McCormack Settlements by Abels & Annes, P.C.
$3,150,000 – In 2014 Abels & Annes, P.C., working with co-counsel, settled a lawsuit on behalf of a victim of former Father Daniel McCormack in the amount of $3.15 million. The suit, brought against the Archdiocese of Chicago, Cardinal George, and the Catholic Bishop of Chicago alleged that Father McCormack sexually abused the plaintiff, a minor, while the plaintiff was in 8th through 11th grades in school.
$3,200,000 – In 2011 Abels & Annes, P.C., working with co-counsel, settled a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Chicago, Cardinal George, and the Catholic Bishop of Chicago involving sexual abuse of a minor boy by former Rev. Daniel McCormack in the amount of $3.2 million dollars, $300,000 of which was placed in escrow for services. The identity of the plaintiff and his family remain confidential.
$2,500,000 – In 2015, while working with co-counsel, Abels & Annes, P.C. settled a claim on behalf of an individual who was sexually abused by former Father Daniel McCormack. The claim was brought without the use of the plaintiff’s name and the plaintiff’s identity remains confidential at this time.
$2,600,000 – The legal team at Abels & Annes, P.C. settled this claim while working with co-counsel in 2016 on behalf of our client who was abused by former Father Daniel McCormack. To best protect our client, our client’s identity remained confidential through the pendency of the claim.
The sexual abuse lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. have been part of a team comprised of lawyers from three firms that have successfully settled several claims on behalf of victims of Father Daniel McCormack. Two of the claims settled by this team are the only publicly disclosed claims to have settled for an excess of $3 million for each victim. In addition to the claims already settled by Abels & Annes and co-counsel, the team currently represents several other alleged victims of Father McCormack and is working to obtain relief for those individuals as well.
Allegations of sexual misconduct have been made against numerous priests employed by and associated with the Archdiocese of Chicago. Among them, claims against Father Daniel McCormack have been made by dozens of boys and young men who have reported that Father McCormack engaged in inappropriate sexual activities with them through Father McCormack’s position within the Church.
Daniel McCormack, known to many as Father Dan, was a seminarian in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s seminary system from 1986 to 1994, during which time he received an education and was trained to become a priest in the Catholic Church. Allegations of sexual misconduct against Father McCormack began as early as his seminarian days. The allegations were reported to seminary officials but went unaddressed and Father McCormack was ordained a priest in 1994.
He spent the first four years of his priesthood in various positions within the Catholic Church, many of which allowed him unsupervised contact with minors. In 1998, Father McCormack was assigned to the position of Sacramental Minister at Holy Family Parish in Chicago where he continued to have access to and encounters with minors.
Chicago Church Sexual Abuse Lawyers
The Archdiocese of Chicago received an allegation in 1999 that Father McCormack inappropriately sexually touched a minor boy through his position at Holy Family Parish. Despite the allegation, the Archdiocese promoted Father McCormack the following year to the position of Pastor at Saint Agatha’s Parish in Chicago. During his time at Saint Agatha’s, Father McCormack not only performed pastoral duties but also was a teacher and the boys’ basketball coach, enabling him to have unrestricted access to young boys under his care.
In 2003, the Archdiocese again received a report that Father McCormack may have engaged in inappropriate behaviors with minors through his position at Saint Agatha’s. Credible allegations of child sexual abuse led to an initial arrest of Father Dan McCormack in 2005 and also to a recommendation that Father McCormack be removed from his position by an Archdiocese Professional Review Board. Despite the arrest and recommendation for removal, the Archdiocese of Chicago chose to keep Father McCormack in his position, enabling him to maintain sexually abusive relationships with minors.
Father McCormack was again arrested in 2006 following allegations of sexual abuse of minors. He was also removed from his position as pastor in 2006 but by the time he was removed, Father McCormack had engaged in inappropriate sexual practices with numerous young boys, many of whom endured abuse multiple times and some over many years.
In 2007, Father McCormack pleaded guilty to sexually abusing five minor boys during his employment with the Archdiocese of Chicago and was sentenced to a term in prison.
Relief Available to Victims of Sexual Abuse
As allegations of the abuse conducted by Father Dan have come to light, more and more young men have stepped forward to reveal the abuse they suffered at the hands of the priest and the church that were supposed to protect them. Some of these victims have chosen to bring claims against the Archdiocese and Father McCormack to seek compensation for the wrongs done to them.
A legal team formed by Abels & Annes, P.C. has been representing victims of Father Dan and the Archdiocese for years. We understand that the victims of these horrendous crimes can suffer for the rest of their lives. We believe that all victims deserve to speak to a lawyer without any risk on their parts so we offer a free case consultation to all victims of Father McCormack at (855) LAW-CHICAGO or locally at (312) 924-7575.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we put the rights and interests of our clients first and we fight for the best possible outcome in each and every case. Working with co-counsel we have successfully settled cases on behalf of victims who were abused by Father McCormack when the victims were minors and we currently represent many victims with similar claims. More victims still come forward every year. If you suffered abuse at the hands of Father McCormack, the Archdiocese of Chicago, or another individual associated with the Church, call us for a free confidential consultation.
If you have been a victim of a sexual abuse by Father McCormack or another church employee, call us at (855) LAW-CHICAGO or Contact us online for a free consultation.