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Dennis O. Shillen

  • Profile
  • Credentials
  • Associations
  • Community Involvement

Over 40 Years of Experience

Dennis O. Shillen was born in Coral Gables, Florida, where he initially developed an interest in championing for the rights of the underprivileged and those seriously injured by the negligent actions of others.

His background, experience, focus, and dedication to helping the public has followed him from his time in school through all of his years in practice.

Dennis O. Shillen has advanced the rights of tens of thousands of injured victims since becoming an attorney in 1980. He has dedicated his legal career to the exclusive representation of personal injury clients and has successfully obtained millions of dollars in compensation on their behalf.

In his pursuit of justice, Mr. Shillen advocates for maximum compensation for his clients and aims to deliver optimal results.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida Bar and United States District Court - Southern District, 1980
  • United States Court of Appeals - Second Circuit, 1984
  • United States Supreme Court, 1985
  • Vermont Bar and United States District Court – District of Vermont, 1989


  • Top-Rated on Super Lawyers List
  • Million Dollar Advocate Forum, Member
  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubble which is “Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards Reflecting the Confidential Opinions of Members of the Bar and Judiciary
  • American Jurisprudence Awards: Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law


  • Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, Founding Member
  • Vermont and Florida Bar Associations
  • The American Association for Justice
  • The Vermont Association for Justice
  • The Joan Loring Wing Chapter of the American Inns of Court


  • Business Agent representing public employees for the largest trade union in the United States
  • The Howard Law Journal, Articles Editor, Author - Insights on Weber: Its Implications and Application in Public and Private Affirmative Action Programs, Labor Unions, and Educational Institutions, 23 Howard Law Journal, Volume 3 (1980)
  • Master Mariner holding a Professional Captain’s License issued by the United States Coast Guard – Master 50 GT, Near Coastal, with Sailing Endorsement


  • "Insights on Weber: Its Implications and Application in Public and Private Affirmative Action Programs, Labor Unions, and Educational Institutions", Howard Law Journal 23: 521-39. (1980)

  • Howard University School of Law, cum laude, J.D. College 1980
  • Florida International University, with honors, B.A. in Political Science College 1975
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum Mar 19, 2021
    Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawyers Oct 4, 2021
    Super Lawyers
Community Involvement

Mr. Shillen has been heavily involved in many community organizations and projects including the following:

  • Woodstock Rotary Club, past president and Paul Harris Fellow
  • Grand Lodge of Vermont F&AM
  • The Homestead Senior Assisted Living, past president
  • The Mertens House Nursing Home, board member
  • Woodstock Youth Hockey and Skating Association, board member
  • Zack’s Place Enrichment Center, board member
  • Woodstock Historical Society, board member