Katelyn Atwood
Katelyn Atwood

Katelyn Atwood is an attorney at Facey Goss & McPhee.  She primarily practices in the areas of veterans disability benefits, social security benefits, family law, and general civil litigation.  Katelyn began practicing veterans law as the Vermont Poverty Law Fellow from 2014-16 at Vermont Law School's South Royalton Legal Clinic.  Katelyn served as a law clerk in the Chancery Division at the New Jersey Superior Court for the Hon. Michael J. Hogan, P.J.Ch. (ret.) and the Hon. Karen L. Suter, P.J.Ch. (2011-12).  From 2012 to 2014, Katelyn was a staff attorney at the Montana Legal Services Association.  Her work there focused on domestic violence, housing, and consumer affairs.  She traveled once a week to the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations to do general intake and counsel clients.  In 2014, Katelyn moved back to Vermont to serve as the Vermont Poverty Law Fellow, a position funded by the Vermont Bar Foundation.  As the Poverty Law Fellow, Katelyn built the Vermont Veterans Legal Assistance Project to improve access to justice for Vermont's veterans.  Katelyn and her husband, John, live in Rutland, where they enjoy hiking and biking with their dog, Riley.  Katelyn is a board member of the Vermont Women's Fund.
Abi Averbach
Abi Averbach

Abigail Averbach is an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Vermont.  She joined the office in 2014 as part of the Criminal Division, and she was recently named Co-Chair of the Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force.  Prior to moving to Vermont, Abi worked as an associate at the Manhattan office of Wiggin and Dana LLP, where she represented large institutions and executives facing criminal and other government investigations.  Abi began her law career in 2004 as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, where she served for seven years in the Trial Division, focusing primarily on sex crimes, domestic violence, and gang violence.  Abi is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA, 2000, magna cum laude) and Cornell Law School (JD, 2004, cum laude).  Abi was named a Benjamin Franklin Scholar at Penn and received the Constitutional Law Award at Cornell.  She also served as the Symposium Editor of the Cornell Law Review and as an Honors Fellow Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing. 
Hon. Colleen A. Brown
Hon. Colleen A. Brown

Hon. Colleen A. Brown
has served as the Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Vermont since April 10, 2000. Since being appointed to the bench, Judge Brown has served as a member of the First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (2002 – 2003); a member of the Russian American Rule of Law Consortium and instructor in Karelia on topics related to American bankruptcy law and commercial advocacy skills (2003-2004); the Second Circuit representative to the Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Group for the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts (2004-2007); a member of VBA’s Professionalism Roundtable (2008 – 2012); a member of the Federal-State Law Council for the District of Vermont (2004- present); the Chair of Vermont’s first Rule of Law Conference in 2008; and Chair of the Federal Judges’ Committee of the National Association of Women Judges (2012-present). Judge Brown has been a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges since her appointment to the bench, and has served in several leadership roles in the NCBJ including as Second Circuit representative to the Board of Governors (2010- present), as a member of the NCBJ Education Committee (2007-2008 and 2011-2012), as Chair of the NCBJ’s US Trustee Liaison Committee (2005-2011), as Chair of the NCBJ’s National Association of Women Judges Liaison Committee (2013-present), and as a member of the NCBJ President’s Special Task Force for Cost Containment. She is an author for Collier on Bankruptcy, 15th edition revised, and an associate editor for the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. Judge Brown was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association's President's Pro Bono Service Award in 1992 and the Vermont Bar Association’s Pro Bono Service Award in 2006. She and her family reside in Middlebury, Vermont.
Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown became the Supervising Attorney in the Chittenden County Public Defender Office in December, 2016. Jessica is a graduate of Carleton College (1991) and Georgetown University Law Center (1996). After one year clerking for the Hon. A. Franklin Burgess in the Washington D.C. Superior Court, Jessica began her Public Defender career. From 1997 until 2007, Jessica was a Staff Attorney and Managing Attorney with the New Hampshire Public Defender, working in the Keene, Manchester, and Laconia offices. From 2007 until 2011, Jessica was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Concord, New Hampshire. In 2011, Jessica moved to Vermont where she is continuing her Public Defender career with the Office of the Defender General. Jessica is an experienced litigator and trial attorney representing adult clients charged with felonies, misdemeanors, probation violations, and other post-conviction matters; as well as representing juveniles and parents in Delinquency and CHINS matters. Jessica appreciates and is actively involved in many initiatives in Chittenden County to develop Restorative Justice programs, treatment models, and other creative approaches to addressing criminal justice.
Julius Ciembroniewicz
Julius Ciembroniewicz

