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Richard T. Cassidy

Richard T. Cassidy

Trial Lawyer, Mediator and Arbitrator
  • Personal Injury, Employment Law, Arbitration & Mediation
  • New York, Vermont
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Rich Cassidy is a Vermont personal injury and employment lawyer. He also works regularly as a mediator and arbitrator.

A founder of Rich Cassidy Law, he has nearly 40 years of experience with the practice of law in Vermont. Over the years, his practice has changed substantially. As a result, Rich has represented all sides in many kinds of disputes: plaintiffs and defendants, employers and employees, injured parties and insurance companies. He believes that the breadth of his experience benefits all of his clients.

He represents the Burlington Police Officers Association and United Nurses & Allied Professionals.

For many years, Rich’s personal injury practice has been limited to representing injured persons and his labor and employment practice has been focused on representing employees. He enjoys the challenge of representing individuals in a world that seems increasingly dominated by large corporations and powerful institutions.

He has significant experience with litigation and alternative dispute resolution involving higher education, public education, public safety, health care, municipalities and manufacturing. His clients have included college students, faculty, and administrators as well as individuals, businesses, governmental agencies, and not-for-profit entities. He represents unions and individuals in collective bargaining relationships. Many of his individual clients in employment law cases begin work with him under Limited Scope Representation Agreements.

He has also advocated for individuals, businesses and governments in a broad range of civil litigation, including in construction cases, cases under the Uniform Commercial Code, and contract and business tort claims.

In addition to his work as a litigator and counselor, he has served as a mediator and arbitrator and is a member of the Panel of Early Neutral Evaluators for the United States District Court for the District of Vermont and for the Vermont Environmental and Superior Court.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa & Mastercard only
  • Contingent Fees
    Depends on the circumstances.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I charge a $600 minimum fee in employment cases. This entitles a client to initial consultation and other work of up to two hours. I am usually able to formulate a strategy within that time period.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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2nd Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English
Professional Experience
Co-founder, President
Rich Cassidy Law
- Current
Co-founder, President and Director
Hoff Curtis
Mr. Cassidy's practice focuses on civil litigation, and in particular on labor and employment, personal injury, and commercial cases. Many of his cases have related to higher education, health care, and manufacturing. He often represents professionals in litigation and licensing matter. He also serves as a mediator and arbitrator.
Associate, Shareholder
Hoff, Wislon, Powell & Lang, P.C.
General Civil Practice with emphasis on civil litigation. Insurance defense litigation.
Law Office of David C. Drew
General Practice.
Law Clerk, Chief Law Clerk
Vermont Supreme Court
Law Clerk to Chief Justice Albert W. Barney, Jr. Provided counsel to the Office of Court Administrator and coordinate law clerk selection. Drafted pattern jury instructions. Law Clerk to Associate Justice Robert W. Larrow. Traditional appellate law clerk responsibilities, including intensive research and writing on the law of Vermont.
Albany Law School
J.D. (1978)
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University of Vermont
B.A. (1975) | Political Science
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President's Award
Vermont Bar Association
Grassroots Advocacy Award
American Bar Association
Advocate for Protecting the Attorney Client Privilege.
Jonathan B. Chase Award
American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont
In recognition of his defense of the principles embodied in the Bill of Rights and the Vermont Constitution.
Professional Associations
American Law Institute
Elected Member
- Current
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Uniform Law Commission
Vermont Commissioner
- Current
Activities: President, 2015-2017 Chair, Executive Committee 2013-2015 Chair, Scope and Program Committee, 2011-2013 Secretary, 2009-2010 Member, Vermont delegation the the Uniform Law Commission (formerly known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Member, Drafting Committee on the Model Punitive Damages Act. Drafting Committee on the Apportionment of Tort Responsibility Act. Chair, Drafting Committee on the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act. Former Member, Committee on Liaison with the American Bar Association.
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New York State Bar # 1233543
- Current
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American Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Member, ABA Board of Governors, 2005-2008. Member, ABA House of Delegates, 1999-present. Chair, Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services, 2009-present. Member, Sections on Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, Dispute Resolution, Individual Rights and Responsiblities and Law Practice Management.
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Vermont Bar Association
- Current
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Vermont Board of Bar Examiners
Associate Examiner, Examiner and Chair
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Articles & Publications
Civil and Human Rights
Center For Research on Vermont and the Snelling Center For Government
Contact & Map
Rich Cassidy Law
1233 Shelburne Road
Ste. D5
South Burlington, VT 05403
Telephone: (802) 864-8144
Fax: (802) 778-0510