Law Firm Earns 1 of the Top 50 Largest Injury Settlements of 2022

A multi-million dollar litigation settlement secured by Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman trial lawyers is recognized among the Top 50 in the nation for 2022. The case underscores the Hawai’i-based firm’s ability to handle some of the most challenging types of injury litigation, which include asbestos exposure and sex assault.

The case involved a $5.63 million settlement on behalf of a Hawai’i student who was sexually assaulted by a teacher, according to an analysis of state and federal records by researchers at

“Sexual assault litigation is extremely difficult. The victims often feel like the legal system is uncaring and victimizes them all over again. It’s extremely gratifying to represent these individuals and help them obtain justice,” said Galliher DeRobertis & Waxman lawyers Ilana Waxman and Chris Johnson, who played leadership roles in the case. “We were able to win a significant settlement that avoided having the victim testify in trial. Recognition like this is just another indication that our passion for clients and their causes can make a difference.”

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Can Sex Abuse Victims Sue Businesses and Institutions for Negligence?

Sex abuse litigation has become more common as states across the U.S. come to terms with the fact that, for generations, businesses and institutions have failed to protect individuals from sex abuse. In response, states have modified laws to provide more time for victims to come forward with lawsuits seeking justice from school districts that did not adequately monitor teachers and staff.

Across the country, damages awards, settlements and related payouts by schools increased significantly in 2022, according to a report by United Educators. The number of lawsuits that resulted in awards and settlements of more than $500,000 nearly doubled, from 50 in 2021 to 90 in 2022. The number of payouts that exceeded $1 million jumped from 38 in 2021 to 69 in 2022, according to the report.

In the Hawai’i schools sexual assault lawsuit, the legal team included Ms. Waxman, Mr. Johnson, Rick DeRobertis, Allison Aoki, and Alyssa Segawa.The legal team also included Peter Kraus of Waters Kraus & Paul, Patricia Talbert of Talbert Law and Mililani Trask.

How Do We Fight Corporate Negligence?  

Seek justice with the help of our experienced Hawaii attorneys. We’ve battled corporate giants on behalf of individuals like you for over 40 years, aggressively fighting those responsible for personal injury and wrongful death caused by corporate wrongdoing and fraud committed against the government. If you’ve suffered catastrophic injury or loss caused by corporate negligence or believe you have a government whistleblower case, we can help. Contact us for a free consultation. Contact is kept confidential.

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