When: Thursday, November 17, 2022

Where: Hilton Waterfront Hotel – 60 Battery Street Burlington, Vermont

Parking: Parking is available in the garages behind the Hilton. Be sure to have the Parkmobile app downloaded on your phone. You will receive an emailed promo code the night before to access free parking for the day.

Advertising and Sponsorship: Are you a part of the commercial real estate industry? Are your clients part of this industry? Partnering with White + Burke on this premier event gives you the platform to showcase your business in front of a captive audience of 300 Commercial Real Estate professionals. Contact us for a multi-tiered sponsorship package or for information on advertising in our conference booklet and event app.

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CEDs: Continuing Education Credits are not offered for this Conference. However, you are welcome to pursue this on your own and White + Burke will sign off on your participation.

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“PC is so proud to be a sponsor of the Vermont Development Conference – as we have been since its inception. I go to connect and discuss current issues, but the conversation doesn’t end with the conference. The network connections I’ve made at the VDC include people I call upon as we navigate this ever-changing world of commercial development and construction. Thank you to White and Burke for bringing this high-quality platform to Vermont every year.” -Matt Cooke, President / CEO, PC Construction

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SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

8:30 am             Registration Opens
9:00 am             Keynote 
10:15 am           Networking and Exhibits
10:45 am           Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm           Networking Lunch
1:15 pm             Concurrent Sessions
2:00 pm             Networking and Exhibits
2:15 pm             Concurrent Sessions
3:00 pm             Networking and Exhibits
3:15 pm             General Session
4:00 pm             Cocktail Reception

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DETAILED SESSION SCHEDULE

8:30 am Registration Opens

Be sure to use the promo code emailed to you to access free parking for the day. Sponsored by

9:00 am Morning Keynote Address
Labor of Love: Making Green Space, Creating Community, and Playing the Long Game
Carolyn Finney, Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College

Grab a cup of coffee and kick off the day with this special presentation. Please note that breakfast will not be served this year. Coffee and light continental options will be available.
Christian Cooper. George Floyd. Removal of Confederate statues. Renaming of institutions. Reparations. Systemic racism. What does space have to do with these things? How do we meet this moment? Drawing from her book Black Faces, White Spaces, her relationships “in the field,” and her lived experience, Carolyn Finney will explore the complexities and contradictions of American history as they relate to green space, community, race, belonging, and the power to shape the places in which we live, in our own image. What are we trying to sustain? Whose stories count? We will consider the power of resistance and resilience in the emergence of creative responses to environmental and social challenges in our cities and beyond. Are you in?

10:15 a.m. Networking and Exhibits
Top off your coffee and fuel up for the day ahead. Sponsored by:

10:45 am Choose from four concurrent sessions:

Legal Case Law Update: A Look Back at 2022 and What’s in Store for 2023
Claudine Safar, Monaghan Safar Ducham
A.J. LaRosa, MSK

This presentation will focus on the most important new case law and statutory changes in the land use practice areas of the last year. We will review the relevant Act 250, municipal zoning, easement, right-of-way, stormwater, and wetland cases and statutory changes and discuss the ramifications of land use and development in Vermont. Participants will have the opportunity to debate the relative merits and impacts of the changes.

Tracking Trends: What They Mean for Business in Vermont
Megan Sullivan, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Kevin Chu, Vermont Futures Project

Which towns experienced the most population change over the last decade? Who is more supportive of population growth: older or younger Vermonters? Besides wages, what do Vermonters value most in a job? How do average lot sizes in Vermont compare with those of other states? How many children are in the K-12 school system and what are the ramifications for workforce development? What does all this mean for businesses and development? Learn the answers to these questions and how Vermont stacks up regionally and nationally. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in productive conversations that bring the economic, environmental, and social perspectives closer together.

Evaluating and Regulating PCBs in Vermont’s Buildings: What Developers, Lenders, and Property Owners Should Know about Current Standards, the Process, and Anticipated Regulatory Changes in Vermont
Geoff Hand, Esq., Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand
Sarah Bartlett, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Kurt Muller, PE, VHB

This timely session will discuss current polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) regulation in Vermont, the anticipated changes, the technical procedures for inventorying and sampling for PCBs in materials and indoor air, remediation options, and funding sources for this work. Participants will come to understand the background on PCB exposure from building materials, as well as practical considerations for developers, lenders, and property owners for addressing PCB issues during real estate transactions and redevelopment. The panelists will review the key issues to be addressed by the Department of Environmental Conservation in developing its proposed regulatory program for PCBs in buildings as well as what that means for your next project.

