Peter has represented more than one hundred victims of sexual abuse over nearly a decade. In Spring of 2010, Peter Janci served as part of the Plaintiff’s trial team in Kerry Lewis v. Boy Scouts of America — a child sexual abuse trial in Portland, Oregon that resulted in a $19.9 million verdict for the Plaintiff. Peter has tried a number of jury and bench trials, in addition to representing clients at arbitration and meditation. Peter has also helped obtain dozens of other significant settlements for other survivors of sexual abuse.
Peter Janci began his advocacy for victims of sexual abuse in 2005 when he first met his mentor, Kelly Clark (deceased), a founding partner of O’Donnell Clark & Crew LLP. Peter first became involved in advocating for survivors of sexual abuse in religious institutions by researching and co-authoring a scholarly article with Kelly Clark and another attorney entitled: “Of Compelling Interest: The Intersection of Religious Freedom and Civil Liability in the Priest Sex Abuse Cases,” 85 Oregon Law Review 481 (2006). For almost a decade, Peter Janci worked closely with Kelly Clark at the law firm of O’Donnell Clark & Crew, representing victims of sexual abuse. Following Mr. Clark’s death in late 2013, Peter and Steve Crew decided they could best continue this legacy by forming a new firm that was solely focused on advocating for victims of sexual abuse and other crimes. That firm is Crew Janci LLP.
Peter Janci says this about his work with survivors of sexual abuse:
“There are a number of lies that keep victims silent – that they won’t be believed; that it was somehow the victim’s fault; that they don’t deserve justice. My great honor and privilege in representing victims of sexual abuse and other crimes is to watch the positive transformation that takes place when victims accept the truth: that it wasn’t their fault and that they deserved (and still deserve) to be respected and protected.”
“We give victims the support they need to stand up and speak the truth to some of the largest and most revered institutions in the world. These survivors are the ones putting a stop to patterns of abuse and cover-up. They are the ones protecting the next generations. They are the heroes. I am honored to work with them.”
Peter Janci’s advocacy for survivors of sexual abuse and other crimes goes beyond traditional lawyering. Peter advocates for legislative changes to extend greater protections and access to justice for children and the vulnerable. Peter also regularly writes and presents about sexual abuse, crime victims’ rights, mandatory reporting, and related issues. Peter Janci also appears in local and national media to advocate for his clients and offer insights about sexual abuse and child protection issues–including in the Associated Press, the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and other leading news outlets.
In addition to his work representing victims of sexual abuse and other crimes, Peter selectively accepts a limited number of other serious personal injury cases including cases advocating for victims of catastrophic injuries, psychological/psychiatrist malpractice, and wrongful death.
- National Crime Victim Bar Association
- Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
- American Association for Justice
- Oregon Bar Association
- Multnomah County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- National Institute for Trial Advocacy
- Selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine (2014)
- Selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine (2013)
- Selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine (2012)
- Selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine (2011)
- Selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine (2009)
- Former Member, City of Portland’s Small Business Advisory Council
- Former Board Member, Hands on Greater Portland
- Graduated cum laude from Northwestern College of Law at Lewis and Clark College
- Graduated magna cum laude from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations