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Firm Overview

My firm is focused on helping injured Vermonters. We handle all personal injury cases, including car accidents, medical malpractice, pedestrian accidents and slip and fall, and all types of injuries including catastrophic injuries and death. We also handle workers' compensation claims.

Meub, Gallivan & Larson was first opened as Meub Associates in 2000 by William Meub. I have been with the firm since its inception, coming over with Bill Meub from our predecessor firm. Chris Larson joined the firm in 2007 after working for a large firm in Boston and clerking for two years for the Vermont Superior Court.

Example cases

In a 2008 workers compensation case, my client was found to be permanently totally disabled by the Workers Compensation Hearing Officer as a result of a neck injury from falling off of a truck. (RG v. Verizon, Opinion No. 22-08WC (June 5, 2008). The injury was initially not catastrophic, but over time my client became more and more disabled after an initial botched neck surgery. We also represented the same client in a medical malpractice claim against the neurosurgeon who operated on his neck and secured a significant settlement in that claim.

We represented a woman in 2007 who was struck by a car crossing a crosswalk that caused her to be paralyzed. Her first lawyer told her that she would never get more than $50,000 for her case because she crossed the crosswalk when the light was green. However, with a help of an accident reconstructionist, we established that the driver that struck her had plenty of time to stop but didn't. The case settled for a very significant sum that entitled our client to get the medical care she needed for the future.

Main Office

Main
65 Grove St.
Rutland  VT  05701

Phone
  • (802) 747-0610
Fax
  • (802) 747-9268

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We do offer a free initial consultation on all cases.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

For personal injury and workers' compensation cases we enter into contingency fee agreements. In limited situations we offer fixed-price services (preparing a simple will and DUIs, for example).

Hourly Rates

Personal injury and workers' compensation cases are done on a contingency fee basis. Please call our office for our hourly rates on other cases.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Betsy Kierstead.

Emergency After Hours

No

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

As I stated earlier, I chose to primarily do personal injury and workers' compensation cases because helping injured individuals has brought me great personal satisfaction and fulfillment.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

A client must understand the legal issues in their case. I spend a lot of time with clients (and prospective clients) giving them information about legal issues, but I also strongly encourage clients to educate themselves. However, I feel it is very important to also talk with a lawyer about legal issues, because every case is different and the law works differently in every case.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I have entered into "limited representation" agreements with clients in non-personal injury cases, where I do not represent the client in court, but rather advise the client on legal issues, review documents outside of court and/or help clients prepare to represent themselves in the courtroom. I would not recommend this in a serious personal injury case or workers' compensation case.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I have entered into "limited representation" agreements with clients in non-personal injury cases, where I do not represent the client in court, but rather advise the client on legal issues, review documents outside of court and/or help clients prepare to represent themselves in the courtroom. I would not recommend this in a serious personal injury case or workers' compensation case.

Erin Gallivan

I clerked for Magistrate Judge Niedermeier in the U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Vermont after graduating from law school. I started working with Bill Meub in 1999 at Keyser Crowley and then went with him to Meub Associates in 2000.

I have an undergraduate degree in psychology and I worked in the social work field for several years before attending law school. I believe this education and training has given me an advantage in relating to and understanding my clients and as well as my adversaries.

My strengths are that I am very caring and respectful and honest towards my clients. I also think my analytical way of thinking is a strength as a lawyer. My style is to be very straightforward and direct with people.

Personal interests:

My personal interests include hiking, running, cross-country skiing, dancing, movies and hanging out with my kids.

License
  • Bar Number: 3488
    Vermont , 1999
Education
  • Northeastern University School of Law
    J.D. , 1998
    Boston, MA
  • Lehigh University
    B.A. , 1993
    Bethlehem, PA

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