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Fr. Ted Oswald – Diocese of Santa Rosa

  Father Ted Oswald 

Diocese of Santa Rosa

Ordained: 1984

Removed: 2008

Died: 2010 

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Rose Church (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church (Ukiah, AZ)
  • St. Mary Immaculate Church (Lakeport, AZ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Ted Oswald:

In 1976 and 1977, prior to his ordination, Father Ted Oswald was a member of a lay group, “Brothers of Our Lady of the Poor,” that provided charitable services in the Yuma community. He was known then as Brother John. 

According to media reports, in January 2008, Father Oswald was named in a civil lawsuit that alleged he sexually abused two teenage boys. The alleged abuse occurred between 1988 and 1995 while Father Oswald was serving at St. Mary Immaculate Church in Lakeport and the boys were young parishioners. He denied the allegations.

Father Oswald was placed on administrative leave by the Diocese of Santa Rosa in 2009 after the allegations of sexual abuse were found credible. The suit was settled by the Santa Rosa diocese in March 2009 for $1.3 million. A former police officer and Vietnam veteran, Father Oswald testified in 1999 and 2000 that he had reported abuse by Father Trupia to his superiors in 1976 and provided written statements from his students.  He was permanently removed. Fr. Oswald died in July 2010.

A second civil lawsuit was filed in August 2013. The new suit alleged Father Oswald began molesting the plaintiff in 2007 after “grooming” the child through flattery and ingratiating himself to the child’s parents. The lawsuit alleges the priest plied the boy with alcohol and groped him, both over and under his clothing. The alleged incidents occurred both at Father Oswald’s home and the church office, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges Father Oswald had been accused of sexual misconduct years before contacting the plaintiff. Those allegations included “incidents on and off the physical premises owned and operated by the Diocese of Santa Rosa where Father Ted Oswald would fondle children sexually and force them to play games from which he derived sexual gratification, well before Father Ted Oswald was assigned to St. Mary Immaculate Parish,” the lawsuit states.

In July 2014, the suit was settled for $3.5 million. In January 2019, Father Oswald’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Tucson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Santa Rosa, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr George Pirrung – Diocese of Tucson

Father George Pirrung

Diocese of Tucson

 

Ordained: 1954

Removed: 2003

Died: 2016

 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955                Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (Miami, AZ)
  • 1956-1957      Sacred Heart (Nogales, AZ) 
  • 1958-1959      Queen of Peace (Mesa, AZ)
  • 1960-1962      Immaculate Conception (Douglas, AZ)
  • 1963-1968      St. Catherine of Sienna (Phoenix, AZ) 
  • 1969-1977      Holy Family (Phoenix, AZ) 
  • 1978-1997      Immaculate Conception (Cottonwood, AZ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father George Pirrung:

Father George Pirrung was ordained in the Diocese of Tucson. According to media reports, in 2003, a man accused Father Pirrung of molesting him in the mid 1950s, at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Miami, Arizona. After an investigation, the Diocese of Tucson found two more allegations dating back to 1966. The archives revealed that no action was taken. All of the allegations were found to be credible, and reported the police. No action criminal charges were sought due to the expiration of statute of limitations. 

Father Pirrung had become part of the Diocese of Phoenix when it was created in 1969. He retired from there in 1997. After learning of the allegations, the Diocese of Phoenix removed him from ministry.

His name is listed on the Diocese of Tucson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors, published in April 2010. 

Father Pirrung died in February 2016.

in February 2018, he was also included in the Diocese of Phoenix’s list of “…priests and deacons who have been laicized and/or removed from ministry due to sexual misconduct with a minor.” 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Tucson in Arizona.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Arizona, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Tucson now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Arizona and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr Lucien J. Meunier de la Pierre – Diocese of Tucson

Father Lucien J. Meunier de la Pierre

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: 1939

Died: 1990

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Joseph Parish (Hayden, AZ) 
  • St. Christopher Parish (Marana, AZ) 
  • St. Joseph the Worker Parish (Wellton, AZ) 
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Yuma, AZ)
  • Our Mother of Sorrows Parish (Tucson, AZ) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Lucien J. Meunier de la Pierre:

Father Lucien J. Meunier de la Pierre, also known as Pedro Luke, Luke Munier, Lucien Muernier, Pedro Luc de la Pierre, was from Canada. Known as the ‘Pilgrim priest’, he went from diocese to diocese in various locations throughout the United States and Canada, including but not limited to: Connecticut (both Hartford Archdiocese and Bridgeport Diocese), Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Alaska, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan.

