Sexual Assault Lawyers

Victim of sexual assault, abuse, or harassment? You have a compassionate advocate
in Dordulian Law Group. We won't let you be intimidated or denied justice:
we are here to aggressively protect your rights.

MEET THE SEXUAL ASSAULT JUSTICE EXPERTS
(SAJE) TEAM

Samuel Dordulian
Left to right: Moses Castillo | Samuel Dordulian | Arpineh Yeremian

DLG Provides Each Client 4-Tiered Representation

  • Investigation Lead: Former Decorated L.A.P.D Detective
  • Case Lead: Former Deputy District Attorney for LA County
  • Two Dedicated Victim Advocates Addressing All Needs of Survivors
  • Licensed Clinical Therapist with 15 Years of Experience
    Helping Sexual Assault Survivors

Victim of Sexual Assault? Our Expert Legal Team Is Here To Help You

24/7 Help Available by Calling 866-GO-SEE-SAM

Sexual assault, sexual abuse, child abuse, and harassment are serious events that can have lasting emotional and physical impacts on victims. While some assaults occur at the hands of strangers, our sexual assault attorneys know it is all too common for abuse to be perpetrated at the hands of those close to the victim. This often makes our clients feel reluctant to come forward, or concerned about the possibility of fallout after they speak up. But you are not alone, and coming forward to seek the justice you deserve can help ensure future crimes are not committed.

Some staggering statistics on sexual assault include:

  • Every 73 seconds an American is sexually assaulted
  • Every nine minutes, that victim is a child
  • Only five out of every 1,000 sexual perpetrators will ever end up in prison
  • One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted)
  • One out of every 10 rape victims are male

Dordulian Law is here to shield you from further trauma while also aggressively fighting for justice and compensation on your behalf. We are extremely sensitive to your right to discretion, privacy, and confidentiality. You are not alone!

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Know Your Rights As A Victim: Our Sexual Abuse Attorneys Are Here for You

As a former Deputy District Attorney, Sam Dordulian has successfully handled thousands of sexual abuse and assault cases. He has a proven track record of prosecuting countless assailants, bringing victims and their communities justice. Together, Dordulian Law Group’s sexual abuse lawyers have decades of experience helping victims on their road to healing, while representing them in their fight for financial compensation for their suffering.

We understand that victims of sexual assault and abuse often feel confused, afraid, and alone – and worried about coming forward with their story. Dordulian Law Group’s sexual assault lawyers will take your accusations seriously. We believe you and we want to help you get justice. Our team understands the gravity of such a sensitive type of case, and we’re here to help you feel confident, safe, and secure in the knowledge that our sexual abuse attorneys have dedicated their lives and careers to helping survivors like you get justice.

You do not need to feel scared, ashamed, or alone. Our firm’s licensed clinical therapist will start working with you immediately once you retain our services.

What is Considered a Sex Crime Under California Law?

In general terms, a sex crime involves intentional or forceful intimate touching of another person without his or her consent. Any type of sexual or intimate contact requires consent under the law (and children/minors are never able to give consent).

Not all sex crimes include traditional physical contact like with sexual battery or rape. For example, stalking (in-person as well as online), indecent exposure, child pornography possession, solicitation, and more are considered sex crimes under California law.

Is Sexual Assault the Same as Rape?

Sexual assault is a “catch-all” term which may include various types of crime:

  • Sexual battery
  • Forcible touching
  • Unwanted touching
  • Groping
  • Rape
  • Unwanted kissing, etc.
  • Rape is specifically defined under the law as an “act of sexual intercourse accomplished under” varying types of scenarios, including:

    • Against a person’s will by means of force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the person or another.
    • Preventing a person from resisting by an intoxicating or anesthetic substance, or a controlled substance, and this condition was known, or reasonably should have been known by the accused.
    • If a person is at the time unconscious of the nature of the act, and this is known to the accused.
    • If a person submits under the belief that the person committing the act is someone known to the victim other than the accused, and this belief is induced by artifice, pretense, or concealment practiced by the accused, with intent to induce the belief.
    • If the act is accomplished against the victim’s will by threatening to retaliate in the future against the victim or any other person, and there is a reasonable possibility that the perpetrator will execute the threat.
    • If the act is accomplished against the victim’s will by threatening to use the authority of a public official to incarcerate, arrest, or deport the victim or another, and the victim has a reasonable belief that the perpetrator is a public official.

    ‘Date rape’ is often referred to in a separate category, although the crime itself falls under rape as outlined above.

    Spousal rape is also recognized under California law, as both partners must consent to a sexual act (even when legally married).

    Statutory rape is defined under California Penal Code § 261.5 as an unlawful act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person who is not the spouse of the perpetrator, if the person is a minor. California law defines a “minor” as a person under the age of 18 years and an “adult” as a person who is at least 18 years of age.

    As a general rule, all forms of rape are considered sexual assault (while not all forms of sexual assault are considered rape).