Delivering Successful Projects in the Face of Material Escalation, Labor Shortages, and Supply Chain Turbulence
Kurt Naser, PC Construction
Robert M. Freas, Exponent 
Joseph A. Barra, Esq., Robinson + Cole LLP
Art Klugo, BETA Technologies
Ravi Bidichandani, PC Construction

The market has been on a roller-coaster due to the pandemic and recent fluctuating economic conditions. Project teams have had to navigate dynamic material price increases, labor shortages, and supply chain issues to keep their projects on track. This session will feature a diverse panel of construction industry professionals who will offer insight into these issues and best practices on managing them. The panel will provide specific strategies, tactics, and claims, using real project examples during preconstruction, contract negotiation, procurement, and project execution. Be sure to bring your questions when the experts open the floor for an interactive group discussion.

12:00 pm Networking Lunch
Pick up your preordered lunch and find a seat. Tables will be available in the general session room and the exhibit showroom. Use this time to catch up with your colleagues and clients and make new connections.

1:15 pm Choose from three concurrent sessions:

Can Mass Timber Solve Vermont’s Development and Housing Challenges?
Ricky McLain, WoodWorks

Mass timber (engineered wood) often carries a stigma of being more expensive than other building materials. Because of this, there is an assumption that it makes sense only for one-off projects where innovation is celebrated and repeatability is not. Are these assumptions true—or are there other benefits that result in overall cost efficiency? If they are true, how can we expect to build the number of new housing units needed in Vermont and across the country in a sustainable and affordable manner? Can mass timber multifamily projects make financial sense in the typical four- to six-story range, used in conjunction with light wood-frame systems? What new opportunities will the 2021 International Building Code, which Vermont is set to adopt in late 2022, create for mass timber housing in the six- to 14-story range? What new trends and developments are arising as the mass timber supply chain grows, and along with it more experience among developers, contractors, and architects? This presentation will answer these questions and cover much more.

No More Drama: Drafting Development Deals with Dispute Avoidance in Mind
Lisa Shelkrot, Langrock Sperry & Wool
Fritz Langrock, Langrock Sperry & Wool
Vince Todd, Langrock Sperry & Wool

This panel will reveal real-life lessons learned by seasoned practitioners concerning all aspects of development deal-making, all with the goal of avoiding disputes. For corporate/real estate, it will cover how to structure agreements to be “dispute resistant.” For those in litigation, in hindsight, what do some clients wish they had done? What helped them prove their point to avoid litigation? Learn more about the role that mediation can play to bring about a better resolution. Participants will gain tangible knowledge and leave with the skills to review their own contracts immediately.

Speed Networking: Connecting with Fellow Professionals (session limited to 45 people)
Back by popular demand! Participants will have a designated session just for networking. This session will offer short, one-on-one meetings with other attendees for an opportunity to share a quick introduction. Join us for this unique chance to test your communication skills and grow your network.

2:00 pm Networking and Exhibits
Take a break to grab a snack and some coffee.

2:15 pm Choose from two concurrent sessions

Building for Climate: Technology, Trends, and the Evolving Policy Landscape
Jake Marin, Efficiency Vermont
Richard Donnelly, VGS

This session will discuss the state’s climate goals, low-carbon and zero-carbon heating and cooling technologies, the evolving policy landscape, and what energy service providers are doing in response to these elements. The presenters will lead a discussion of cost-effective climate solutions for Vermont’s homes and businesses. These solutions include highly efficient equipment, heat pump technology, hybrid options (electric/gas), biofuels/renewable natural gas, geothermal, and other emerging technologies. The presenters will provide an introduction to technical and financial energy resources available for developers and customers, such as rebates and tax incentives.

Missing Middle Housing: Why It Is Missing and Where to Find It
Colin Hilliard, Burlington Business Association
Ryan Nick, J.L. Davis Realty

In order to move the needle on the housing crisis, we must understand why increased density, specifically that which allows for “missing middle” housing, is a solution. Land use reforms that permit housing stock from duplexes to cottage courts in our downtowns and village centers are a critical place to start. This session will show how communities around the country and here in Vermont are already leading on this issue. What can we learn about how to leverage their playbook to help make our communities more vibrant, green, and just?