Julius Ciembroniewicz is an attorney at Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman in Portland, Maine, with more than 20 years of experience as a business attorney and marketing strategist in a private law firm. He represents hospitals, insurance companies, banks and other institutional providers as well as borrowers in a wide variety of real estate, debt and equity financing transactions. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Health Care Law since 2007.

Julius also provides management consulting services to law firms and law departments throughout New England on the subjects of succession planning, management and mediation. He has first-hand experience with many of the issues affecting law firms. He has prior experience as Managing Partner in a private law firm. Under his leadership, the law firm became the largest exclusive provider of health law services in northern New England. 

For over two decades, Julius has been involved in all aspects of law firm management, including succession planning, marketing and business development, facilitating law firm retreats and managing workplace behaviors. His unique knowledge of law firm culture and dynamics enables him to deeply understand and assist law firms and attorneys.
Heather Cooper
Heather Cooper

Heather Cooper has practiced in the financial and restructuring industry for nearly twenty years and is frequently involved in out-of-court restructurings and has considerable experience in the areas of commercial finance and litigation and matters involving secured creditors, mergers and acquisitions.  In addition to her work for personal and organizational debtors, Heather has represented creditors’ committees, trustees, and creditors in reorganizations under Chapters 11 and 13 and Chapter 7 liquidations. She serves as the Vermont Bar Association Bankruptcy Chair (from 2014- present) and is a Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Law Specialist by the American Board of Certification. Before joining her firm, Heather served as law clerk to the Honorable Colleen A. Brown, the United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Vermont (2004-06).
 

Benj Deppman
Benj Deppman


Benjamin H. Deppman 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., until joining the firm of Deppman & Foley, P.C., in 1995. He was appointed partner in 2000. 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 is also currently 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 running or on the sideline of a sporting event where one of his kids (Jack and Lydia) is participating. Benj and his wife, Lesley, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Calvin, in late October. Cal and Mom are both doing great!
Jay Diaz
Jay Diaz

Jay Diaz is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Vermont. With the ACLU, he advocates to uphold constitutional rights and prevent discrimination through impact litigation, while also promoting the expansion of rights and dignity for all through policy work and public education. Previously, Mr. Diaz was a staff attorney with the Disability Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid, representing low-income Vermonters with disabilities through direct representation and legislative advocacy. He was also the 2012-2014 Vermont Poverty Law Fellow, working to ensure access, stability, and equity for low-income students across Vermont. 

In 2015, Jay published a report entitled Kicked Out! Unfair and Unequal Student Discipline in Vermont's Public Schools, in which he detailed racial, disability-based, and geographic disparities in the suspension and expulsion of Vermont's schoolchildren. Mr. Diaz is a 2012 graduate of Boston College Law School and received his undergraduate degree from New York University in 2006. He lives in Williston with his wife, Julia Shaw, and dog, Lucky.
T.J. Donovan
T.J. Donovan

 

TJ Donovan is the Attorney General for the State of Vermont, having been elected in 2016.  Prior to becoming Vermont's AG, he served as Chittenden County State's Attorney for approximately 10 years.  
Hon. Thomas Durkin
Hon. Thomas Durkin

