Kristin Ross

Associate

Kristin Ross joined Van Dorn, Curtiss and Rousseau in 2009 after graduating from Vermont Law School. Kristin focuses her practice on guiding clients through insurance claims and all stages of litigation. She represents injured individuals in Vermont and New Hampshire in personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, and civil rights claims. She has experience and success in trial as well as all stages of litigation including depositions of witnesses and experts, motion practice, and conducting mediations. Kristin was a critical member of the appellate team in Dzemila Heco v. Johnson Controls, Inc., playing an important role in the Vermont Supreme Court brief and appeal for a Van Dorn & Curtiss client who received a 43-million-dollar verdict in a product’s liability case. She has also had enormous success negotiating large, confidential settlements for her clients.

Kristin received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Michael’s College in Psychology and Religious studies in 2006. While at Saint Michael’s, Kristin was inducted into the Vermont Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi. She also received the Women’s Engineering Award in 2002 for academic excellence.

Kristin earned her Juris Doctor at Vermont Law School in 2009. While at Vermont Law School, Kristin served on the Moot Court Advisory Board based on her advocacy skills. She was part of the General Practice Program, a limited enrollment certification program that combined substantive law with practical skills. In 2007 and 2008 Kristin served as part of the Service Member’s Legal Defense Network by lobbying Congress to repeal the “don’t ask don’t tell” military policy. In 2008, Kristin interned with the Grafton County Attorney’s office and from 2008-2009 she served as a Research Assistant to Professor Anthony Renzo. Kristin was awarded Academic Achievement Awards in 2007 and 2008 and also received the Dean’s Fellowship Scholarship for academic success from 2007 through 2009. Kristin graduated with GPA of 3.5 and in the top 10% of her law school class. She is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as New Hampshire’s and Vermont’s federal courts.

Kristin has been very involved in national and statewide professional associations of trial attorneys working to make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system. She has been a member of the New Hampshire Association for Justice (NHAJ) since 2009 and joined the Board of Governors in a leadership capacity in 2016. Kristin served as the Membership Chair for NHAJ from 2017-2018 and was elected to serve as an Officer of NHAJ in 2018. She is currently NHAJ’s Secretary. Kristin has also been a member of the Vermont Association for Justice (VTJA) since 2013 and joined the Board of Governors in a leadership capacity in 2018. She is also a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and a past member of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association.

Kristin has served on the Grafton County Bar Association’s executive committee since 2011 as the GCBA’s Secretary, Vice President, and President. As the longest continuously active bar association in the Western Hemisphere, the Grafton County Bar Association represents an active network of attorneys and legal professionals with a longstanding commitment to excellence in the legal field. She is currently serving as President.

In 2018, Kristin was elected to become a member of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation Fellows, an honorary organization of attorneys and judges who have been elected by their peers because they demonstrated outstanding achievement in the legal profession and unwavering dedication to serving the public, particularly in supporting equal access to justice and the improvement of our justice system.

Kristin graduated from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College in Dubois, Wyoming in September, 2012. She was unanimously elected Class Representative by her class. She served on the College’s Alumni Board from 2012-2015. She also completed the New Hampshire Trial Academy in 2012.

Kristin was one of fourteen attorneys chosen to be part of the 2014-2015 NHBA Leadership Academy. The Academy is a nine-month leadership-training program whose mission is to promote and encourage leadership and professionalism by identifying present and future leaders who are members of the New Hampshire Bar, and providing them with a program designed to develop leadership skills; to foster camaraderie; and to provide exposure to leaders in the legal, business and government communities.

Kristin has been praised by her clients for her compassion, empathy, dedication, and her results. Clients have described her as follows:

  • “From the first time I met with Kristin, I knew she was going to be great. She made us feel that our case mattered.”
  • “Kristin Ross handled the majority of my case, from my very first meeting with her I felt she had a strong compassion for helping people, and she did not disappoint.”
  • “Kristin Ross and her entire staff and colleagues helped me through a very traumatic time in my life. Van Dorn, Curtiss and Rousseau don't just treat you like a client, they bring you into their family and treat you with respect.”
  • “She is detail-oriented, kind, and very efficient.”
  • “Kristin was thorough and persistent with the insurance company and health service providers for both myself and my son. They were firmly in my corner; fighting for me every step of the way.”
  • “From day one, Kristin and her team were behind me 100%.”
  • “Kristin Ross was absolutely wonderful and made me feel as though my case was her first priority. Kristin and her entire team went above and beyond and were amazing at keeping track of all of the medical bills and medical paperwork etc. They were honest and upfront with me at all times and fought to get me what was fair.”

Kristin is a native member of the local community and is active in the community. She regularly participates in fundraisers to support local causes such as The Prouty and Neighbors Unite. She lives in East Corinth, Vermont with her husband, Seth. In her leisure time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking with her dogs, gardening, snowshoeing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT

  • Juris Doctor, May 2009
  • GPA 3.528
  • Class Rank 20/191, Top 10%
  • VLS Moot Court Advisory Board (MCAB)
  • General Practice Program
  • Semester in Practice at the Grafton County Attorney’s Office

Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT

  • JB.A., magna cum laude; May 2006
  • Double Major in Psychology and Religious Studies
  • GPA 3.802

Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

  • GPA 4.0
  • Dean’s Fellowship Scholarship Award; VLS 2007 – 2009
  • Academic Achievement Awards; VLS; 2007 & 2008
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Vermont Chapter

JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire Federal Court

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Grafton County Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Association for Justice
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Vermont Association for Justice
  • Vermont Bar Association
  • FWarriors (Spence Trial Lawyers College) Alumni Association
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