Samara Anderson
Samara Anderson
Samara D. Anderson, Esq. is a licensed attorney in both New York and Vermont.  Ms. Anderson is a 2003 graduate of Vermont Law School where she earned a Juris Doctor and Masters in the Studies of Environmental Law, cum laude.  She has been engaged in mindfulness practices starting in 2005, during her extremely stressful career in complex commercial litigation at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in Manhattan, New York, where she routinely billed approximately 3,000 hours annually.  For the past 12 years, she has evolved her mindfulness practices and now teaches both meditation and yoga classes to a variety of students, including lawyers, law students, doctors and hospital staff, and other stressed professionals.  Recently, Ms. Anderson left the Vermont Attorney General’s Office to move into the the State of Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) to lead and manage the updating of the Health and Human Services source policies and regulations so they can be translated into automated business rules for an integrated eligibility technology solution.
 
Mary Ashcroft
Mary Ashcroft
Mary C. Ashcroft, Esq. is the Vermont Bar Association’s statewide Legal Access Coordinator, helping to coordinate and facilitate pro bono and low bono projects all over Vermont.   She has been instrumental in facilitating the VBA/VLS Incubator Attorney Project. Mary is a native Vermonter, born in Bellows Falls. She attended the University of Vermont, graduating with a Bachelor of Science, and the Catholic University Columbus School of Law.  From 1985 to 1986, Ashcroft served as a special liaison to the general assembly for Governor Madeleine Kunin.  Mary has maintained her own law practice in Rutland, VT since 1987, and has an active career as an involved community lawyer. She has served as a volunteer attorney and guardian ad litem for children in Rutland Family Court, has been a Justice of the Peace and has served on numerous community boards and commissions, including library, planning, and environmental boards, as well as being a foster parent and adoptive parent.

 
Dan Barlow
Dan Barlow
Dan Barlow joined Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility as Public Policy Manager in the fall of 2010. He represents VBSR members at the Vermont Statehouse, lobbying on topics such as health care reform, clean energy and employment issues. Previously, Dan worked as a political reporter for the Vermont Press Bureau, was the recipient of the 2009 New England Associated Press award, and was a frequent guest on various Vermont news and analysis television and radio programs.
Dan has a sideline of researching old cemeteries, particularly cemetery artwork and give presentations on the history of cemeteries in Vermont.
Dan lives in Barre with his girlfriend, Phayvanh Luekhamhan, and their cat, Luna. He also serves on the Barre Cemetery Commission.
 
Grant Binder
Grant Binder
Grant Binder, Esq. advises a wide variety of investors and companies—from emerging growth companies to established multinational corporations—on a broad range of complex business transactions. He assists clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, complex commercial agreements, securities law compliance, corporate governance and financing transactions. He has extensive experience advising clients on cross-border transactions, particularly in Latin America, and in the food and beverage industry. Grant is a creative thinker who enjoys partnering with clients to find pragmatic, thoughtful and constructive solutions to challenging problems.
Prior to joining DRM, Grant was a senior lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, where he focused on domestic and international business and financing transactions.
 
Eileen Blackwood
Eileen Blackwood
Eileen Blackwood, Esq. is the City Attorney in Burlington, Vermont. She was previously a partner in the Hinesburg firm Kohn Rath Blackwood & Danon, LLP. Ms. Blackwood received her A.B. degree from Dartmouth College with a special major in Women and Education. She received her J.D. degree with honors from Cornell Law School where she was the Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review. She served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Franklin S. Billings, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, and is a past president of the Vermont Bar Association. Prior to becoming City Attorney, Ms. Blackwood had been in private practice since 1986 and focused her practice in the fields of education law, employment law, nonprofits, and estate planning. She also has served as a mediator and early neutral evaluator for a wide variety of disputes and as a hearing officer for VOSHA. 

 
Greg Boulbol, Esq. is the General Counsel at the Vermont Natural Resources Board (NRB), the State entity that administers Act 250. As General Counsel, Greg manages all legal aspects of Act 250 administration, including both permit appeals and enforcement actions.  Greg has been with the NRB for three years. Prior to his work at the NRB, Greg was an associate at the Rutland, Vermont law firm, Ryan Smith & Carbine. Greg has a JD and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from the Vermont Law School.
 
