In June 2022, a Macomb County jury convicted Father Neil Kalina on two counts of sexually assaulting a teenage male parishioner in the mid-1980s. According to the allegations, Father Kalina supplied the minor with alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana, then sexually fondled him during sleepovers in the church rectory. The judge sentenced Father Kalina to 7-15 years in prison.

Previously, in 1985, Father Kalina was convicted of drug offenses and sentenced to six months in jail and two years of probation. He then moved to California in 1986. In 1993, he began a faith-based program for at-risk young men there.

At Sommers Schwartz, our personal injury attorneys Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller, Matthew Curtis, and Jay Yasso advocate for survivors of sexual abuse. Together, we’ve recovered millions from high-profile predators such as Dr. Larry Nassar—Michigan State University and USAG team physician—and Robert Anderson, who sexually abused students, athletes, and other patients for over thirty-five years at the University of Michigan. And we want to do the same for you.

If you’ve suffered harm at the hands of Father Kalina or another ecclesiastical leader, we can help. Contact Sommers Schwartz for a free consultation, and let our experienced attorneys help pursue your case with the compassion, empathy, and sensitivity your story deserves.

Jay Yasso

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Jay Yasso

Jay Yasso focuses his practice on medical malpractice, automobile negligence, and personal injury. He has litigated, mediated and facilitated numerous multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of injured victims for over two decades.



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