    What is the California Adult Survivors Act (Assembly Bill 2777)?

    California opened a three-year window for survivors of adult sexual assault to file claims for crimes which occurred after January 1, 2009. Until December 31, 2026, the Sexual Abuse Cover Up Accountability Act gives survivors of adult sexual assault a chance at justice – even for claims that would traditionally been barred by the statute of limitations.

    The law is also known as AB-2777, and if you are a victim of any type of sex crime, speaking with a licensed, experienced, and proven sexual assault attorney from Dordulian Law Group as soon as possible about filing your civil claim for financial compensation is strongly encouraged.

    You can file your civil lawsuit immediately under AB-2777 rather than waiting to come forward – delays in claims could have an adverse impact on your case. Taking immediate action can mean critical evidence can be obtained.

    AB 2777 Adult Sex Abuse Revival Window Deadline

    California AB 2777 currently allows EVERY adult survivor of sexual assault an opportunity to file a civil claim and obtain justice through financial compensation. Also known as the Sexual Abuse Cover Up Accountability Act, AB 2777’s three-year claims window expires at the end of 2026, and survivors who haven’t filed a lawsuit before that time will likely left without any future legal recourse. To speak with a Los Angeles sexual assault lawyer for a free AB 2777 consultation, contact Dordulian Law Group today at 866-GO-SEE-SAM.




     

    What Makes Sam Dordulian the Best Sexual Assault Lawyer for Me?

    Led by Samuel Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for L.A. County, Dordulian Law Group is the premier sexual assault firm known for:

    Fighting For Victims' Rights
    Licensed Clinical Therapist On Staff
    Former Deputy District Attorney

    Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is the best sexual assault firm in California because of our proven success rate and dedication to meeting all needs of sex crime survivors. We provide four tiers of representation and 24/7 support. With DLG, survivors have all-encompassing legal services through our SAJE Team (Sexual Assault Justice Experts) – a unique advantage that can’t be found at other firms. DLG’s SAJE Team is comprised of the best sexual abuse attorneys and professionals available anywhere.

    You can feel confident that the Dordulian Law Group is dedicated to protecting and advocating for victims of sexual abuse. Please contact us to schedule a free, private, and no-obligation consultation by calling 866-GO-SEE-SAM. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    6 Important Questions You Should Ask When Consulting With a Sexual Assault Lawyer

    Choosing the right sexual assault lawyer for your case is of utmost importance. You want to be sure that the attorney cares not only about your case, but also about you and your well-being. There are some standard questions that you may want to ask a lawyer who might represent you in a sexual assault or abuse case:

    1. Have you successfully handled sexual abuse cases similar to mine?
    2. How often do you take cases to trial versus settle out of court?
    3. How long do you think a case like mine will take to settle or reach a verdict?
    4. Will you be the primary attorney handling my case?v
    5. How much will my case cost?
    6. What sort of damages award can I expect to receive?

    For survivors, Dordulian Law Group’s answers to the above critical questions are what make us a top-rated firm throughout California as well as the United States:

    Have you successfully handled sexual abuse cases similar to mine?
    Sam Dordulian and his team of Sexual Assault Justice Experts (SAJE) have successfully represented clients in virtually every type of case imaginable under the ‘sexual assault’ umbrella. Whether it’s taking on massive institutions like the Catholic Church or Boy Scouts of America, or representing survivors of rape, workplace sexual harassment, childhood sexual abuse, human trafficking, internet/revenge pornography, etc., Dordulian and his team have the experience, knowledge, and dedication necessary to help you prevail in your lawsuit and recover the maximum damages award available under the law.

    How often do you take cases to trial versus settle out of court?
    We handle each case with an individualized strategy established according to the needs and desires of the survivor. Unlike some firms, we are not afraid to go to trial. With over 100 jury trials under his belt, Sam Dordulian has the skill and experience required to win in court.

    How long will a case like mine typically take to settle or reach a verdict?
    The time for a sexual assault suit to either settle or reach a verdict varies depending on the specific circumstances related to each particular case. However, rather than employing a tactic frequently used by other “mega firms” and rushing to secure a quick settlement offer (which could result in a significantly reduced financial award for you, the survivor), Dordulian Law Group evaluates each case individually, and takes the best course of action to ensure a winning outcome and highest damages award for each and every client. As stated above, we are ready and willing to go to court with any sexual assault claim to ensure the best interest of the survivor is always maintained.

    Who will be the primary attorney handling my case?
    DLG’s Founder & President, Sam Dordulian, personally leads each sexual abuse case. Rather than meeting with the face of the firm and then being passed off to a junior associate with less experience (a common practice at “mega firms”), each DLG sexual abuse client can be confident that they will have direct representation from former LA Deputy District Attorney and sex crimes prosecutor.

