You Have a Team
Our legal team has broad legal experience bringing —and winning— cases against institutions of trust. This includes cases against the Boy Scouts of America, Mormon Church, Catholic Church, Jesuits, private schools, and other youth-serving organizations. Among us, we have handled over 100 claims against the Boy Scouts of America and Its local Councils across the country.
Attorney at Law
Andy Chasan has been trying lawsuits for 41 years. He has been pursuing justice on behalf of child sexual abuse victims since 2007. Andy and his partner Tim Walton represented 140 victims of childhood sexual abuse by Jesuit priests in Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska. A total of 500 mostly Native American victims made claims in that case, which settled in 2011 for $166 million, despite the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, filing for bankruptcy protection.
In 2013, Andy and Tim joined forces with Gilion Dumas and Ashley Vaughn to sue the Boy Scouts of America and the LDS Church for child sexual abuse by Scout leaders. That litigation is ongoing. Andy only represents survivors of child sexual abuse in their claims against institutional organizations of trust like the Boy Scouts, the Catholic Church, and the LDS Church.
Andy is a former president of the Idaho Trial Lawyers. He was named the Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2003 and received the Walter H. Bithell Professionalism Award in 2014. Andy is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible designation for ability and ethics. Learn more about Andy Chasan here.
Attorney at Law
Gilion Dumas has substantial litigation experience and now solely represents survivors of child sexual abuse. She was one of the trial attorneys in a 2010 child sexual abuse trial in Portland against the Boy Scouts and won a $19.9 million verdict for the plaintiff. She has handled hundreds of cases across the country against the Boy Scouts, the Mormon and Catholic Churches, schools, and other trusted organizations responsible for sex abuse.
Gilion is known for her diligent advocacy and compassion for her clients. She brings legal savvy, clear communication, and common sense to the stressful and often confusing experience of civil litigation.
Gilion graduated cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, where she was an editor on the law review. She is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She is an active member of the state and federal bars in Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho. Learn more about Gilion Dumas here.
Attorney at Law
Ashley Vaughn focuses on representing victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation. Ashley has represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the US, including several appeals to state supreme courts. Ashley approaches her work with ingenuity, finding creative and effective solutions to complex legal issues and unconventional routes in cases where it seems like all roads to justice are closed.
Ashley graduated cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was an editor of the law review. She is an active member of the Oregon State Bar and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, an organization comprised solely of plaintiffs’ attorneys in Oregon. Learn more about Ashley Vaughn here.
Attorney at Law
Tim Walton limits his trial practice to cases of childhood sexual abuse. He has devoted the last 15 years of his career to suing institutions that negligently or fraudulently allowed sexual predators to occupy positions of trust within those institutions, where they could have easy access to their prey.
When the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus filed for bankruptcy, a total of 500 mostly Native American victims made claims. Tim and his law partner Andy Chasan represented 140 of these victims of childhood sexual abuse committed by Jesuit priests in Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska. All 500 claims settled in 2011 for $166 million in the bankruptcy. What this means for you is that a bankruptcy filing by the Boy Scouts of America may actually benefit you, and allow you to more easily obtain justice than if the Boy Scouts did not file bankruptcy. Tim knows how to navigate the complex world of the bankruptcy courts to obtain justice for his clients.
Tim is past President of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association (2000). He was recognized as Trial Lawyer of the Year (2015). He received the “Professionalism Award” from the Idaho State Bar Association (2016), the second highest honor the Bar can bestow upon one of its members. Tim graduated cum laude from the University of Idaho Law School (1977), where he was a member of law review. He is rated AV by Martindale Hubble. Learn more about Tim Walton here.