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Mission Statement:

     Pratt Vreeland Kennelly Martin & White, Ltd. is a Vermont general, civil practice firm with the ability to address most commercial, financial and legal issues that our clients will ordinarily encounter. At the same time, however, our lawyers concentrate their practices in specific areas so that each matter on which we are engaged will receive the attention of a lawyer specially suited, by experience or training, to analyze the case and pursue the desired objective quickly, effectively, and efficiently. Because of area concentrations, each matter will have the benefit of the expertise of other lawyers in the firm and of other disciplines outside the firm as circumstances warrant.

     Our goal in every case is the successful prosecution, advocacy or representation of our clients' interests consistent with the alternatives, remedies and solutions available under the law and within the economic constraints imposed by the client's financial situation and the nature of the case. We pride ourselves in being able to offer our clients prompt, cost-effective, and practical solutions to their legal problems while maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards.


Principal Biographies:


ROBERT S. PRATT

I was born in Rutland, Vermont, October 9, 1949, and attended Rutland High School (Class of 1967) where I achieved brief and completely localized fame as the captain of the state championship basketball team. I attended undergraduate school at Brown University, Providence, R.I., from which I graduated without distinction with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971. I then obtained the joint four-year, Masters in Business Administration at the University of Denver, College of Business, and Juris Doctor at the University of Denver, College of Law in 1974 and 1975, respectively, while taking advantage of the Rocky Mountains as much as diligent study would permit.

After working for a year with a Rutland, Vermont, law firm, I returned to school to do further graduate study at Boston University School of Law, receiving a Masters of Laws in Taxation in 1977.

Since returning to Vermont in 1977, and rejoining the firm with which I had previously been associated, I have worked primarily in real estate, banking, and continuously, and in the last twenty years almost exclusively, in the areas of estate planning, professional planning, business succession planning, elder law, probate and trust administration, and business organizations. Advising local professionals, developing business organization plans and documents, and preparing and implementing estate planning projects from simple Wills and powers of attorney to more sophisticated projects that involve multi-tiered trusts, business organizations, and other financial and personal management instruments, are the focus of my practice. I work closely with representatives of other disciplines such as accountants, insurance agents, financial planners, investment advisors, and trust officers, to develop integrated planning opportunities and solutions.

I completed a certified financial planner professional education program at the College of Financial Planning with the expectation that this course of study will complement my other training and experience and permit me to analyze and critique the plans and products offered to my clients, and to help them understand from an independent perspective, the benefits and costs of those plans and products, both for the businesses and their personal, and family situations. I have not sought certification as a financial planner and I do not do investment or financial planning.

I am married to Gail Mills Buck and have two children, Donald and Whitney, whose college education costs will keep me working until a very late retirement age.

Member: Rutland County, Vermont and American Bar Associations; Chair, Vermont Bar Association Section of Probate and Trust Law, 2005 -

E-mail:  rsp@vermontcounsel.com


NEAL C. VREELAND

I have been practicing law since 1977. I took my undergraduate degree, in economics and business, magna cum laude, from the University of Vermont in 1969 and promptly went on active duty as a career officer in the U.S. Army (Signal Corps). Four years, a wife and son later it was time for a change and I entered law school. After graduating cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976, I practiced with a large commercial firm in Buffalo for two years and then returned to Vermont as a principal in a three man practice.

In 1984 I joined this firm’s predecessor and bring to it a concentration in commercial and construction litigation, personal injury, bank counsel, business organizations, municipal law, real estate and probate.

My wife and I are long time residents of Poultney where I serve on the planning commission and as town agent and town moderator. I previously taught as an adjunct professor at Green Mountain College, a premiere environmental liberal arts college. Now I serve as a member of its board trustees and its executive committee.

In the early hours on fall weekends I might be found on the lake with my retriever, hunting ducks, and in the woods in the spring, chasing wild turkeys.

Member: Rutland County, Vermont State, American Bar Associations, and Vermont Association for Justice.

E-mail: ncv@vermontcounsel.com


TIMOTHY U. MARTIN

I was born in Hanover, N.H. October 13, 1956, and grew up in Woodstock, Vt. I graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Ma. in 1974, and from the University of Vermont in 1978, where I received a B.A. (mathematics) and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. I received my JD degree from Vermont Law School in 1981, and spent the following year as law clerk to several district and superior court judges in Rutland. Since 1982, I have practiced law in Rutland with Bob Pratt, concentrating my practice in real estate and commercial transactions, representation of lenders and borrowers, and appellate work. Often, I have worked as local counsel on Vermont transactions, coordinating with outside firms or in-house counsel. I belong to the American, Vermont and Rutland County Bar Associations.

My wife, children and I reside in Ira, Vermont and since 1987, I have served as a commissioner on the Rutland Regional and Town of Ira Planning Commissions. My pastimes include gardening and restoring antique cars and vintage radio equipment.

Areas of concentration: Bank counsel; real estate; appellate practice.

