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.
Mr. Shillen graduated with honors from Florida International University in 1975. After attaining a Bachelors of Arts degree majoring in Political Science, Mr. Shillen worked as a business agent for the largest trade union in the United States representing public employees. Thereafter, Mr. Shillen pursued his interest in law and received his Juris Doctorate degree, graduating cum laude from Howard University School of Law in 1980. During law school, Mr. Shillen was the articles editor for The Howard Law Journal and was the author of “Insights on Weber: Its Implications and Application In Public and Private Affirmative Action Programs, Labor Unions, and Educational Institutions”, Howard Law Journal 23 (1980): 521-39. Mr. Shillen was also honored as the recipient of the following American Jurisprudence Awards: Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law.
Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Shillen was admitted to the: Florida Bar and United States District Court - Southern District, 1980; United States Court of Appeals - Second Circuit, 1984; United States Supreme Court, 1985; and Vermont Bar, 1989.
Mr. Shillen is a sailing enthusiast. As a master mariner he holds a professional captain’s license issued by the United States Coast Guard - Master 50 GT. Near Coastal.
Dennis O. Shillen has advanced the rights of thousands of injured victims since 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.
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
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).
Call Dennis O. Shillen at (802) 243-0078 to schedule a free initial consultation after you have been seriously injured. Our firm is focused on helping you.