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Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd. 
Rutland, Vermont Office
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Mead Building, 98 Merchants Row, P.O. Box 310
Rutland, Vermont  05702-0310

(Rutland Co.)

Telephone: 888-825-1617
Facsimile: 802.786.1100

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About this office:


Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd. is one of Vermont's oldest and largest law firms. In December, 1945, the death of Major General Leonard F. Wing terminated the existence of Fenton, Wing & Morse, a partnership which had been in existence in Rutland, Vermont since 1922. On January 1, 1946, the surviving partners, Charles F. Ryan, R. Clarke Smith and John D. Carbine, associated themselves as Ryan Smith & Carbine. In 1973, the partnership was converted into the present Professional Corporation, Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd. ("RS&C").

Areas of Legal Practice

RS&C is a full-service law firm providing a broad range of legal services. Our state-wide practice includes Banking, Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation, Contractors' and Construction Liability, Corporate, Employment Law, Environmental Land Use Law, Estate Planning, Governmental Law, Health Care, Insurance Defense and Coverage, Intellectual Property, Limited Liability Company Law, Mediation Services, Medical Malpractice, Partnerships, Probate, Products Liability, Professional Malpractice, Public Utility, Real Estate, School Law, Securities, Ski Area Liability, Taxation, Trademarks and Copyrights and Workers Compensation. Trials in all State and Federal Courts. RS&C also represents clients in arbitration and mediation matters and before state agencies, boards and the state legislature.

Activities of the Members

RS&C has a long record of providing leadership in professional organizations, having provided six (6) presidents of the Vermont Bar Association, one (1) member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, one (1) member of the Vermont Board of Bar Examiners, five (5) Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, two (2) Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, one (1) member of the American Academy of Appellate Attorneys, two (2) have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America publication and we have had many other honors conferred on our attorneys. Members have served and are serving on the Boards of Directors of local banks, corporations and business enterprises. The members have been active in all manner of community activities: the Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland Economic Development Corporation, Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, College of St. Joseph, Green Mountain College, United Way, Vermont Achievement Center and many others.


We strive to provide quality, effective, timely professional service and representation to our clients.

Alpha International Legal Network

Ryan Smith & Carbine is a member of the ALFA International legal network. The ALFA network is comprised of 125 law firms with nearly 300 offices throughout the United States and around the World. The 85 U.S. firms and 40 international members employ over 8,000 lawyers and 10,000 legal support staff. As an ALFA member, RS&C is able to draw upon the vast resources of the network's membership to better serve its clients. ALFA affiliation also facilitates and expedites the retention of outstanding counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions, another significant client benefit. More information about the ALFA legal network can be found at www.alfainternational.com.


For many years RS&C has held an AV rating - the highest rating awarded by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory - for legal ability and professional standards based on evaluation by its peers.


Statement of Practice Summary:
Workers Compensation; Estate Planning and Administration; Insurance Defense and Insurance Litigation; Intellectual Property; Labor and Employment Law; Real Estate Conveyancing, Development and Financing; Trial and Alternative Dispute Resolutions; Corporate and Business Representation.

Year Established: 1946

Representative Clients:
Banknorth, N.A.; Chittenden Trust Company; F.D.I.C.; Merchants Bank; The CIT Group; American International Group; Associates of Glens Falls; CIGNA; CNA; Concord Group Ins. Companies; Hartford Insurance Group; Kemper Group; Lumber Insurance Co.; Medical Mutual of Maine; Nationwide Insurance Co.; Royal Insurance Co.; Zurich American Ins. Group; First American Title Insurance Co.; Lawyers' Title Insurance Co.; Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company; Bromley Corporation; Carris Reels, Inc.; Casella Waste Management, Inc.; Central Vermont Public Service Corp.; Killington Ltd.; Middlebury Snow Bowl; Midway Oil Corp.; Mohonk Mountain House; Mount Snow, Ltd.; Norwich University; Okemo Mountain Resort; Rutland Regional Medical Center; The Sagamore; Smuggler's Notch Resort; Stratton Mountain; School Boards of Arlington, Castleton, Clarendon, Fair Haven, Middletown Springs, Mill River Union High School, Poultney, Proctor, Shrewsbury, Wallingford, Wells and West Rutland; STO Industries; Towns of Castleton and Orwell; Tuttle Law Print; Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp.

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