Matt Chapman, Esq. is General Counsel for the Department of Environmental Conservation.  Prior to this role, he worked as counsel for DEC with the contaminated site cleanup program, brownfield redevelopment program, and other waste management programs.  Matt also frequently represents the Agency before the Vermont legislature and was central to the development and passage of the Clean Water Bill (H 35).  Prior to working for the Agency, Matt worked in Congressional Relations for the U.S. Forest Service and was a staff attorney with the Vermont Legislature.  Matt earned his JD from Vermont Law School.
 
Larry Cohen
Larry Cohen
Larry J. Cohen, Esq. is a certified specialist in injury and wrongful death litigation who has focused in his more than thirty-one years of law practice on serious medical injury and emotional damages cases, including especially brain injury claims.  He received his J.D. from Northwestern University in 1985, and has been admitted to practice in Arizona since 1985.  Mr. Cohen also has a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University and has participated in a post-doctoral program in clinical neuropsychology.  He has for many years been a member of the adjunct faculty at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where he has  regularly taught courses in professional responsibility, pretrial practice and professional liability.  He taught and did research at the University Michigan School of Law and at the University of Illinois-Chicago, taught on the adjunct faculties of the Arizona Summit School of Law, the Arizona School of Professional Psychology, now Argosy University, Midwestern University, and Norwich University.  Mr. Cohen speaks nationally to groups of lawyers, other professionals, insurance companies, governmental entities, risk managers and other interest groups about litigation and trial practice matters, legal ethics, alternative dispute resolution, and issues in brain damage, law and medicine and law and psychology.  He has received awards from the Maricopa County Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona and the State Bar of New Mexico for excellence in continuing legal education. He also received a President’s Award from the State Bar of Arizona for contributions in continuing legal education.  He has for many years been listed by Southwest Super Lawyers and Arizona’s Finest Lawyers as among the best lawyers in Arizona and recently was recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as among the top one percent of lawyers in the United States.
 
Keri Darling
Keri Darling
Keri Darling founded in 2000 and serves as the Director of DVAS, Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services, which serves Deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, and deaf-blind victims of crimes in the state of Vermont. In 2001, DVAS was recognized by the Vermont Crime Victim's Rights week, for providing exceptional help to service providers with trainings on how to communicate and serve Deaf victims better. Keri has extensive experience in developing outstanding training curricula that reflect best practices when serving deaf or hard-of-hearing victims. She has experienced delivering hundreds of trainings on a national, state and local level, developing communication cards, incorporating skills, knowledge and best practices, developing needs assessments, providing technical assistance for specialized program development, and participating in CCR teams sharing her Deaf perspective.

 
Benj Deppman
Benj Deppman
Benjamin H. Deppman, Esq. represents a wide variety of clients providing services to individuals and business entities in the fields of business entity selection and organization, commercial litigation, construction law, foreclosure, commercial and residential real estate transactions, trust and estate planning and administration, probate matters, and personal injury litigation.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Deppman worked as an associated at Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd. and then worked at Deppman & Foley, PC.  In 2017, Benj and his wife began Deppman Law PLC, a firm in Middlebury.
 
Benj serves on the board of directors for the following: Town Hall Theater, Inc.; Porter Auxiliary Board; Middlebury Maple Run, Inc.; and, Addison County Fair & Field Days, Inc. He also served on the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports and is a member of the Middlebury Lions Club (Melvin Jones Fellow, Past President). When not volunteering, or working, Benj is usually found on the sideline of a sporting event where one of his kids (Jack and Lydia) is participating or chasing after his youngest (Calvin).
 

 
Michael Desautels
Michael Desautels
Michael L. Desautels, Esq. Federal Public Defender Office

Michael Desautels has been the Federal Defender since 2006. He has over 30 years of experience in federal and state criminal law in Vermont and New York. Before coming to Vermont in 2006, he was in private practice in New York for almost 20 years, focusing on litigation in federal and state court. He also worked in the Federal Defender Office in the Southern District of West Virginia. Michael has presented trainings for the New York State Bar Association and the Vermont Defender General, and many federal defender seminars. He serves as the chairperson of the Criminal Law Subcommittee for the federal District Court in Vermont.
 
