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.
David Angus
David Angus

David J. Angus, II, Esq. a native Vermonter, returned to Vermont after earning an LL.M. in taxation to pursue a career as a transactional attorney.   After a decade of legal experience in firms in Boston and Vermont, he founded The Angus Firm, PLC. Most recently, David was associated with a prominent Burlington law firm where his practice focused on business law, captive insurance, and tax.  David is also experienced in commercial and residential real estate transactions and estate planning. David is active with the Vermont Captive Insurance Association.  Since 2007, he has served on the VCIA’s legislative committee helping to assess federal and state regulation and issues impacting the VCIA’s membership, and develop policy recommendations to present to the VCIA Board of Directors. David is also a member of the Vermont Bar Association and the Chittenden County Bar Association. He received his JD from Tulane Law School and his LLM from Boston University.
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.
Amber Barber
Amber Barber

Amber Barber, Esq. is a partner at Barber & Waxman. She manages all aspects of divorce and civil union dissolution, including complex financial issues, extensive marital assets, post-judgment modifications and court order enforcement issues. Prior to starting Barber & Waxman with Caryn Waxman, Amber practiced at Downs Rachlin Martin. Amber is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers.  She is a past-president of the VBA. Amber previously served on the board as a representative of VBA’s Young Lawyers Division and is a past-president of that group. She was previously treasurer for the Chittenden County Bar Association.  
Doug Brines
Doug Brines

Doug Brines, Esq. is currently enrolled in the VBA/VLS Incubator Attorney Project, having joined last summer.  He opened his own practice in the Spring of 2016, focusing primarily on family and employment law. Doug previously worked as a staff attorney of Disability Rights Vermont and in the Medicaid fraud unit of the attorney general’s office.  Doug is a native Vermonter and a 2011 graduate of VLS.  He lives in East Charlotte with his family.
Julius Ciembroniewicz
Julius Ciembroniewicz

Julius Ciembroniewicz, Esq. is an attorney at Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman in Portland, Maine, with more than 20 years of experience as a business attorney and marketing strategist in a private law firm. Julius is the President of Northeast Legal Solutions, a company that specializes in supporting small and mid-size law firms to successfully navigate difficult issues and to create effective solutions.
He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Health Care Law since 2007.  Julius speaks frequently on succession planning and other law practice management issues.
Sidney Collier
Sidney Collier

Sidney Collier, Esq. has over 10 years of experience working exclusively in the areas of U.S. immigration and nationality law with a primary focus on employment-based immigration matters. She has successfully assisted clients with H, L, and O temporary visas, and permanent residence matters including Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researcher, Multinational Executive/Manager, and PERM labor certification cases and works with employers on I-9 and H-1B compliance issues. Sidney also focuses on assisting clients with all facets of family-based matters including marriage-based petitions and naturalization cases. Prior to moving to Vermont, Sidney worked in high-volume law firms in both Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. She received her JD, cum laude, from the American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.  Sidney is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Vermont Bar Association, and the Washington County Bar Association. She is the Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the VBA.
Jonathan Couture
Jonathan Couture

Jonathan Couture is a non-lawyer member of the Vermont Bar Association and American Bar Association, providing support to the Vermont legal community with creative and exhaustive litigation preparation assistance. His current work blends Investigation, eDiscovery, and detail extraction from complex chains of communications. His work experience includes time as a yacht captain in Europe, residential designer/builder, photographer, web site builder and computer tech support. His broad range of experiences gives him a creative edge in case preparation with out-of-the-box thinking.
Jeannette Eicks
Jeannette Eicks

Jeannette Eicks is co-director of the Center for Legal Innovation and teaches eLawyering and eDiscovery at Vermont Law School. She facilitates collaborative projects between students, faculty and industry partners on behalf of the Center for Legal Innovation. Jeannette assist with the mentoring for the VBA/VLS Incubator Attorney Project.  Jeannette’s past experience includes serving as CEO of an application development and Internet consulting firm, managing information technology for Vermont Law School, and establishing several degree programs during her tenure as a professor at Vermont Technical College. She received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., a J.D. from Vermont Law School, and a master’s in internet strategy management from Marlboro College.
Erin Jacobsen
Erin Jacobsen

Erin Jacobsen,  Esq. is Assistant Professor and Supervising Attorney at Vermont Law School’s South Royalton Legal Clinic (SRLC), where she is the lead project attorney of Vermont Immigrant Assistance (VIA). Prior to that, she was the Lead Staff Attorney at Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates in Burlington, Vermont.  Through VIA, Erin and her students provide free legal representation to indigent immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Erin also practices juvenile law, family law, and runs the Clinic’s Prison Project, in which she consults with incarcerated women about legal issues regarding their children.  Erin is committed to public interest law and to doing work that promotes human dignity and human rights. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Vermont and in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. 
Sheldon Katz
Sheldon Katz

