Law Offices in San Diego, CA 760-500-5451 & New York, NY 646-895-0939


About Betti & Associates

Trial tested law firm and litigators representing sexual abuse victims. The Law Office of Betti & Associates has successfully helped child sexual abuse survivors get justice against religious institutions, sports and youth organizations, medical institutions and psychological camps, campus and educational systems and work place sexual abuse. Principal founding Attorney Michele Betti is admitted to the bar in both California and New York. Reciprocity and pro hac vice allows for Betti & Associates to vigorously seek justice for their clients across state lines. Perpetrators, facilitators and those who aid in covering up sexual abuse have no where to hide from survivors who deserve justice and truth

Areas Of Practice

Child Sexual Abuse Litigation
Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
Corporate Law | Business Law | Trademarks
White Collar Criminal Defense
Military Justice

  • Litigation 100%
  • Negotiation 100%
  • Contracts & Briefs 100%

Meet our Lawyers

Michele M. Betti was born in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where she received a J.D. Degree. As a prosecutor in the United States Air Force, Ms. Betti served as a Captain and prosecuted both misdemeanor and felony cases. She is admitted to practice law in California and New York State.

After her service, Ms. Betti relocated to San Francisco where she worked with some of the country’s most reputable civil defense law firms.  Ms. Betti represented a diverse range of clients including Lloyd’s of London and AIG. Her practice consisted of complex litigation including professional liability, products liability, toxic torts, maritime law, securities and broker/dealer liability, insurance bad faith and coverage issues.

In 2007, Ms. Betti relocated to Southern California to represent victims of child sexual abuse against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Dioceses of San Diego, San Bernardino, Dubuque, and New Mexico. Ms. Betti represented victims in both bankruptcy and state court.

See Settlements for Clergy and Non-Clergy Sex Abuse Survivors:
  1. Children and Youth Services, Inc., West Ridge Academy, Utah Boys Ranch.
  2. Archdiocese of Los Angeles for $660 million on behalf of more than 122 of the 508 survivors.
  3. Dioceses of San Diego and San Bernardino in excess of $198 million on behalf of some 144 victims.
  4. $750,000 settlement in addition to the $1.37 million global settlement the client received for being sexually abused by a priest in the confessional who was knowingly transferred from one Diocese to another.
  5. State of Delaware – Single Perpetrator Settlement $650,000. Perpetrator affiliated with Big Brothers of America, Inc.

Some of the cases Ms. Betti is currently prosecuting on behalf of her clients:

New York City Department of Education; City of New York; The Child Center of New York, Inc.; World of Discovery Day Camp of Queens, Inc.; West Ridge Academy/Utah Boys Ranch – Youth Residential Treatment Facility; Pentecostal Assembly Inc. of Brooklyn, New York; New Covenant Christian School, The New Covenant Christian Education Association, Inc., Bronx, New York; Archdiocese of Philadelphia; The Norbertine Fathers, Inc.; Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, Inc., aka Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers; Maryknoll Fathers’ Mission Society, Inc.; Maryknoll Mission Association of the Faithful, Inc.; Maryknoll Communities, Inc.; Maryknoll Lay Missioners Foundation; St. Anthony of Padua Church; St. Anthony Catholic School; Roman Catholic Church in the State of Hawaii, aka The Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii; The Diocese of Buffalo, New York; The Southdown Institute; Southern Tier Catholic School; Archbishop Walsh Academy

Ms. Betti is an advocate for victims of clergy and non-clergy sex crimes and is committed to seeking truth and justice for all victims of childhood sexual abuse.

Bar Admissions - State Reciproicty

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Many states allow for a lawyer to be admitted to practice Pro Hac Vice pursuant to certain rules in each jurisdiction.  Ms. Betti has been admitted pro hac vice in Delaware and Hawaii.  Please call to see if your state qualifies for reciprocity or pro hac vice status.