Hon. Thomas S. Durkin was sworn in by Vermont Governor James Douglas on January 31, 2005 to become Vermont’s second environmental judge.  The jurisdiction of the Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court includes appeals from municipal zoning and planning decisions, State land use (Act 250) and other State permit decisions and State and municipal enforcement proceedings. The two environmental judges travel throughout Vermont to County Courthouses to conduct court trials on contested matters. Judge Durkin also is assigned from time to time to hear cases in the Civil Divisions of Superior Court. Before becoming a judge, Durkin was a Vermont attorney for nearly twenty years. He first worked in the Brattleboro area law firm of Kristensen, Cummings, Murtha & Stewart, where he became a partner in 1989 and remained at that firm until 1992. He helped form Kramer & Durkin, PC, a general practice law firm that served Southern Vermont from its two offices in Brattleboro and West Dover, Vermont. As an attorney, Durkin focused on civil litigation, including land use and environmental litigation, commercial and residential transactions and financing, and representing municipal governments in transactional and litigation matters. Judge Durkin graduated cum laude from Vermont Law School in 1985 and from Marlboro College, with honors, in 1979.
Christopher Ekman
Christopher Ekman

Christopher Ekman practices at Heilmann, Ekman, Cooley & Gagnon in Burlington.  After receiving his JD from VLS and his Masters in Environmental Law, he practiced initially as a prosecutor.  Over the past 30 years, he has focused his practice on civil litigation, with an emphasis on professional liability defense cases and business transactions.  Attorney Ekman also lectures on construction law and real estate brokerage matters. He is a trained mediator and volunteers as a small claims acting judge in Chittenden and Franklin. 
John Evers
John Evers

John Evers
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 VBA’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.
Susan Fowler
Susan Fowler

Susan Lee Fowler served as Chittenden County Probate Judge from February 1, 1995 through July 27, 2016. Prior to her service as judge, Ms. Fowler was in private practice with the law firm of Blais, Cain, Keller, and Fowler in Burlington, Vermont. She developed a nationwide adoption practice and was the first Vermont attorney accepted into the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys in 1992. Ms. Fowler graduated with honors from Boston University in 1975 and from Vermont Law School in 1980. She served as law clerk to the Vermont District Court Judges from 1980-1981, and was a Deputy State's Attorney in Chittenden County from 1981- 1984. She served as Chief Deputy State's Attorney in 1983-1984. She is currently employed as Justice Liaison for Mercy Connections, a non-profit educational organization located in Chittenden County.

 
Gary Franklin
Gary Franklin

Gary Franklin is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an American Bar Association accredited association. He serves on the Board of Managers for the Vermont Bar Association, an elected position.
Gary has practiced in all aspects of business litigation since 1990. His litigation experience is diverse, having handled all manners of disputes across a broad range of industries. Examples of his practice include handling contract disputes, intellectual property and licensing disputes, wrongful termination and employment claims, commercial landlord/tenant actions, banking litigation, consumer fraud issues and bankruptcy litigation. He also has substantial administrative law and regulatory experience. Gary has litigated in numerous jurisdictions nation-wide and has argued appeals on both the State and Federal level. Prior to joining the firm in 1999, Gary practiced in San Francisco, California and New York, New York. He is a licensed attorney in New York and California in addition to Vermont. Gary is listed in Super Lawyers/New England in the practice area of Business Litigation. He is recognized as one of the top commercial litigators in Vermont by The Chambers USA Guide.

Emily Gould
Emily Gould

Emily Gould is a mediator with the Vermont Family Court Mediation Program, The Office of Civil Rights of the Office of Attorney General of Vermont, the Vermont Agency of Education, Special Education Mediation Program, The Vermont Environmental Court, and The Vermont Agricultural Mediation Program. She chairs the Vermont Dispute Resolution Section of the VBA. For more than a decade, she has been an Assistance Panel Member of the Vermont Board of Professional Responsibility. She is a past chair of the Spirituality Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution and a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders and founder of the Rwanda Team of that organization.
Empathy is a cornerstone of her work.  She has also found great value in the recent research in neurobiology and the insights this discipline can offer for successful negotiation, team work, and dispute resolution. Emily has found equally valuable resources in the wisdom traditions that include meditation and circle processes. She trains mediators in Rwanda and her work has been influenced by this cross — cultural experience.
Bob Hemley
Bob Hemley

