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David Ian Schoen

Personal injury Attorney at West Windsor, VT

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Law Office of David I. Schoen

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  • State Years
    Vermont - VT 12 years
    New York - NY 44 years
    Massachusetts - MA 44 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State VT
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1980
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1979
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    Accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, golf carts, boats, trains, planes resulting in injuries to the brain, amputations, quadriplegia, paraplegia, spine, neck, back, legs, arms, head, scarring, RSD; recoveries for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, medical bills, lost income, loss of business opportunity, mental distress, PTSD, depression, anxiety and fractures.

    44 years

  2. Medical malpractice
    Dental and Medical Malpractice, Birth Injuries, Birth Defects, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Life, Psychological Injuries, Failure to Diagnose, Misdiagnosis, Failure to Properly Treat, Failure of Equipment, Foreign Objects, Medication Side Effects, Medication Interactions, Surgical Mistakes, Lack of Informed Consent, Failure to Provide Sufficient Information, Failure to Timely Diagnose and Treat Infection, Amputations, Medical Expenses, Lost Income, Emergency Room Errors, Nursing Errors, Nursing Home

    41 years

  3. Personal injury
    Accidents, Auto, Trucks, Motorcycles, Slips, Mis-steps,Trips and Falls, Premises, Dog Bites, Product Liability, Wrongful Death, Injuries at Work, Workers' Compensation, Playground Injuries, Defective Products, Boating Accidents, Bus Accidents, Traumatic Brain Injury, Back and Neck Injuries, Injuries to Children, Psychological Injuries, Disability, Insurance Claims, Bar fights, Crime Victims, Benefit Denials, Negligence, Injuries at School, Wrongful Termination, Trial Attorney, Civil Litigation

    44 years

  4. Workers compensation


My thirty five plus years as a Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice attorney has been dedicated to getting the best results possible for each and every client.   I try to take the time to get to know my clients and what they would like to achieve by bringing a claim.  The most rewarding part of my practice has always been taking on difficult cases that other attorneys have rejected or feel that the client should accept a minimal settlement because the attorney does not have the fortitude to do what is necessary to give the client the best chance of a fair outcome.  Many cases can be resolved without going to trial, but there are times that cases have to be tried, and the good fight fought.  My client's always know that I have had their best interests at heart and gave their cause everything that I had to give.  There is a bond that forms when you get to know someone well through the process that endures long after the case ends.  The knowledge that I have helped someone through a critical time in their life is my biggest reward.


