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 Health & Human Services Enterprise (HSE) to tackle the legal and regulatory issues surrounding the Integrated Eligibility Project. 
 
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.

 
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. 

 
Keri Darling
Keri Darling
Keri Darling started the agency, Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services (DVAS) in 2001. She currently serves as the Director/Trainer of DVAS which serves Deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind women, men, and children. 
Ms. Darling has extensive experience in developing training curricula that reflect best practices when serving Deaf or hard-of-hearing victims and survivors. She has experience delivering hundreds of trainings and workshops on a national, state, and local level; developing a variety of evaluations incorporating skills, knowledge, and best practices; developing needs assessments; providing technical assistance for specialized program development; and participating in coordinated community response 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).
 

 
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
 
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. 

 
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.

 
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.  Before joining the Dinse firm in 1996, he practiced law at Wiggin & Nourie in Manchester, New Hampshire for 15 years where he was the partner in charge of the trusts 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 served on the Revised Uniform Principal and Income Act Committee which was recently passed by the Vermont House and Senate.  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.
 
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.)
 
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.
 
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.
 
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).
 
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.
 
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.