Laffey Bucci & Kent

Speaker Bio

Brian Kent is a former sex crimes prosecutor, a clergy abuse survivor and recipient of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation's 2019 Civilian Leadership award. He is a founding partner and head of the crime victim department in the law firm where he leads a team made up of former prosecutors who devote one hundred percent of their practice to representing victims of crime, mostly sexual abuse and assault survivors, across the country.

Brian has more than 20 years of legal experience specializing in representing survivors of abuse, assault and exploitation and has taken on several high-profile cases. He represents victims and survivors of Jerry Sandusky, priest abuse, Kanakuk camp, Scientology, Massage Envy, Southern Baptist Church, Pornhub, various school districts and other educational institutions such as a military academy, and many other well known institutions. Brian also represented victims and survivors of Judge William Bradley ““ a case that resulted in the judge's removal from the bench, disbarment and admission to the abuse as part of the settlement. Brian's representation of women across the country against massage franchise chain Massage Envy led to a Buzzfeed investigation and article regarding the company's practices in covering up sexual assaults at its franchise locations which ultimately resulted in the company making changes to its policies and procedures to prevent assaults in the future as well as implementation of a “œsafety team.”

In 2020, Brian and Guy D'Andrea secured a $62 million settlement in Kanawah County for 29 survivors of child abuse and neglect at the Miracle Meadows School in Salem, WV.

Early on in his career, Brian was one of only 35 attorneys in the state of Pennsylvania to be named a “œLawyer on the Fast Track.” Since then, he has been recognized by his peers who voted him to the top 100 attorneys in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia as recognized by Super Lawyers® and has been included as a Top 100 Lawyer in the National Trial Lawyers. Brian has a Masters of Law in Trial Advocacy from Temple University's Beasley School of Law. He served as an adjunct professor at Drexel University Kline School of Law and at Temple Law where he taught advanced trial advocacy. He has served as an expert in sexual abuse and assault cases on several local and national news networks and programs and trains institutions and individuals on sexual abuse and assault prevention and investigations.

Brian serves on the board of ChildUSA, a non-profit think tank dedicated to protecting children and preventing abuse and for Voices in Action. He has also served on the board of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, an affiliate of the National Center for Victims of Crime that is the only bar association in the country made up of attorneys dedicated to helping victims of crime seek justice through the civil court system. He has served as a volunteer attorney for the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project for more than 10 years and works with many non-profit and charitable organizations, most of which are dedicated to the eradication of child sexual abuse and helping abuse and assault survivors. Brian also serves as a volunteer for Sharing Excess, a food sharing nonprofit.

As a survivor of clergy sexual abuse himself, Brian uses his experiences to put an end to sexual violence in all forms and help other fellow survivors.