Richard T. Cassidy

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in South Burlington, VT

Rich Cassidy Law
 | 1233 Shelburne Road, Suite D-5
South Burlington, VT 05403
Phone: 802-858-8116
Fax: 802-778-0510
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1979
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    With over four decades of experience, Rich Cassidy is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator at Rich Cassidy Law. Serving the people of Vermont, his practice focuses on personal injury cases, motor vehicle accidents and employment law. His significant experience in alternative dispute resolution and litigation makes him a valuable representative for businesses, individuals, not-for-profit entities and governmental agencies.

    Mr. Cassidy is admitted to practice in New York and Vermont. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York and the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. Over the years, he has earned many awards for professional excellence, including the Vermont Bar Association’s President’s Award and the American Bar Association’s Equal Justice for All Award.

    The American Bar Association awarded him the Grassroots Award, and the ACLU of Vermont, Inc., gave him the Jonathon B. Chase Award. Mr. Cassidy earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Vermont in 1975, and then he attended Albany Law School. He then graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1978.

    He is a member of the Vermont Bar Association, the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, the Vermont Association for Justice, the American Law Institute and several sub-sections of the American Bar Association. As past president and founding member of the Vermont Employment Lawyers Association, Mr. Cassidy is involved with the Uniform Law Commission, working as the secretary, former president and current executive committee member and on several drafting committees.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 30%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Focus Areas

    Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Employment Law - Employee, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Arbitration, Mediation

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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020

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    About Richard Cassidy

    Admitted: 1979, Vermont

    Professional Webpage: http://www.richcassidylaw.com/rich-cassidy.html

    Honors/Awards:

    • Best Mediator of the Year, 2015
    • “Best Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law, 2013
    • New England Super Lawyers
    • President’s Award, Vermont Bar Association, 2015
    • Best Lawyers
    • Equal Justice for All Award, American Bar Association, 2008
    • American Bar Association President H. Tommy Wells presented a 2009 Grassroots Advocacy Award to Richard Cassidy: "Rich Cassidy has worked closely with the ABA Governmental Affairs Office, ABA leaders, and Vermont Bar Association leaders in an attempt to persuade Congress to support the Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act, which would reverse the Justice Department and other federal agency privilege waiver policies. Rich devoted a great deal of personal time to this effort, including taking time from his busy schedule to travel to Washington. Although the legislation itself has not yet been enacted, Rich’s efforts were instrumental in Congress’s persuading the Department of Justice to adopt major reforms to its waiver policy in August 2008. Please join me in thanking and congratulating Richard T. Cassidy for his work on behalf of all Americans to protect the attorney-client privilege. Congratulations Rich!" 
    • "In recognition of his defense of the principles embodied in the Bill of Rights and the Vermont Constitution.", The Jonathon B. Chase Award, The American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, 1990

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Panel of Early Neutral Evaluators, United States District Court for the District of Vermont, Member
    • Vermont Employment Lawyers Association, Founding Member, Past President
    • American Law Institute, Elected Member, 2015 – Present
    • Vermont Association for Justice, Member
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
    • American Counsel Association, Director
    • American Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2005 – 2008
    • American Bar Association, 1978 – Present
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1986
    • New York, 1979
    • U.S. District Court District of Vermont, 1979
    • Rich Cassidy represented Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire on the ABA Board Governors, from 2005 through 2008, and served on the Program and Planning Committee and is the liaison to the Section of Labor and Employment Law, the Standing Committee on Client Protection and the Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services. He chaired the Board Subcommittee on Executive Compensation. He represented the Vermont Bar Association in the American Bar Association House of Delegates from 1999 through August of 2005. From 2008 through 2015, he resumed representing the Vermont Bar Association in the American Bar Association House of Delegates. In August of 2008, he became a member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and he Chaired the Committee from  2009 through 2011., 2015
    • Vermont, 1979
    • He served as President of the American Counsel Association, 2009 - 2010
    • He was a long-time member of the Vermont Board of Bar Examiners, serving as an Associate Examiner from August of 1991 until he became an Examiner in December of 1993. He Chaired the Board from October of 1995 until October of 2004.
    • Rich Cassidy served at the President of the Uniform Laws Commission from 2015 through 2017 and its Immediate Past President. He has also Chaired its Executive Committee and served Chair of its Committee on Scope and Program and as its Secretary. He was appointed by the Governor as a Vermont Commissioner to the Uniform Laws Commission, (also known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) in 1994, where he served as a member of the Drafting Committee on the Model Punitive Damages Act, the Drafting Committee on the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act, the Drafting Committee on the Apportionment of Tort Responsibility Act and on the Scope & Program Committee. He chaired the Drafting Committee on Collateral Consequences of Conviction and the Committee on Liaison with the American Bar Association. He chaired its drafting committee on the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act., 2017