Robert B. Hemley is a shareholder at Gravel & Shea.  He practices in the areas of Antitrust Litigation, Criminal Defense, Employment Litigation, First Amendment cases and Medical Malpractice, among others. Bob was admitted to the bar in 1971 in New York. After working for a Wall Street firm and serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, he joined the firm in 1976. Bob has been named Burlington Lawyer of the Year in various categories in The Best Lawyers in America and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than 25 consecutive years.  He has been listed in Chambers USA and has had an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell since 1986.  Bob has been named many times as one of the Top 100 New England attorneys in New England Super Lawyers and has been named as a “litigation star” in Benchmark’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys since 2008.  Bob received Matthew Lyon Award by the Vermont Press Association for lifetime achievement in First Amendment work
Kevin Henry
Kevin Henry

Kevin Henry is a shareholder at Primmer.  He is an experienced litigator, with wide-ranging experience in complex business and estate and trust litigation, domestic relations, and government enforcement actions. In addition to his successful track record in court, Kevin’s clients value his problem-solving approach and pre-litigation counseling to try to resolve issues without court intervention. If litigation is necessary, Kevin is an effective advocate from pre-trial, to trial, to appeal.  Kevin is admitted in Vermont, Virginia, DC, and the Second and Fourth Circuits.  
Anthony Iarrapino
Anthony Iarrapino

Anthony Iarrapino is the principal of Iarrapino Law Office, PLLC, a multi-disciplinary practice located in Montpelier. He works with entrepreneurs, businesses, non-profits, and individuals to advance their interests in a wide variety of civil legal matters, commercial transactions, and public policy venues. Since starting his firm, he has represented a variety non-profit clients in resolving internal governance matters, contract negotiation, regulatory and tax compliance matters, and as outside counsel in lobbying and litigation settings. Through his practice, he served as the Executive Advisor to the non-profit Vermont Public Health Association and Vermont Public Health Institutes. Prior to entering private practice, he worked as a senior attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation, a non-profit, member-supported, regional environmental advocacy organization. Attorney Iarrapino also brings a client-side perspective to non-profit issues as he currently serves as chair of the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium’s Board of Trustees Governance Committee, and is a past board member of the Vermont Conservation Voters, Inc. and the Vermont Law School.
Joshua Jarvis
Joshua Jarvis

Joshua Jarvis is a partner at Foley Hoag in the Boston office.  He specializes in intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on high-level trademark and copyright strategy, including prosecution, policing, ownership, licensing, and use, as well as related matters such as false advertising, right of publicity, and commercial disparagement. He represents clients in trademark and copyright registration matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States Copyright Office, and oversees the protection of clients’ intellectual property worldwide.

In addition to traditional trademark and copyright matters, Joshua focuses on issues unique to the Internet and social media, including assisting clients with acquiring, developing, and maintaining domain name portfolio; handling domain name disputes, social media complaints related to trademark, copyright, and username impersonation, online copyright enforcement, including DMCA take-down letters and offensive and defensive strategy related to advertising keywords.  Joshua also provides guidance for clients seeking to maximize their own intellectual property protection online, from preparation of website terms of use to review of social media communications for intellectual property, right of publicity, privacy, and false advertising issues.
Melanie Kehne
Melanie Kehne

Melanie Kehne is an Assistant Attorney General in the General Counsel and Administrative Law Division of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.  She represents state agencies in proceedings before administrative tribunals, including the Vermont Labor Relations Board and the Public Service Board, and in court.  Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, she was general counsel to the Vermont Natural Resources Board and a staff attorney to the former Environmental Board from 2000 - 2015.  She has also worked in private practice at law firms in Montpelier and Rutland, and served as a trial court law clerk.  In 1993 she earned her JD and MSEL from Vermont Law School, where she was environmental editor of the Vermont Law Review.  A member of the Calais Planning Commission, Melanie lives in Adamant, Vermont.
Mike Kennedy
Mike Kennedy