Jim Dumont
Jim Dumont
James A. Dumont, Esq. graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1975. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1978. Jim clerked for the Hon. James S. Holden, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, for one year and then served as a Public Defender in the Chittenden County and Franklin-Grand Isle districts for two years.
For many years, Jim has concentrated on civil and administrative litigation, principally employment law, personal injury law, energy law, environmental law and representation of victims of deceptive real estate sales. Jim is also a trained mediator.
Jim currently is a member of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure, and is active in the Vermont Employment Lawyers Association, serves as Chairman of the Board of Community Health Services of Addison County, known as the Open Door Clinic, which provides free medical care to the uninsured.
Jim has taught many courses for other lawyers, in the areas of procedure, evidence, employment law and the environment. In 2001, Jim was awarded the Vermont Bar Association’s Public Service Award.
 
Steve Ellis
Steve Ellis
Stephen D. Ellis, Esq. is a Director of the law firm of Ellis, Boxer & Blake PLLC, where he practices in the areas of professional liability, intellectual property, labor and employment law, and business litigation. He is an experienced trial and appellate advocate and is frequently engaged by the parties or appointed by the court as a neutral for alternative dispute resolution. He is a member of the Early Neutral Evaluation Panel for the United States District Court, District of Vermont. He is also a member of Workplace Investigations Group, a national association of experienced employment attorneys who serve as workplace investigators. Mr. Ellis is a frequent lecturer on topics related to his areas of practice. He earned his B.A. degree from Hampshire College and his J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law. Mr. Ellis is admitted to practice law in Vermont and New York. He is the current chair of the Vermont Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section and the past chair of the VBA Bench/Bar Committee, and a member of the Litigation, Intellectual Property and Labor and Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association.  He is listed in New England Super Lawyers in the area of labor and employment law, and carries Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV Preeminent peer review rating.
 
John Evers
John Evers
John Evers, Esq., Shoup Evers & Green, has tried numerous cases to verdict and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for both Plaintiff’s Personal Injury and Commercial Litigation, and by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel as a top commercial litigation lawyer. He holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. He frequently presents seminars on trial techniques and jury selection. He is a past president of the Vermont Association for Justice and served on its Board of Governors. From 1993 to 2006, he also was a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice. John served as the Vermont Bar Association’s representative to the Vermont Legislature’s Medical Malpractice Study Committee, and is an adjunct faculty member at Vermont Law School where he teaches trial advocacy. John is also a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants. His practice includes using strategic case planning and focus groups extensively, both in his own cases and in assisting other lawyers in preparing their cases. John lives in New Haven with his wife Caroline. His community activities have included service on his town’s Zoning Board and Planning Commission, and as a Board member of Addison County Home Health.
 
John is a graduate of Amherst College, B.A., 1981 & Boston College School of Law, J.D., 1984
 
Elizabeth Filosa
Elizabeth Filosa
Elizabeth Filosa is a first-year law clerk with the Vermont Superior Court Environmental Division. She recently received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and her Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. While at Northeastern, she was a legal intern with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Massachusetts Land Court, Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, and Conservation Law Foundation.

 
Wendy Fitzsimons
Wendy Fitzsimons
Wendy J. Fitzsimons, Esq., Tepper Dardeck Levins & Fitzsimons, LLP. Wendy’s practice focuses on all aspects of family law including custody and financial matters. Wendy’s unique trust and estates and tax background allows her to handle sophisticated divorces with complex financial issues and assets. She also handles more basic divorce matters. In all matters she brings a tenaciousness tempered by a compassionate disposition. Wendy understands that a divorce has long lasting impacts on the entire family post-judgment, and where possible, attempts to achieve the best results through collaboration and settlement. If a settlement is not possible, she will litigate to achieve the best result.
Prior to joining the firm, Wendy Fitzsimons practiced for 12 years in New York assisting international and domestic clients in trust and estate, family law, tax and real estate matters. In addition to a JD, Wendy holds an LLM in Taxation (Masters in Tax Law).
Wendy was also an adjunct professor of business law, at CUNY, Queens College, and has given numerous presentations on tax and estate planning issues to a variety of professional and business organizations.
When not in the office, she enjoys hiking and snowshoeing with her husband, daughter and two dogs.
 
Prior to joining the firm, Wendy practiced in New York for twelve years in family law, real estate, tax and trust and estate matters. Wendy began her legal career as a Legal Fellow for Honorable James Yates in the New York Unified Court System where she conducted research and assisted in drafting opinions in Article 78 and high profile Criminal matters including, People v. Kozlowski. She was also an adjunct professor of business law, at CUNY, Queens College, and has given numerous presentations on tax and estate planning issues to a variety of professional and business organizations. 