3:00 pm Networking and Exhibits

3:15 pm General Session
Beyond the Pandemic: The Vermont Economy in 2022
Kevin Stapleton, Vermont Department of Labor

In this annual favorite, our presenter will review the status of the economy, both in Vermont and nationally. This year, the session will provide a special focus on how the pandemic has reshaped the economic landscape. Bring your questions and join the group discussion.

4:00 pm Cocktail Reception sponsored by:

Finish up the day with time to connect and reflect. Enjoy a complimentary drink from the bar and some light snacks. Stay to win a prize in the raffle!

“As a long-time attendee, a past panelist, and a repeat sponsor, I am once again pleased to support and participate in the Vermont Development Conference.  It’s really the only opportunity in our state for industry professionals including developers, builders, architects, engineers, lawyers, etc. to meet in one place to discuss both the challenges and opportunities in our areas of expertise.  We often lament the many hurdles that we encounter on projects; here is an opportunity to learn, contribute and effect change in our industry.” – Evan Langfeldt, CEO, O’Brien Brothers

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SPEAKER BIOS

JOSEPH A. BARRA, Esq. | Partner | Robinson + Cole LLP
Joe is a partner in the Boston office of the law firm of Robinson + Cole LLP. He’s been practicing construction law for over 30 years and is licensed in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. He represents owners, contractors, construction managers, and design professionals in both transactional matters and disputes. Joe is an arbitrator on the Panel of Construction Neutrals with the American Arbitration Association and is a certified mediator. Prior to beginning his law career, he worked as an engineer in New York, having previously graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a degree in civil engineering.

SARAH BARTLETT | Sites Management Section Supervisor | Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Sarah has been with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Sites Management Section since 2005 and the Brownfields Response Program since 2012; she has served as the Brownfields program coordinator since August 2021. She specializes in working with the Vermont development community to balance the needs of varying stakeholders while ensuring the protection of Vermont’s natural resources. She has represented the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation on the board of the Vermont Environmental Consortium since 2019, and previously served as the Region 1 representative on the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials Brownfields Focus Group. She graduated with honors from the University of Vermont with a BS in environmental sciences, and holds a certificate in public management (CPM) from the Vermont Center for Achievement in Public Service.

RAVI BIDICHANDANI | Business Development Manager | PC Construction

Ravi is PC Construction’s business development manager and is responsible for strategy and development for pursuits and associated deliverables for projects across the East Coast and in all markets. He is particularly proud of his technical field experience in building projects such as the University of Vermont STEM Complex. Ravi also serves on the planning committee for the Vermont Development Conference. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a BS degree in mechanical engineering. Ravi and his wife have two young children and live in Essex. He enjoys traveling and spending time at his family’s camp in the Northeast Kingdom.

MEGAN SULLIVAN | Vice President of Government Affairs | Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

Megan leads the organization’s extensive policy advocacy to ensure a strong economy for all people, communities, and businesses. Since graduating from UVM, Megan has been dedicated to growing economic opportunity in Vermont, working both in state and federal government positions before joining the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. She ran the Vermont Economic Progress Council which oversees the State’s business incentive program and the tax increment financing program and has served as business liaison for Congressman Peter Welch.

KEVIN CHU | Executive Director | Vermont Futures Project

Kevin grew up in Vermont and is looking forward to growing old here too. He is the son of immigrants and spent most of his early years living and learning in Burlington. Kevin is a graduate of Middlebury College, where he studied the environment and education while also competing in track and field. Prior to joining the Vermont Futures Project, Kevin worked at the University of Vermont, where he led efforts in recruiting for diversity, academic advising, communications, community engagement and economic development, and strategic planning. He is now the executive director of the Vermont Futures Project, a nonpartisan organization that provides a vision to support and encourage long-term economic growth for Vermont through data and recommendations.

RICHARD DONNELLY | Director for Energy Innovation| VGS (Vermont Gas Systems)

Richard oversees the creation of a new product portfolio focused on decarbonization and efficiency. He is leading the company’s efforts in developing new business models for in-home services such as hybrid heating and utility-scale geothermal. Prior to joining VGS, Richard served for over a decade in management roles focused on strategic planning and emerging technologies for Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. In past lives, Richard served the City of Burlington as an economic development official and marketing director for Burlington’s fiber-optic telecommunications network, and as a chef in New York City.

