It is with great sadness that we inform you that our colleague Betsy Catlin passed away after a long battle with depression. Betsy worked at the firm for more than six years and was an invaluable member of our team. Her wit, wisdom, and unbridled determination to do good through her practice of law was evident in everything she accomplished here. We will miss her greatly – more than words can properly express.
Her family prepared a touching remembrance that is available here. Our thoughts go out to all of Betsy’s family and friends during this difficult time.
A member of the firm since 2009, Betsy brings intellectual rigor and a keen attention to detail to her work for clients in environmental, energy, housing, and municipal matters. She is currently working on significant cases the firm has pending in Vermont trial courts and the Vermont Supreme Court.
Betsy excels in working with experts in various fields, including environmental science, finance, and engineering, drawing out and helping organize the kind of compelling evidence that is key to prevailing in court cases and quasi-judicial matters. She brings a strong critical eye to evaluating large amounts of complex technical data, helping correct mistakes and inconsistencies that could otherwise negatively impact client outcomes, and identifying how to use the information available to make the strongest case for her clients.
A tremendous asset in litigation, Betsy was a key team member in one of the longest environmental court trials in Vermont, where the firm successfully defended a stormwater discharge permit for a major clean-energy development.
Betsy’s main interests lie in renewable energy and smart growth as she builds a practice around helping to solve environmental problems in ways that also encourage positive economic development. She assists clients in the full spectrum of their legal needs, from permitting and compliance to strategic advice, risk assessment, and litigation.
Betsy joined the firm in 2009 after clerking for Justice Brian Burgess at the Vermont Supreme Court. During law school, she worked as a research associate for Vermont Law School’s Land Use Institute, the Institute for Energy and the Environment, and a prominent regional environmental advocacy organization. Betsy is an avid equestrian who trains horses and riders and competes in horse shows around the Northeast, though her home base is in East Montpelier where she occasionally tries her hand at raising beef cattle and other farming pursuits.
Member, East Montpelier Development Review Board
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