One of the newest members of the firm, 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.
Contributor, Supreme Court of Vermont Law Blog
Member, East Montpelier Development Review Board
recent blog posts
Elements of Proposed Vermont Environmental Reform Bill
Legislative Report on Vermont’s Environmental Permitting – Potential for Dissolution of Environmental Court and Natural Resources Board
“Beginning Construction” Requirements for Section 1603 Cash Grants for Renewable Energy Projects
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EXAMPLES OF MATTERS
Renewable Energy & Clean Technologies
- Worked with solar energy developers to obtain necessary governmental approvals for some of Vermont's largest solar facilities, as well as smaller solar facilities sited on restaurants and public schools.
- Worked for Renewable Energy Vermont on the implementation of Vermont's Standard Offer program, including analysis of FERC issues and a proposed double-counting provision.
Environmental & Natural Resources
- Defended the issuance of a stormwater discharge permit on behalf of a major wind developer.
- Evaluated Clean Water Act implications for an underwater transmission line installation project on behalf of the developer.
Community Development & Affordable Housing
- Worked with nonprofit housing entity to develop solutions to zoning issues for housing for disabled and homeless people.
Municipal & Governmental Entities
- Prepared the Act 250 application for the Champlain Parkway on behalf of the City of Burlington.
- Worked with town planning commission to oppose construction of an improperly located development in Act 250 proceeding; involved in Environmental Court proceedings and Supreme Court appeal that upheld denial of permit.
- Advised solid-waste district client on issues related to diversion of compostable materials from the waste stream and other issues related to enforcing recycling ordinances.
- State of Vermont
- U.S. District Court, District of Vermont