Robert Hadden – Former Gynecologist accused of sexually abusing over 200 patients is sentenced to 20 years in prison

Are you a Victim of Former OBGYN Robert Hadden?


Filing Deadline: November 23, 2023

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“I was sexually abused by Robert Hadden…”

“I am a sex assault victim of Robert Hadden…”

You are not alone.

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Many victims have come forward with Robert Hadden sex abuse claims. As a former Columbia University Gynecologist, Dr. Robert Hadden was responsible for an untold number of sexual assaults against his former patients. And now he has been convicted of federal sex trafficking. Both the initial federal indictment and two civil lawsuits claim that Robert Hadden, M.D. sexually assaulted patients for more than 20 years.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan got a grand jury indictment against Hadden in 2020, charges based on the fact that some patients at his New York offices had come into the city from other states. He was convicted in January. Learn more.

Do you want justice?

Have you contacted our experienced lawyers to make sure your sex abuse claim against Robert Hadden is successful?

Your ability to claim financial compensation and finally get closure on a painful chapter of your life is going to soon come to an end.


Doctor Robert Hadden Sex Abuse Claims: With the signing of the Adult Survivors Act, survivors of childhood sexual abuse have a path to justice, including the ability to file a case which had already been time-barred or expired for a one-year period.

Filing ends November 23, 2023.

Many other victims have taken this opportunity to get justice for their suffering. You can too.

If you were abused by Dr. Robert Hadden, or if you were coerced into crossing state lines by Hadden, contact Merson Law PLLC today. We can help you get financial compensation for your suffering at no out of pocket cost to you.

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Filing a Columbia University Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

If you have suffered sexual abuse or misconduct by Dr. Robert Hadden while he was in his position at Columbia University, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the university and pursue compensation.

Filing a lawsuit cannot take away the pain and suffering caused by this kind of abuse, but it can at least provide some compensation, as well as help to hold those responsible accountable for any actions and/or inactions that allowed the abuse to occur and continue.

Filing a lawsuit may seem like a daunting prospect, especially over something as serious as sexual assault. Rest assured that consulting with an attorney can help you determine if you have a claim, navigate the complexities of litigation, and maximize your potential compensation.

Join others who are pursuing justice against Robert Hadden for sex abuse claims by contacting our caring and confidential team at Merson Law today.

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Founder Jordan Merson of Merson Law has built a stellar reputation representing sexual assault clients.

The sexual assault lawyers at Merson Law have extensive experience litigating sexual assault cases valued in excess of $1 million and much of their background includes prosecuting cases that have resolved for more than $10 million.

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  • $500 million – Merson Law represents sexual assault survivors in the Michigan State University fund for victims of Larry Nassar.  This is the largest amount of money in history settled by a university for a sexual abuse case.
  • $100 million + – Merson represents a number of victims of child sex abuse in the Independent Reconciliation Compensation Program (IRCP).  $100 million has been set aside for the IRCP.
  • $28 Million for the largest sexual assault verdict in ny state history
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Background on the Robert Hadden Scandal & Robert Hadden Lawsuit:

“Robert Hadden was a predator in a white coat. For years, he cruelly lured women who sought professional medical care to his offices in order to gratify himself.”

– Damian Williams, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“Every time I have appeared in court, Robert Hadden has continued to manage to live a life at home,”

– Laurie Kanyok, victim of Dr. Robert Hadden

“Looking at pregnant people is painful for me. Trust is painful for me. I don’t think he deserves another minute of free air. I haven’t been able to breathe for 17 years.”

– Adina, victim of Dr. Robert Hadden

Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where Hadden was on staff before being indicted on state charges, have announced two separate settlements with 226 former patients of Hadden for a total of nearly $236 million.

Refinery29 reported that Dr. Hadden sexual assault claims span decades, between 1993 and 2012.

An investigation into Dr. Hadden didn’t begin to gain notability or significance until 2012. Since then, approximately 80 additional accusers have made abuse allegations against Hadden, bringing the total to more than 100 individual plaintiffs, according to The New York Post.

In 2016, Hadden was convicted of sexually abusing six patients, however, he secured a lenient plea deal that included no jail time and downgraded his sex offender status. Hadden reportedly fondled and performed oral sex on the patients, many of whom were pregnant. Some say the consequences were not enough.

“Hadden was allowed to negotiate something that closely resembled an early retirement than a criminal sentence for a sexual felony,” a lawyer representing Hadden’s accusers told the Washington Post.

And now, the gynecologist who sexually abused vulnerable and trusting patients for over two decades at prestigious New York hospitals has been sentenced on Tuesday, July 25th, 2023  to 20 years in prison by a federal judge who called his crimes unprecedented.

Who Is Dr. Robert Hadden?

Dr. Robert Hadden worked as an OB/GYN in the Manhattan area between 1993 and 2012. He worked at the Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital. He’s accused of sexually assaulting women, and at least one minor, who went to him for checkups and pre-and post-natal care.

“Hadden acted as a predator in a white coat,” Audrey Strauss, the acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at a press conference announcing the new criminal charges lodged against Hadden in September of this year.

At the news conference, a woman claiming Hadden abused her said the doctor preyed on women going to their first gynecology appointment.

According to the federal indictment, Hadden would engage in a pattern of abuse. NPR reports that Hadden would try to be alone with his patients. He would reportedly ask personal questions and gain their trust before sexually assaulting them while in his medical care.

Are there more victims out there?

“The abusive behavior alleged here took place over the course of nearly two decades, which means there could be many victims out there we have not heard from,” said FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. at the news conference announcing the indictment.

We are asking anyone seeing this information to reach out to us…It is important to remember nothing Dr. Hadden has done was, or ever will be your fault.

We see time and time again that voices matter and those who have stepped forward have empowered others to do the same.”

Doctor Robert Hadden Lawsuit

More than 100 women have filed sexual abuse lawsuits against Dr. Hadden and Columbia University. The doctor faces at least 20 years in prison in the new federal case against him.

Some women who say they were assaulted by Hadden claim that New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office also bear responsibility.

In addition, women have rallied to demand the resignation of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who handled the 2016 no-jail-time indictment.

The New York Adult Survivors Act

Last year, the Adult Survivors Act passed in New York, opening a one-year lookback window for previously time-barred claims of sexual assault.

The Adult Survivors Act grants victims of sexual assault additional time to process their grief and file a lawsuit against their assailant or the institutions that enabled their abuse.

With the Adult Survivors Act, and now Dr. Hadden’s criminal charges, victims have a better path forward for justice.

Columbia University Responds

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our patients. We are committed to treating every patient with respect and delivering care to the highest professional standards. We condemn sexual misconduct in any form and extend our deepest apologies to the women whose trust Robert Hadden violated and to their families,” Columbia University said in its response to CBS News.

Columbia is also a defendant in a Dr. Robert Hadden sexual assault lawsuit alleging the university enabled Hadden’s pattern of behavior.

Merson Law has represented dozens of women who were sexually abused by Robert Hadden and obtained settlements for many of them without having to file a lawsuit.  These cases were settled confidentially.  That being said, Merson Law is prepared to take cases all the way to trial if that is what the clients want.
Even if you are not sure whether you are a victim of sexual abuse, call now for a free consult to learn more confidentially.

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