Vermont Top Lawyers



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Vermont has many fine law firms and lawyers to serve the Vermont business community. Represented on the following pages are over 30 law firms and over 100 attorneys. This list of lawyers is comprised of Vermont lawyers designated by or in peer-reviewed assessments. Vermont Business Magazine asked the largest law firms in the state, as noted in our Book of Lists 2015, and other law firms, which of their lawyers received the designation as Best Lawyers© or Super Lawyers© in certain business-related practice areas. Only those firms who volunteered this information about their lawyers are included. 

There are about 25 practice categories listed; some of the practice areas have been consolidated. Several lawyers practice in many different categories and as such are listed in each category they serve. The list is arranged alphabetically by firm.

Affolter Gannon Law

Essex Junction,

Richard W. Affolter

Civil Trial

Michael J. Gannon

Civil Trial


Biggam, Fox & Skinner


Ron Fox

Workers Compensation

Heidi Groff

Workers Compensation

Pat Biggam

Workers Compensation

Kelly Massicotte

Workers Compensation, Rising Star


Burak Anderson & Melloni


Shane W. McCormack

Project Finance Law, Public Finance Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law

Jon T. Anderson

Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law and Litigation

Thomas R. Melloni

Banking and Finance Law, Public Finance Law


Carroll & Associates, P.C.


Edward J. Carroll



Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, PC


Linda J. Cohen

Health Care Law

Ritchie Berger

Business Litigation, Commercial Litigation; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Leigh Cole

Immigration Law

W. Scott Fewell

Business Litigation

David Gurtman

Business/Corporate, Corporate Compliance

Austin D. Hart

Real Estate Law

W. Andrew MacIlwaine

Construction Litigation

Mark Langan

Estate Planning & Probate, Tax Law, Trust & Estates

Molly Langan

Real Estate Law

Karen McAndrew

Business Litigation, Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Education, Employment Law, Intellectual Property Litigation, Corporate

Amy McLaughlin

Employment Law – Management, Litigation - Labor & Employment

Jeffrey J. Nolan

Employment & Labor Law, Employment Law – Management

Jeffrey McMahan

Business, Corporate; Technology Law

Shapleigh Smith, Jr.

Litigation – Intellectual Property; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Brian Murphy

Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions; Non-Profit/Charities Law


Downs, Rachlin, Martin PLLC


Bradford R. Fawley

Litigation -  Intellectual Property, Insurance, Environmental and Toxic Tort

John H. Marshall

Energy Law, Environmental Law

Lawrence H. Meier

Intellectual Property, Litigation - Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law

Thomas H. Moody

Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Venture Capital Law

Paul H. Ode, Jr.

Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions

Robert D. Rachlin

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Andre D. Bouffard

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation

Walter E. Judge, Jr.

Litigation, Commercial & Corporate Disputes, Personal Injury & Property Damage Defense, Intellectual Property Litigation

James C. Gallagher

Personal Injury  Litigation - Defendants

Marc B. Heath

Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction

Christopher Roy

Appeals. Litigation - Telecommunications, Tax Law, Commercial & Corporate Disputes, Real Estate & Land Use

Bruce C. Palmer

Captive Insurance Litigation

Commercial and Corporate Disputes

Construction Litigation

Peter D. Van Oot

Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law

Robert B. Luce

Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Willemien Dingemans Miller

Trusts and Estates

Thomas C. Csatari

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Timothy E. Copeland, Jr.

Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment

Peter B. Robb

Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management

John H. Hollar

Administrative / Regulatory Law, Government Relations Practice

Johan W.E. Maitland

Employment & Labor Law; Lawyer of the Year, Burlington

Peter B. Kunin

Copyright Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Trademark Law

Kimberly K. Hayden

Energy Law

Wm. Roger Prescott

Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Tax Law

James G. Wheeler, Jr.

Coporate and Real Estate Law, Trusts and Estates


English, Carroll & Boe P.C.


James F. Carroll

State, Local & Municipal

Kathleen M. Boe

Banking and Finance Law, Corporate and Real Estate Law; Burlington Real Estate Lawyer of the Year


Fead Construction Law, PLC

South Burlington,

William Alexander “Sandy” Fead

Construction Law, Litigation -Construction, Arbitration. Lawyer of the Year Litigation-Construction


Gravel and Shea  PC


Peter S. Erly

Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation, Corporate, Commercial

Timothy M. Eustace

Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Michelle N. Farkas

Real Estate Law

Robert B. Hemley

Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; First Amendment Law; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs; Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation

William A. Mason IV

Corporate Governance Law; Corporate/Commercial Law

Margaret L. Montgomery

Corporate/Commercial Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Robert F. O’Neill

Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar; Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Personal Injury - Medical, Malpractice: Plaintiff, Family Law, Criminal Defense, Litigation: General Commercial