BRIAN DUNKIEL | Partner | Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, PLLC

Brian serves as legal advisor to some of Vermont’s leading businesses and nonprofits. Brian’s clients operate in a wide range of areas, including renewable energy, green consumer goods, and real estate development. He helps clients work through legal and strategic issues at every stage. He advises clients on the development and defense of advertising campaigns, helping companies and marketing professionals manage legal risks presented by on-package claims and marketing in other media. He has extensive experience in helping brands navigate issues presented by a variety of marketing claims, including environmental standards, the use of third-party certifications, and other environmental claims.

CAROLYN FINNEY, PhD| Storyteller, Author, Cultural Geographer

Carolyn is a storyteller, an author, and a cultural geographer who is grounded in both artistic and

intellectual ways of knowing. She pursued an acting career for 11 years, but five years of backpacking trips through Africa and Asia, and living in Nepal, changed the course of her life. Motivated by these experiences, Carolyn returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a BA, an MA in gender and environmental issues in Kenya and Nepal, and a Ph.D. in geography at Clark University (where she was a Fulbright Scholar). Along with public speaking nationally and internationally, writing, media engagements, consulting, and teaching (she has held positions at Wellesley College, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Kentucky), she served on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board for eight years.

Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors, was released in 2014. Recent publications include “Self-Evident: Reflections on the Invisibility of Black Bodies in Environmental Histories,” “The Perils of Being Black in Public: We Are All Christian Cooper and George Floyd,” and “Who Gets Left Out of the Great Outdoors Story?” Upcoming essays include “Joy Is a Revelation” in Nature Swagger: Stories and Visions of Black Joy in the Outdoors and “Memory Divine” in the upcoming anthology A Darker Wilderness: Black Nature Writing from Soil to Stars. She is currently working on a new book of creative nonfiction that takes a more personal journey into the very complicated relationship between race, land, and belonging in the United States, and a performance piece titled “The N Word: Nature Revisited” as part of an Andrew W. Mellon residency at the New York Botanical Gardens Humanities Institute. Along with being the new columnist at the Earth Island Journal, she was recently awarded the Alexander and Ilse Melamid Medal from the American Geographical Society and is an artist-in-residence in the Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College. You can find out more about Carolyn at carolynfinney.com.

ROBERT FREAS | Principal| Exponent, Inc.

Robert is a principal in Exponent’s construction consulting practice. He advises clients on a range of topics, including risk management, project controls, change management, project scheduling, process improvement, claims and change order negotiations, dispute avoidance, and the preparation or defense of construction claims. He has participated in the preparation and presentation of a number of major construction and contract claims and disputes. Robert’s experience with construction disputes includes the development, analysis, and defense of construction claims related to delays, inefficiencies, and cost overruns. He has been recognized as an expert in critical path method (CPM) scheduling, construction delay and inefficiency claims, and related damages. Robert also provides risk analysis services to large construction owners and contractors including contract risk assessments, probabilistic scheduling, Monte Carlo simulations, and schedule and cost assessments. He also has assisted clients with project management oversight and construction management services, lender representation services, and development of project control systems. Robert is president of and a fellow with the Project Management College of Schedule, the 2021–2022 Board of Directors’ chairman-elect for the Washington Building Congress, and the past president of the National Capital Section of AACE International. He also has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University, and he frequently lectures on project controls, construction claims avoidance and preparation, and risk management and mitigation strategies.

GEOFF HAND | Partner| Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand

Geoff’s practice focuses primarily on land use and real estate development issues, environmental law, and energy regulation. Over the past 20 years, he has worked with a wide range of clients, including landowners, developers, utilities, nonprofits, and municipalities, helping them evaluate, understand, and successfully navigate legal and regulatory compliance issues. Geoff regularly appears before local and state regulatory bodies, and represents clients in state and federal court. He received his BS in biology and neuroscience from Wesleyan University, and his JD and master’s degree in environmental law from Vermont Law School.

