Bill represents clients in litigation and commercial matters. Among his areas of special interest are construction and professional malpractice. Bill has represented many families of elderly residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities pursuing claims of substandard care, including claims in which residents were killed when they were improperly permitted to wander from a nursing facility, and cases in which residents suffered severe injuries from preventable falls, medication errors, or pressure sores. He has frequently lectured on these issues and is a member of numerous organizations advocating better care for the elderly. Bill also regularly trains non-profit organizations, such as mental health agencies, on risk management. He also regularly represents victims of gas-related incidents, including fires, explosions and asphyxiations.
Bill’s commercial transactions practice includes representing buyers and sellers of businesses throughout Vermont. He provides counsel to manufacturers, construction companies, and health care professionals. He has published on Vermont lien laws and other construction law topics, and is the Vermont contributing editor for www.lienlawonline.com.
Bill is recognized as a leading business litigator in Best Lawyers in America®. He was named by Best Lawyers as Vermont’s “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of construction litigation in 2012, and in employment litigation in 2016.
Bill enjoys hiking, kayaking, and snowshoeing. He has been active in the local public schools, and has served on the local school board. He serves on the board of Addison County Home Health & Hospice. Bill and his wife Gail, a paralegal with the firm, own and operate Harmony Acres Friesians, a small horse farm in Middlebury. They have five children.
Bill’s practice areas include: business litigation; business planning & transactions; construction; employment for individuals; family; medical negligence; and personal injury.