Sheldon Katz, Esq. graduated from the University of Michigan and received his JD from the Michigan Law School.  He is admitted to practice in Vermont and New Hampshire.  His background is primarily civil and criminal litigation, having over fifteen years of litigation experience.  He has taught legal research, writing, and pretrial practice at Vermont Law School.  Sheldon now concentrates on providing high quality research, writing and litigation support services to other attorneys.
Michael Kennedy
Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy, Esq. graduated from South Burlington High School, the University of Vermont, and the George Washington University School of Law.  Michael clerked in the Office of the Chittenden County State’s Attorney and then worked for five years as an Assistant Attorney General before accepting the position of Deputy Disciplinary Counsel in 1998. He was promoted to Disciplinary Counsel in 2000 and in 2012 he was named Bar Counsel, changing his focus from investigating and prosecuting to providing guidance to lawyers with ethics questions.  Michael is the current President of the VBA and is a former member of the Board of Bar Examiners.  He is an avid marathoner and coached varsity basketball for over 15 years.  
James Knapp
James 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.  Jim has an enduring interest in helping other attorneys with the application of technology to the practice of law and the management of law offices.  He is a VBA member and speaks frequently at VBA seminars on all real estate matters and on emerging technologies. Jim 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. 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.
Andrew Manitsky
Andrew Manitsky

Andrew Manitsky, Esq. practices at Lynn, Lynn, Blackman & Manitsky PC in Burlington.  Andrew represents clients in state and federal courts concentrating in the areas of contracts, business torts, employment litigation, professional malpractice, personal injury and intellectual property.  He is the Chair of the VBA Intellectual Property Section and presents regularly at VBA seminars regarding intellectual property and litigation matters. Andrew is listed in Best Lawyers in America (Burlington "Lawyer of the Year" (2016) Litigation - Intellectual Property); New England Super Lawyers; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (since 2005); and Benchmark’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys.  He previously practiced at a boutique firm in New York City, then at Gravel & Shea in Burlington for 15 years (12 as a partner). Andrew is admitted in Vermont and New York and received his JD from the University of Michigan School of Law.
Anthony Marrone
Anthony Marrone

Anthony A. Marrone II, Esq. focuses his practice and regularly appears in the news and gives public presentations in the areas of elder law, Medicaid, trust and estates, guardianships, and special needs planning. He also regularly speaks to groups of lawyers on social media marketing and is the author of the forthcoming book, “The Social Media Marketing Blueprint for Lawyers.” Prior to founding The Marrone Law Firm, P.C., Mr. Marrone practiced in the Estate and Elder Law department of a regional Upstate New York law firm.  He received his JD, cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law.
Paul Mellor
Paul Mellor

Paul Mellor, author of MEMORY! How to Remember Anything, was a finalist in the USA Memory Championship, where he recalled the names of over 90 people in less than 15 minutes, remembered in exact order over 100 single-digit numbers after a five-minute study, and recalled the exact order of a shuffled deck of playing cards after less than a three-and-a-half minute review. His fun and energetic programs have been delivered to Bar associations nationwide.  A Communications graduate of Western Carolina University, Mr. Mellor is also the author of You're Almost There, chronicling his journey as having run a marathon (26.2 miles) in all 50 states.
John O'Brien
John O'Brien

Dr. John M. O'Brien, Senior Consultant, received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University in 1996. He currently maintains a private practice in Portland, Maine, focused on coaching, consulting, assessment, training and psychotherapy. Additionally, he is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine at Augusta, teaching courses in psychology and addictions.  John received specialized training in coaching and has focused his studies on the needs of executives, physicians and attorneys. He has presented to various Bar Associations and medical staffs throughout New England on stress, balanced living and dealing with disruptive behaviors. 
Drew Palcsik
Drew Palcsik

Drew Palcsik, Esq. is a personal injury attorney, counseling clients who have been injured in accidents of any type. He has an extensive background in legal services and civil litigation, and is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. Drew is licensed in New York and Vermont. He is a member of the VBA, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Vermont Association for Justice, and is recognized as an Advocate by the American Association for Justice. Drew has a keen interest in emerging technologies and practices seamlessly between two offices, maintaining a technologically advanced law practice.
Gene Policastri
Gene Policastri

Gene Policastri, Esq. is an attorney with a law practice that is primarily focused on general civil litigation involving commercial and construction disputes. He has practiced law for 25 years and currently resides in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.  In addition to litigation, Gene speaks frequently at CLE seminars and advises lawyers and law firms on best practices for business operations, business growth, and marketing, with a focus on authenticity and integrity to the profession.  Gene provides seminars, private coaching, and group coaching with attorneys nationwide, helping them achieve maximum business growth with greater ease and efficiency so they can build a sustainable, profitable future.
Susan Randall
Susan Randall