COLIN HILLIARD | Deputy Director | Burlington Business Association

Colin manages the Burlington Business Association’s (BBA’s) day-to-day operations and leads the organization’s key advocacy initiatives of housing and public safety. He also runs the BBA’s Downtown Action Group and the growth and retention efforts of the organization’s 250-plus dues-paying members. Prior to Colin’s work with the BBA, his experience included digital marketing and political field organizing. Colin is a graduate of UVM’s Grossman School of Business and has lived in Burlington for the last decade. When not enjoying the Green Mountains, Colin can be found working both in Ukraine and from afar helping direct Vermont donations to feed and house Ukraine’s internally displaced people.

KATIE JENNINGS | Senior Research and Development Manager| Seventh Generation/Unilever, Inc.

At Seventh Generation/Unilever, Katie leads the Consumer Technical Insights and R&D Operations division, with a focus on consumer product use, product safety, and product marketing claims. Much of her work centers on authentic and innovative advertising claims in the sustainability and environmental space. Katie has researched, studied, and developed techniques for claims substantiation across home and personal care categories in the United States and globally.

ART KLUGO | Team Member | BETA Technologies

Art has broad experience in real estate development, architecture and engineering services, and construction management. This experience has provided the foundation for leading and managing successful teams involved in the permitting, funding, planning, design, construction, sales and marketing, and operation of real estate and corporate assets valued from $1 million to $350 million. He holds a BS degree from Lawrence Technological University and is a registered professional architect.

FRITZ LANGROCK | Partner | Langrock Sperry & Wool

A Vermont native, Fritz joined Langrock Sperry & Wool in 1992 as a graduate of UCLA School of Law and the University of Chicago. He is a mediator and trial attorney helping people and businesses navigate the litigation process. Fritz also represents people in small business formation and real estate transactions.

Fritz is active in the American Bar Association and is its treasurer-elect. He currently chairs the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. Fritz is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and is presently the Vermont chair of the ABF fellows.

A.J. LAROSA | Member | MSK Attorneys

A.J. joined MSK in 2015 and practices on MSK’s litigation team. He has extensive experience with a wide range of complex commercial and environmental litigation. A.J. has assisted clients in resolving disputes arising from permit issues, construction defects, breaches of contract, and environmental contamination. He takes a solution-oriented approach to litigation and works with his clients to achieve cost-effective resolutions to their problems. A Philadelphia native, A.J. began practicing law at White and Williams, LLP, where he represented multinational insurance carriers in complex, multiparty environmental disputes. Upon moving to Vermont in 2011, A.J. practiced with Burak, Anderson & Melloni, where he represented a wide range of clients in commercial and environmental litigation. A.J. is also a Harvard-certified mediator and facilitator. Focusing on environmental, real estate, land use, commercial, and construction disputes, he uses a collaborative, interest-based approach that allows the parties in these difficult cases to craft lasting, meaningful resolutions to their problems.

JAKE MARIN | Senior Emerging Technology and Services Manager | Efficiency Vermont

Jake manages a diverse portfolio of projects but specializes in adoption of new HVAC technologies. Previously, Jake was the program manager for HVAC and refrigeration at Efficiency Vermont. Here, he developed Vermont’s first heat pump program in 2014 and has continued to help develop programs and guidelines for the greater Northeast and mid-Atlantic region through his collaboration with the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). These programs have supported the installation of over 35,000 high-efficiency heat pumps and over 14,000 heat pump water heaters in Vermont alone. Starting with single-zone ductless mini-splits, his heat pump program portfolio has grown to include multi-zone, ducted, air-to-water and, most recently, ground source heat pumps.

RICKY MCLAIN, PE, SE | Senior Technical Director—Tall Wood | WoodWorks

Ricky is WoodWorks’ in-house expert on tall mass timber buildings, providing analysis and guidance on architectural, fire and life safety, and structural design topics. He supports the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) community both directly and collaboratively with WoodWorks’ regional directors, and guides the development of education and resources related to tall mass timber buildings in the United States. Prior to this emphasis, Ricky’s role encompassed all building types and wood systems. He also has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to structural design, project management, and construction administration. Ricky is executive director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont, and is a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design.

