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Tristan C. Larson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Rutland, VT

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Christopher Larson

  • State Years
    New York - NY 4 years
    Vermont - VT 17 years
    Massachusetts - MA 20 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2020
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State VT
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2003
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Tristan

Learn Tristan’s areas of practice.

I spend a lot of time thinking about justice, and what that means for the regular people of Vermont.


Justice is about personal responsibility. Justice means that those who cause harm, whether on purpose or by carelessness, should do whatever is possible to fix the harm. Personal responsibility means that a business should pay its employees fairly. Personal responsibility means that someone who injures another should do whatever is possible to fix that injury.


Many of my clients come to me because they have been injured by someone else's carelessness. Others are employees who have not been paid for their hours at work. Some seek my help because sorting out a divorce or custody dispute. I also represent children in family court and teach an occasional class on how to represent yourself in divorce and custody cases. All of these are matters of personal responsibility and justice.


I graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 2003. For a while after law school, I worked at a Boston law firm with 200 lawyers. My office was on the 37th floor, and I could see ships sailing into the harbor far below. My clients were mostly giant real estate development and construction companies, government entities, and the like. It sounds exciting, but the work was often very tedious. Endless numbers of contracts needed to be written and re-written, liability studies needed to be done, and sub-agreements with engineers needed to be edited. Boxes and rooms and sometimes whole warehouses of documents needed to be reviewed. Thousands of gas station leases needed to be cross-referenced with the laws of fifty states. I was bored.


So I came home to Vermont. I practice here in Rutland because I love Vermont and its people. I grew up on a dairy farm in Rutland County, and much of my family still lives here. I worked as a clerk in the state court system for two years, getting to know the judges and lawyers in Rutland County and deciding that Bill and Erin were the people I wanted to work with, and I still do.


As a firm, we value loyalty, trust and flexibility in ourselves and with each other. I think these are the qualities that we offer clients as well. As a small, focused firm, we can help you navigate the complex legal system by understanding your situations, answering your questions, and keeping communication open and honest.

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Larson & Gallivan Law, PLC
128 Merchants Row, Suite 405
Rutland, VT, 05701


5.0 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Amber | January 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chris Larson
Chris was extremely helpful to my case. He was always prepared and well organized which gave me peace of mind. He was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions and concerns. He made sure I had all the paperwork I needed filled out and up to date. He was also very honest with what was best for my family. Chris also works with a great staff who were also very kind, extremely helpful and supportive when I needed it most. I can’t thank Chris Larson and team enough for all their hard work and dedication to my case.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Pre-divorce consultation
I had a very intensive, one hour consultation with Chris Larson. I found him to be extremely thorough and knowledgeable about my circumstance -- a 23 year marriage, without children, that is ending. Even under short notice, he took the time to review, beforehand, some financial documentation and proposals that my husband gave me. Upon this review, Mr. Larson pointed out some red flags and opened my eyes to a possible unfair outcome. I appreciated his kindness and gentleness in what has been a truly devastating time in my life. I would highly recommend him to anyone in this dire situation. I will hire him if my husband and I cannot settle amicably.
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Posted by Lily | September 20, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Incredibly Informative, Professional, and REAL
I consulted with Chris about what I felt was a fairly simple divorce. The paperwork had become confusing to me, however, and I needed professional guidance despite not having children and not owning anything between the two of us. Chris was extremely helpful, set up all the paperwork I needed, and answered every single question I had during the process quickly and without hesitation. Simple or not, Chris is your man!
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Posted by Debbie | March 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
I hired Chris Larson to handle my divorce which ended up going to trial. I cannot say enough good things about Chris and his team! His key strengths were his knowledge of the law and court guidelines, preparation of court exhibits and negotiation skills. As a professional he was a good listener, gave excellent advice and kept me well informed (and calm) over the course of the proceedings. As a person he was compassionate, patient and supportive. He also worked with me to finalize my will and health proxy. If you are looking for an excellent attorney with a complete skill set, I highly recommend Chris and the members of his team.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Clear and concise
I met with Chris to go over some concerns of mine regarding my potential divorce. Straight and to the point, he answered all my questions and concerns. I left feeling like I had a much better understanding of the divorce process.
Posted by Larry | March 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best legal representation I've ever had
I hired Chris to help me understand and represent me in a Worker's Comp claim. He intuitively explained things about the claim that I as a layman would not even know to ask and his dedication & professionalism was outstanding. His knowledge, care & professionalism resulted in all of my issues being settled to well above my expectations. I highly recommended using his professional services!
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Posted by John | February 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This is My Guy
I was well introduced to Chris and thankful for it. He has been my attorney for two years now and has always been available and responsive with good advice, both legal and personal.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Trial Attorney and Owner
  • Larson & Gallivan Law, PLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Partner
  • Meub Gallivan & Larson, Attorneys, P.C.
  • 2007 - 2020


  • Harvard Law School
  • J.D.
  • 2003
  • Hillsdale College
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Ski Lift Failure
  • $750,000 jury verdict


  • Theater in the Woods Camp
  • Boardmember
  • 2019 - Present
  • Vermont Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Rutland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Harvard Law School Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Vermont Association for Justice
  • President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Middletown Springs, Vermont Select Board
  • President
  • 2012 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Graduate
  • Trial Lawyers' College
  • 2018


  • Blog
  • Do You Have A Medical Malpractice Claim?
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Tips for Practice in a Mid-size Vermont Law Firm
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Tristan
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Chris on several cases. I'm impressed with his thoroughness, intelligence, and compassion. Chris is a great human being. If I needed a lawyer, I would hire him myself."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked against Chris on a case, and have known him for about five years since. He's a talented writer and advocate, but what really sets him apart from other lawyers is his creativity. It is hard to find that trait in our profession (I wish I had more of it, myself), but if you're looking for someone who can set your case apart, Chris is the guy."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is a superb lawyer and an equally fine person. He is an intense and aggressive advocate for his clients because he cares about them. I say this as someone who worked with Chris on a complicated commercial litigation case. He is always prepared and thoroughly ethical. One of the good guys."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris has a sharp mind and wisdom that is always appreciated. An extremely capable attorney and an uncommonly thoughtful human being."
Personal injury
Personal injury