I spend a lot of time thinking about justice, and what that means for the regular people of Vermont.
Justice is about personal responsibility. Justice means that those who cause harm, whether on purpose or by carelessness, should do whatever is possible to fix the harm. Personal responsibility means that a business should pay its employees fairly. Personal responsibility means that someone who injures another should do whatever is possible to fix that injury.
Many of my clients come to me because they have been injured by someone else's carelessness. Others are employees who have not been paid for their hours at work. Some seek my help because sorting out a divorce or custody dispute. I also represent children in family court and teach an occasional class on how to represent yourself in divorce and custody cases. All of these are matters of personal responsibility and justice.
I graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 2003. For a while after law school, I worked at a Boston law firm with 200 lawyers. My office was on the 37th floor, and I could see ships sailing into the harbor far below. My clients were mostly giant real estate development and construction companies, government entities, and the like. It sounds exciting, but the work was often very tedious. Endless numbers of contracts needed to be written and re-written, liability studies needed to be done, and sub-agreements with engineers needed to be edited. Boxes and rooms and sometimes whole warehouses of documents needed to be reviewed. Thousands of gas station leases needed to be cross-referenced with the laws of fifty states. I was bored.
So I came home to Vermont. I practice here in Rutland because I love Vermont and its people. I grew up on a dairy farm in Rutland County, and much of my family still lives here. I worked as a clerk in the state court system for two years, getting to know the judges and lawyers in Rutland County and deciding that Bill and Erin were the people I wanted to work with, and I still do.
As a firm, we value loyalty, trust and flexibility in ourselves and with each other. I think these are the qualities that we offer clients as well. As a small, focused firm, we can help you navigate the complex legal system by understanding your situations, answering your questions, and keeping communication open and honest.
Areas of Practice
- Auto Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Personal Injury
- Medical Malpractice
- Legal Malpractice
- Wrongful Death
- Employment Law
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Fall Claims
- Property/Boundary Disputes
- Consumer Fraud
- Consumer Fraud
- Commercial Contract Disputes
- Real Estate Permitting
- Act 250
- 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Vermont, 2005
- Massachusetts, 2003
- Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- J.D. magna cum laude - 2003
- Hillsdale College
- B.A. summa cum laude - 1999
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Vermont Trial Lawyers Association
Past Employment Positions
- Vermont Judiciary, Law Clerk, 2005 - 2007
- Choate, Hall & Stewart, Boston, Massachusetts, 2003 - 2004