 
Paul Gillies
Paul Gillies
Paul S. Gillies, Esq. is a partner in Tarrant, Gillies, & Richardson, a Montpelier, Vermont law firm with a concentration on property, municipal, utility, and other aspects of the civil law.  A graduate of Case-Western Reserve University (B.A.), the University of Vermont (M.A.), and the University of Maine (J.D.), he formerly served as Vermont Deputy Secretary of State (1981-1993) and member and Chair of the Berlin Selectboard (1993-1997). 
 
Paul’s practice involves most of the usual civil areas of law, including municipal, zoning and land use, property, appellate, and trial work. He has a special fascination for old roads, boundary lines, rights-of-way and other easements, and that special land where history collides with law. He has written extensively on Vermont legal history and co-edited The Records of the Vermont Council of Censors (1991) with D. Gregory Sanford.  With James H. Douglas, he wrote and published a two-volume Book of Opinions, on Vermont municipal law, and he has also written a history of Berlin for the local historical society.
 
Heidi Groff
Heidi Groff
Heidi Groff, Esq. is a Partner of the law firm of Biggam, Fox & Skinner, LLP, where she practices in the areas of workers' compensation and personal injury.  She is an experienced trial lawyer and appellate advocate and exclusively represents injured parties.  She is the current President of the Washington County Bar Association.  She is an acting judge who has been hearing and deciding small claims cases pro bono for more than a decade for the local Small Claims Court.   She is a member of the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) and the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA, an invitation-only peer reviewed litigator group).  She has been voted a New England "Super Lawyer" by her peers in the area of workers' compensation, and also has been voted a "Best Lawyer" by her peers for the past several years.  Attorney Groff was also voted one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the country by Trial Lawyers of America (premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff trial lawyers).  Attorney Groff is a frequent lecturer on topics related to workers' compensation, trial practice, mediation, and deposition skills.  She earned her B.S. degree from The Ohio State University in 1994 and her J.D. degree from Vermont Law School in 1997.   She lives in Montpelier with her (lawyer) husband and two children.

 
Jon Groveman
Jon Groveman
Jon Groveman, Esq. has served as Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) Policy and Water Program Director since 2016.  Jon previously held the positions of Water Program Director and General Counsel at VNRC before being asked in 2011 to serve as General Counsel for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources under the Shumlin Administration. In 2015, Governor Shumlin appointed Jon to Chair the Natural Resources Board (NRB), which administers the Act 250 program, Vermont’s statewide land use program. In addition to his past work at VNRC and in the Shumlin Administration, Jon served as Director of the Vermont Water Resources Board, Director of the Law Center for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, and Act 250 Land Use Attorney for the State of Vermont.

 
Allan Keyes
Allan Keyes
Allan R. Keyes, Esq. is a partner at Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd. where his primary areas of concentration are appellate practice, civil litigation. He is a longtime member and currently Chair of the Vermont Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. This committee is responsible for the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure, the Vermont Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the Vermont Rules of Professional Responsibility.

 
Jim Knapp
Jim Knapp
James E. Knapp, Esq. is the Vermont Underwriting Counsel for First American Title Insurance Company.  Previously he served as the Interim Director of the Property Valuation & Review division of the Vermont Department of Taxes and he was of counsel to the Burlington firm of Mickenberg, Dunn, Lachs & Smith, PLC, advising clients in a broad range of issues related to real estate acquisitions, financing, development and dispositions and matters related to the formation and management of business organizations.  Mr. Knapp consults with the Vermont Bar Association’s Practice Management Program, advising attorneys and firms about resources to help with the application of technology to the practice of law and the management of law offices.  Mr. Knapp has held the position of state counsel to and underwriter for Chicago Title Insurance Company and Stewart Title Guaranty Company.  Mr. Knapp began his practice as an associate and then as a shareholder at the Burlington law firm of Gravel and Shea.  He has lectured for the Vermont Bar Association and other professional education providers on title examination practice and procedure, boundary law, common interest ownership projects, current developments in title examination, title insurance, and land use regulation.  In addition, Mr. Knapp has participated as a co-presenter in more than 25 presentations on professionalism and ethics.  Mr. Knapp has taught the advanced real property law course as part of the adjunct faculty at Champlain College and a course in Law Practice Management at Vermont Law School. Mr. Knapp is a member of the Vermont Bar Association Title Standards Subcommittee and the Professional Responsibility Section. He earned his B.A. degree in history, with highest distinction, from the University of Maine at Orono and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law.
 
