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Alan Francis Sylvester

Wrongful death Attorney at Burlington, VT

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  • Licensed for 59 years
    State VT
    Acquired 1964
    Active No misconduct found

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Alan Sylvester has been representing personal injury claimants since 1964, and is a founding partner in the law firm of Sylvester and Maley.


A fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1982, Alan has been recognized by his peers as one of the top personal injury trial lawyers in Vermont for 40 years.


Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Alan:


  • "Lawyer of the Year" 2012 - Medical Malpractice Law, Burlington
  • "Lawyer of the Year" 2011 - Personal InjuryLitigation, Burlington


He is one of only 1,396 lawyers in the United States that has been continually listed in Best Lawyers in America since its first publication in 1983.


Additionally, Alan has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer each year since 2007, whenNew England Super Lawyers magazine, listed him as one of the Top 100 lawyers in New England following a multi-step nomination process, which included peer and independent evaluations. Among the factors considered were verdicts, settlements, experience, honors and awards. Alan was one of only 3 Vermont attorneys listed, and the only one who has spent the last 4 decades concentrating his practice on representing injured victims.


He has served as president of the Vermont Trial Lawyer's Association, and as a member of itsboard of governors. He has represented several clients in cases of national significance. Alan has extensive experience in handling complex, serious personal injury cases. He has been successful in recovering by jury verdict and settlement sums ranging between $ 1 million and $5,400, for his clients on 24 occasions.



Sylvester & Brow, L.L.C.
78 Pine Street
Burlington, VT, 05401


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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founder & Senior Managing Partner
  • Sylvester & Maley, P.A.
  • 1975 - Present


  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1964
  • University of Vermont
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1960

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Doe v Trucking company
  • $ 2.5 Million
  • Smith v pediatrician, obstetrician and hospital
  • Multi-Million Dollar Settlement.
  • Sunday v Stratton Mtn
  • Jury verdict for $ 1.5 Million
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  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 1981 - Present
  • Chittenden County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1977 - 1978
  • Vermont Trial Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 1972 - 1974
  • Vermont Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member Board of Governors
  • 1970 - 1977
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Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer Medical Malpractice
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer every year since inception of award in 1983
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Personal Injury lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Best Personal Injury Trial Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • A Top 100 Trial Lawyer in New England
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1978
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  • Burlington Free Press
  • In Defense of Medical Malpractice Claims
  • 1974
  • Vermont Trial Lawyers
  • Cross Examination of defense expert in soft tissue injury cases
  • 1973
  • Proving Soft Tissue Injuries
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial of Personal Injury Cases
  • Cross Examination of defense expert
  • 1979
  • Vermont Association for Justice; VBA
  • Numerous Presentations in Personal Injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice
  • N/A
  • Trying Personal Injury Cases
  • Closing Arguments in Personal Injury Cases
  • N/A

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Personal injury Attorney | Dec 26
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"I know Alan well. Years ago I helped to defend a very serious personal injury case that Alan brought. I learned that he was a tough, smart adversary. Over the intervening years, I've consulted Alan about my cases and he has been a generous collaborator. He is one of the best!"
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