child sexual abuse and believes it is important to bring attention and awareness to the prevention of child sexual abuse and sexual assault. Stacey resides in St. Paul and spends her free time traveling and playing volleyball.

Stacey Benson Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Jennifer Stein

Attorney

Since beginning her work with survivors of sexual abuse in 2008, Jennifer has dedicated the majority of her legal practice to the child protection movement with an exclusive focus on personal injury matters involving childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and civil rights violations. She has represented hundreds of survivors in cases against a variety of defendants, including individual perpetrators and the entities that employed them (public schools, private schools, youth sports organizations, religious institutions, and residential care facilities). Jennifer has been heavily involved in some of the most significant sexual abuse cases across the country and is passionate about making a tangible difference in the lives of those she represents and, by extension, children everywhere.

Jennifer is a certified Dispute Resolutions Program Act (DRPA) Mediator and has served as a mediator for the Riverside County Superior Court and in private practice. Jennifer has also authored articles on legal issues in various publications throughout California.

Education:

University of San Diego, B.B.A., Cum Laude (2010)
Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude (2014)

Jennifer Stein Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court, for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California

Darrow Anderson

Attorney

Darrow Anderson, child sexual abuse attorney and advocate

Darrow Anderson is dedicated to empowering survivors of childhood sexual abuse through advocacy and civil justice. As an advocate, he seeks to promote the protection of children through institutional transparency and to give a voice to those wrongfully silenced. As an attorney, he seeks to hold the perpetrators, concealers, and conspirators of childhood sexual abuse accountable for their crimes.

He spent his formative years in Stillwater, Minnesota. His lifelong athletic pursuits – including qualifying as a downhill skiing U.S. Junior Olympian – led him to Montana State University in Bozeman, where he studied philosophy, policy, and music. After receiving a BA in Philosophy in 2013, he returned to Minnesota to pursue a career in law and advocacy.

Beginning his legal career in environmental law, Darrow clerked in both the public and private sector, and worked as a certified student attorney for Legal Assistance for Minnesota Prisoners with a focus on injury, family, and civil rights. In 2018, he received his Juris Doctorate from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and joined Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2018 as a law clerk before his admission to the Bar in 2019.

Darrow Anderson Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota, 2019

Clayton Hinrichs

Attorney

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In 2018, Clayton began clerking at Jeff Anderson and Associates in March while attending law school. Since then, his passion for helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse has solidified his place at the firm and he is widely recognized as a kind, knowledgeable and respectful ally among his clients and colleagues alike.

Clayton received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Dakota. While there, he developed a desire for a career in which he could help people in need, which led him to pursue a law degree at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. In 2019, he received his J.D., was admitted to the Minnesota Bar, and joined Jeff Anderson & Associates as an attorney.

While a law clerk, Clayton honed his advocacy skills at the Civil Advocacy Clinic, where he represented low-income tenants who were being exploited by unethical landlords. This important work laid the foundation for Clayton to become the dedicated survivor advocate he is today. He is honored to support survivors of childhood sexual abuse on their journeys to healing.

Clayton Hinrichs Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota, 2019

Nahid A. Shaikh

Attorney

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Nahid A. Shaikh has dedicated her career to representing injured people against powerful, well-funded, influential opponents. Since joining Jeff Anderson and Associates, she has focused her entire practice on advocating for and empowering survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She has represented hundreds of survivors in cases against a variety of defendants, including individual perpetrators and the entities that employed them.

Prior to joining Jeff Anderson and Associates, Nahid worked at two nationally recognized plaintiffs’ law firms where she represented clients in various legal areas through every stage of litigation.

Nahid graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law magna cum laude and in the top five percent of her class. While at Cardozo, Nahid was a member of the Cardozo Law Review and served as a full-time judicial intern for the Honorable Patty Shwartz on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Nahid Shaikh Bar Admissions:

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York

Pat Stoneking

Attorney

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Pat Stoneking is a trial attorney who has always fought for people and against powerful interests. Pat began his career at a small practice before joining a large national litigation firm. During that time, Pat first-chaired jury trials to verdicts in three states and represented injured people in some of the most difficult and complicated injury suits across the country. One day, Pat was offered the unique opportunity to partner with the team at Jeff Anderson & Associates on behalf of hundreds of survivors of childhood sexual abuse in New York. That turned out to be a transformative event in Pat’s career because within six months, Pat had joined Jeff Anderson & Associates full-time where he has focused his entire practice on the representation of survivors.

Pat is an honors graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he completed a double major in mathematics and economics in three years. Pat is a member of the Board of Governors at the Minnesota Association for Justice where he is also the current chair of the Legislative Committee and a member of the Amicus Committee. Pat is a Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Law by the Minnesota Bar Association and has been named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers for the last six years. Pat is also a Master at the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court.