Mark Langan
Mark Langan
Mark A. Langan, Esq. is a tax attorney at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew in Burlington where he is the head of the trust and estates department.  Mr. Langan is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (B.A. 1975), St. Mary's University of San Antonio (J.D. 1980) and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M - Taxation 1984).  He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).  Mr. Langan chaired the committee that drafted the Uniform Trust Code in Vermont. He is currently the co-chair of the Probate and Trust Section of the Vermont Bar Association, as such, he serves on the Vermont Probate Rules Committee.
 
Peter Langrock, the Early Years
Peter Langrock, the Early Years
Peter Langrock, Esq. founded Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP in 1960. He is a trial lawyer and a counselor to all. He is also a farmer, an author, a painter, a world traveler, and a chef. Peter handles matters from traffic cases to arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was elected State’s Attorney of Addison County in 1960, just months after graduating from the University of Chicago Law School. Since then he has been involved in virtually every type of trial, in every county and every Federal courthouse in Vermont, and as far away as Sitka, Alaska. He twice argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and four of his cases were carried on Court TV. 

Peter is a life member of the Uniform Laws Commission and is active on several drafting committees. He has served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, and as Chair of the Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities. He is the author of two books, Addison County Justice (Eriksson 1997) and Beyond The Courthouse (Eriksson 1999), and numerous legal articles.

Peter’s awards and peer recognitions are too numerous to list, but examples include recognition: by The Best Lawyers in America® for commercial litigation, criminal defense and personal injury litigation; by Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for commercial litigation; and by New England Super Lawyers for general litigation, first amendment litigation, personal injury litigation and criminal defense.

At heart Peter is a farmer. At one time, he had a dairy farm, and he now raises beef cattle, Clun Forrest sheep, and Standardbred horses on a farm six miles south of Middlebury. Besides his love for trout fishing and bird hunting (he has two English Setters), he races Standardbred trotters (but no longer drives them) at Saratoga Raceway and at Vermont fairs. His current passion is doing Impressionist-style oil paintings.

 
Nicholas Low recently began his second year clerking with the Vermont Superior Court's Environmental Division.  He previously clerked with the Chittenden County Criminal and Family Divisions.  While a student at Vermont Law School, Nicholas completed externships with the Environmental Division of the Vermont Attorney General's office and with Judge William K. Sessions III in the U.S. District Court of Vermont.

 
Dan Maguire
Dan Maguire
Daniel Maguire, Esq. The founder of Maguire Law Associates, Dan has practiced in Vermont for over 20 years. His repertoire of experiences spans superior, district and federal court. Admitted in Vermont and Rhode Island, Dan serves as the Chair of the Criminal Law Section for the Vermont Bar Association (VBA), sits as a VBA representative to the New England Bar Association and serves on the Board of Bar Managers for the VBA. His civil trial experience includes several years as an Assistant Attorney General with the state of Vermont. He has been an adjunct faculty member of Woodbury College and Community College of Vermont and was nominated for the VBA Pro Bono Award in 2009. He tries cases regularly with positive results and works to ensure his clients are represented with respect.
Andrew Manitsky
Andrew Manitsky
Andrew Manitsky, Esq. represents his clients in state and federal courts in Vermont and New York in a wide variety of complex civil matters, including breach of contract, fraud, business torts, non-competition agreements, employment, professional malpractice, personal injury, and intellectual property.
Mr. Manitsky is also the Chair of the Vermont Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, and litigates and provides counseling on trademark, unfair competition, copyright, trade secrets, and domain name disputes. He has given seminars on trademark infringement, copyright law, legal ethics, and mediation techniques. Mr. Manitsky is a member of the Early Neutral Evaluation (mediation) panel, and the Civil Jury Instructions Committee, for the United States District Court for the District of Vermont.
Mr. Manitsky is listed in Best Lawyers in America (since 2009); New England Super Lawyers (since 2010); Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (since 2005); and Benchmark’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (since 2013.)
 
John Marshall
John Marshall
John H. Marshall, Esq., Director, Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC. Named one of 34 “Groundbreaking Lawyers of 2010” from across the nation in the field of energy law by Public Utilities Fortnightly magazine, John Marshall has represented utilities, merchant generators, transmission companies, cable systems and telecommunications carriers before the Vermont Public Utility Commission, other Vermont agencies, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Department of Energy. From compliance counseling to administrative litigation before the Public Utility Commission to negotiating with regulators, John works with his clients to advocate credible, transparent and policy-oriented solutions to regulatory issues.
 
