Sexual Abuse | Sexual Assault

Sexual Abuse victims are not alone and they have rights, if and when they are ready to pursue them. At Farmer Jaffe Weissing, we want to empower victims to come forward, report crimes and hold perpetrators accountable; thereby educating the community and inspiring others to do the same.

Adam Horowitz

Adam Horowitz is a nationally recognized attorney in the field of child sexual assault and is an aggressive advocate for survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault. He has represented hundreds of abuse survivors across the United States in litigation against religious institutions, private and public schools, daycares, youth organizations, Boy Scouts, foster care homes, cruise ships, medical practiices, massage therapists, apartment complexes, and known celebrities.

For more than a decade, Adam Horowitz has been litigating priest molestation cases against the Catholic Diocese throughout the country. As a result of his efforts, countless predators have been exposed and “confidential” church documents have been released to the public. Additionally, he has achieved victories on critical battles including the statute of limitations and First Amendment in these cases. 

The Daily Business Review recognized Adam in 2009 as South Florida’s Most Effective Lawyer in the category of personal injury for his groundbreaking work in the area of sexual abuse litigation. He is also recognized as a Rising Star by South Florida Super Lawyer Magazine and has achieved a perfect 10.0 rating from AVVO. Adam has been quoted extensively and has made countless television appearances on the subject of sexual abuse and exploitation in various national media outlets.

Adam is admitted to the Florida Bar (2000); U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (2001); U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (2001); U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (2004); U.S. Tax Court (2005); U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2006); U.S. District Court, District of Colorado (2009); U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit (2009). He has been admitted pro hac vice in many states, including Colorado, Hawaii, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington D.C.

Adam received his Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Miami School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Miami.

  • “The Constitutionality of the Children’s Internet Protection Act,” 13 St. Thomas University Law Review 425 (2000).

Reported Cases:
  • Malicki v. Doe, 814 So.2d 347 (Fla. 2002) (holding as a matter of first impression that First Amendment does not bar clergy sexual abuse claims against Archdiocese)
  • Jarzynka v. St. Thomas University, 310 F.Supp.2d 1256 (S.D.Fla. 2004) (granting motion to dismiss in student expulsion lawsuit)
  • Cherry v. Catholic Charities, 815 So.2d 1282 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004) (affirming dismissal of Whistleblower lawsuit)
  • Jarzynka v. St. Thomas University, 323 F.Supp.2d 660 (W.D.Pa. 2004) (granting motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds)
  • Elk v. United States, 70 Fed. Cl. 40 (2009) (granting Native American survivor of sexual abuse right to sue federal government in Court of Federal Claims without awaiting for decision of the Department of the interior)
  • Nielsen v. Archdiocese of Denver, 413 F.Supp.2d 1181 (D.Col. 2006) (allowing dozens of sexual abuse survivors to sue Archdiocese in Colorad state court and rejected Church's effor to remove case to federal court)
  • Elk v. U.S., 87 Fed. Cl. 70 (Fed.Cl. Apr 28, 2009) (landmark ruling awarding pain and suffering damages pursuant to tribe's treaty for the first time in 140 year history of the treaty)
  • Doe v. Karl G. Faerber, 446 F.Supp.2d 1311 (M.D.Fla. 2006) (allowing child sex abuse victim to sue spouse of perpetrator under failure to warn theory)
  • Jane Doe v. Florida Int’l University Bd. of Trustees, 464 F.Supp.2d 1259 (S.D.Fla. 2006) 
  • John Doe No. 2 v. Kolko, 242 F.R.D. 193 (E.D.N.Y. 2006) (allowing sexual abuse victim to proceed anonymously in litigation)
  • Joseph v. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2008 WL 282163 (D.S.D. 2008)
  • Jane Doe No. 8 v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, 860 F.Supp.2d 1337 (S.D. Fla. 2012) (holding that sexually assaulted cruise ship passenger may hold cruise ship strictly liable under Child Abuse Victims’ Rights Act)
  • Walker v. Three Angels Broadcast Network, Inc., 2012 WL 4088844 (S.D. Ill. 2012)
  • Doe No. 1 v. Knights of Columbus, 930 F.Supp.2d 337 (D. Conn. 2013)
  • Bryson v. Diocese of Camden, 2013 WL 3956360 (D. N.J. 2013) (denying Diocese’s Motion to Dismiss decades-old sexual abuse claim on statute of limitations grounds)
  • Shanahan v. Diocese of Camden, 2014 WL 1217859 (D. N.J. 2014) (denying summary judgment and allowing sexual abuse claim to proceed decades after the abuse)


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