Attorney Robert Allard uncovered the most significant sexual abuse scandal in amateur sports history. His relentless pursuit of justice for sexual abuse coaching victims exposed a culture inside USA Swimming and the United States Olympic Committee that allowed coaches to abuse their athletes sexually.
Mr. Allard’s work to rid amateur sports of sexual abuse has been featured on ABC’s 20/20 program and in the USA Today, Washington Post, and the San Jose Mercury News. His groundbreaking success is recognized nationally, placing him on the list of the “Top 10 Most Impactful People in Swimming” and National “Person of the Year” (ahead of swimmers Michel Phelps and Missy Franklin) in the sport of swimming.
Despite the awards and recognition, Mr. Allard’s most significant honor is the trust that survivors and their families place in him. It is for that reason that Mr. Allard continues to be a fierce advocate for sexual abuse victims.
Mr. Allard continues to drive positive change for the one million plus amateur athletes in this country. To ensure the protection of young athletes, he forced the U.S. Olympic Committee to standardize background checks across all Olympic sports.
Mr. Allard continues to increase awareness of the childhood sexual abuse epidemic that afflicts our country and to lobby for regulations which will force both public and private entities to better screen and supervise those who have access to children. Over the past several years, Mr. Allard has worked with legislators at the local, state and federal level to protect children not only from sex abuse but other traumatic events.
In addition to sexual abuse matters, Mr. Allard has also represented children when the negligence of others has injured them:
- He secured one of the largest settlements, if not the largest, for a single personal injury claim in the history of Santa Clara County by holding the driver of an SUV along with a construction crew financially responsible for severe brain injuries suffered by an 11-year-old child.
- Allard, along with co-counsel Lauren Cerri, secured what is believed to be a record Monterey County jury verdict to hold the State of California accountable for failing to fix a known dangerous highway condition that led to the tragic death of a young child.
- He also secured a multimillion-dollar settlement in a Calaveras County amusement park accident and forced the ride manufacturer to recall the carnival ride, which had collapsed while full of child passengers.
He has been named Trial Lawyer of the Year an unprecedented four times by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association.