Jennifer McDonald
Jennifer McDonald
Jennifer E. McDonald, Esq. is experienced representing clients at every stage of civil litigation in state and federal courts and on appeal. Her practice includes complex commercial, breach of contract, construction defect, and municipal litigation matters. She also regularly represents clients in the defense of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and other tort claims.
 
Ethan McLaughlin
Ethan McLaughlin
Ethan Butler McLaughlin, Esq. is a corporate and transactional lawyer at Gravel & Shea PC, who advises businesses and individuals in connection with mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, securities transactions and general business matters.  Prior to joining Gravel & Shea PC, Mr. McLaughlin was an associate at Dechert LLP in New York City.   Mr. McLaughlin holds a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where he was an editor of the Washington University Law Review. 
 
David Mears
David Mears
David K. Mears, Esq. is currently Associate Dean for Environmental Programs at Vermont Law School.  Professor Mears returned to Vermont Law School in August 2015 after serving four years as Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.  Before joining the State of Vermont, he taught at Vermont Law School from 2005 to 2011.  Professor Mears has held a number of positions in state and federal government including positions in Texas state government, the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and the Washington Office of the Attorney General.  Professor Mears has a degree in environmental engineering technology from Cornell University, and a Juris Doctor and Masters of Environmental Law and Policy degrees from Vermont Law School.
 
Tom Moody
Tom Moody
Thomas H. Moody, Esq. Tom Moody advises business owners, investors and technology companies in a variety of organizational and transactional matters. In his twenty-seven-year career as a business attorney at Downs Rachlin Martin, Tom has served as counsel to investors and lenders, and has advised many small-to-medium sized businesses. Tom is a strategic thinker who brings creativity and business sense to his work. 
Tom’s practice includes the formation of corporations and LLCs, a wide variety of debt and equity transactions, mergers and business acquisitions, and executive compensation. In 2015, in his role as Chair of the Business Association Section of the Vermont Bar Association, Tom led an effort to substantially revise Vermont's Limited Liability Company Act.  In 2016, he led another effort to update Vermont’s Business Corporations Act.  Tom was the principal drafter of the revised corporate merger statute and worked on behalf of the Vermont Bar Association to move it through the House and Senate. That bill became law on July 1, 2017.
Tom recently was awarded the “President’s Award” for “Extraordinary Efforts and Service to the Business Law Section.” In 2014, Tom was named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Best Lawyers publication. Tom is actively involved with several non-profit organizations, including the Green Mountain Bicycle Club and the Richard Tom Foundation.
 
Eli Moulton
Eli Moulton
R.W. “Eli” Moulton III, Esq.  Representing businesses throughout the country, from small start-ups to nationally known venture-backed tech companies, Eli’s practice involves providing sophisticated corporate legal advice across a wide spectrum of businesses and transactions. With a background in accounting and finance, a large portion of Eli’s practice includes multi-million-dollar venture capital deals, mezzanine-round commercial debt transactions, early-stage angel, as well as family and friend offerings. Named a Rising Star by the Vermont Business Magazine in 2011, Eli has been very prominent in the “Slow Money” and “invest local” movements, being referred to as the “go-to guy” for creative financing in Amy Cortese’s book “Localvesting.” Working with regulators at the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, Eli has been instrumental in helping to relax securities law to facilitate raising capital, and he was directly involved in recent advancements to the Vermont Small Business Offering (VSBOE) and SUN Exemption.
Eli has substantial experience structuring, negotiating and closing merger & acquisition transactions, including public company mergers as well as small private asset acquisitions. Eli also routinely acts as outside general corporate counsel, providing expert advice on a diverse range of business issues such as intellectual property protection, employment and consulting relationships, equity incentive compensation, and general contract matters.
Eli is admitted to practice law in Vermont and Massachusetts.

 
Reba Nance
Reba Nance
Reba J. Nance served for 22 years as the Director of Law Practice and Risk Management for the Colorado Bar Association.   She was a frequent presenter at legal conferences around the U.S. and Canada on topics such as law practice management, legal technology, and malpractice prevention.  She was very active in the ABA and was the first woman to serve as Chair of ABA TECHSHOW, the world’s largest legal technology conference.
 