E-mail: tum@vermontcounsel.com


JOHN J. KENNELLY

I was raised with my five brothers and two sisters in Emerson, New Jersey, a small town in Bergen County. I graduated from Paramus Catholic High School in 1972, and attended Davidson College and later Ramapo College, where I graduated with a degree in economics in 1977. I attended Rutgers School of Law in Newark, at night while working first as a teamster, and later as a law clerk in the Hackensack, New Jersey firm of Gladstone and Hart. I graduated from Rutgers in 1981, passed the bar exam and joined Gladstone and Hart as an associate that year. I became a partner at Gladstone and Hart in 1985. In 1987, my wife (also a lawyer) and I decided to relocate to Vermont and start a family. I was admitted to practice in Vermont and began working with Carroll, George & Pratt, predecessor to this firm, as an associate. In 1989, I became a partner. My experience in the practice has been varied and extensive. I have tried criminal and civil cases and have briefed and argued appeals in state and federal courts. I have represented clients in large complex business transactions including mergers and recapitalizations. My practice is primarily focused on commercial litigation and the representation of creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. I also regularly act as mediator in commercial matters and have been appointed as an arbitrator in commercial disputes. I am a member of the Rutland County, Vermont and American Bar Associations. I chaired the Practice and Procedure Committee of the VBA from 1991 to 1997, and participated in the planning and presentation of numerous seminars on Vermont practice. I was the Chair of the VBA Bankruptcy Law Committee, from 2000 to 2005 and have actively participated in that committee’s annual CLE offerings for the past decade. I am also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute. My wife and I, and our three children, live in Mendon, Vermont where I serve as Chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

E-mail:  kennelly@vermontcounsel.com


JEFFREY P. WHITE

I have a general law practice with concentration areas in real estate law, bankruptcy law, and business/commercial law including commercial transactions, business organizations, employment law, and debt collection. I am a 1988 graduate of Fordham University School of Law.

I was born in Rutland, Vermont in 1955, and graduated from Rutland High School in 1973. I am a 1977 graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.A. in history. Following receipt of my undergraduate degree, I spent several years at the University as an assistant men’s basketball coach.

I attended the night division of Fordham University School of Law in New York, New York, while working in the legal departments or securities compliance areas of the former Paine Webber Group, Morgan Stanley and Company, and Bankers Trust Company.

I returned to Vermont in 1989 to work as an associate in general practice for Carroll George & Pratt, a predecessor to this firm. In my leisure time, I spend as much time as possible actively enjoying the outdoors. I am a member of the Rutland County, Vermont and American Bar Associations.

E-mail: jpw@vermontcounsel.com


Associates:


JEFFREY P. GUEVIN

I was born and raised in Arizona, have a B.A. in International Relations and a Master of Urban Affairs from Boston University, and studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Among other experiences, I worked on programs and policy in Massachusetts’s welfare department and spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, where I helped found a credit union. I took the Law School Admission Test in Ghana and returned to the U.S.A. in 2009. In 2012, I interned at the Vermont Superior Court – Environmental Division and graduated cum laude from Vermont Law School. I then joined this firm as an associate, focusing on nonprofit organization and estates, trusts, and probate.

Though raising twin toddlers with my wife now pleasantly occupies most of my free time, I sometimes play a little sax or guitar and often dream of sneaking outdoors to hunt or fish. I am a member of the Rutland County, Vermont, and American Bar Associations and the Vermont Planners Association. I also serve as a Town of Brandon Planning Commissioner, Rutland Regional Planning Commissioner, and Rutland Regional Transportation Commissioner (Alternate).

E-mail: jpg@vermontcounsel.com


Of Counsel:


SHAREN UNDERWOOD

I was born in Schenectady, New York in 1947. I graduated from Linton High School and the State University of New York, College at Cortland, where I received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education in 1969. I then taught physical education and coached women’s sports for fifteen years at the Shenendehowa Central School in Clifton Park, New York.

I was captured by the lure of Vermont and moved to Middletown Springs in 1984. I began working for the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department and spent the next nineteen years in a variety of capacities including court work, patrol work and administration. I started Vermont’s first TRIAD program, which targets senior citizens for direct law enforcement and quality of life services and programs.

I was invited to join a law firm in Middlebury in 1999 as a law clerk and I then entered the Four Year Law Office Study Program. I “read law” in the Middlebury law office, at the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s Office and finished my course of study with this law firm. I was admitted to practice in Vermont in November of 2004 and joined this firm as an associate at that time. I have worked in the areas of criminal law and general civil practice.

After six years of active practice, I became of counsel, and now spend more time satisfying my passion for traveling.

E-mail: sdu@vermontcounsel.com


MATTHEW D. ANDERSON

I was raised in Brandon, Vermont. I am a third generation graduate of the Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Rutland and a fourth generation graduate of the University of Vermont. While attending the latter I was a member of the University’s nationally recognized debate team and won a few large debate tournaments. After college I secured a job at Sun Financial in Boston assisting stockbrokers with securities transactions. I thereafter continued my southern migration by attending and graduating from the College of William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. That school has an on-going argument with Harvard regarding which started educating lawyers first. During that time I was fortunate to spend a summer interning in the chambers of Vermont’s bankruptcy judge and was allowed to write the first draft of a major opinion. I was also a staff member for the school’s constitutional law journal.

Following graduation from William and Mary I returned to Vermont and became an associate at the Rutland law firm of Webber, Reis, Holler & Urso located next door to Pratt Vreeland. While there I worked almost exclusively with civil trial lawyer Bob Reis, “carrying his bags” as second chair for trials and drafting all of his pleadings. I obtained first chair trial experience during that period of time by creating a criminal defense practice for the firm. When Attorney Reis passed away in 2011, I assumed leadership of that firm’s civil litigation practice, winning a jury trial and multiple cases via summary judgment, settling or continuing to litigate the rest.

Following the death of Bob Reis, I have elected to join the firm of Pratt Vreeland Kennelly Martin and White, Ltd., “Of Counsel,” in 2013. My practice continues to focus on civil litigation including commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, insurance coverage and defense litigation, and professional malpractice litigation.

When I am not working I spend the bulk of my free time providing respite to my yeoman wife from chasing our young daughter within and outside our home. I also golf, poorly, roughly ten times a year and captain a bocce team.

E-mail: mda@vermontcounsel.com

 

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