Gary F. Karnedy

Gary F. Karnedy


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Shareholder / Vice President
Burlington VT

Posts by Gary F. Karnedy

Primmer Named ‘Top Law Firm in NH’-2024

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Employment Law Team Named Best in Vermont

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Gary Karnedy concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial, regulatory and administrative litigation, as well as employment and labor law. He is known for taking a balanced approach to litigation, and working hand-in-hand with regulators to resolve issues. The respect that he has gained from Vermont regulators creates a positive environment conducive to efficient resolution of complex business challenges.

Gary also advises clients on personnel, employment, and labor issues and, when necessary, defends them from employment law claims. He represents clients in court and before state and federal agencies such as the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, and the U.S. and Vermont Department of Labor.



  • Boston College Law School, J.D.
  • University of Vermont, B.S., Cum Laude
  • Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Certificate in Labor Relations - Advanced Collective Bargaining Studies

Professional Affiliations

  • Chittenden County Bar Association
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Vermont Lawyers Assistance Program
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Vermont Business Roundtable
  • Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce

Admitted to Practice

  • Vermont Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont
  • New Hampshire Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


  • 2022-2025 Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Vermont State Chair
  • 2017-2018 Co-Chair, Vermont Bar Foundation, Access to Justice Campaign
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • 2009-2017 Vermont Labor Relations Board Member (3 years as Chair), which has jurisdiction over various Vermont collective bargaining laws
  • 1994 Associate Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Select Education and Civil Rights, which had jurisdiction over federal employment discrimination laws

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, "Mini Law School for Vermont HR Professionals", National Business Institute, June 26. 2023
  • Presenter, "Managing Employee Claims of Discrimination & Harassment" VBSR Spring Conference; May 15, 2018 
  • Presenter, "Wage and Hour Issues" In-house client seminar; September 27, 2017
  • Presenter, "Essentials of Employment Law" seminar; Sterling Education. January 26, 2017; Hilton Hotel; Burlington, VT
  • Presenter, 14th Annual Fundamentals of Employment Law; January 29, 2015
  • Presenter, “Key Issues Roundup and Outlook: Recent Legal and Regulatory Developments, Emerging Issues, and Likely Legislation in 2015”; Associated Industries of Vermont Human Resources Seminar; December 11, 2014
  • Presenter, “Health Insurance: The Green Mountain Care Board and Rate Setting”; Lorman Seminar; September 24, 2013
  • Presenter, “Best Practices and Procedure in Litigating Cases Before the Vermont Labor Relations Board" Labor and Employment Law Seminar; January 17, 2013
  • Workshop Moderator, “The Extent of the Parties' Obligations to Provide Information During the Grievance Process”; Vermont Labor Relations Conference; November 28, 2012
  • Presenter, “Eminent Domain: Key Trial Tactics”; National Business Institute (NBI); February 2010