Our Firm

Litigating complex and landmark cases throughout Vermont and New Hampshire

With more than six decades of combined legal experience, Michael Hanley and Paul Perkins are recognized by clients and peers alike for their skill, experience, and integrity.

The lawyers at Plante & Hanley, P.C. litigate select complex personal injury, commercial, and medical malpractice cases for businesses and individuals in Vermont and New Hampshire. Frequently working on referrals from other lawyers and past clients, we have a distinctive track record with complex, high value cases.

Since 1952, we have provided personal attention and stellar service to our clients--many of whom come to us after the single most dramatic or catastrophic event of their lifetime. We have consciously chosen to remain a small firm, accessible to clients and able to adjust to the demands of a select number of unique, challenging cases.

Plante & Hanley, P.C. holds a “preeminent” AV Peer Review Rating on Martindale-Hubbell, and has been designated as one of the country’s best law firms by U.S. News & World Report.

Notable Cases

We have argued many cases before the Vermont Supreme Court, resulting in changes to state law and new precedents that impact how future cases are decided. We are exceptionally proud to have our work speak for us.

● Russo v. Griffin, 147 Vt 20 (1986), which changed the standard of care for lawyers, making it significantly easier for victims of malpractice to recover;

● Crump v. P & C Food Markets, Inc., 154 Vt 284 (1990), which allowed employees to recover for significant emotional distress arising from wrongful termination; and

● Thompson v. Dewey’s South Royalton, Inc., 169 Vt. 274 (1999), which expanded the group of persons entitled to recover from sellers of alcoholic beverages.

We are particularly proud of a series of cases that made it easier for victims to recover damages for childhood sexual abuse, including Earle v. State of Vermont, 170 Vt. 183 (1999), which expanded the statute of limitations, and Doe v. Raymond, No. 07-C-048 (2008), which significantly expanded the group of persons who must protect children from this devastating misconduct.

Mr. Hanley was lead counsel in two cases in federal courts in Vermont and New Hampshire which significantly reduced the ability of defendants to avoid the discovery of facts in medical malpractice cases by asserting the so-called "peer review privilege," Robinson v. Springfield Hospital, 2010 WL 503096, and Newland v. North Country Health Care, 2017 WL 6397723.

Notable Recoveries

$2.25 million - Fraud and legal malpractice claim
$1.375 million - dental malpractice claim
$1.3 million and $1.25 million - separate products liability claims
$1.275 million - medical malpractice claim involving emergency room care
$1.175 million and $1.0 million - separate medication error claims
$1.1 million - failure to recognize side effects of cancer treatment