The attorneys from the Guam law firm of Dooley Roberts Fowler & Visosky LLP have been practicing in Guam for a combined total of nearly 100 years.
During that time they have represented dozens of at risk children or teenagers who find themselves involved in the Guam court system. The goal in all of these cases, pursued through a team effort, is to get the children to a better place; a safer and healthier environment and involved in positive activities that can help them grow into valuable members of the community. The churches in Guam often play a role in assisting these children through various church-related programs, and we need the churches to be there for these kids when they most need that help. It is extremely rewarding to see children that have been helped through these team efforts leading successful lives as adults.
Abuse survivors have often not had this help when they needed it most because the abuse has been kept to themselves or pushed into the shadows of their lives. Assisting those survivors of abuse who seek to come to terms with their past through reconciliation efforts with organizations that may have tolerated their abusers may be an important step to provide help today that was not available to them yesterday.
While the attorneys from Dooley Roberts Fowler & Visosky LLP live and practice law in Guam, they have teamed-up with lawyers who are not licensed to practice in Guam but have a significant amount of experience representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This page provides more information on the attorneys from Dooley Roberts Fowler & Visosky LLP, followed by information on some of the non-Guam lawyers who may also be available to help with your case. As noted below, if you allow Dooley Roberts Fowler & Visosky LLP to team-up with other lawyers, the legal fee to you is the same — there is no additional legal fee for the additional help.
Please note: Although the law office of Dooley Roberts Fowler & Visosky LLP is in Tamuning, their clients often live and work outside of the village so they can meet you wherever you are most comfortable.
David W. Dooley
DAVID W. DOOLEY, born Stockton, California, April 22, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, California; 1977, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1978; Guam, District Court of Guam and District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands; 1997, Supreme Court of Guam.
Education: University of California at Davis (B.A., with honors, 1973); University of California at Los Angeles (J.D., 1976). Phi Beta Kappa.
TIM ROBERTS, born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 2, 1957; admitted to bar, 1984, Supreme Court of California; 1985, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Superior Court and U.S. District Courts of Guam, Superior Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and U.S. District Court for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau, High Court of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; 1987, High Court and Supreme Court of the Republic of the Marshall Islands; 1990, U.S. Supreme Court; 1997, Supreme Court of Guam.
Education: UCLA (B.A., 1981); Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D., 1984).
Kevin J. Fowler
KEVIN J. FOWLER, born Kalamazoo, Michigan, February 24, 1960; admitted to bar, 1988, Oregon and Guam; 1990, U.S. District Court, District Court of Guam; 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1997, Supreme Court of Guam.
Education: Western Michigan University (B.S., 1983); Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College (J.D., 1987).
Member: Guam Bar Association; Oregon State Bar (Inactive).
Jon A. Visosky
JON A. VISOSKY, born Coldwater, Michigan, 1966; admitted to bar, 1999, Guam; 1999, U.S. District Court, District Court of Guam; 1999, Supreme Court of Guam.
Education: University of California, Riverside (B.S. summa cum laude, 1995); University of California Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1998).
Member: Guam Bar Association
SETH FORMAN, admitted to bar, 1985, Guam; 1985, Federated States of Micronesia; 1983, District of Columbia.
Education: Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. (A.B. Sociology, 1975); Case Western Reserve University School of Applied Social Sciences, Cleveland, Ohio (M.S.S.A., 1977); Duke University School of Law, Durham, N.C. (J.D. with high honors, 1983).
Member: Guam Bar Association; Federated States of Micronesia; Federated States of Micronesia, District of Columbia (Inactive).
Lawyers Practicing Outside of Guam
If you or someone you love was sexually abused as a child, the lawyers from Dooley Roberts Fowler & Visosky LLP may ask you for permission to work together with the attorneys listed below. While not licensed to practice in Guam, these attorneys from Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC have significant experience representing adults who were sexually abused as children. If these lawyers are part of your legal team, the legal fee remains the same, which means you receive the benefit of more than one law firm working for you for the same cost.
Michael T. Pfau
Michael T. Pfau has practiced law for more than 25 years. He has tried over 50 cases to juries, the bench, and arbitration panels. Michael has obtained multiple verdicts in excess of $1 million, and he has recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements for his clients. In 2012, he obtained an$8 million jury verdict against a Catholic religious order, which is believed to be one of the largest verdicts of its kind.
Michael graduated magna cum laude from Boston College, where he earned a number of academic honors, and then received his law degree from Michigan law school. Michael has been named a perpetual “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics, receiving that honorable distinction every year since 2003.
While Michael has dedicated a large part of his practice to representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse against sexual predators and the institutions that employ and protect them. While every case is different, he has had tremendous success prosecuting claims of child sexual abuse across the country. In this endeavor, Michael has been lead counsel for hundreds of abuse survivors, and he has recovered nearly $100 million dollars for his clients over the past 10 years in lawsuits against the Catholic Church, the Mormon Church, the Boy Scouts of America, and other institutions responsible for child sex abuse.
Michael is involved with a number of community activities, and he takes special pride in working with the disadvantaged and with children who have special needs.
Michael is licensed to practice law in Washington and currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
Jason P. Amala
Jason P. Amala has represented hundreds of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. He has recovered tens of millions of dollars for those clients, and was part of the trial team that obtained an $8 million verdict for a client who was abused at a parish run by a Catholic religious order.
Jason started representing abuse survivors more than ten years ago when he was asked to help a number of men who had been abused at a Catholic boarding school outside of Seattle. The litigation eventually led to the bankruptcy of the Christian Brothers religious order.
Jason has successfully pursued claims against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America, the Mormon Church, and numerous schools and state institutions. He has also been closely involved with a number of Catholic bankruptcies, including the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Christian Brothers religious order, and has been the lead appellate lawyer on a number of watershed cases that have expanded the rights of abuse survivors and crime victims.
Jason graduated with distinction from the University of Washington Honors College, and then obtained his law degree from Seattle University School of Law, where he graduated second in his class and received a number of top honors.
Jason is licensed to practice law in Washington and currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
Vincent T. Nappo
Vincent primarily represents survivors of childhood sexual abuse against the individuals and powerful organizations responsible for the abuse, such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Church.
Vincent has a long history of advocating on behalf of underprivileged and underrepresented communities. Today, he continues to fight for those who have been wronged by the greed, negligence, and careless acts of others. He serves as a guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children, and he volunteers his spare time to help victims of domestic violence.
Vincent graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and then earned his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.
Vincent is currently licensed to practice law in Washington and lives in the Seattle area.