Amy Sylvester Averill

A native Vermonter, Amy returned to her home state in 1992, to join the Burlington law firm Sylvester & Maley, after practicing for several years with Morrison, Mahoney & Miller, one of the largest law firms in Boston, Massachusetts.  In 2013, Amy, along with Partners, Michael Brow and Alan Sylvester, all formerly of Sylvester & Maley, announced the continuation of their Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Practice under the name Sylvester & Brow, PLLC.

Admitted to practice in both Vermont and Massachusetts, Amy represents clients in federal and state courts across Vermont, and before the Vermont Supreme Court.  She also regularly represents clients in mediation and arbitration.

Amy concentrates her practice in the prosecution of personal injury claims, and has extensive experience litigating motor vehicle liability, recreational liability, products liability,  and wrongful death claims.  Amy also has a broad background and expertise in insurance coverage and litigating insurance coverage disputes.

In 2014, Amy received the highest rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability. Lawyers who receive the AV Preeminent status have been awarded the highest peer review rating in Martindale-Hubbell for professional excellence.

In late December 2003 she, with partners Mike Brow and Alan Sylvester, obtained a federal court jury verdict of $2,522,193.00 in a Wrongful Death case. This remains the largest jury award ever obtained in the state in a Wrongful Death case.

In a case that received national attention, Amy successfully argued before the federal court a case involving the First Amendment and Federal Preemption on behalf of Burlington businesses challenging city law restricting their business practices.

Amy is a member of the Vermont Association for Justice (formerly the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association), and served on its Board of Governors from 1997-2000.  She is also a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), American Bar Association, Vermont Bar Association and Chittenden County Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in Vermont (1992), Massachusetts (1990), U.S. District Court, District of Vermont (1993), U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (1991), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1992).

Amy graduated from the George Washington University National Law Center (J.D.) in 1990, where she was a Chairperson of The Moot Court Board.  Amy earned her undergraduate degree (B.A.) from Middlebury College, cum laude, 1987.

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