James G. Levins

Personal injury lawyers help people.  When you are injured, your life changes in many ways. It is our aim to help you recover control of what is important to you. Every case is different.  Every individual is unique. We want to learn about you, what is important to you, and what you have lost, so that we can effectively help you.

Employment lawyers help people. Most people spend the majority of the waking lives at work. When you lose your job, your losses are tremendous. You lose not only wages, insurance benefits and retirement prospects, you lose dignity, respect and pride. We help people regain what they have lost due to unlawful employment actions.

Jim Levins has helped individuals recover in cases involving car crashes, bicycle impacts, pedestrian collisions, medical negligence. He has represented families when a loved one has been taken from them. Recoveries have come from mediated settlements and jury trials in State and Federal Courts.

Workers who have been fired because of a disability, their age, race or gender have recovered control of their lives with Jim’s legal assistance.



“Ten Best” Client Satisfaction American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers 2014-2015

Best Law Firms in Vermont – US News and World Report 2015

Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America 2014

Best Vermont Attorneys 2012

Best Lawyers Vermont 2012


Vermont Association for Justice 2013 Trial College Group Leader

Vermont Association for Justice 2012 Trial College “Rules of the Road” Group Leader

Vermont Association for Justice Annual Meeting Panelist regarding Recent High Verdicts 2012

Rutland County Bar Association Panelist regarding Trial Practice 2013


Jim primarily represents individuals in personal injury and employment disputes. Since 1986 Jim has been representing clients in negligence actions including wrongful death, automobile crashes, bicycle and pedestrian collisions, dog bites and medical negligence.

A significant portion of Jim’s practice is devoted to representing employees who have been unlawfully terminated. He has pursued violations of civil rights including Americans with Disabilities, Armed Service Member discrimination, and age, gender, sex and race discrimination.



Middlebury College (A.B., cum laude, 1975)

Albany Law School of Union University (J.D., 1981)


Previous appointments and elected positions

Assistant District Attorney, Chemung County, New York, 1981 – 1986

Town Justice, Elmira and Baldwin, New York, 1988 – 1998



Member Board of Trustees The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center West Rutland 2013 to present

President New England Nordic Ski Association 2012 – 2015

Member Board of Trustees The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center West Rutland 2013 to present

Director, Rutland Town School Board, 2005 – 2012


Legal Associations

 June 2020 to Present – President of Vermont Association for Justice (VTAJ), a 40 year old organization dedicated to protecting the legal rights of individuals.

Rutland County Bar Association

Vermont Bar Association

National Employment Lawyers Association

Rutland County Chair of Vermont Bar Association Access to Justice Campaign 2013 – 2014

Member Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Vermont Association for Justice from 2012-2015

Vermont Employment Lawyers Association and President from 2007 – 2011


Representative Cases

Brown v. State of Vermont, 12/13/2013, Vermont Supreme Court, 2013 VT 112.

Mueller v. Rutland Mental Health, 8/17/2006, VT U.S. District Court, 2006 WL 2585101

Dietrick v. Kemper Insurance Company, 76 NY 2d 248 (1990); 556 NE 2d 1108.

James Levins Bar Admissions: 1982, State of New York; 1983, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York; 1998, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1998, State of Vermont; 1998, U.S. District Court, District of Vermont.


Make an appointment

Call 802-775-4361 or click here to contact us with questions or to schedule a meeting.