Susan Randall is the Investigator and Co-owner of VTPrivateye, LLC. Susan has worked as a licensed Private Investigator in Vermont & New York for the past 18 years, working closely with attorneys, on civil, state and federal cases, in addition to working as a mitigation specialist on capital, federal and state cases.  Susan has helped prepare countless cases for trial, and spent two years working as an investigator and mitigation specialist with the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Burlington, Vermont.  Susan has also organized & run jury focus groups, for firms on big personal injury cases.  She has produced settlement videos, as well as ‘Day In the Life’ videos to assist with mediation and reaching pre-trial settlements. Prior to working as an investigator, Susan worked as a journalist for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour in New York City, and as a producer for the A&E Television Network on the hit series Biography.  She also worked in radio, filing many stories for NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition.  Susan worked as a documentary filmmaker in New York City, producing pieces for the BBC on such topics as the Russian mafia and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force of the FBI.  In the past ten years, Susan has dovetailed her work as a filmmaker and investigator, producing over twenty mitigation sentencing videos.
John Reed
John Reed

John Reed, Esq. is the principal of Rain BDM. At Rain BDM, John trains and coaches attorneys to help them cultivate stronger client relationships, build bigger books of business, and gain new perspectives about the value of their services. He partners with law firms to enhance brand awareness, craft and promote their unique value propositions, and generate business development and marketing mindsets. Having worked with lawyers and law firms for more than 20 years, John Reed knows firsthand the challenges confronting the profession and the changing legal landscape. With a unique background in marketing and law, he collaborates with his clients to forge new strategies and stay ahead of the curve. John obtained his JD, cum laude, from Michigan State University Detroit College of Law after working in marketing in the US Auto Industry. He began consulting after years of practicing law at a large Midwest law firm and working in the field of law firm public relations.
Joseph Ronan
Joseph Ronan

Joseph Ronan, Esq. is a solo practitioner in Norwich, working through his firm Ronan Law Group, PLLC.  He has over 30 years’ experience with two law firms (Morgan Lewis and Blank Rome) as well as an in-house position (Bell Atlantic, now Verizon).  He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and Superlawyers, and is an adjunct professor of law with Villanova University School of Law.  He has a B.A. from Haverford College, and a J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from NYU Law School.  He lives in Sharon with his wife who is a neurologist at Dartmouth.
Rebecca Skeeles
Rebecca Skeeles

Rebecca Skeeles, Esq. began working for Casemaker in August 2013 as a national professional speaker and legal research expert. She is a 1994 graduate of the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She received her Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in 1999. Rebecca Skeeles served as Attorney Services Consultant for six years for the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) from 2007-2013. In this role, she traveled Ohio training on Casemaker. She returned to her family business Skeeles Manufacturing Inc. (SMI) in January 2013. She currently serves as Vice-President of Sales and Corporate Counsel.
JoEllen Tarallo
JoEllen Tarallo

JoEllen Tarallo, Ed.D., M.C.H.E.S., FASHA is Director of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center, a public-private partnership of the Center for Health and Learning and Vermont Department of Mental Health to ensure sustainability for suicide prevention (www.vtspc.org). VTSPC created Umatter Suicide Prevention, designated as a national Best Practice program, and the Umatter YYA -Youth and Young Adults Mental Health Wellness Promotion and Community Action. She is a state and nationally licensed health educator, trainer, author, program developer and administrator.
Joanna Watts
Joanna Watts

Joanna Watts, Esq. is a graduate of the VBA/VLS Incubator Attorney Project and has practiced at Bennett & Zaikowski since 2016. She is admitted to practice in Vermont, and is accredited to assist clients with claims to the Veterans Administration.  Joanna obtained her law degree from the School of Law at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2007. After graduation, Joanna clerked at the Christchurch District Court for two years and then practiced as in-house counsel at the Inland Revenue Department in Christchurch. In 2011, Joanna and her family moved to Vermont. Joanna is a member of the Vermont Bar Association and the Chittenden County Bar Association. 
Caryn Waxman
Caryn Waxman

Caryn Waxman, Esq. is a partner at Barber & Waxman. She has represented matrimonial and family law clients throughout Vermont since 1998. She concentrates her practice in the areas of divorce, civil union dissolutions, child custody, relocation disputes, child support, post judgment modifications and enforcement of court orders, as well as step-parent adoption and guardianship matters. Prior to starting Barber & Waxman with Amber Barber, Caryn practiced at Downs Rachlin Martin. Caryn is a member of the Family Law Section of the Vermont Bar Association and is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Caryn is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. 

 

Greg Weimer
Greg Weimer

Gregory A. Weimer, Esq. has practiced at Lynn, Lynn, Blackman & Manitsky since 2010, primarily in the practice areas of complex litigation, personal injury and employment law. He was formerly a shareholder at Hoff Curtis in Burlington, Vermont.  In his practice, Greg has represented Fortune 500 companies in federal court and served as local counsel for several national corporations. He is an active member of the Vermont Bar Association, serving as Chair of the Practice and Procedure Committee. He is also a member of the Vermont Supreme Court Civil Rules Advisory Committee. He is a former Vermont State Representative of the Defense Research Institute. Greg received his JD from Vermont Law School, cum laude, where he was Research Editor of the Vermont Law Review.