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Mr. Michael John Gannon

Mr. Michael John Gannon

Affolter Gannon
  • Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Insurance Claims
  • Vermont
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The Affolter Gannon law firm is uniquely suited to fight for the rights of victims injured in accidents because Mike Gannon and Dick Affolter used to be among Vermont's premiere insurance defense lawyers. The AG team were the attorneys insurance companies called when claims were asserted against them. In fact, Mike and Dick received awards from insurance companies and were asked to instruct their adjusters how to handle legal issues. A little more than ten years ago, AG made the decision to "switch teams" and to represent injured claimants who are being treated unfairly by insurance companies. We know these companies thoroughly, inside and out. And they know us. Our close knowledge of the insurance companies allows us to better help our clients get them the money they deserve. Housed in the historic Kiln building in Essex Junction, Affolter Gannon's lawyers have combined over 100 years of practice and professional achievement coupled with accessibility and compassion - a combination that is next to impossible to find at most law firms. Mike holds Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and is listed as a Super Lawyer in New England for both personal injury on behalf of plaintiffs and for insurance law. He also holds the highest possible rating on AVVO, 10, based upon reviews of both colleagues and former clients. Mike Gannon and Dick Affolter are two of a small number of attorneys listed as Vermont Top Lawyers (in civil litigation) by Vermont Business Magazine.

Practice Areas
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Medical Malpractice
Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Insurance Claims
Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
Additional Practice Area
  • Auto Accidents
  • Free Consultation
    Affolter Gannon invites people who have experienced an injury or loss to contact us. We will listen to you and give you our best advise. It doesn't cost anything to speak with us.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa and MasterCard only.
  • Contingent Fees
    If you retain Affolter Gannon as your lawyers, you will not be changed a fee unless we we win for you.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We are passionate about helping injured Vermonters.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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2nd Circuit
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7th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • French: Spoken, Written
  • French
  • French: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Senior Partner
Affolter Gannon
- Current
Richard Affolter and Michael Gannon were two of the top litigation lawyers in Vermont when they founded Affolter Gannon in 1994.
Pierson Affolter & Wadhams
Richard Affolter and Michael Gannon were each partners in the civil litigation firm of Pierson Affolter & Wadhams.
Associate Attorney
Downs Rachlin Martin
Mike began his career in Vermont practicing as a civil litigation lawyer at Downs Rachlin Martin in Burlington.
Judicial Law Clerk
United States Courts
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. (1982) | Law
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State University of New York - Binghamton
B.A. (1976) | English Literature, History, Politics
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Vermont Top Lawyers in Civil Trial
Vermont Business Magazine
Partners Mike Gannon and Dick Affolter again each been selected by Vermont Business Magazine as Vermont Top Lawyers in civil trial work.
AV Rating, Preeminent
Martindale Hubbell
Mike Gannon and Dick Affolter have each been awarded Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV Preeminent. The recipients of this distinction are selected by other lawyers - it signifies the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standing.
Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Vermont
Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers has again selected Mike as one of the top rated personal injury attorneys in Vermont.
Highest Rating for Personal Injury Lawyer
Avvo has given Mike its highest possible rating, 10 of 10, based upon surveys of other Vermont lawyers and of clients.
Professional Associations
American Trial Lawyers Association
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The International Society of Primerus Law Firms
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Affolter Gannon
Super Lawyers
Legal Answers
3 Questions Answered
Q. I was walking my dog and and we both got knocked down by a cyclist -- will the insurer pay for my pet's vet bills?
A: Initially, your question doesn't mention which insurance company. If the cyclist has insurance, that company may elect to pay veterinary bills but it's far from certain it will agree to do so. The company may take the position that you were wholly or partially to blame for the accident. It's impossible to predict whether it would do so because there isn't any information provided about the accident. Even if the accident was entirely the cyclist's fault, you may find that the insurance company only wants to enter into a final settlement. In other words, the company likely won't want to pay for vet bills unless it is able to resolve all potential claims.
Q. Is my neighbor liable for injuries resulting from their tree falling on our house?
A: Possibly. It depends on whether your neighbors were on notice of the risk presented by the tree and failed to act. If that's the case then they are potentially liable.
Q. Is there any lawyer in Waterbury that do not ask for upfront fee, and get paid once case is settled?
A: I'm not aware of any lawyer in the Waterbury Vermont area who will agree to defer payment in a family law matter. There may some but I don't know of them.
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Contact & Map
15 Brickyard Road
Essex Junction, VT 05452
Telephone: (802) 878-2797
Fax: (802) 878-6269
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