Who I Am
I’m a Vermont lawyer who is committed to providing affordable legal services to individuals and small business owners. As the daughter of a small-town lawyer in rural East Tennessee, I spent a lot of time at my dad’s law office, which was across the street from the county courthouse and just down the street from my elementary school. My perception of what a lawyer should be was formed by observing my dad, who had a true general practice and earned respect – if not a lot of money – for representing people regardless of their ability to pay. Like my father, I found myself drawn to the legal profession because of the opportunity it provides to help other people.
What I do
I provide legal advice and representation to people and small businesses who make too much to qualify for legal aid but can’t afford a typical lawyer’s hourly rates. I believe that everyone deserves legal advice if they have a problem and that people should not have to represent themselves in court. Through the use of sliding scale and flat fees and limited scope representation, I help people afford legal services.
How I Got Here
I moved to South Royalton almost twenty years ago to attend Vermont Law School. I fell in love with Vermont and decided there was no place I’d rather live. After graduating near the top of my law school class, I spent the first years of my legal career at a small Vermont law firm representing commercial insurance companies and other large businesses in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance coverage and defense, contracts, and information privacy law. For a young, small-town Vermont lawyer, I traveled often and spent a lot of time with highly-skilled attorneys from big city law firms. The work demanded excellence and gave me a unique opportunity to advise and represent clients in federal and state courts in New England and beyond. It was great experience, but I always suspected I would prefer to work with and for people rather than insurance companies. I confirmed this suspicion many years later when I began working in protective services for Vermont’s elderly and disabled populations. I started my own law practice so that I can use my legal experience to help people and to address Vermont’s critical need for affordable legal services.
When I’m Not Working
I spend most of my spare time enjoying small-town life with my husband and our three active, school-aged boys. I enjoy participating in outdoor sports, drinking craft beer, and exploring Vermont.
- Vermont Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2000
- Vanderbilt University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1996, Phi Beta Kappa
- State of Vermont, 2001
- U.S. District Court, District of Vermont, 2001
- State of New Hampshire, 2000 (currently inactive)
- U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire, 2000 (currently inactive)