Ms. Nance received a B.A., with High Honors, from San Diego State University.  In a previous life, she taught elementary school and also worked with gifted and learning disabled children.
 
Jessica Oski, Esq. joined Necrason Group in 2012. Her practice focuses exclusively on government relations and lobbying.
Prior to joining Necrason Group, Jessica served as Of Counsel at Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand. Her practice there focused on health law and general corporate counsel. Jessica has also served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Vermont Department of Mental Health, Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Burlington.
Jessica currently serves as on the boards of CarShare Vermont and LZ Francis Foundation. She has previously served on numerous other non-profit boards including: ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain; Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom; Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity; Madison-Deane Initiative; Burlington Public Works Commission; Vermont Women’s Health Center; the Nature Conservancy of Vermont; and the Burlington Farmers’ Market.
 
Jessica graduated from Vermont Law School (1992) and UVM (1986).
 
Paul Perkins
Paul Perkins
Paul J. Perkins, Esq. is a lawyer at Plante & Hanley, P.C. where he litigates insurance coverage, commercial, personal injury and employment cases in all Vermont state and federal courts. Prior to working at Plante & Hanley, Mr. Perkins worked at the Law Offices of Kevin W. Griffin, P.C., where he defended individuals accused of crimes and represented juveniles and parents in Children-in-Need-of-Supervision (CHINS), termination of parental rights, and delinquency proceedings in Vermont State courts.  Mr. Perkins has been the chair of the Insurance Law Section of the VBA since 2011.  He is a graduate of the University of Oregon (B.A., 1994) and Vermont Law School (J.D., 1998) and is a former U. S. Navy Special Warfare/Special Operations Deep Sea Diver (U.S. Navy Diving Training and Salvage Center, 1987).
 
Karen Richards
Karen Richards
Karen Richards, Esq. is the executive director and legal counsel to the Vermont Human Rights Commission (VHRC).  The Commission enforces civil rights laws in the areas of housing, public accommodations and state government employment.  It has four primary responsibilities: education and outreach, investigation and enforcement of complaints of discrimination, conciliation of complaints and public policy initiatives around human and civil rights.  In 2014, Karen decided to create a course on implicit/unconscious bias to assist individuals in understanding that even when they have the best of intentions and try to behave in a way that promotes equity, their unconscious biases may be leading to behaviors that have the opposite effect.  The course has taken off and over the last two years, Karen has trained over 1000 people on the topic.  Prior to becoming the VHRC director, Karen was the Director of the Poverty Law Project at Vermont Legal Aid for fourteen years. She is a graduate of Ohio University and has a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.  She has been a practicing attorney for 35 years.
 
Dan Richardson
Dan Richardson
Dan Richardson joined Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson as an associate in 2005 and became a partner in the firm in 2009. Dan’s practice focuses on civil litigation, administrative hearings, mediation, and appeals. His clients include municipalities, individuals, and businesses.
Dan currently serves as a small claims court judge with Washington Superior Court and was recently appointed by the Washington County Superior Court to serve as a special master in a matter involving the receivership of an insurance company. He is a member of the Montpelier Development Review Board. Dan is on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Bar Foundation and is President of the Vermont Bar Association. Dan is also the Founder and Editor of the SCOV Law Blog, which has summarized every published Vermont Supreme Court decision since July 2010. Dan’s summaries for the Blog are often cross-posted on Vermont Digger. Dan is also an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School where he teaches municipal law.
Dan is an avid swimmer and jazz collector. Dan worked for several years as a gravedigger in Boston at Forest Hills Cemetery. He lives with his wife and two children in Montpelier.
 
Jon Rose
Jon Rose
Jonathan T. Rose, Esq. is an attorney at the Burlington law firm Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, where he focuses his practice on general civil, employment, energy and environmental litigation.  Prior to joining the firm earlier this year, Jon served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division at the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, where he represented the State of Vermont, its agencies, officials and employees in the state and federal courts and regularly litigated issues of state sovereign immunity.  Jon began his career as an associate in the labor & employment group at another prominent Burlington law firm, counseling employers on workplace laws and litigating workplace disputes for local and national businesses.  Jon lives in Burlington with his wife and young daughter.
 
Laura Siegel
Laura Siegel
Laura Siegel is an advocate for Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services. She covers the top 11 counties in the state of Vermont. Laura received her B.A from the University of Vermont with a degree in English and minor in Theater. She also received her undergraduate certificate in General Sonography from George Washington University. In addition to working as an advocate for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, she is currently pursuing her MBA in Healthcare Management while working multiple other jobs. Her main areas of interest are Sonography, Healthcare Administration, Quality Assurance and Advocacy-Case Management.

