Brian Kent is a partner at the injury law firm Laffey, Bucci & Kent. Brian has been recognized as a “Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer in Philadelphia, PA” for the past 4 years, since 2013. Before being recognized as a Super Lawyer, Brian was recognized as a Rising Star for three years, from 2010 to 2012.
The ratings are issued by Super Lawyers magazine, a publication of Thomson Reuters. Lawyers in Pennsylvania are selected based on a patented selection process involving peer nominations and evaluations. Candidates are then evaluated based on 12 indicators of recognition and achievement. Selections are made annually. Attorneys who make the final list represent no more than 5% of all attorneys in the state. Learn more about the Super Lawyers rating process.
Focusing on Sex Abuse & Assault Cases
Brian has been licensed since 2004 and has spent the better part of his career helping victims of crime. He worked as an assistant prosecutor in Philadelphia suburbs before joining private practice in 2008. As an assistant prosecutor, Brian was a member of the sex crimes unit, where he prosecuted sex offenders. This gives him a unique perspective when representing victims of crime in civil lawsuits. He makes every effort not to impede the criminal investigation while simultaneously piecing together the civil case. Brian uses the same approach in every civil crime victims case, including sex abuse and assault cases, and focuses on exhausting all avenues for a financial recovery.
Representative Cases & Legal Matters
Brian has handled many high profile sex abuse and assault cases. He frequently lectures on topics related to justice for victims of crime. He has presented at the National Crime Victim’s Bar Association annual conference and also had the opportunity to co-author a brief for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. He accepts difficult sex abuse and assault cases. In 2009, his firm agreed to take on a case that other attorneys balked at. The case involved allegations of child molestation against a state court judge in Delaware. Despite receiving threats from the legal community in Delaware, Brian refused to back down on behalf of his client. The case was ultimately successful. The judge admitted to the abuse and agreed to pay a confidential sum to the client.
More recently, Brian has handled child sex abuse cases against the Catholic Church and local schools. In one case in Pennsylvania, he represented a young woman who was sexually abused by her high school teacher. That case ended in a substantial settlement.
Resources for Victims of Sex Assault in PA or NJ
There are many government and non-profit organizations which offer a variety of free services to crime victims and victims of sex abuse or assault. Click for Pennsylvania crime victims services or New Jersey crime victims services. Services offered include counseling, financial support, domestic violence support, etc.