According to media reports, Bishops in Canada allegedly knew of Father Meunier’s abuse of at least one child as early as 1966. He was accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy in Colorado, in 1972. A pueblo bishop arranged for his treatment at Servants of the Paraclete in New Mexico, but Father Meunier didn’t show up. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) president Cardinal Bernardin was said to have been warned. 

In 1974, Father Meunier was granted faculties in Tucson. He was convicted of abusing two boys there in 1976. He spent two years at an Arizona mental health facility and then released with his civil rights restored. The judgment of guilt was vacated and all charges against him were dismissed. Records don’t explain why this happened. 

In October 1989, he was charged with the abuse of six boys and a girl in British Columbia in the 1950s and 1960s.  He died January 1990, days before his scheduled extradition to Canada. 

In December 1993, two brothers filed a civil lawsuit against the Boise diocese, alleging Father Meunier molested them during the early 1970s. At the time of the abuse, Father Meunier had already seen a psychologist for his pedophilia. Confidential church records showed diocese officials had caught Father Meunier molesting boys and knew he had committed similar actions in other dioceses. However, since he wasn’t incardinated to the Boise diocese, the brothers couldn’t sue and their case was dismissed.

The most recent suit was filed by a Tucson woman who said she was abused by the Father Meunier in 1975, when she was 7 and a parishioner at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.

Father Meunier was named in many more lawsuits from 1998-2004. He was one of four priests named in 11 civil actions settled with 10 men and their family members in January 2002 over allegations of sexual abuse by local clergy. The amount of the settlement is estimated to be as high as $16 million. 

In December 2014, his name appeared on the Diocese of Gallup’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors, as well as, the the Diocese of Hartford’s list in January 2019.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Tucson in Arizona.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Arizona, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Tucson now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Arizona and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr Anthony Jablonowski – Diocese of Tucson

Father Anthony Jablonowski

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: 1970

Laicized: 2006

 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1993-1994      St. Margaret Mary Parish (Tucson, AZ) 
  • 1994-1997      St. Theresa Parish (Patagonia, AZ)

 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Anthony Jablonowski:

Father Anthony Jablonowski was ordained for the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky. In 1980, he transferred to the Diocese of Cheyenne, then in 2000 to the Diocese of Steubenville. According to media reports, Father Jablonowski pleaded no contest to 2004 charges of abusing a 17-year-old boy in 1982. He was sentenced to 15 months to seven years in prison. His priestly faculties were revoked after the allegations surfaced.

Father Jablonowski was also accused of conducting rituals of penance that involved hanging young men upside down, bound, gagged and blindfolded with cords tied to their genitals – and flogging them. In March 2005, another accuser filed a civil suit. He was released from prison July 2005, and required to register as a sex offender. He returned to live in Ohio.

Father Jablonowski was on the Diocese of Tuscon’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. He was referred to as Steubenville priest. In June 2006, he was laicized. 

In October 2018, his name appeared on the Diocese of Steubenville’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors, as well as the the Diocese of Cheyenne’ list in June 2019. It noted four adolescent male victims, with the abuse occurring from 1983-1988. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Tucson in Arizona.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Arizona, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Tucson now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Arizona and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr Michael J. Teta – Diocese of Tucson

Father Michael J. Teta

Diocese of Tucson

 

Ordained: Unknown

Laicized: 2004

 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1978-1980       Our Mother of Sorrows Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1980-1982       St. Rose of Lima Parish (Safford, AZ)
  • 1986-1988       St. Francis Parish (Superior, AZ)

 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael J. Teta:

According to media reports, Father Michael J. Teta came to Tucson from the Diocese of Trenton in 1978. He became a member of the Diocese of Tucson in 1982. In 1997, a Catholic Church tribunal found Father Teta guilty of molesting two boys, ages 7 and 9, in the confessional as they prepared for their First Communion. It found there to be “almost a satanic quality in Father Teta’s mode of acting toward young men and boys.” 

The alleged abuse occurred during his first assignment as associate pastor at Our Mother of Sorrows in Tucson from 1978-1980. Father Teta denied the allegations. The Diocese of Tucson placed him on leave in 1991. He was paid $900 a month from 1991-2004.

He was accused of child abuse in several of the 11 lawsuits filed between 1999 and 2002 which were settled by Tucson Diocese in January 2002. 

