News Release

Locke Lord Secures $2.5 Million Judgment for Pro Bono Client Jane Doe in Landmark Civil Case Doe v. Sheikh

August 12, 2019

(DALLAS) August 12, 2019 – In what is the most significant civil case to date in the United States involving sexual abuse by a Muslim cleric, a Locke Lord team received a judgment of $2.5 million in damages on behalf of pro bono client Jane Doe. The case alleged that a Muslim clergy counselor, who had provided counseling to Jane Doe starting at the age of 13, had used his trusted position at one of the largest mosques in the country to sexually assault and exploit her. The Firm, along with co-counsel Farhana Querishi and Asiya Salejee of Querishi & Salejee PLLC, ‎represented Jane Doe in a three-day bench trial before Judge Emily Tobolowsky in the 298th Judicial District Court in Dallas County.

Additional assistance on the case was provided by Dallas Partner Cynthia Timms and Associates Taylor Levesque and Jennifer McCoy.

Locke Lord has a rich and long-standing tradition of giving back to its communities through pro bono projects. The Firm considers it an obligation and responsibility as lawyers and as human beings to provide legal services to people who cannot afford them. To read more about Locke Lord’s commitment to pro bono initiatives, please click here.


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