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Top Contributor 2015,2014,2013
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Client's Choice 2013
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The Law Office Of David I Schoen
Law Office of David I. Schoen
PO Box 645
579 Cemetery Road
Brownsville, VT, 05037
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Posted by Carol | June 23, 2013
I am a registered nurse who was injured many years ago in a motor vehicle accident. Although I had known David at the time, I did not realize he was a personal injury attorney and on the advice of another nurse, initially brought my case to a different attorney. After two years that attorney told me that the insurance company was offering me $7,500.00 and that I should take it. Since I had neck and back pain on a daily basis that interfered with my job as well as activities at home, I did not feel that this was sufficient to compensate me, as I feared becoming permanently disabled from work at some point in the future. I felt pressured to settle and so I sought out other attorneys. I spoke to David who believed that my case should be worth significantly more and that he would do whatever he could to get me the best offer possible. After completely reworking the case, he took it to trial and incurred substancial expense to bring in the testimony of all of my doctors. After increasing their offer each day of the trial the insurance company finally offered $300,000.00 and we settled the case. Obviously, I was thrilled that I received this settlement, given the opinion of my first attorney, but I was particularly impressed by the way David displayed immediate confidence in my claim and then made the result happen through sheer effort and compassion. I would highly recommend this attorney not only for his professionalism and expertise but also for his sincere compassion extended to me during a very difficult time of my life.
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Posted by Patricia | June 24, 2013
Amazing Attorney
As a former legal assistant I have first hand knowledge of the expertise and knowledge that this attorney has exhibited. Not only have I seen him bring cases to trial with favorable outcomes that other attorneys surely would have turned away, he has personally represented me in various legal situations. He took on a difficult dental malpractice case for me with a plaintiff's verdict as well as a motor vehicle case. He represented my father's estate on a wrongful death/medical malpractice and many other family and friends for various reasons. He is a very caring and compassionate person who not only takes the facts of a case but looks at a situation on a personal level. I highly recommend this attorney. Look no further!
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Posted by Bill | October 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Give him a chance!
Never hired a lawyer before and David was able to get me through a very hard time. David really does care about his clients and will work very hard on your behalf.
Posted by Jill | June 28, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
If David Ian Schoen hadn't moved to VT.....
I know I am not 'suppose to say this' but had David Shoen been my attorney, I am sure results would have been so different. Due to be being so harmed by a surgeon, I just knew I was about to become so sick and did so I was desperate to beat the clock, I signed with some horrid lawyer, who had no clue about med. mal. so instead he would just insult the victum. When I spoke with David, it was already too late for me I was already signed and some scary lawyer who was clueless. David Schoen instead of just having me sign, no on the phone he was questioning me in the right way, also a little smart humor, not just about to have me sign on the line, or get involved with a client who was he didn't believe in. He had moved to VT right around the time I found him on Avvo. VT you are lucky to have a David Ian Schoen, Esq., a real lawyer in the best way.
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Posted by Kathy | July 7, 2015
Recommend Without Hesitation
Residing outside Vermont, my husband and I feel fortunate to have found Attorney David Schoen through an internet search of Vermont attorneys specializing in personal injury cases. From our first meeting, he provided realistic and supportive information about the legal process. His experience, expertise, and patient responses to our questions allayed our anxiety, and his handling of our case ultimately resulted in a settlement we were completely satisfied with. He went above and beyond in the time and effort he spent on the case, and was entirely professional and knowledgeable in the advice and counsel he provided. We do not hesitate to recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2015
Excellent Medical Malpractice Attorney
Attorney Schoen recently handled my medical malpractice case. He is a very capable attorney and a compassionate individual. He worked hard to secure the best possible outcome on my behalf. He was sensitive to my situation and patiently guided me through the entire process. I highly recommend Attorney Schoen.
Posted by sheryl | June 30, 2013
Excellent personal injury attorney
David's reputation as a highly respected litigator is well deserved. He fights hard for his clients and simultaneously maintains the highest ethical standards. He is tenacious, has a broad based knowledge of the law and as a colleague, is a pleasure to work with. I would recommend him to anyone to handle their personal injury case.
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Posted by Joan | June 21, 2013
Professional yet caring
My husband and I are both research scientists, were employed full time and as a result had to place our then 2 year old child in daycare, where she lost the tip of her finger. None of the defendants was willing to compensate our daughter a reasonable amount until the matter went to the first trial, when 2 of the 3 defendant’s settled. After an appeal was taken from the first verdict, we had a second trial against the last defendant and Mr. Schoen obtained a jury verdict in our daughter’s favor of $450,000. Having spent every day during the 2 trials with Mr. Schoen as well as meeting with him numerous times to discuss our concerns, we were enormously impressed by not only his tremendous skills as an attorney, but his persistence, will to win, tireless efforts as well as his personal concern for our daughter’s well-being and desire to get her the best result possible, regardless of the amount of time, money and risk it took to achieve this result. We cannot recommend Mr. Schoen highly enough.
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Posted by Shay-Nidawi | June 20, 2013
Aware, Conscientious, Educated, Resolute, & Beyond Capable
I feel Mr. Schoen is qualified beyond those self proclaimed top in their field. He is not merely a lawyer, but also a human being. He is direct and realistic. But he is also capable of listening, acquiring details, and most importantly possessive of the knowledge necessary to use the information you provide. He is completely confidential and unafraid to hear your story. Unfortunately he resides in VT, and -upon hearing and comprehending the disparities involve-continued to attempt help; to the point when even at a time during which it seemed nothing could be done, merely knowing he'd re-instated some of my faith in the humanitarianism of the law. Definitely consider Schoen - he is one in hundreds of thousands with both the capacity to win your case, but the soul to appreciate your thankfulness.
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Posted by Scott | June 18, 2013
Excellent Attorney and a Great Person
I am a Chiropractor and over the past 32 years have worked closely with David Schoen on many cases. He is an excellent attorney with tremendous experience in the courtroom. I have seen him in action many times and rest assure that your case will be handled with the utmost professionalism. On a personal note he has also represented myself on several matters with a positive end result. In the future if I have any legal questions he will be on the top of my list to ask for advice. Great guy with tremendous moral character.
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Posted by ann | June 14, 2013
The attorney to get the job done
I have know David Schoen for many years, He is an excellent attorney, he will handle all of your needs during the handling of your case. he has had 2 cases of mine and I am very pleased with his work ethics and performance on getting things done. I have recommended him to many clients and family members and everyone was more than pleased . Would definitely recommend his services to others.
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Posted by Ellen | April 28, 2013
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Schoen successfully handled a personal injury case for my son, a minor at the time, several years ago. The case was unusual, and required a high degree of sensitivity to adolescent issues. Mr. Schoen was diligent in his information gathering, knowledgeable of the law, and patient and compassionate towards his client (my son). I would use his services again if necessary, and recommend him without hesitation.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-33%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Law Office of David I. Schoen
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Schoen & Schleier, LLP
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Schoen & Strassman, LLP
  • 1994 - 2010
  • Partner
  • Schoen & Schoen, PC
  • 1983 - 1994
  • Public Defender
  • Nassau County Legal Aid Society
  • 1980 - 1982
  • Legal Intern
  • Family Court, State Of New York, Suffolk County
  • 1978 - 1978
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  • Western New England College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jane and John Doe Wrongful Life Claim
  • $600,000.00
  • Jane Doe, a minor
  • $450,000.00 Jury Verdict
  • Jane Doe Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $650,000.00 Jury Verdict
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  • The National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Vermont Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lloyd Harbor Historical Society
  • Trustee
  • 1996 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor Award 2014
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor Award 2013
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Clients' Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2013
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  • New York Newsday
  • Laws affecting Farmlands Preservation
  • 1991
  • Long Islander
  • Laws affecting Farmlands Preservation
  • 1991
  • Western New England Law Review; Volume1, Issue 1
  • Constitutional Law-Due Process-Liberty Interest in Foster Families Requires Constitutional Protection in Child Removal Proceedings-Smith V. Organization of Foster Families of Equality & Reform
  • 1978

