James R. Marsh | New York Civil & Human Rights Lawyer

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James R. Marsh

Civil & Human Rights, Children's Rights, Sexual Harassment, Student Rights, Victims' Rights, Child Sex Abuse

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Marsh Law Firm is recognized worldwide as a premier law firm representing victims of sexual abuse and exploitation by institutions and individuals including:

> Dr. Reginald Archibald of Rockefeller University Hospital

> lapsed claims for childhood sexual abuse in New York under the Child Victims Act (CVA) which extends the statute of limitations in civil and criminal cases. Most importantly, the New York Child Victims Act establishes a one-year window in which victims and survivors can bring a lawsuit even if the statute of limitations has already expired. YOU CAN FILE A CLAIM NO MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE.

> lapsed claims for childhood sexual abuse in the District of Columbia under the Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations Elimination Amendment Act of 2018 which extends the statute of limitations in civil and criminal cases. Most importantly, the Act establishes a two-year window in which victims and survivors can bring a lawsuit even if the statute of limitations has already expired. CALL US TODAY FOR DETAILS.

> lapsed claims for childhood sexual abuse in Pennsylvania after the shocking Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Diocese Victims Report

> sex abuse in elementary and high schools, colleges and universities, religious organizations, foster care, camps and sports, and government and military institutions (including claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act)

> Title IX sexual assault and rape on campus including defamation

> rape and sexual harassment (including wrongful infection with STIs and other diseases)

> online sexual exploitation

> sexting

> child pornography

> child trafficking

> sextortion

> revenge porn

We are among the few law firms in the country using innovative federal law approaches to help victims obtain justice nationwide.
Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.

Our firm has been representing victims of childhood sexual abuse under the New York Child Victims Act for almost three years. It took almost 20 years to change the law in New York and for the first time victims of historic childhood sexual abuse can hold the individuals and institutions accountable for the trauma they experienced as a child.

How did you build a successful practice?

The Marsh Law Firm has been evolving over the past 14 years into one of the leading advocates in New York for sexually abused individuals. Our practice understands the special consideration that trauma victims require. Only by being trauma informed and client focused can we best assist our clients on their healing journey which doesn\'t always mean filing a lawsuit.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?

Clients should find an attorney who understands and appreciates their lived experiences.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?

New York law is complex and requires attorneys who understand the unique challenges of practicing in this state.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?

A free phone consultation allows our attorneys to gather information about a potential case and carefully listen to the client's story, sometimes for the first time.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?

There is nothing specifically we require on a first call. What is most important is developing a rapport with the client and making them feel comfortable.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

Our attorneys have dedicated their professional life to helping victims of sexual trauma. We understand the unique needs of victims and survivors and strive to address their whole person and not just the technical aspects of their potential legal issues.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding aspect of this job is seeing clients empowered to demand accountability. Moving from victim to survivor is really important for clients who have long felt that they were alone, afraid, and misunderstood.

What are your other interests in addition to law?

Art and culture helps make all our lives easier to endure. Nature provides a vital respite from daily stress and work responsibilities.

Are you involved in your community?

I enjoy coaching my children\\\'s sports teams and contributing to charitable and community organizations.

Position Organization Location Duration
PartnerMarsh Law Firm PLLCNew York, NYPresent
Board ChairChild USAPhiladelphia, PA2017 to present
PresidentChildren's Justice FundNew York, NY2016 to present
FounderChildren's Law CenterWashington, DC1996-2011
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D. Law School1990  
University of MichiganA.B.English Honors cum laude1987
State / Court Date
District of Columbia1993
New York1991
  • Member – Montclair State University Child Advocacy and Policy Advisory Board – 2019 to present

    Member – Game Over: Commission to Protect Youth Athletes – 2018 to present

    Member – Canadian Centre for Child Protection Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Imagery Working Group – 2015 to present

    Founding Board Member – Child Redress International – 2015 to present

    Expert Advisor – ECPAT International Access to Justice and Remedies Project – 2015 to 2017

    Member – United States Sentencing Commission Victims Advisory Group – December 2012 to December 2018

    President – Children’s Law Center Emeritus Board – 2011 to 2015

    Honorary Board Member – Children’s Health Care is a Legal Duty (CHILD, Inc.) – 1999 to 2017

    Founder, President, and Executive Director – Children’s Law Center – 1996 to 2011

    Member – ABA Section of Litigation, Children and the Law Committee, Child Welfare Subcommittee – 2001 to 2002

