The Sexual Abuse Survivors Law Group
The firm has a national practice representing victims of sexual abuse. The group has represented victims who were abused at a variety of institutional settings, including schools, camps and religious institutions. In addition, the firm also represents victims of sexual harassment. The members of the sexual abuse law group are Roderick MacLeish, Charles Campo and Rabia Bakhtavar.
Roderick MacLeish has more than 25 years of experience representing victims of abuse, starting in 1991, when he obtained a $1.6 million judgment after a trial in which the victim testified that he was abused by a man who lurked outside a hockey rink with mini bikes and would offer rides into the woods for unsuspecting boys. Following that case, Mr. MacLeish represented over 100 individuals who had been sexually abused by infamous Fall River priest James Porter from Fall River, Massachusetts. That was the largest priest abuse case nationally at the time and it broke open claims of sexual abuse in other dioceses.
From 2001 to 2004, Mr. MacLeish represented more than 350 victims of clergy abuse, including more than 220 individuals abused by priests of the Archdiocese of Boston. He was lead counsel in the Boston Abuse cases which were ultimately resolved for $85 million and a host of non-financial reforms. Mr. MacLeish's nine day deposition of former Cardinal Law was made into a theatrical production and was considered a major turning point in the litigation against the church. For his work in that case, Mr. MacLeish was named one of ten "winning" trial lawyers in the country by the National Law Journal in 2003.
More recently, Mr. MacLeish represented thirty victims in the landmark case against St. George's School - a case which has led to a significant enhancement of abuse prevention in the private school industry. For his work in that case, Mr. MacLeish was named one of ten "lawyers of the year" for 2016 by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly newspaper.
Charles Campo is a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience litigating cases in the state and federal courts. Part of his practice is devoted to helping individuals who have been victims of childhood sexual abuse. Mr. Campo works with a team of nationally recognized lawyers representing individuals across the country who have been victims of sexual abuse and exploitation at the hands of those entrusted with their care.
Mr. Campo and his firm have been recognized by a number of national organizations comprised of attorneys who have obtained million dollar and multimillion dollar awards for their clients, including the Professional Techniques Library Service "Million Dollar Arguments" and "The Million Dollar Advocates Forum." He has successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients.
Mr. Campo has been named in the publications "Massachusetts Super Lawyers," "Boston's Top Rated Lawyers," "Best Lawyers in America," consumer guide and Martindale-Hubbell's directory of pre-eminent lawyers. For over 25 years he has received Martindale-Hubbell's highest (AV) peer review rating based upon confidential opinions from lawyers and the judiciary. He has been recognized by the "National Trial Lawyers, Top Trial Lawyers" and the "National Academy of Jurisprudence."
Mr. Campo began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Boston where he became Chief of one of the Felony Trial Divisions. As an Assistant District Attorney he gained extensive experience trying cases before juries. He has successfully tried cases involving first degree murder, second degree murder, manslaughter, aggravated rape, kidnapping and armed robbery, as well as other major felonies.
In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Campo is a certified mediator, having received his mediation training and certification through the Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation. He has served as an arbitrator before the American Arbitration Association.
Rabia Bakhtavar received her Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of London, United Kingdom, in 2013. While at the University of London, she was a member of the "Pro Bono Society" and a member of the debating team at the "Honourable Society of Lincoln' Inn." Ms. Bakhtavar received her Bachelor of Arts Degree, in Political Science, from York University in Toronto, Canada in 2008.
Ms. Bakhtavar has worked as a paralegal at Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry since 2014. She is a strong advocate of survivors' rights and works closely with clients in helping them deal with the many issues they face as they make their voices heard.
Ms. Bakhtavar is a member of the Board of Directors at HandReach, a non-profit organization, dedicated to developing a sustainable network of healthcare professionals around the world committed to the full physical and emotional recovery of child trauma survivors. She has conducted workshops and made presentations on topics ranging from health care to child care to domestic violence.
Prior to working at the firm, Ms. Bakhtavar was a legislative intern at the Massachusetts State House. She is fluent in English, French and Urdu.