Pat Stoneking Admissions:

  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Hagerey Mengistu

Attorney

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As a first-generation American, Hagerey has witnessed firsthand the difficulties surrounding being heard and obtaining justice in our complex legal system. Thus, Hagerey has dedicated her entire legal career to helping those without a voice. Hagerey had her own practice after receiving her license and primarily concentrated her practice in personal injury law. In 2016, Hagerey began advocating on behalf of children with special needs in conjunction with Hope4Families California. Hagerey represented children and their guardians through the Due Process proceedings in order to obtain essential services from the school district. Hagerey also empowered the families by providing the space to be heard, validating their concerns and informing them of their ongoing rights. Hagerey is honored to continue her child advocacy by seeking justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse as an attorney at Jeff Anderson & Associates.

Hagerey graduated cum laude from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems. She then worked for a financial software company for four years before deciding to attend graduate school and pursue her passion in advocacy. She attended California Western School of Law in San Diego, California as a Dean’s Merit Scholarship recipient. During law school, Hagerey was a member of the Pro Bono Honor Society as well as a volunteer clerk at the legal aid clinic of San Diego.

Hagerey is now settled back into her hometown of Los Angeles and enjoys spending her free time with her extended family and traveling with her husband.

Hagerey Mengistu Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of California

Elizabeth Del Cid

Attorney

Elizabeth Del Cid has spent the better part of her life helping people share their stories.

Even as a young girl, she was an advocate in her community. She served as a journalist for LA Youth, a newspaper by and about Los Angeles teens that had a worldwide audience. As a Staff Writer, she wrote pieces featuring her peers who were overcoming physical disabilities, embracing their dreams of stardom or grappling with their identity. Her own story as a first-generation American being raised in a traditional, Mexican and Catholic household was spotlighted in magazines as far away as Europe.

Elizabeth has practiced law since 2007. She has spent all of her career litigating state and federal cases up and down the California coast and the last decade, counseling clients from coast to coast. Elizabeth started as a Prosecutor for cities in California. Since then, she has first or second chaired civil, criminal and regulatory matters that went to trial, arbitration, evidentiary hearing, and hearing on a dispositive motion or for emergency relief. She is no stranger to class action suits, cases in which multi-millions of dollars are alleged in damages, and tackling complex issues involving RICO, conspiracy and requests for punitive damages. Prior to joining JAA, Elizabeth was a Partner at a National Tier One Law Firm in Manhattan where she handled lawsuits straight out of Wall Street. She is also an arbitrator.

Among her professional accomplishments, Elizabeth is most proud of having obtained relief for survivors of domestic violence, parents of children with special needs, asylum seekers and Spanish-speaking clients fighting for their and their family’s rights in this country.

Her true loves are her daughter, nieces and nephew, each of whom remind her that the future is bright.

Elizabeth is a native Spanish speaker.

Elizabeth Del Cid Bar Admissions: 

  • California, 2007
  • New York, 2015
  • Central District of California, 2008
  • Northern District of California, 2009
  • Northern District of Iowa, 2009
  • District Court of Connecticut, 2017

Rita Gribko

Attorney

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Rita began working with survivors of child sexual abuse in 2005, and since the start of her legal career in 1994 has gained broad litigation experience in various areas of law with New Jersey firms. Before joining Jeff Anderson & Associates, Rita ultimately owned her own private practice where she successfully litigated Civil and Family matters, including domestic violence and child abuse issues. Most recently before joining JAA, Rita worked briefly for an insurance defense firm, an experience which gives her a unique perspective into the defense process and strategies.

Rita has daily contact with survivors and is completely immersed in their cases. In her close work with survivors, Rita makes certain that their stories are told, that they are heard, and that the institutions that allowed these children to suffer at the hands of clergy are held accountable.  In so doing, Rita has successfully navigated depositions, written discovery, motion practice, and all day-to-day aspects of her clients’ litigation. Rita’s involvement in this area of the law has helped bring closure to survivors via settlement by successful mediation and has given her invaluable experience for her practice today with JAA.

Early in her career, Rita also served as an Assistant Hudson County Prosecutor in the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, where she represented the state in pursuit of justice for victims of domestic violence. During her time assigned to a jury trial team, she continued to pursue justice for victims of violent and property crimes.

Rita is known for her empathy and compassion for survivors. She is dedicated to serving survivors with the respect, care and understanding they deserve, while working to help them with the healing process by litigating for the best possible outcome for each individual client. Rita deems it a true privilege to serve her clients.

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, New Jersey, 1994, J.D.
  • LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York, 1991, B.A.
  • Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions 

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Clerkships: Law Clerk to the Honorable Frances L. Antonin, J.S.C. (Criminal Division) and the Honorable Charles J. Harrington, Jr., J.S.C. (Family Division).