KURT MULLER, PE | Site Investigation and Remediation Specialist | VHB

Kurt’s 20 years of engineering experience encompasses project management, environmental site assessment, PCB investigation and remediation design, site cleanup management, and stakeholder coordination and outreach. Kurt’s focus is on brownfield environmental consulting work and on managing large site characterization and remediation projects. He has acted as lead project manager and environmental professional on more than 65 EPA-funded brownfield site investigations, dozens of municipal redevelopment efforts, six PCB remediation projects that required EPA/TSCA approval, and four large CERCLA-compliant soil management and remediation projects for the National Park Service. His experience includes preparation of work plans, site investigation reports, and corrective action plans (CAPs) that address a wide variety of contaminants in a manner that is project-goal focused and compliant with regulatory requirements.

KURT NASER | Director of Preconstruction | PC Construction

As director of preconstruction, Kurt leads PC’s preconstruction and cost estimating services for projects across the Northeast. He manages a team of estimators who are responsible for detailed cost modeling ranging from conceptual estimates through guaranteed maximum price (GMP) proposals. Kurt has extensive experience in value engineering, constructability reviews, and construction system analyses, backed by years as a project manager and project engineer. Kurt holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University. He is an avid skier and resides with his wife and two sons in Essex Junction.

RYAN NICK | Broker and Marketing Director | J.L. Davis Realty

Ryan works in commercial real estate as a salesperson and marketing director at J.L. Davis Realty in downtown Burlington, Vermont. His work includes marketing, property management, human resources, and tenant and community relations. In addition, Ryan served as a project manager for Stoney Hill Properties for a mixed-use development project in Bristol, Vermont, for which he helped secure a $500,000 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission. Ryan also serves on the board of the Burlington Business Association, helping improve the economic vitality of Burlington. When he’s not working, Ryan can usually be found on the lake, in the mountains, or on his bike. 

CLAUDINE SAFAR | Partner | Monahan Safar Ducham

Claudine has been practicing land use law for over 20 years. Her practice includes representation of municipal entities as well as landowners and developers. Claudine has assisted in developing and permitting wind energy, solar, and methane digester projects. She has worked with municipalities on drafting, revising, and implementing land use development codes. She has worked on road infrastructure projects and condemnation actions and has litigated numerous enforcement matters before the Vermont Superior Court, Environmental Division, and also before the Civil Division. Claudine has represented some of the state’s largest dairy farmers in agricultural permitting issues as well as private civil matters and has worked successfully with various State agencies in all aspects of development. Claudine routinely handles appeals to the Vermont Supreme Court and has appeared before the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She is also licensed in New Hampshire and Maine.

LISA B SHELKROT | Partner | Langrock Sperry & Wool

Lisa is a trial lawyer who has successfully tried civil rights cases, construction disputes, family disputes, personal injury, insurance coverage, land use, and employment cases. She also helps her clients avoid trials when appropriate, whether through pre-trial motions practice or settlement negotiations.

A graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School, Lisa is a past president of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has served on a variety of nonprofit boards, including the Vermont Bar Foundation, the Vermont Civil Liberties Union, Legal Services Law Line of Vermont, and the Green Mountain Chamber Festival.

KEVIN STAPLETON | Economic and Labor Market Information Assistant Chief | Vermont Department of Labor

In his current role, Kevin oversees a variety of labor market data programs, analyzes economic trends, and travels the state to discuss the Vermont economy. In addition to his work with the Department of Labor, he holds faculty positions at the University of Vermont and Community College of Vermont, where he teaches economics and international development. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in applied economics from the University of Vermont. When he’s not working, you can find Kevin riding his bike, playing in the woods, or watching his 9-year-old daughter do cartwheels. Kevin’s penchant for economics started in the fifth grade when he forgot his lunch money.

VINCENT J. TODD | Associate | Langrock Sperry & Wool

Vince is originally from New Jersey but has called Vermont home for over a decade. After graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School and Colby College, Vince joined Langrock Sperry & Wool as an associate in August 2018. Vince’s practice focuses on transactional and other business matters. Before joining the firm, Vince clerked for the Vermont Superior Court, Lamoille and Orleans units, working on civil and criminal litigation. In addition, he previously worked for a New Jersey land use litigation firm, which afforded him the opportunity to work remotely from Vermont while training young ski racers.

2022 PLANNING COMMITTEE
Shannon Lenzini, DRM
Steve Shaw, Weston & Sampson
Nathalia Ellis, Freeman French Freeman
Ravi Bidichandani, PC Construction
John Grenier, Grenier Engineering
Adam Seaver, M&T Bank
Kristin Carlson, Green Mountain Power
Martha Ratcliffe, M&S Development