ROBIN OBER COOLEY

Robin Cooley’s practice focuses on civil litigation, workers compensation defense, insurance defense, and insurance coverage defense.  Ms. Cooley also has significant experience handling appeals before the Vermont Supreme Court.  Prior to joining the firm in 1999, she clerked for the Honorable Arrie W. Davis, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. She has been listed as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, has been recognized by the National Academy of Jurisprudence as a premier trial attorney in Vermont, and has received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Rating.

  • Goucher College, B.A., 1995
  • Vermont Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1998
  • Admissions: Vermont (1999), U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont (2000), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2005)

Representative Experience:

  • Successfully briefed and argued landmark insurance coverage matter before the Vermont Supreme Court involving the question of whether an insurer has a duty to indemnify where the facts alleged in the complaint are inconsistent with unintentional conduct or injury.  Serecky v. National Grange Mutual Insurance Company, 2004 VT 63, 177 Vt. 58, 857 A.2d 775.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendants, and subsequently briefed and argued Vermont Supreme Court appeal, in multiple wrongful death cases.  Lussier v. Bessette et al., 2010 VT 104, 189 Vt. 95, 16 A.3d 580; Collins v. Thomas et al., 2007 VT 92, 182 Vt. 250, 938 A.2d 1208.
  • Represented employer in workers compensation claim before Department of Labor, and subsequent Vermont Supreme Court appeal, involving claims for permanent partial disability and neck, hip, and back injuries.  Heller v. Bast & Rood Architects, 2011 Vt. Unpub. LEXIS 113, 24 A.3d 594 (unpublished).
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for plaintiff insurer in high profile declaratory judgment insurance coverage matter, including briefing and arguing Vermont Supreme Court appeal, in case involving the question of whether insurer had a duty to defend or indemnify wife on claims made against husband of sexual abuse, assault, kidnapping, and murder.  Co-operative Insurance Companies v. Denise Woodward et al., 2012 VT 22, 45 A.3d 89.
  • Obtained defendant’s verdict in case alleging wrongful cutting of trees, and, after co-defendant tree removal company appealed the dismissal of its indemnity claim, successfully briefed and argued appeal.  Knappmiller v. Bove et al., 2012 VT 38.

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