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David L. Cleary, Mediator, Rutland, Vermont.

David L. Cleary

Cleary Shahi & Aicher, P.C.
Post Office Box 6740
Rutland, VT 05702
Tel: (802) 775-8800
Fax: (802) 775-8809
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Recognized to Vermont Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: Early Neutral Evaluation, Med-Arb
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  • Practice Commenced2000
  • # of MEDS (as of 21/6/24)200
  • # of ARBS (as of 21/6/24)4
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


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.

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Business Dissolution
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sports
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • 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.

Rates Information

$300/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. 217 and Email:

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