Child Victims Act

The litigators at WS LLP have handled complex and sensitive matters for school districts, municipal entities and private organizations in the Western New York area for over 20 years. When the cases can’t be settled in a reasonable manner, we take them to trial. We have tried cases to verdict in the Federal Courts in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, and have tried cases to verdict in almost all of the State Courts in Western New York. We are respected by Plaintiffs’ attorneys and the local Judges as fierce advocates on behalf of our clients. We have handled catastrophic injury, bullying, vaccine and playground injury, as well as gender, sexual orientation and age discrimination cases. Our team, including senior partners, partners, associates, paralegals and legal assistants, is currently assisting several Western New York school districts with CVA claims. In addition to the seasoned personal injury defense attorneys, we have expertise in insurance coverage, and are helping school districts find policies and work through the morass of insurance issues that CVA claims present.

Over the past 20 years of handling sensitive and difficult matters on behalf of a wide range of both public and private clients, we have developed the expertise and systems to allow us to most efficiently represent our clients. We recognize that where there is no insurance coverage available, the financial strains on both private organizations and municipal entities can be enormous. We are sensitive to the cost issues, and endeavor to provide our services in the most cost-effective manner possible. We have a database of medical experts we have used and trust, including psychologists and psychiatrist who are available to assist in these matters. We also have developed relationships with local economists and life care planners who we can call on if necessary. We will not have to spend time searching for such experts.

We recognize that CVA claims present not only legal issues for school districts, but moral and political ones as well. We are sensitive to the variety of issues faced by both school districts and private organizations when confronted with CVA claims. We will work closely with you to be certain that your defense is presented in the best possible light.

For further information on how WS LLP can help you with these claims, please contact  Michael McClaren ( or  Ryan Smith (