Michael Kennedy graduated from South Burlington High School, the University of Vermont, and the George Washington University Law School.  Michael clerked in the Office of the Chittenden County State’s Attorney and then worked for five years as an Assistant Attorney General before accepting the position of Deputy Disciplinary Counsel in 1998.  He was promoted to Disciplinary Counsel in 2000.  In 2012, Michael was named Bar Counsel, changing his focus from investigating & prosecuting disciplinary cases to providing guidance for lawyers with ethics questions.
Michael is President of the Vermont Bar Association’s Board of Managers and is a former member of the Board of Bar Examiners.  Michael is an avid marathoner and has been the head coach of the varsity boys’ basketball team at South Burlington High School since 1999.
Jim Knapp
Jim Knapp


James E. Knapp 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.
Lori Lustberg
Lori Lustberg

Lori Lustberg is the owner of Lori Lustberg, Esq. LLC, in Shelburne, Vermont, and concentrates her practice in divorce mediation and divorce financial analysis.  Lori is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Master Analyst in Financial Forensics, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, and contract mediator with the Vermont Superior Court Family Mediation Program.  She is also a contract arbitrator for FINRA.
 
Lori is Secretary of the National Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP) and editor-in-chief of the ADFP’s monthly newsletter.  She is a frequent lecturer on divorce financial issues and has been quoted as an expert in national media, including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, CNBC and DailyWorth. Lori is a prolific freelance writer and blogger for The Huffington Post. 
 
In her spare time, she enjoys writing and performing stand-up comedy and having political and philosophical conversations with her amazing teenage son, Liam.
Hal Miller
Hal Miller
 
Harland L. Miller, III, graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia in 1978 and received his law degree from The University of Richmond’s T. C. Williams School of Law in 1983. In 1991, he became Vermont State Counsel for First American Title Insurance Company, where he handled all underwriting of residential and commercial real estate transactions and managed all title insurance claims for the company in the State of Vermont. He currently works out of First American’s Home Office in Santa Ana, California where he underwrites commercial transaction in Hawaii. Harland Miller has lectured extensively on real estate issues, taught seminars and has testified before the Vermont Legislature on numerous occasions. He is also a former Chair of the Windham Regional Planning Commission. Mr. Miller is a member and former Chair of the Vermont Bar Association’s Real Property Committee, and former Chair of the Vermont Title Standards Committee. Governor Douglas appointed him to the Marketability of Title Commission and the State of Vermont Municipal Land Records Commission. In 2011, he served as Chair of the Vermont Senate’s Post-Irene Task Force Real Property Law Sub-Committee. As a Board Member of the Vermont Karelia Rule of Law Project, Inc., he has participated in numerous legal seminars on Russian Land Reform and privatization in Karelia, Russia.  In 2008, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and taught “Real Property Law In Emerging Economies” at the Law Faculty at the University of Maribor, Slovenia, and in 2010 he received a Follow-on Fulbright Award to return to University of Maribor and lecture on “The Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis”.
Christine Moriarty
Christine Moriarty

Christine D. Moriarty has worked with thousands of people to create financial peace of mind. She is often seen in The Boston Herald as a featured financial planner, and has shared her insights on families and money with publications including USA Today, Good Housekeeping, the Boston Globe, Better Homes and Gardens, Fidelity Focus Magazine and The LA Times.
Christine’s focus is on helping people create both financial stability and personal serenity – even within long term relationships. Her seminars and talks provide not just critical information, but also a powerful way to change lives. She has taught classes on financial management at University of Vermont and Boston University, Merrimack College, Champlain College and Pine Manor College.
Ms. Moriarty is a Certified Financial Planner with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Vermont, where she received the Outstanding Senior Woman award and graduated with distinction from Babson College with a Masters in Business Administration in Entrepreneurship. Ms. Moriarty is a member of the Business Administration Scholastic National Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma and the Phi Beta Sigma Honorary Society.
Ray Obuchowski
Ray Obuchowski

