Attorney Opens Firm 15 Years After Surviving Her Own Sexual Assault

Candice Blain seeks to help victims of violent crime by opening a new Atlanta-based law firm focused on pursuing liability against those who failed to prevent foreseeable violence.

Jan 20, 2016, 06:00 ET from Blain LLC

ATLANTA, Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- While just a 19-year old college student, Candice Blain was followed home by a stranger from a nearby Marta station and savagely beaten in an attempted rape. She escaped her assailant by throwing herself through a closed second-story window—shattering the glass in the process. Her injuries left her hospitalized for days.

This month, she opened a law firm to represent crime victims.

The Atlanta-based Blain LLC pursues civil liability against third parties who had opportunities to prevent foreseeable violence, yet failed to act. Ms. Blain helps victims of sexual assaults, human trafficking, shootings, or other violent crimes recover money to pay for injuries, treatment, and counseling.  She hopes to encourage third-parties to do more to prevent these crimes.

Ms. Blain's own assault occurred in an apartment complex that was located in a high-crime area of Atlanta. The complex had not installed peepholes, thereby requiring its tenants to open their doors without first being able to view the person on the other side.

By the time she was discharged from the hospital, Ms. Blain had been fired from her job and her roommate had moved out of their apartment, leaving Ms. Blain homeless. Within a year and half, Ms. Blain had become a single mom.

Ms. Blain's assailant was never found.

Ms. Blain managed to graduate from Spelman College within a few years, and then attended the University of Georgia School of Law where she excelled⎯earning numerous honors, including winning the institution's prestigious Moot Court competition, obtaining a spot on the the Moot Court and Mock Trial board's, and becoming Articles Editor for one of the school's law review journals.

While still in law school, Ms. Blain was recruited to join the Atlanta office of the international firm Holland & Knight LLP, where she would work alongside such notable figures as Fulton County State Court Judge Susan Edlein, recently-appointed Federal Court Judge Dax Lopez, Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Sara Doyle and City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Ms. Blain subsequently became an in-house attorney with major insurance companies⎯at one point handling multi-million dollar personal injury cases for global property casualty insurer, AIG.

Ms. Blain is now a speaker for RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.

Ms. Blain says her driving force is to give victims back "the right to direct the course of their own lives, which was stolen from them." On her blog, Ms. Blain concludes: "I have unfinished business."

Blain LLC is an Atlanta-based law firm that specializes in representing violent crime victims.
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