    How much will my sexual assault case cost?
    At DLG, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no upfront or out of pocket expenses for our expert legal services. Depending on the circumstances of your case, financial damages awards for sexual abuse suits can vary from tens-of-thousands of dollars to hundreds-of-millions of dollars. At DLG, we always seek the maximum possible financial compensation award for you, including (when applicable) pursuing treble (triple) damages in childhood sexual abuse cases where a cover-up can be proven. With treble damages, plaintiffs can be awarded triple damages by the court in the event of a cover-up (e.g. a $20 million damages award would actually amount to $60 million).

    Can I expect to receive a financial damages award?
    Damages awards – also known as cash settlements, verdicts, or financial compensation for victims – are intended to provide justice to survivors of sexual abuse. The severity of the abuse, as well as the impact it has had on your life, will be taken to account when seeking the largest possible damages award for your case. Examples of damages that may be included as part of an overall sexual assault settlement of verdict include:

    • Emotional distress
    • Psychological harm
    • Medical expenses/counseling and therapy expenses (past and future)
    • Lost wages or reduced future earning capacity
    • Pain and suffering
    • Punitive damages
    • Diminished quality of life

    At Dordulian Law Group, we pursue all relevant damages for your case – and vow to fight tirelessly to help get the justice you deserve.

    Experience Matters in California Sexual Assault Litigation

    When choosing the right child sexual abuse or adult sexual assault attorney to handle your case, experience and proven results can’t be understated. Do not settle for less than the very best – at Dordulian Law Group, we’re dedicated to fighting aggressively in the pursuit of justice on your behalf, and there’s never any upfront fee for our expert legal representation. You pay nothing until after we’ve successfully secured a maximum financial damages award for your case.

    Contact us today at 866-GO-SEE-SAM to learn more about how we can help you take the first step towards getting the justice, peace of mind, and healing you deserve.

    About Nationally-Recognized and Award-Winning Sexual Assault Lawyer Sam Dordulian

    When Samuel Dordulian began his career as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, a passion for advocating on behalf of sexual assault survivors is what motivated him to become a sex crimes prosecutor. By fighting for survivors, Dordulian felt he could have the greatest impact, as a committed advocate for victims – often those who are the most vulnerable, such as children.

    Taking heinous criminals off the streets and putting them behind bars has an immediate impact on the community. But as a sex crimes prosecutor, whether trying a domestic abuser, serial rapist, or a predator pedophile, Dordulian was able to give survivors something that other prosecutors often couldn’t provide- a chance, in many cases, at a new beginning.

    Sam Dordulian’s Qualifications & Experience

    As a sex crimes prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Sam served in the same role you might have seen on the popular television series Law & Order: SVU

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    As a civil sexual assault lawyer, Sam has fought for justice on behalf of revenge porn survivors. See his appearance on the Dr. Phil Show

    Sam currently serves as member of the National Leadership Council for RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence nonprofit organization.

    Additionally, Sam offers survivors peace of mind through unparalleled experience and results that demonstrate our firm’s ability in the courtroom:

    • More than 25 years of sex crimes experience
    • More than $100,000,000.00 in settlements and verdicts for our clients
    • A 98% winning record

    Examples of some recent case victories on behalf of our clients include:

    • A confidential multimillion dollar settlement for a woman who was raped by a man she met on a ‘Sugar Daddy’ website
    • A $2,250,000.00 settlement for a survivor raped by a rideshare driver
    • A $2,000,000.00 child sexual abuse settlement
    • A confidential maximum financial damages award for a childhood sexual abuse survivor
    • A confidential maximum financial settlement for a women assaulted by an employer
    • A $665,000 jury trial verdict for a receptionist assaulted by her employer, a doctor

    Sexual Assault Can Impact Anyone

    Sexual assault can affect anyone, of any age, at any time. It is a crime that does not discriminate. And although no one is ever immune to it, no case is exactly the same. By that same token, no singular path of healing exists for survivors.

    Sexual assault attorney Sam Dordulian believes that because each case is unique, a unique approach to legal representation is also required. When he eventually founded DLG, Dordulian made a commitment to approach sexual assault cases, first and foremost, by addressing the complex needs of survivors. The 4-Tiered SAJE Team exemplifies our all-encompassing approach to supporting survivors through every step of the legal process:

    1. Litigation team of dedicated sexual assault lawyers headed by Sam Dordulian
    2. An in-house Chief Investigator and retired LAPD sex crimes detective with 30 years of experience
    3. A licensed and accredited victim advocate dedicated to assisting survivors of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse
    4. An in-house clinical therapist with more than 15 years of experience

    At Dordulian Law Group, our unwavering commitment is to our clients. We believe, support, and fight tirelessly for survivors of sexual assault. When you choose our dedicated team to take on the important responsibility of handling your case, there is never any fee for our expert sexual assault attorney services until after we recover maximum financial compensation for you. We’re standing by 24/7 to answer any questions you have about your sexual assault case.

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    “They were very professional and fought hard for me. Two seperate cases and two seperate wins. Would highly recommend Dordulian Law Group and would hire them again if needed in the future.”
    Lillie J.
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