Robert H. Rushford

Real Estate Law

Norman Williams

Appellate Practice; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs

Jerome F. O’Neill

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs; Commercial Litigation,  Criminal Defense- Non-white collar, Criminal Defense - White-collar, Personal Injury- Products, Plaintiff- General Litigation

Matthew B. Byrne

Litigation: General Commercial

Heather Rider Hammond

Employment Law - Management

Ethan B. McLaughlin

Business/Corporate, Energy & Natural Resources,  Mergers & Acquisitions. Rising Star


Hoff Curtis


Richard Cassidy

Employment Law - Individuals, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Mediation

Robert Katims

Criminal Defense


Jarrett Law Office PLC

South Burlington,

Glenn A. Jarrett

Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate


Kenlan, Schwiebert, Facey & Goss,  P.C.


A. Jay Kenlan

Real Estate, Environmental Law

John A. Facey, III

Real Estate

Heather Z. Cooper

Bankruptcy, Banking & Creditors’ Rights, Civil & Commercial Litigation, Employment Law

James P. W. Goss

Land Use & Zoning

John C. Newman

Trust & Estate


Kirkpatrick & Goldsborough

South Burlington,

Mary Kirkpatrick

Personal Injury -General; Plaintiff


Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP


Alison J. Bell

Employment Law: Individual/Management, Leisure and Hospitality Law, Litigation - ERISA, Litigation - Labor and Employment

Christopher L. Davis

Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Family Law Mediation

Eric M. Knudsen

Business Organizations, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Real Estate, Corporate

Susan M. Murray

Collaborative: Family Law, Appellate, Mediation

Lisa B. Shelkrot

Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Litigation – Construction

Mark L. Sperry III

Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate

Sarah Gentry Tischler

Trusts and Estates

F. Rendol Barlow

Elder Law, Real Estate Law, Trusts and Estates

Kevin E. Brown

Insurance Law, Commercial Litigation

Ellen Mercer Fallon

Employment Law - Individuals, Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Commercial Litigation

Emily J. Joselson

Litigation - Environmental, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

John L. Kellner

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Peter F. Langrock

Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, First Amendment Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Commercial

Devin McLaughlin

Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar, Criminal Defense: White-Collar

William B. Miller, Jr.

Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Litigation – Securities, Construction, First Amendment, Elder Law

Mitchell L. Pearl

Litigation - First Amendment, Civil Rights

James W. Swift

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Erin Miller Heins

Business Litigation, Rising Star

Andrew J. Kestner

Family Law, Rising Star


Lars A. Lundeen, P.C.


Lars A. Lundeen

Personal Injury/Civil Litigation


Law Office of Gregory P. Howe


Gregory P. Howe

Personal Injury Litigation


Law Office of Richard J. Fox PLLC

Essex Junction,

Richard J. Fox

Real Estate - Rising Star


Law Office of Thomas C. Bixby


Thomas C. Bixby

Wills.  Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice


Lisman Leckerling, P.C.


E. William Leckerling


Carl H. Lisman

Real Estate, Real Estate Litigation


Lynn, Lynn, Blackman & Manitsky, P.C.


Andrew Manitsky

Civil disputes, intellectual property


McCormick Fitzpatrick Kasper & Burchard PC


Keith Kasper

Workers Compensation

Eric Johnson

Workers Compensation, Litigation, Insurance Law

Jason Ferreira

Workers Compensation

Thomas McCormick

Personal Injury Litigation, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Litigation

Daniel Burchard

Construction Litigation


Merritt & Merritt & Moulton


H. Kenneth Merritt, Jr.

Corporate/Commercial, Business, Finance Law

R.W. Eli Moulton, III


Sharon J. Merritt

Intellectual Property, Internet


Obuchowski & Emens-Butler, P.C.


Raymond J. Obuchowski

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Consumer Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy: Business

Jennifer Emens-Butler

Bankruptcy: Consumer


Paul Frank + Collins P.C.


S. Crocker Bennett, II

Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation,  Litigation (Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice)

Robert G. Cain

Workers’ Compensation Law

Christopher J. Leff

Tax Law

John T. Sartore

Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, Securities Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, and Professional Malpractice Law, Litigation (Business Litigation)

Kerin E. Stackpole, SPHR

Employment and Labor Law and Employment and Labor Litigation, Employment

Allen D. Webster

Trusts and Estates

Nolan C. Burkhouse

Litigation (Insurance Coverage)

Mark G. Hall

Construction, Real Estate & Environmental (Land Use/Zoning)

