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Facey Goss & McPhee P.C.

71 Allen Street, Suite 401
P.O. Box 578
Rutland, VT 05701
United States
(802) 773.3300

Firm Details

Since its founding in May of 1984, Facey Goss & McPhee P.C. (formerly Kenlan, Schwiebert, Facey & Goss, P.C.) has assumed a leading position in the New England legal community. The firm offers its clients a full range of legal services with an emphasis on quality of work product, competitive cost and an overriding commitment to client service at a sophistication level comparable to urban law firms.

The firm was founded by two established general business/land use law practitioners in the Rutland, Vermont area, the general counsel of a major international corporation, a former First Assistant United States Attorney and an insurance defense litigation specialist. The firm presently has seven partners, four associates and one Of Counsel making it a mid-sized firm by Vermont standards.  Every one of our Vermont attorneys brings a wealth of professional experience in their respective practice areas, with a particular expertise on the intricacies of Vermont law.  Attorneys are licensed in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Massachussetts.  We practice in a wide variety of legal areas and our lawyers are highly capable and versatile. Our expertise ranges from Commercial and Real Estate Law to Litigation, Environmental and Land Use, Criminal Defense, Estate Planning and Family Law.

Our Commercial Practice Group provides legal services to the business community throughout New England and the world with respect to Vermont-related transactions and other legal matters. The firm provides general business planning services from inception to windup, including:

•Entity formation and governance matters;
•Project development and permitting;
•Acquisitions, mergers and dispositions;
•Secured financing and related contractual matters;
•Labor and employment issues.

Our firm maintains a strong practice in commercial law and secured transactions, and we routinely represent clients throughout New England in complex financing, leasing and sales transactions and negotiations.

The Commercial Practice Group works closely with our Tax & Estate Practice Group, providing tax planning and related services to clients seeking to maximize profitability and efficiency. Our firm maintains a strong practice in commercial law and secured transactions, and we routinely represent clients throughout New England in complex financing, leasing and sales transactions and negotiations.

The Immigration Law Practice Group provides high quality and responsive legal services in Immigration Law with regard to Immediate Family Immigration, Preference Immigration, Naturalization, Trade and Investor visas and Religious Worker Immigration. 

Attorneys in our Environmental and Land Use Group and Energy and Utilities Group bring specialized skill sets and experience to a wide range of complex projects from Resource Extraction to Renewable Energy to Commercial Development. 

Attorneys in our Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Group provide complete representation to debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, estate fiduciaries and investors in formal insolvency proceedings and out-of-court workouts throughout the United States.

The firm’s business clients range in size from individual proprietors to multi-national corporations. Some of our recent transactions include:

•Entity formation and corporation organization, including drafting of shareholder agreements, employee benefit and stock option documents, and executive and non-executive personnel manuals and contracts;
•Representation of business entities in complex financing and secured transactions;
•Representation of business clients with respect to mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs of business divisions, including assistance and coordination of due diligence investigation;
•Together with our Litigation Practice Group, representation of employers regarding complex commercial litigation, labor disputes, workers’ compensation and enforcement of non-compete covenants and trade secret non-disclosure agreements.

Since its founding, our Vermont law firm has assumed a leading position in the New England community and has been recognized for our legal expertise and the dedication of our attorneys and staff. Our attorneys are also actively involved locally, participating in numerous professional and community organizations.

This focus has allowed our firm to establish itself as a leading legal resource in the Green Mountain State, and a reliable partner for many clients who have turned to us for their Vermont legal aid.




Women: 1

Men: 6

Of Counsel

Men: 1


Women: 4

Management / Department Heads

Men: 1


Women: 2

Non-Legal Employees

Women: 6


Harry R. Ryan
Civil & Commercial Litigation Practice Group
Kylie J. Peterson
Estate Planning & Real Estate
Antonietta (Toni) Girardi
Litigation & DUI Defense
Paul S. Kulig
Probate & Commercial Transaction
Rodney E. McPhee
Banking Law & Creditors' Rights
Heather Cooper
James P.W. Goss
Business Transactions & Commercial Law
Rodney E. McPhee
Civil & Commercial Litigation Practice Group
Shannon A. Bertrand
Civil & Commercial Litigation Practice Group
Kylie J. Peterson
Estate Planning Group
David R. Cooper
Land Use & Utility Law
John A. Facey III
Municipal Law Practice Group
John A. Facey III
Real Estate Practice Group
Rodney E. McPhee
Recruitment & Litigation Practice Group

Firm Practice Areas

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
  • Community Association Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Elder Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mediation
  • Mining Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Utilities Law

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Rutland, VT

71 Allen Street, Suite 401

P.O. Box 578

Rutland, VT 05701

United States

(802) 773.3300

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