Speaking Engagements

  • Huntington Township
  • Laws affecting Farmlands Preservation
  • 1991
  • Cablevision News 12
  • Laws affecting Farmlands Preservation
  • 1991
  • Huntington Township
  • Laws affecting Farmland Preservation
  • 1990

Attorney endorsements

Received (70)
Given (3)
Endorse David
Unknown Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is not just a zealous advocate for his clients, but a genuinely caring individual. He will follow his convictions and fight for his clients without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Schoen is a valuable asset to this community. His dedication to the law and his clients is admirable."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His contributions to the legal community is outstanding and he has the demonstrable knowledge and experience that sets him apart."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Schoen is an asset to the bar, and his contributions to this site demonstrate the strength of his knowledge and his passion for helping people with legal issues."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Ian Schoen is committed to his clients and getting the best results for them. His former clients appreciate his tenacity and good results. Other lawyers in the community acknowledge his skill and expertise in litigating. David Ian Schoen is a great choice for your needs. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Other
"This Attorney is a well respected member of the legal industry, they go above and beyond to fight for their clients and I highly recommend them for legal counsel."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney David Ian Schoen. Dedicated to his clients with a track record of success. Has earned respect from his clients and peers."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Other
"Having read hundreds of this attorneys intelligent and well written comments here on Avvo, I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Mr. Schoen. It is clear from reading his answers to various questions on Avvo that he has a very extensive knowledge of the law, particularly personal injury."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This is a dedicated passionate attorney with a strong knowledge of the law."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Schoen is well known within the legal community as a hard-working and effective lawyer on behalf of his clients. I would certainly recommend his services."
Personal injury Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David uses his skill and experience to advocate effectively for his client's rights. At the same time, he never forgets the importance of remaining sensitive to the challenges faced by the people he represents. His caring and compassionate style of advocacy is reflected in the many kind words posted by his clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
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West Windsor Personal injury Lawyer David Ian Schoen
David Ian Schoen
Personal injury Attorney
West Windsor, VT
Licensed for 44 years
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