Raymond J. Obuchowski is a solo practitioner who, over the past 30 years, has focused his practice in the areas of consumer and business bankruptcy law, representing debtors and creditors in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 cases. Mr. Obuchowski has served as a Chapter 7 Trustee on the panel of private trustees for the District of Vermont since 1986 having handled nearly 10,000 cases. Mr. Obuchowski has also served as a Trustee in Chapter 11 cases and as a Receiver for the Securities and Exchange Commission. He received his J.D. degree in 1980 from Vermont Law School. Mr. Obuchowski was a law clerk to the Honorable Charles J. Marro, US Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Vermont, and subsequently Bankruptcy Estate Administrator for the District, in 1982-1984.

Mr. Obuchowski is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and has been certified in both consumer and business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification since 1992. Mr. Obuchowski is a member and past Chair of the Bankruptcy Law Committee of the VBA, and an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. He presently serves as Secretary on the NABT Executive Board and the Board for the ABC, and its Standard and Nominating Committees.

Harry Parker
Harry Parker

Harry Parker joined Bauer Gravel & Farnham in the spring of 2009 and commenced the Vermont Law Office Study Program shortly thereafter. Taking on program applicants has been a longstanding tradition of the Firm resulting in the admission of several lawyers. After spending a year in the Firm’s real estate department in the Colchester office, Harry joined the Firm’s high volume litigation department in the North Hero office. Three years later, when the Firm consolidated its Burlington and Colchester offices and opened a new office location in Colchester, he transferred there to develop a wider range of general practice skills. Since that time, he has worked primarily in high volume civil litigation and insurance subrogation, focusing on the regulatory environment, implementing best practices, supporting the complex litigation team, and managing several high-volume case portfolios. In July, 2015, Harry passed the Vermont Bar Exam and was admitted to the Vermont Bar in October, 2015.
Harry grew up in Waterbury Vermont, and graduated from the University of Vermont School of Arts and Sciences in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. After expressing an interest in law, he was encouraged to pursue the Vermont Law Office Study Program as an alternative to law school by his father Eric Parker, a partner at the Firm.
In addition to his legal practice, Harry enjoys spending time with his family, listening to live music, outdoor sporting pursuits, and traveling. Harry lives in Burlington with his wife, Lauren.

 
Grace Pazdan
Grace Pazdan

Grace B. Pazdan became the first Vermont Poverty Law Fellow in November of 2008. The focus of her two-year fellowship was on the foreclosure crisis in Vermont. During her tenure, Grace provided a wide range of legal services to low and moderate-income Vermonters facing foreclosure, ranging from from full representation in court to counsel over the phone. Grace also brought predatory lending claims on behalf of Vermont homeowners harmed by unscrupulous lenders and mortgage servicers. 
 
Grace has practiced at the Montpelier office of Vermont Legal Aid since 2008, concentrating on foreclosure defense and consumer advocacy.  Prior to her fellowship, she was a law clerk to Justice Denise Johnson at the Vt Supreme Court.  She received her JD from the American University Washington College of Law and her BA from the University of Rochester.
James Porter
James Porter

James H. Porter, III (james.porter@vermont.gov) currently serves as the Director of Telecommunications and Connectivity for the Vermont Department of Public Service.  Prior to his current position, he worked for six years as a staff attorney at the Department.  Before moving to Vermont in 2005, Jim was in private practice in Alabama, primarily in the areas of administrative and regulatory law.  Among his clients were the Alabama E-911 Board and AT&T.

