Jeff Anderson & Associates: Advocates and Staff
Lakeesha’s experience as a litigation paralegal is vital to our mission; her experience interviewing and then maintaining client relationships is invaluable; and her attention to detail in every aspect of case management is important to the overall success of our team.
In addition to her Paralegal certification, Lakeesha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in History and Philosophy.
Tim is an experienced paralegal with a background in civil litigation and criminal prosecution. Tim began his career as a journalist and uses his interviewing and writing abilities to help the firm and our clients achieve success.
With previous experience in advocating for injured persons, Tim works on behalf of our clients diligently and with great respect. Tim has a Paralegal bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University. Outside of work, Tim enjoys live music, reading, playing hockey, running and all outdoor activities.
A graduate of Winona State University, Kellie brings to the firm a fresh perspective and background in the legal field and is willing to go the extra mile to advocate for our clients. Kellie’s previous experience includes work with a civil litigation firm in La Crosse, Wisconsin and an internship with the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office in the Child Protection Unit. She has worked with family members of abused and neglected children and brings a calm, understanding disposition to the work that we do here at Jeff Anderson & Associates. Kellie resides in St. Paul and enjoys cooking, reading and traveling.
Parker brings several years of civil litigation experience to our firm. Parker’s success as a paralegal can be attributed to his previous experience in law enforcement, accounting, and private investigation. In addition to his paralegal certificate, Parker completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. His compassion for survivors and intolerance for injustice drives him to help our clients find a path to healing and closure. Parker epitomizes a phrase commonly heard around our firm, “We lead with our hearts and steer with our heads.” Outside of work, Parker stays active playing golf, hiking, working out, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Client Communications Manager
Asja holds a B.S. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Before joining Jeff Anderson and Associates, she worked as an Advocate coordinating crisis lines, providing court advocacy and supporting survivors through Sexual Assault Forensic Exams.
Asja enjoys volunteering in her spare time and has been involved with Women’s Advocates and HandsOn Twin Cities. She brings expertise in working directly with survivors and provides a safe environment for clients here at Jeff Anderson and Associates.
Legal / Executive Assistant
Therese has worked for Jeff Anderson for over nineteen years and currently serves as a legal and executive assistant to Jeff Anderson, Mike Finnegan, and Elin Lindstrom. In the ever demanding world of a major litigation environment, Therese provides a capable and steady hand that keeps the firm focused and on time.
Legal / Executive Assistant
Erin is the legal and executive assistant to attorneys Mike Reck, Trusha Patel, Josh Peck, Molly Burke and Jeff Anderson. Erin has been with the firm since 1993, making her the longest tenured employee at Jeff Anderson & Associates. She brings a calm demeanor and historical perspective that are invaluable to the day-to-day work of the firm.
Patrick J. Wall
Patrick J. Wall, an advocate and world renowned author/lecturer on the history of child abuse and cover-up in institutional organizations, is lead researcher for Jeff Anderson and Associates. Patrick began his career as a monk and Roman Catholic priest of the Order of Saint Benedict in Collegeville, Minnesota. From 1986-1998 he worked in four parishes in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Since leaving the ministry in 1998, Patrick has worked with prosecutors and private law firms on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse around the country. In 2002, he co-authored the book “Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes” with Thomas Doyle O.P. and A.W. Richard Sipe.
A prolific and respected blogger, Patrick has also been an expert commentator on ABC, CBC, CNN, NPR and RTE. He holds a Bachelors and Masters of Divinity from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, as well as an LLM in Canon law from the University of Cardiff School of Law. Patrick is an adjunct faculty member at the University of California – Irvine School of Law. Patrick and his family live in Dana Point, CA.
Michelle is the lead receptionist at Jeff Anderson and Associates, and has answered the phone with a smile since 2004. Before coming to the firm, Michelle worked with adolescents as a client representative for Face to Face Health and Counseling Inc., in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Melissa M. Harris
With great attention to detail and an incredible work ethic Melissa has kept things in impeccable order at Jeff Anderson & Associates for more than eight years.
Paul is an experienced videographer with a background in commercial, non-profit, and documentary filmmaking. In addition to his professional and creative endeavors, Paul has been making films with the intent of protecting vulnerable children both here and abroad for more than a decade. His accomplishments include creating several films in support of the founding and growth of a children’s clinic in rural Haiti and serving as a board member for the St. Paul based non-profit No Time For Poverty. Paul was first introduced to Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2012 as a camera operator for HBO Film’s “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God”, a Peabody award winning film that featured the work of attorney Jeff Anderson. Since that day, Paul has remained inspired by the mission of the firm and is honored to have the opportunity to play a part in the child protection movement with a role focused on creativity, artistry, and advocacy.
Christopher’s road to our firm starts in 2007, when he served as a researcher and editor for his uncle, A.W. Richard Sipe, in support of Sipe’s mission to expose systemic secrecy and sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. After graduating from Hamline University with a B.A. in English and creative writing, Christopher spent more than a decade as a copywriter and creative leader in integrated advertising agencies across the Twin Cities. Most recently he worked as an associate creative director at Thomson Reuters and as a pro bono communications consultant for the animal advocacy group Howling for Wolves. Christopher lives on the West Side of St. Paul with his wife and their two rescue mutts, Frieda and Chroma. He greatly enjoys spending his time in the company of living things, spelunking in used bookshops, throwing around kettlebells, drawing poorly, and drinking lots and lots of black coffee.
With a finely-tuned eye for the tiniest details and a knack for deftly managing multiple processes at varying altitudes, Michelle has handled all of our day-to-day financial operations with precision and efficiency since joining the firm in 2018. She credits these abilities, in part, to her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State University. Michelle is continually inspired by the passion of her colleagues and is energized by our collective, ongoing dedication to the fight for survivors’ rights. Outside of the office, you may very likely find her golfing, spending time with friends and family, or relaxing at the lake.
Director, Human Resources & Development
Joining Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2019, Cherise is continually innovating, strengthening and supporting how we work together to serve our clients and move the Child Protection Movement forward as a unified firm from coast to coast. An experienced professional, facilitator and adjunct professor, Cherise brings her knowledge of leadership, strategic management, recruitment, performance and talent management, employee relations, compliance audits, diversity and succession planning to every facet of firm operations. Prior to her arrival at Jeff Anderson & Associates, she worked in a plurality of industries including Manufacturing, Retail, Agriculture, Non-Profit, Legal and Academia. Cherise received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications and Executive MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and is also certified as a Professional Coach (Center for Coaching Certification).
Cherise is currently an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), National Black MBA Association, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, Minority Business Enterprise Committee (NMSDC), and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Delta Phi Omega Chapter.