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Member Profile: David L. Cleary

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Cleary Shahi & Aicher, P.C.
Post Office Box 6740
Rutland, VT 05702
Email: Click for email

Tel: (802) 775-8800
Fax: (802) 775-8809

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb


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Calendar Last Updated: 13 Nov 18
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David L. Cleary has substantive case experience in the following areas...

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David L. Cleary has practiced law in Vermont since 1970. For over 40 years, he has litigated both plaintiff and defense cases, including personal injury, toxic tort, product liability, aircraft disaster, professional liability, and commercial litigation, trying over 250 cases to verdict.  The increasing popularity of alternative dispute resolution and mediation in the last 10 to 15 years has seen a substantial increase in demand for Mr. Cleary's services as a mediator, particularly in cases of greater significance.  His many years of litigation practice as counsel for both defendants and plaintiffs has given him the background and experience to serve as one of Vermont's sought-after mediators, ENE evaluators, and arbitrators. He was (and remains) a member of Vermont's Federal Court Advisory Committee, which drafted the U.S. District Court of Vermont's Local Rules regarding Early Neutral Evaluation, and is proud to be one of the early neutral evaluators for Vermont.  He is active as a mediator and arbitrator in Vermont and adjoining jurisdictions.


  • St. John Fisher College (B.A., B.S., 1963)
  • Cornell University (J.D., 1970)

Memberships & Affiliations

Vermont and Rutland County Bar Associations; Defense Research Institute (Chairman, Specialized Insurance Problems Sub-Committee, 1979--); Federal Bar Association; American Society of Law and Medicine; American Board of Trial Advocates (President, Vermont Chapter, 1992-93); Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, Director, and Officer, International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Dean, 2011-2012; President, 2014-2015); Member, American College of Barristers; The National Trial Lawyers; Inns of Court (Joan Loring Wing Chapter); Member, National Academy of Distinguised Neutrals; Professional Conduct Board for the State of Vermont (1979-1989); Chairman of the Lieutenant Governor's Commission on Tort Reform for the State of Vermont; former Special Counsel to the Vermont Board of Medical Practice (1978- 1985); Special Counsel to the National Ski Areas Association and United Ski Industries Association.


$275/hour Please contact Dalene Sacco at Attorney Cleary's office for scheduling assistance and to obtain current and "up to date" availability and rates. (802) 775-8800, Ext. 17 and Email:
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