Karen Richards is the executive director of the Vermont Human Rights Commission (VHRC).  The Commission has four primary responsibilities: education and outreach, investigation and enforcement of complaints of discrimination in the areas of housing, public accommodations and state government employment, conciliation of complaints and public policy initiatives around human and civil rights.   Prior to becoming the VHRC director, Karen was the Director of the Poverty Law Project at Vermont Legal Aid for fourteen years.  Karen has been actively involved at the Legislature and on various committees and commissions in the passing of legislation and development of the model fair and impartial policing (FIP) policy. The VHRC also investigates complaints of biased policing under its public accommodations statute.  Karen has developed a training on implicit bias that has been presented to over 700 Vermonters including state government employees, non-profit employees, housing providers and legal services providers.
Dan Richardson
Dan Richardson

Daniel 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’s practice focuses on Municipal Law, Zoning, Probate, Commercial, Foreclosure Mediation and Mediation, among other areas.
 
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 a past President of the VBA. Dan was also the Founder and Editor of the SCOV Law Blog, which has summarized every published Vermont Supreme Court decision since July 2010.  Dan was Editor-in-Chief of the Vermont Law Review and obtained his JD, magna cum laude, from Vermont Law School.  Dan is also an adjunct professor at VLS where he teaches municipal law.

Erika Smart is Assistant General Counsel at the University of Vermont Medical Center.  Prior to entering the field of healthcare, Erika started her legal career in the Chittenden County Public Defender’s Office in 2006, and then served as the Community Coordinator for the Chittenden County Rapid Intervention Community Court from 2010 – 2012.  Erika graduated from Dartmouth College in 1998 and Vermont Law School in 2006.  She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Waitsfield Children’s Center and resides in Waitsfield with her family.  

Nanci Smith
Nanci Smith

Nanci A. Smith has been practicing law since 1992. She started her practice in busy litigation firms in Montpelier & Rutland, Vermont with a focus on Civil Litigation and Family Law.  She also worked at Vermont Legal Aid, Inc. representing victims of domestic violence and people with psychiatric diagnoses in mental health civil commitment proceedings. Nanci began her solo private practice in 2005 and works exclusively in the area of Family Law. She is a member of the VBA, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and has received advanced training in and practices Collaborative Divorce. Nanci is on the boards of Vermont Legal Aid, Inc. and Vermont Law Line, Vermont’s low-income advocacy organizations. She is also a member of the Washington County & Chittenden County Collaborative Law Practice Groups. Nanci represents children as counsel or as their court appointed Guardian Ad Litem upon request of the court. 
James Spink
James Spink

James W. Spink is a principal of Sheehey Furlong & Behm.  Mr. Spink is a seasoned trial lawyer with 35 years of experience and has tried in excess of 125 cases to verdict. His areas of focus include chemical exposure and complex tort claims, transportation cases and catastrophic personal injury claims. Although he maintains an active litigation practice, Mr. Spink’s current professional activity is devoted to mediations and arbitrations. He has performed approximately 2500 mediations, early neutral evaluations, and evidentiary hearings at arbitration over the years, both as a sole arbitrator and, typically, as the third or “neutral” arbitrator in a three-member panel.

Mr. Spink is recognized in the peer reviewed publication The Best Lawyers in America and was named 2011 and 2013 Lawyer of the Year for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Burlington, Vermont. He is also recognized by Chambers USA.  He is a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals.
Hon. Mary Miles Teachout
Hon. Mary Miles Teachout

Hon. Mary Miles Teachout
 received a B.A. in literature from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges in 1968, and a J.D. degree in 1975 after law studies at the University of Washington and Harvard Law School.  She was an attorney in private practice in Norwich, Vermont for 17 years before her appointment in 1992 as a Superior Court Judge.  She has served as a trial court judge since then, and has sat in courts in all dockets and in all counties in the State.  

She has been active in education throughout her career as a judge and has developed and presented programs for judges, court staff, attorneys, and the public. She was Chair of the Civil Division Oversight Committee for ten years. Since the founding of the first Vermont chapter of the American Inns of Court, a national organization that promotes excellence in the practice of law, she has been on its Board and twice served as President.
Hon. Helen Toor
Hon. Helen Toor

Hon. Helen M. Toor  has served as a Superior Court Judge since 1999.  Judge Toor received her B.A. in environmental studies from the University of Vermont in 1978 and earned her JD from the University of Chicago in 1982. Prior to her appointment, she was the chief of the Civil Division of the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont. She was previously an Assistant US Attorney in SDNY and a litigation associate at Rosenman Colin in New York. She currently chairs the Civil Division Oversight Committee and is a member of the Civil Rules Committee. 