Robert S. DiPalma

Commercial Finance Law

Peter J. McDougall

New England Rising Star

David M. Pocius

New England Rising Star

Kristina R. Brines

New England Rising Star

Matthew A. Ferrigno

New England Rising Star

Stephen J. Soule


Andrew A. Beerworth

New England Rising Star

Robert C. Roesler

Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Real Estate Law


Pratt Vreeland Kennelly Martin & White, LTD


John J. “Jack” Kennelly

Commercial Litigation, Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy

Robert S. Pratt

Trusts, Estate Planning and Business Associations, Elder Law

Neal C. Vreeland

Real Estate and Land Use; Municipal Law; Personal Injury, Construction, Commercial and Real Estate Litigation

Timothy U. Martin

Real Estate and Commercial Transactions

Jeffrey P. White

Bank Counsel

Matthew D. Anderson

Insurance Law


Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC


Jaime Gillis

Elder Law, Estate Planning

Gregory Clayton

Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Mediation & Arbitration, Personal Injury

Doreen F. Connor

Appellate, Insurance, Litigation, Personal Injury

Anne E. Cramer

Health Care, Government Relations, Labor & Employment, Taxation, Regulatory & Compliance

Denise J. Deschenes

Corporate, Financial Services & Banking, Captive Insurance

Jon R. Eggleston

Corporate, Estate Planning, Financial Services & Banking, International & Cross Border, Public Finance, Taxation

Elijah D. Emerson

Energy, Utilities & Communications, Environmental & Land Use, Municipal

Gary L. Franklin

Appellate, Bankruptcy, Intellectual Property & Technology, Labor & Employment, Litigation

J. Paul Giuliani

Financial Services & Banking, Municipal, Public Finance

Gary Karnedy

Estate Planning, Financial Services & Banking, Insurance, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration, Regulatory & Compliance

Adam Mordecai

Insurance, Litigation

Ralphine O’Rourke


Keith Roberts

Bankruptcy, Corporate, Financial Services & Banking, Healthcare, Labor & Employment, Municipal, Public Finance, Real Estate, Taxation

Mark Scribner

Corporate, Financial Services & Banking, Intellectual Property & Technology, International & Cross Border, Real Estate

Neil Wheelwright

Real Estate Law

Leo Bisson

Insurance, Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration, Personal Injury

Douglas Wolinsky

Bankruptcy, Corporate, Financial Services & Banking, Intellectual Property & Technology, Real Estate

Gary M. Burt

Domestic Relations, Insurance, Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration, Personal Injury

John R. Monson

Estate Planning

Thomas J. Pappas

Bankruptcy, Construction, Estate Planning, Intellectual Property & Technology, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration, Real Estate

I. Jonathan Ross

Domestic Relations

Alexandra H. Clauss

Labor & Employment

Alexandra E. Edelman

Financial Services & Banking

Polly Hall

Domestic Relations

Shireen Hart

Healthcare, Regulatory & Compliance

Joslyn Wilschek

Appellate, Energy, Utilities & Communications, Environmental & Land Use, Municipal, Real Estate

Greg Eaton

Insurance, Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration, Personal Injury

Jeffrey Johnson

Captive Insurance, Financial Services and Banking, Government Relations

Russell Young

Captive Insurance

Financial Services/Banking


Ryan Smith & Carbine Ltd.


Thomas M. Dowling

Business/Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Trusts, Tax Law and Estates

Business/Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Trusts 

and Estates

Elizabeth A. Glynn

Banking and Finance Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance

Andrew H. Maass

Employment Law-Management, Labor Law

Glenn S. Morgan

Workers’ Compensation Law - Employers

R. Joseph O’Rourke

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

John J. Zawistoski

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

John A. Serafino

Insurance Law

Harry R. Ryan

Civil Litigation - Defense

Allan R. Keyes



Salmon & Nostrand-Law Offices

Bellows Falls,

George W. Nostrand

Corporate Law; Estate Planning; Estate and Trust Administration; Commercial Real Estate; General Practice


Sheehey Furlong & Behm PC


R. Jeffrey Behm

Business Litigation, Top 100

Michael G. Furlong

Business & Corporate Law

James W. Spink

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Kevin Lumpkin

Civil Litigation, Rising Star


Shoup Evers & Green, PLLC


Tina Shoup

Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice

John Evers

Personjal Injury Litigation


Michael Green

Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury Litigation



Stetler, Allen and Kampmann


Bradley S. Stetler

Criminal Defense


Sylvester & Brow


Alan Sylvester

Plaintiffs Personal Injury-General

Michael S. Brow

Personal Injury Litigation - plaintiffs

Amy Sylvester Averill

Personal Injury Prosecution


Theriault & Joslin, P.C.


Peter B. Joslin

Personal Injury, Products Liability, Real Estate, Wills & Estate, Insurance Defense


Unsworth Law  PLC

Essex Junction,

Stephen Unsworth

Estate Planning, Elder Law, Special Needs Planning, and Medicaid Law & Probate


Winburn Law Offices


Patrick Winburn

Personal Injury Litigation, Medical Malpractice

Source: Vermont Business Magazine 2016