Best Places to Work 2022

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Vermont, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. The award is administered by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.   The program was created in 2006 and is presented in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, Vermont State Council, (SHRM), the Vermont Department of Commerce and Community Development, and Best Companies Group.

American Academy of Appellate Lawyers – Fellow

The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers was founded to advance the highest standards and practices of appellate advocacy and to recognize outstanding appellate lawyers. It brings together qualified members of the profession who, by reason of their character and ability, will contribute to the accomplishments and good fellowship of the Academy. The Academy is a non-profit organization consisting of the Fellows who have been elected to it. Nominees must have a minimum of 15 years practice in appellate law.


Best Law Firms by US News

The U.S.News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro. For more information on Best Lawyers, please visit

Clients were asked to provide feedback on firm practice groups, addressing expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm. Clients also had the option to write in the names of law firms they’ve worked with on other matters and within practice areas beyond those they were asked to comment on by the submitting firm. Some clients chose to write a comment about their experience with the law firm. These comments are for reference only and were not used as data points in the formal evaluation process.

Lawyers also voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor. This group also voted on law firms that have a preeminent national presence within specified legal practice area(s) they know well.  In addition to information from these surveys, the rankings incorporate the 6.7 million evaluations of 55,041 individual leading lawyers collected by Best Lawyers in its most recent annual survey.

Best Lawyers in America

Selection for Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprised of more than 4 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. The annual Best Lawyers publication has been described by The American Lawyer as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Chambers USA

Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and conducted through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. The Chambers USA guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide. It is also widely used by firms in all states for referral purposes.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings

The Martindale-Hubbell “Peer Review Ratings” are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability. Attorneys receive a Peer Review Rating based on evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. The first review to establish a lawyer’s rating usually occurs three years after his/her first admission to the bar.

National Board of Trial Advocacy

The National Board of Trial Advocacy Division of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification was the first American Bar Association accredited attorney board certifying agency in the world. Founded in 1977, NBTA offers board certification for Trial Lawyers, Criminal Lawyers, and Family Lawyers. NBLSC also offers board certification for Social Security Disability Lawyers. To qualify for one of these four certifications lawyers must have extensive experience in their specialty and meet rigorous objective quality standards.


New England Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Only 5% of the attorneys in New England are named to the Super Lawyers list each year.

State Capital Group

State Capital Group is a global network of over 145 of the profession’s preeminent independent law firms with more than 11,500 attorneys in nearly 450 offices around the world. The member firms help leading and growing companies in every industry navigate a complex and ever-changing legal landscape. Membership is strictly by invitation. Firms are invited to join only after demonstrating the highest quality service, industry leadership and the clear value their membership would bring to the network. Candidacy is informed by recommendations from members, clients and colleagues; professional memberships, writing and teaching experience; and community service, honors and rankings.

Super Lawyers Rising Stars

A category within Super Lawyers were lawyers are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. They are instructed to nominate lawyers they have personally observed in action – whether as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through other firsthand courtroom observation.

American College of Coverage Counsel

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