He was laicized in August 2004, and named in another lawsuit filed the following month in September.  He is believed to still be alive and has never been criminally convicted of the allegations against him.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Tucson in Arizona.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Arizona, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Tucson now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Arizona and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Charles Rourke – Diocese of Tucson

Father Charles Rourke

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: 1958

Died: 1993 

 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958                 St. Augustine Cathedral (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1958-1960       Immaculate Conception Parish (Douglas, AZ)
  • 1960-1961       Queen of Peace Parish (Mesa ()
  • 1961-1962       St. Joseph Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1962-1965       All Saints Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1966-1968       Newman Center (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1968-1969       St. Monica Parish (Tucson, AZ) 
  • 1969-1973       Leave of Absence and Archdiocese of Santa Fe
  • 1973-1975       Sacred Heart Parish (Nogales, AZ)
  • 1981-1984       St. Andrew Parish (Sierra Vista, AZ)

 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Charles Rourke:

According to media reports,  Father Charles Rourke was suspended from ministry in 1984 for alcohol-related medical reasons. He took a leave of absence from 1969-1973 and was assigned to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. He returned to Tucson from 1973-1975 and 1981-1984, with another leave of absence from 1975-1981 between those assignments. He was removed from ministry in 1979. 

According to a Special Pastoral Report from the Diocese released in 2003, a review of archival records revealed that there was a failure to report allegations of sexual misconduct with minors against Father Charles Rourke, and that he remained in ministry after allegations were reported. 

He died by suicide in April 1993, while under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of children in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Diocese of Tucson said it became aware of the child abuse allegations after his death. 

Father Rourke has been named in at least one civil lawsuit which was settled in 2006 as part of the Diocese of Tucson bankruptcy.  

In October 2018, Father Rourke was named in the Diocese of San Bernardino’s list of “Clergy Credibly Accused of Child Sexual Abuse.” According to this list, Father Rourke worked in the Diocese of San Bernardino as an extern priest with faculties and was accused of sexually abusing a child in 1979, of which the Diocese of San Bernardino was aware.

Father Rourke was also included on the Diocese of Tucson’s “List of clergy and other Church personnel identified by the Diocese of Tucson with assignments, employment or ministry service within the Diocese about whom the Diocese is aware of credible allegations of sexual misconduct involving a minor.” 

In September 2017, he was included on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s “List of Priests, Deacons, & Religious Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children,” as well.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Tucson in Arizona.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Arizona, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Tucson now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Arizona and nationwide. We can help. 

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Sister Rosaria Riter (Benedictine Sisters)

Sister Rosaria Riter (Benedictine Sisters)

Diocese of Tucson

 

Ordained: N/A

Died: 1996

 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1949-1953       Sacred Heart School, Sacred Heart Parish (Tucson, AZ)

 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Sister Rosaria Riter (Benedictine Sisters):

According to media reports, in November 2003, the Diocese of Tucson announced credible sexual abuse allegations against Sister Riter Rosaria dating back to 1949-1953. The alleged abuse involved a young boy and occurred when she served on the faculty at Sacred Heart School. The allegations were reported to the police. She died in 1996. She was the first woman to be named by the review board in a sex abuse case.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Tucson in Arizona.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Arizona, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Tucson now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Arizona and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr Thomas Patrick Purcell – Diocese of Tucson

Father Thomas Patrick Purcell (Society of Mary)

Diocese of Tucson

 

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: Unknown

 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1982-1983 St. Odilia (Tucson, AZ) 
  • 1983-1984 Sacred Heart (In residence) (Nogales, AZ) 

 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Patrick Purcell:

Father Thomas Patrick Purcell was a religious order priest (Society of Mary) at the time of his service in the Diocese of Tucson. A church spokesman said Father Purcell was a visiting priest from St. Louis when he was at St. Odilia. He left the Diocese of Tucson in 1985.

According to media reports, in September 2002, following a three-month investigation, he was arrested on three counts of sexually abusing a 13-year old boy from 1982-1983 and one count of attempted abuse. He was convicted and received a 9.5-year sentence in March 2003. 

Father Purcell befriended the boy’s  family and acted as a “father figure” to the boy, said a South Tucson police detective. He manipulated the boy by providing his family with clothing and food. For about eight months, the boy lived with Father Purcell. He told the boy’s mother that he was helping the boy with his schoolwork.

“This man was like a gift from God to her family, a very well-respected member of the community,” Deputy Pima County Attorney, Kathleen Mayer said.

“He threatened the boy with turning his family over to the Border Patrol, as they were not legal at the time,” Mayer said.