 
JoEllen Tarallo
JoEllen Tarallo
JoEllen Tarallo, Ed.D., MCHES, HC is Executive Director of the Center for Health and Learning, a comprehensive health promotion organization, and the Director of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center (www.vtspc.org), a public-private partnership. The VT Suicide Prevention Center was established as a means of sustaining suicide prevention efforts in Vermont and to serve as a resource for data, information, resources and collaboration. Under her leadership CHL developed the Umatter for Schools training, designated as a Best Practice program, and the Umatter for Communities training for community professionals, Umatter for Youth and Young Adults- Mental Health Wellness and Community Action, and Umatter public information. Umatter for Schools is a national best practice program. The VT-SPC is also lead agency for Department of Mental Health on the Zero Suicide initiative, and works closely with multiple partners to improve the pathway of care for suicide prevention. JoEllen has received distinguished professional awards from the American School Health Association and VT Association for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance and was recently recognized as a VT Prevention Champion. Dr. Tarallo is a state and nationally licensed health educator, trainer, school administrator, program developer and project manager, who has worked at the crossroads of education and public health, including service at the local, state and national levels.

 
Gerry Tarrant
Gerry Tarrant
Gerald R. Tarrant, Esq., is a partner in the Montpelier firm Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson. He has over thirty years experience in public utility regulation, permitting, and energy law. He focuses his practice on alternative energy, historic preservation, and environmental law. He has served on a number of boards and commissions, including serving as vice-chairman, Certificate of Need Review Board (Hospital/Medical Expenditures); Member of Board of Trustees of Vermont Land Trust, Member of Board of Vermont Life, and Member of Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. He has served as Chairman on the Board of Directors of Clean Energy Group, a national company based in Montpelier that develops ways to address changing power needs including the development of key policies and program strategies for states to deploy alternative energy. He is current chair of the environmental law section of the Vermont Bar Association. Mr. Tarrant earned his J.D. in 1971 at the Marshall Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary.
 
John Treadwell
John Treadwell
John Treadwell, Esq. has been an Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Criminal Division of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office for 17 years – and Chief of the Division since March 2014. He represents the State of Vermont at all stages of criminal proceedings in state and federal courts. He also represents the office in the Legislature. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office he was a Deputy State’s Attorney in the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School. John lives in Burlington with wife and children (and three dogs).

 
Rick Weber
Rick Weber
Rick Weber is President of Elijah LTD, a data and information management consulting firm providing litigation risk and data management solutions to law firms and corporations.  Previously, he was a Senior Attorney for the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he investigated and prosecuted violations of various federal securities laws. Mr. Weber also practiced at the law firm of Mayer Brown in Chicago, litigating civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts. 
 
Mr. Weber holds a B.A. from Michigan State University with honors, and a J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law, having served as an Associate Editor of the Law Review.
 
Mr. Weber is frequently invited to speak as an expert in the field of Electronic Discovery and Litigation Data Management at conferences sponsored by corporations, law firms, the American Bar Association, and state bar associations.

 
Elizabeth Wohl
Elizabeth Wohl
Elizabeth Wohl, Esq. currently serves as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at the Brattleboro Retreat.  She joined the Retreat in January, 2017 after practicing health law for nine years at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC where she was elected to directorship in 2013.  She chaired DRM's health law practice group and provided advice to hospitals, health systems, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and designated agencies. Her experience in private practice has given Elizabeth the ability to understand health care from numerous angles. She particularly appreciates working with the various stakeholders committed to providing high-quality mental health care for Vermonters.
 
Prior to joining DRM, Elizabeth clerked for the Honorable William F. Downes in the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming and for Associate Justice Marilyn S. Skoglund in the Vermont Supreme Court. In 2011, with Mary Ashcroft’s invaluable support she and Jean Kiewel co-founded the Windham County Legal Assistance Program, which provides free and reduced-fee legal services to low-income Vermonters with legal needs outside those provided by Vermont Legal Aid.
 
Elizabeth holds a Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School and a B.A. from Connecticut College where she majored in English Literature and Government and concentrated in vocal performance.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce and the New England Center for Circus Arts.  Elizabeth lives in Brattleboro with her wife and two school-age children.