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Robert G. Cain Director


Office: 802.658.2311

Direct: 802.860.4109

Robert Cain is a senior member of the civil litigation team. While he devotes a significant portion of his practice to defense work, which has included the dismissal of a four million dollar property damage case, he also handles substantial personal injury cases on behalf of plaintiffs, which has included a four million dollar recovery.

Bob’s civil litigation practice, in both state and federal courts, covers a variety of areas, including product liability, professional liability, premises liability, automobile liability, dram shop liability, civil arson, airplane crash liability, construction accident liability, school liability, municipal liability, general tort liability, insurance bad faith, workers’ compensation, subrogation, uninsured motorist litigation, insurance coverage matters, First Amendment litigation, and asbestos liability. Bob has appeared extensively before the Vermont Supreme Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in a substantial number of reported appellate decisions.

Professional + Community

American Association of Justice, Associate Member

American Bar Association

Bar Examiners, Associate Board and Board, 1982-1996

Chittenden County Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association

Vermont Bar Association

Boys’ & Girls’ Club of Burlington, Board of Directors, 2001-Present

Burlington Ward Clerk, 1986-1987

Burlington Zoning Board of Adjustment, 1983-1986

Champlain College, Law Instructor, 1982-1985

Greater Burlington YMCA: Camping Services Committee, 2000-2016, Development Committee, 2000-2007

Ruggles’ Foundation, Trustee, 1986-2002

United Way of Chittenden County: Board of Directors, 2004-2010; Board Secretary, 2007-2010; Annual Campaign Cabinet, 2003, 2004 & 2005; Ambassador, 2001 – 2017

Vermont Handball Association, Treasurer, 1978-2000


Benchmark Litigation, 2009 – present

Best Lawyers in America® 2009-2022, Lawyer of the Year 2022

New England Super Lawyers 2011 – Present

Representative Matters

Gilmour v. Town of Barnet, 141 Vt. 640 (1982);

Westchester Fire Ins. Co. v. Deuso, 146 Vt. 424 (1985);

Merrill v. Town of Ludlow, 147 Vt. 186 (1986);

Lavoie v. Pacific Press & Shear Co., 975 F.2d 48 (2d Cir. 1993);

Hudson v. Town of East Montpelier, 161 Vt. 168 (1993);

Lauzon v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 164 Vt. 620 (1995);

Zukatis v. Perry, 165 Vt. 298 (1996);

State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Roberts, 166 Vt. 452 (1997);

Estate of Fatovitch v. Burlington Free Press, Dept. of Labor, Op.# 19-97WC (1997);

Thompson v. Dewey’s So. Royalton, Inc., 169 Vt. 274 (1999);

Longe v. Boise Cascade Corp., 171 Vt. 214 (2000);

IBM v. Tokyo Electron America, Inc. and Semifab, Inc., U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, Doc. # 2:04 – CV-260 (2005);

Sperling v. Allstate Indemnity Co., 2007 Vt. 126, 182 Vt. 521 (2007);

Pion v. Vermont Asbestos Group, Inc., Dept. of Labor, Op.# 02-07WC (2007);

Pion v. Vermont Asbestos Group, Inc., Vt. Supreme Court, Doc. # 2007-387 (2008);

Stoll v. Burlington Electric Dept., 2009 Vt. 61, 186 Vt. 127 (2009);

Estate of Murphy v. Sentry Insurance, Vt. Superior Court, Chittenden Unit, Doc. # S653-06 CnC (2011);

Estate of Murphy v. Sentry Insurance, 2014 Vt. 25 (2014)