In June 2002, Father Purcell was on the Diocese of Tuscon’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

In August 2011, the Diocese of Tucson referred to him as a Diocese of Fresno priest who had been suspended from ministry.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Tucson in Arizona.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Arizona, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Tucson now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Arizona and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Ted Oswald – Diocese of Tucson

  Father Ted Oswald 

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: 1984

Removed: 2008

Died: 2010 

 

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Rose Church (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church (Ukiah, AZ)
  • St. Mary Immaculate Church (Lakeport, AZ)

 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Ted Oswald:

In 1976 and 1977, prior to his ordination, Father Ted Oswald was a member of a lay group, “Brothers of Our Lady of the Poor,” that provided charitable services in the Yuma community. He was known then as Brother John. 

According to media reports, in January 2008, Father Oswald was named in a civil lawsuit that alleged he sexually abused two teenage boys. The alleged abuse occurred between 1988 and 1995 while Father Oswald was serving at St. Mary Immaculate Church in Lakeport and the boys were young parishioners. He denied the allegations.

Father Oswald was placed on administrative leave by the Diocese of Santa Rosa in 2009 after the allegations of sexual abuse were found credible. The suit was settled by the Santa Rosa diocese in March 2009 for $1.3 million.

A former police officer and Vietnam veteran, Father Oswald testified in 1999 and 2000 that he had reported abuse by Father Trupia to his superiors in 1976 and provided written statements from his students.  Permanently removed. 

He died in July 2010.

A second civil lawsuit was filed in August 2013. The new suit alleged Father Oswald began molesting the plaintiff in 2007 after “grooming” the child through flattery and ingratiating himself to the child’s parents. The lawsuit alleges the priest plied the boy with alcohol and groped him, both over and under his clothing. The alleged incidents occurred both at Father Oswald’s home and the church office, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges Father Oswald had been accused of sexual misconduct years before contacting the plaintiff. Those allegations included “incidents on and off the physical premises owned and operated by the Diocese of Santa Rosa where Father Ted Oswald would fondle children sexually and force them to play games from which he derived sexual gratification, well before Father Ted Oswald was assigned to St. Mary Immaculate Parish,” the lawsuit states.

In July 2014, the suit was settled for $3.5 million.

In January 2019, Father Oswald’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Tucson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Tucson in Arizona.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Arizona, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Tucson now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Arizona and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Msgr John A. Oliver – Diocese of Tucson

Monsignor John A. Oliver

Diocese of Tucson

 

Ordained: 1952

Died: 2011

 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1952-1954      Queen of Peace Parish, (Mesa, AZ)
  • 1954-1956      St. Augustine Cathedral (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1956                St. Luke Parish (Douglas, AZ)
  • 1958-1960      All Saints Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1960-1967      St. Augustine Cathedral (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1968-1969      St. Philip Parish (Payson, AZ)
  • 1969-1981      Immaculate Conception Parish (Yuma, AZ)
  • 1987-1995      Sacred Heart Parish (Nogales, AZ)
  • 1981-1987      St. Theresa Parish (Patagonia, AZ)
  • 1995-2000      St. Jude Parish (Pearce-Sunsites, AZ)

 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor John A. Oliver:

According to media reports, in 1967, Monsignor John A. Oliver was the subject of a Pima County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the molestation of a 14-year-old boy. The boy said he had been hitchhiking home from bowling when a man he later identified as Monsignor Oliver picked him up and offered to drive him home. Instead, Monsignor Oliver drove him to a home in Oro Valley, gave him alcohol and molested him.

The Sheriff’s Department report from that case includes a comment suggesting prior cover-ups by the diocese. John H. Rock, a retired detective sergeant with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, investigated the 1967 case and said there was no doubt the man who molested the boy was Monsignor Oliver. Rock said the case was not handled like other similar investigations. The Diocese of Tucson never made Monsignor Oliver available for an interview, he said in sworn testimony contained in court documents for the civil actions. “I think it got covered up in a way,” Rock said.

Monsignor Oliver pleaded guilty in the case, though it is unclear what the plea involved. No records are available at Pima County Superior Court. He was sentenced to 6 or 7 years probation. 

While in Yuma during the early 1970s, Monsignor Oliver oversaw a new, young priest named Robert C. Trupia. The Diocese of Tucson has since classified Father Trupia as a “notorious and serial abuser.” 

Monsignor Oliver retired in 2000 and suspended from ministry in May 2002. He died in March 2011. The review of archival records has shown that he was given assignments after there was awareness of an allegation. He was never criminally convicted of the allegations against him. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Tucson in Arizona.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Arizona, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Tucson now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Arizona and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.