I am Magna Cum Laude from Vermont Law School, Articles Editor of the Vermont Law Review (1992-93), and a former clerk to Justice Ernest W. Gibson, III, at the Vermont Supreme Court (1993-1994).
Originally from the New York metropolitan area of northern New Jersey, I came to Vermont in 1990 to attend Vermont Law School. Prior to that time I was an actor and acting teacher with home in New York City. My degrees are in radio and television (B.A., Michigan State University, 1972), acting (M.F.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1975), and law (J.D., Vermont Law School 1994).
Following my term as a clerk for Justice Gibson, I joined the Windham County State’s Attorney’s Office as a Deputy State’s Attorney. I worked there as a criminal prosecutor from 1994 to 1999, after which I joined the local law firm of Fisher & Fisher. My experience at Fisher & Fisher took me into civil practice, and I have enjoyed the wide range of human issues and dilemmas that the civil area of practice presents. I opened my own office in 2001 and have helped many clients since that time as a sole practitioner.
In 2011 I took advantage of a marvelous opportunity to move to 136 Western Avenue in Brattleboro to take over the real estate practice of one of Brattleboro’s finest attorneys, Timothy J. O’Connor. My practice increasingly focuses on real estate transactions. All law practice is about helping the client achieve, as far as possible, a desired outcome–that is the starting point of my representation and the focus of my representation. Some roads to a desired outcome are easier than others. In some cases my insights and experience help the client understand what difficulties or aspects of the matter may require modification of expectations.
My activity in theater and the arts has never ceased. Those are areas of continual interest and growth for me, providing a creative balance to the more systematic and facts-oriented managing of my daily work in the law. I continue acting in local theater, though infrequently due to the demands of livelihood, and I continue teaching acting as well–including acting workshops with law students exploring the practical applications of invaluable acting skills (not pretending, a common misconception of what actors do): listening, responding to what is actually happening in the moment, and discovering what personal resources of empathy and passion the student has for meeting the challenges and demands of interviewing clients, advocating, negotiating, and all other areas of practice.
I serve on the board of the Brattleboro Music Center, am a member of Rotary, and host a weekly radio program on Brattleboro’s all-access, nonprofit community radio station, WVEW-LP 107.7 FM.
A brief history (remembering also my 3 years of making sandwiches, slicing cold cuts, mopping and cleaning at Buck’s Pork Store in Saddle River, New Jersey, after school and Saturdays during high school at Ramsey High–give me credit for that, please, the boss never did–cash only):
- Solo practice, civil matters and now primarily real estate, 2001 –
- Associate, Fisher & Fisher, 1999-2001
- Deputy State’s Attorney, Windham County State’s Attorney’s Office, 1994-1999
- Clerk, Vermont Supreme Court (Justice Ernest W. Gibson III) 1993-94
- J.D. Vermont Law School 1993 (magna cum laude; Articles Editor, Vermont Law Review)
- Past President, Brattleboro Arts Initiative
- Past President, VT Earth Works, Inc. (WVEW LP 107.7 FM, Brattleboro Community Radio)
- M.F.A. Acting 1975
- B.A. Radio & Television, 1972