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Cleary, David L.
110 Merchants Row Suite 3 Rutland, VT
Phone: (802) 775-8800
Fax: (802) 775-8809


Lawyer Overview

Mr. Cleary is referenced in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, The International Directory of Lawyers (Who's Who International), and theBest Lawyers in the United States since 1985 (all editions). Mr. Cleary is a frequent lecturer for the Vermont Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute on various legal subjects and has presented recurrent seminars to many of the New England Medical Societies and health care facilities/clinic practices, as well as the American Academy of Surgeons, the American Ophthalmology Association, the American College of Mental Health Administrators, and various hospital and group medical and surgical practice organizations throughout the Northeast. He is a frequent lecturer at risk management seminars for various product and service industries in the United States and Canada and has written exclusively on the subjects of tort reform, comparative negligence, rules of evidence, and products liability, as well as specialized litigation problems for legal associations' continuing legal education symposiums.

Mr. Cleary is defense counsel for the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and its affiliates, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, and Washington, Orange, and Rutland County mental health services. His practice is limited to litigation in state and federal courts, principally in the Northeast. He has had much experience as a successful mediator and arbitrator in various matters.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation in State and Federal Courts

Representative Clients

  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Affiliates
  • Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
  • Washington County Mental Health Services
  • Orange County Mental Health Services
  • Rutland County Mental Health Services

West Practice Categories

Litigation & Appeals, Federal Appellate Practice, Federal Trial Practice, State Appellate Practice, State Trial Practice


Offers Free Initial Consultation


Bar Admissions

  • Vermont, 1970
  • U.S. District Court District of Vermont, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1976

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • David L. Cleary Associates, P.C., Firm Became Cleary Shahi Associates January 1, 1998 (Founder)
  • Vermont Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Committee (Member)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member)
  • Defense Research Institute, Specialized Insurance Problems Sub-Committee, 1979 - Present (Chairman)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) (Member)
  • Federal Bar Association (Member)
  • American Society of Law and Medicine (Member)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Member (President, Vermont Chapter, 1992-93))
  • Professional Conduct Board for the State of Vermont, 1979 - 1989 (Member)
  • Lieutenant Governor's Commission on Tort Reform for the State of Vermont (Chairman)
  • Vermont Board of Medical Practice, 1978 - 1985 (Former Special Counsel)
  • Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association (Member)

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • The International Directory of Lawyers (Who's Who International)
  • Best Lawyers in the United States Since 1985 (All Editions)

Classes and Seminars

  • Lecturer, Vermont Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Defense Research Institute
  • Seminars, New England Medical Societies
  • Seminars, American Academy of Surgeons
  • Seminars, American Ophthalmology Association
  • Seminars, College of Mental Health Administrators

Past Employment Positions

  • Chittenden County, Vermont, Deputy State's Attorney, 1971 - 1972
  • City of South Burlington, Vermont, City Prosecutor, 1971 - 1972
  • U.S. Army, Captain, 1965 - 1968
  • Richard E. Davis Associates, Inc., Partner, 1972 - 1978
  • Miller, Norton, & Cleary, Partner, 1978 - 1987
  • Miller, Cleary & Faignant, Partner, 1988 - 1991


  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, 1970
  • St. John Fisher College, 1963
  • St. John Fisher College, 1963