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Business, Trial, Education, Administrative and International Law in Vermont since 1980
I practice with the law firm of Montroll, Backus & Oettinger, located at 126 College Street, Burlington, Vermont.  Our firm website can be found at www.mblawoffice.com.  Please explore that site to learn more about the firm.  I maintain this website as a way of introducing you to my background, my areas of practice, my teaching, my writing, and my public service.  I hope that you find the publications and the links useful, and that you find the media page interesting.  If you are interested in learning more about my work with the World Court of Human Rights Development Project, please visit our website at www.worldcourtofhumanrights.net.   

My commitment is to provide top-quality legal services at the best possible price.  The first step in a successful attorney-client relationship is for for me to have a clear and ongoing understanding of your goals.  The second step is for me to fully understand the relevant facts.  In order to achieve this level of shared understanding, a 100% open and honest attorney-client relationship is indispensable.  I am an active listener, and my goal is to efficiently establish an attorney-client relationship based on mutual trust and clear communication.  My clients are well-informed, thoughtful individuals who seek to represent their interests ethically and assertively.  I offer reduced-price or free services to those who need them, and I use clear, written fee agreements.  I am committed to making optimal use of 21st century technology, and I regularly devote a significant portion of my time to public service.   Please call me if you feel that you might benefit from legal services, and I will be happy to assist you, or to refer you to a more appropriate individual, or to advise you regarding potential next steps in representing yourself.