Vermont Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Lawyer
I have been practicing law in Vermont since 1979 and am a founding partner of the firm. I take great satisfaction in fighting for injured workers or accident victims who are being treated unfairly by insurance companies.
Before starting my legal career, I worked in many different job settings. I was a schoolteacher, hospital aide, factory worker, construction laborer, and farm hand. I understand the difficulties that face workers in these different job sites, and the problems that arise when you are injured.
First and foremost, I want to understand the needs of my client. That requires careful listening to them as they relate their story and what brought them to me. After that, I consider their situation and offer them legal advice based on my experience and my understanding of the law. My role is to be a good counselor to them and to explain what remedies are legally available to them. Next, I become an advocate for them, and I fight for them to get what they are entitled to receive.
One important legal issue I helped clarify was the right to vocational rehabilitation for injured workers. When my client was denied any meaningful vocational rehabilitation to return her to work, through a limited and unfair interpretation of the law by the Department of Labor, I took her case to the Vermont Supreme Court.
I value education and family safety, and over the years I have advocated for improvements in our workers’ compensation system and personal injury laws. I am past president of the Vermont Association for Justice, and have worked closely with the Vermont legislature to make these improvements.
"I enjoy helping injured workers and accident victims fight unfair treatment by insurance companies."
Pat has served as the president of the Vermont Association for Justice and is a member of their board of directors. He often lectures on workers' compensation law
"Dealing with Biggam Fox Skinner was a very professional experience. I had the pleasure to have Heidi Groff as my lawyer. She is very dedicated to purpose, which for me was a rewarding outcome. She was very patient and helpful when we would meet during my case. She would return your calls and/or e-mails in a very timely fashion. She was compassionate and would take the time to get to know you as a person. I highly recommend their service."