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • In May of 2001, he was elected to the South Burlington School Board. He was re-elected in May of 2003 and again in May of 2006. He was elected Board Chair in May of 2007 and re-elected in May of 2008 and March of 2009. He served as Board Chair until June of 2013.
    • In 1973, while he was still a student at the University of Vermont, Vermont Governor Thomas P. Salmon appointed Cassidy as member of the Vermont Human Rights Commission. He served until he resigned to attend law school in 1975.
    • He served as the Chair of the Vermont Solid Waste and Air Quality Variance Board from 1993 through 2005.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Mr. Cassidy is a frequent writer and speaker on legal topics. His essay, "Civil and Human Rights," was published in Vermont State Government Since 1965 (M. Sherman ed. 1999). He has lectured on trial practice, personal injury practice, employment, arbitration, mediation, and construction law subjects before the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers' Association, the Vermont Bar Association, Member, 1978- Present, the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, Member and the Vermont Employment Lawyers' Association.
    • Panel of Early Neutral Evaluators, United States District Court for the District of Vermont, Arbitrator
    • Panel of Early Neutral Evaluators, United States District Court for the District of Vermont, Mediator

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • In Brueckner v. Norwich University, 169 Vt. 118; 730 A.2d 1086 (1999), Cassidy won a 2.3 million dollar verdict in hazing case against Norwich, a private military college. The punitive damage portion of the verdict was reversed by a split decision on appeal, but the award of compensatory damages was upheld. The case established the important legal proposition that a University may be responsible for acts of hazing committed by student leaders authorized to orient and indoctrinate first-year students. W. Kaplin and B. Lee, The Law of Higher Education, at 312. (4th Edition, Jossey-Bass (2007)). Other notable results include the recovery of many hundreds of thousands of dollars in a number of employment discrimination cases, a $700,000 settlement in a slip and fall case, a $620,000 settlement in a wrongful death claim based on a falling tree and, a $3.6 million dollar settlement in a combined employment/commercial dispute and, a $1.3 million dollar settlement in phase one of a serious personal injury case and most recently, a $475,00 settlement in a ski liability case., 2017
    • He has had many large settlements in employment, medical malpractice, personal injury and commercial cases.
    • He was lead counsel in Chao v. Bennington College, which resulted in a $1,885,500 settlement for his clients in 2000.

    Representative Clients:

    • He serves as general counsel to the Selenium-Tellurium Development Association, Inc., an international trade association., 2018
    • Rich is proud to represent the Burlington Police Officers Association and United Nurses & Allied Professionals, 2018

    Educational Background:

    • University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, B.A., 1975
    • Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Rutland, Vermont, College Preparatory Diploma, 1967 -1971

    Industry Groups

    • Health Care
    • Higher Education
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    Office Location for Richard T. Cassidy

    1233 Shelburne Road
    Suite D-5
    South Burlington, VT 05403

    Phone: 802-858-8116

    Fax: 802-778-0510

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