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Joseph Klest

Author. Advocate. Attorney.

Author Joseph Klest is a Chicago, Illinois native who has practiced law for 30 years. He is well-respected by his peers and is nationally recognized for his work in helping abuse victims.

He is the coauthor of Illinois’s 2003 Child Protection Act, which expanded the statute of limitations to allow more victims to sue their abusers, and a member of the American Association for Justice – Childhood Sexual Abuse Litigation Group. He has argued abuse cases before the appellate and supreme courts. He has counseled thousands of sex abuse victims throughout the United States and around the world, and has handled over 500 sexual abuse cases against both individuals and institutions, including various Catholic diocese.

He is also the coauthor of the 2010 book  Illinois Injury Law – A Reference for Accident Victims a guidebook for people who have been involved in serious accidents, or have family members who were, and need help sorting out the many legal, financial, medical and personal issues they face.

Joe also has several years of film production experience under his belt, including but not limited to his recent role as producer of “Defending a Monster”, a feature-length documentary regarding the trial of John Wayne Gacy. Joe is also one of the producers of “Some Girl(s)”, a 2013 theatrically-released narrative feature film.


A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Darkness to Light, a program that raises awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse. Read more about Darkness to Light.

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