Thomas Jefferson School of Law, J.D., 1999
University of San Diego School of Law; Institute on International and Comparative Law, Paris, France, 1997
California State University, Chico, B.A., International Relations, 1993
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, Political Science, 1990

Court Admissions

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York First Judicial Department
United States District Court for the Southern, Central, Northern District of California
California Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Memberships

California Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
New York County Lawyers Association
Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
Alpha Chi Omega
Trinity High School Bar Association


“How to present non-physical injuries and damages,” May 2011 edition of Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations For Southern California The Advocate, Perspective From The Bench


“Ethics” Minot Air Force Base 2001
“Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” 2007

Awards & Distinctions

Captain, USAF, Judge Advocate General
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Trustee Scholarship for Academic Achievement
National Dean’s List

Ruben P. Ruiz grew up in Orange County, California, where he attended Catholic elementary and high schools.  He is an alumnus of Loyola-Marymount University and the University of Oregon, where he completed undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Mr. Ruiz was the recipient of the Walter and Nance Kidd Tutorial Fellowship, and Graduate Teaching Fellowship.  Mr. Ruiz was a Fulbright Scholar in 1999.  He graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2003.

Mr. Ruiz began his legal career as a clerk for the United States Department of Justice, and thereafter entered private practice with several large law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Mr. Ruiz has extensive experience in personal injury and commercial law.  He has represented clients in multimillion-dollar cases involving injuries sustained from chemical and oil exposure, asbestos, automotive defects, and environmental contamination.

Mr. Ruiz now focuses his time on helping victims of sexual abuse in gaining compensation for their injuries and finding the justice they deserve.  He continues to live in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 2003; Symposium Editor; Law Faculty Scholarship; Moot Court Oral Advocacy Award; High Technology Law Certificate
J. William Fulbright Scholar, The Netherlands, 1999-2000
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, Master of Fine Arts, Composition and Writing, 1998
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, B.A., 1992

Languages Spoken

Dutch and Spanish

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Northern, Central, Eastern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Awards & Distinctions

Fulbright Grant 1999-2000

Professional Memberships

California Bar Association

Gregory A. Ferren specializes in intellectual property law, general commercial litigation, and business formation and transactions. Mr. Ferren has practiced law since obtaining his law degree from the University of Hawaii in 1995. In 2003, he obtained an LL.M. in Intellectual Property from Santa Clara University. He is currently a member of the Bars of California and Hawaii.

Mr. Ferren’s experience has encompassed a broad range of areas of law including intellectual property, general commercial litigation, real estate, financial regulatory law, bankruptcy, antitrust, administrative law, general business practice, alternative dispute resolution, appellate advocacy, and child sexual abuse.

Mr. Ferren has worked with some of this country’s most prestigious law firms, including Bingham McCutchen, Jones Day, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Mr. Ferren has represented a diverse range of clients, from small, family-owned businesses and individuals, to large multi-national corporations including Yahoo!, Apple, and Oracle.


University of Hawaii School of Law, J.D., 1995
Santa Clara University School of Law, LL.M., 2003
University of Colorado, B.S. Journalism, 1991

Court Admissions

United States District Court, District of Hawaii
Hawaii Supreme Court
California Supreme Court

Professional Memberships

California Bar Association
Hawaii State Bar Association

Do you need reassurance from our clients?

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"I was first abused when I was 8 years old. Ms. Betti explained my rights to me and talked to me about the effects of my abuse and seeking treatment."

Brooklyn, NY

"Always there for us when we had a question or needed to make adjustments. Our business matters were handled efficiently and economically to reach the best outcome for us."

M&M Sports Scene, Inc - Addison, IL

"After my father's death, my mother's life insurance benefits were denied. Ms. Betti successfully litigated the case and delivered justice and compensation to my mother."

Encinitas, CA

"After being injured from an accident at work and denied a claim, Ms. Betti is vigorously representing me."

Bend, OR

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