Chip is a former partner of the Philadelphia firm Swartz Campbell, LLC, where he concentrated in insurance defense litigation until he and his wife chose to raise their three children in the culture, community, and environment of Vermont. Chip maintains a state-wide practice in Vermont representing injured employees in their claims for workers’ compensation benefits.
Chip is responsible for the Vermont legislative change in 2010 now allowing injured employees the protections of video and audio recording of insurer independent medical exams. His contributions to the workers’ compensation system also include his drafting of the first Department of Labor medical pre-authorization form for providers to use to expedite authorized treatment for injured employees and also his successful advocacy for a legal “late fee” which now is paid to injured employees whose insurers fail to deliver a weekly wage benefit on time.
In 2011, Chip published Injured Employee’s Guide to Vermont Workers’ Compensation, a helpful resource for providers, clients, and the general public. The Second Edition was published in 2017. Chip’s office is located in White River Junction, Vermont.
Chip Powell succeeded in 2012 in the trials of four complex workers’ compensation cases in Vermont. Two published decisions were on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome; a third published decision was on the reasonableness of palliative medical care for work injuries; and in his fourth trial, Chip presented proof that his client’s liver disease disability was covered under a policy from an electrical injury at work in 1973, an $800,000.00 settlement occurred after that trial.
In 2013 Chip succeeded in a winning a Department of Labor decision permitting his client to continue narcotic pain medications as a reasonable medical expense, a difficult case to prove given the anti-opioid climate at the time of trial. In 2016 Chip tried a case for a client who suffered a disabling injury to the arm and shoulder, and he won a unique decision which ordered the insurer to pay for the client’s “ancillary” treatment -- dental cleaning, teeth extraction, and a new set of dentures -- because Chip proved these were needed to continue treatment of the work injury.
If a case and controversy can be satisfactorily resolved without the need for testimony before a judge and without the inherent costs, stress and risks of litigation, all the better for achieving the client’s goals.
Statistically, most cases referred to the formal hearing docket settle before an actual need for a trial.
- Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA (1980)
- Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA (1983)
- Trial Lawyers College, Dubois WY (2009)
Admissions to Bar:
- Pennsylvania (inactive)
Memberships & Affiliations:
Member in good standing of Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group, the bar of the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals, First and Third Circuits, United States District Courts, Vermont, and Pennsylvania Eastern and Middle Districts, Vermont Supreme Court and Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Vermont and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, American Association of Justice, National Trial Lawyers Association, Vermont Association for Justice, and the American Bar Association.