John Treadwell 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.
Tom Valente
Tom Valente

Thomas S. Valente's practice primarily concentrates on civil litigation matters, including torts, professional liability issues, and intellectual property disputes. He has been involved in all aspects of litigation at both the trial court and appellate levels. Prior to joining Ryan Smith & Carbine, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Peter W. Hall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as Intellectual Property Law and Policy Counsel to the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and in private practice in Washington, D.C. He earned his law degree in 2001 from the University of Virginia, where he was an Executive Editor of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law.
Hon. Nancy Waples
Hon. Nancy Waples

Hon. Nancy Waples has been a Vermont Superior Court Judge since 2014.  Prior to her judicial appointment she was in private practice as a criminal defense attorney in both the state and federal courts in Vermont.  She has also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Vermont in the criminal division and as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York City in both the Appeals and Trial Divisions.  As a practicing attorney she was the Criminal Justice Act Representative for the District of Vermont and a member of the US District Court Advisory Committee, US District Court Criminal Law Subcommittee and the Vermont Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee.  She is a past President of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.  She has been President of the Board of Directors of Spectrum Youth and Family Services and the Vermont Youth Orchestra.  She is the current Chair of the VBA Diversity Section and is Vice-President of the Vermont Association of Trial Judges.  

Judge Waples graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1982 and from St. John’s University School of Law in 1987.  The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she grew up working in her family’s restaurant and proudly became a US citizen in 1977.  Prior to her legal career she was a staff member of the Committee on US-China Relations at United Nations Plaza in New York City.
Richard Witte, Ph.D
Richard Witte, Ph.D

Dr. Richard Witte is a private practice clinical psychologist who has worked with a broad spectrum of people and psychological issues. Early counseling work was with adolescents and young adults struggling with drug and alcohol abuse and dependency. He has worked with severely mentally ill patients in day treatment programs, incarcerated adolescents and military dependents and families. He was the clinical director of Pacific Child and Family Guidance Center in Oakland, California and he founded and co-directed Berkeley Center, a child clinical and development center offering assessment and psychotherapy to low income children and families. He currently treats adults, couples, children adolescents and older adults. In addition to offering clinical consultation to other professionals, he also serves as a mental health coach in Collaborative Law divorces and family matters.

Dr. Witte has offices in Montpelier and Burlington. 
Corey Wood
Corey Wood

Corey Fitzpatrick Wood is an attorney at Bergeron, Paradis & Fitzpatrick, LLP whose practice includes representing injured workers in workers' compensation cases, as well as family law, estate planning and probate matters. Corey also represents clients in appeals before the Human Services Board on matters related to benefit denials and substantiations of child abuse and neglect. Corey is a member of the Chittenden County Collaborative Law Practice Group and the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. Prior to returning to her home state of Vermont in 2013, Corey practiced law in Washington State where she represented parents and youth in juvenile court and worked as an Ombudsman with the Washington State Office of the Family and Children's Ombudsman. In 2014, she served as a hearing officer at the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, Vermont's only youth detention center. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Vermont Parent Representation Center. Corey graduated in 2006 from the University of Washington School of Law, where she received the Charles Z. Smith Public Interest Student of the Year award.
Hon. Thomas Zonay
Hon. Thomas Zonay

Hon. Thomas Zonay is a Superior Court judge who was appointed to the bench in 2007. He received his JD from Vermont Law School and worked previously as a police officer after graduating from the Vermont Police Academy.  Judge Zonay was in private practice in Rutland from 1989-2007 and served as President of the Vermont Bar Association.  He's been a director of the New England Bar Associaion, President of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and served on the Vermont Indigent Defense Task Force, the Vermont Sentencing Commission and the Vermont Human Rights Commission.