    Chair – The Mayor’s Committee on Adoption Law Reform, Washington, DC – 1999 to 2000

    Secretary – The Mayor’s Advisory Council on Permanent Homes for Children, Washington, DC – 1999 to 2000

    Co-chair – DC Metro Chapter of the National Association of Council for Children – 1997 to 2000

    Founder – DC Superior Court Permanency Mediation Project – 1999 to 2000

    Member – DC Superior Court Remediation Project Advisory Committee – 1999 to 2000

    Member – DC Superior Court Family Division Advisory Rules Committee – 1999 to 2000

    Member – DC Superior Court Family Division Model Court Committee – 1999 to 2000

    Presenter – Fourth Annual Children’s Initiatives Forum (Washington, DC) – 1999

    Member – The Charleston Condominium Board of Directors (Arlington, VA) – 1996 to 2000
  • Senior Fellow at the Center for Adoption Research – UMass Medical School – 2002 to 2004

    Legislative Fellow for United States Senator Frank Lautenberg – 1993 to 1994
  • Paroline v. United States, 134 S. Ct. 1710 (2014)
    In January 2014, the Supreme Court considered the appeal of Doyle Randall Paroline, who was caught with two pictures of Amy among 280 illegal child pornography images and was found liable by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit for the full amount of the restitution. The 5th Circuit said it was up to Paroline—not Amy—to find the other men who could also be on the hook for restitution and go after them for contributions. The legal theory is called joint and several liability. It’s the way courts deal with pollution cases in which a bunch of defendants all dump toxic waste into a single lake. A plaintiff sues one wealthy company for all the damages, and then that defendant has to sue other companies to share the costs. Thirty-four states, dozens of victims’ rights and child advocacy groups, local prosecutors and members of Congress urged the court to uphold the ruling against Paroline by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • The New Amy, Vicky, and Andy Act: A Positive Step Towards Full Restitution for Child Pornography Victims, Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 187–194 (2019)

    Full Restitution for Child Pornography Victims: The Supreme Court’s Paroline Decision and the Need for a Congressional Response, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, 13 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 5 (2015)

    Federal Criminal Restitution for Child Pornography Victims, Children’s Rights Litigation, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Fall 2014

    Blog, The Huffington Post, 2014

    The Case for Full Restitution for Child Pornography Victims, George Washington University Law Review, Volume 82, Number 1,  December 2013

    Child Pornography Restitution Update, Sex Offender Law Report, Volume 14, #5,  August/September 2013

    Masha’s Law: A Federal Civil Remedy for Child Pornography Victims, Syracuse Law Review, 61 Syracuse L. Rev. 459, 2011

    Recent Judicial Decisions Regarding the Adoption and Safe Families Act, Adoption Quarterly, Volume: 8 Issue: 4, 2005

    Adopting a Foster Child in New York, Adoption Law: Practice and Procedure in the 21st Century, New York State Bar Association, 2004

    Social Work Misconduct May Lead to Liability, Social Work, Volume: 49 Number: 4, 2004

    Constitutional Rights of Foster Parents to Adopt Foster Children, Adoption & Fostering, Summer 2003

    Recent Developments in Adoption Law, Adoption Quarterly, Volume: 6 Issue: 3, 2003

    The Federal Government’s Role in Child Welfare – In Plain Language, Fostering Families Today, 2003

    How Should the Law Respond When Children Die, Or Are Injured, In Foster Care? Even Limited Immunities for Foster Parents Are Dangerous, FindLaw’s Writ, March 27, 2003

    The Adoption and Child Welfare Law Reporter, i-net Publishing Solutions LLC, 2002–2003

    Federal Paternity Proceedings, Matthew Bender, Disputed Paternity Proceedings, 2002

    Federal Impact on Adoption, Matthew Bender, Adoption Law and Practice, 2001, 2005

    Legal Notes: USA, Adoption and Fostering Journal, Volume 26 Number 1, 2002

    DC Adoption and Safe Families Act, The Children’s Law Center, Inc., CD–ROM and Website, 2000

    Child Welfare Law and Practice in the District of Columbia, The Children’s Law Center, Inc., 2000

    Issues for Attorneys in Adoption Cases, The Children’s Law Center, Inc., 1999

    Initial and Shelter Care Hearings: Strategies and Practice Pointers for Attorneys, The Children’s Law Center, Inc., 1998

    The Pro Bono Adoption Referral Project: Training Manual, The Children’s Law Center, Inc., 1997
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