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Labor and Employment Law Associate | Brattleboro, VT

Downs Rachlin Martin seeks an associate attorney with 1-3 years of experience to join its Labor and Employment Law practice in its Brattleboro, Vermont office. Experience representing clients before administrative agencies in employment-related claims, litigating on behalf of management, counseling on employment matters and representing management in traditional labor matters is preferred.

Desirable qualifications include litigation experience, preferably employment law related, including drafting responsive pleadings, handling all aspects of the discovery process, and drafting discovery and dispositive motions, including motions for summary judgment. Experience with traditional labor matters including union elections, NLRB proceedings, arbitrations, and contract negotiations is a plus.

DRM is committed to client service and providing resources for professional growth and development. We offer excellent mentorship and training, as well as leading technology, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. Apply by visiting: DownsRachlinMartinPLLC.appone.com

(posted 8/11/2017)


Surety Bonds Claim Attorney

This position is responsible for managing all aspects of claims handling in accordance with MSA Claim Handling Guidelines for a full caseload of fidelity and surety bond claims. Investigates, analyzes and resolves coverage issues and settlements. Monitors litigation and outside vendors.
Assist in providing legal advice to Bond Underwriting and general guidance and training Bonds staff.

Role Education and Experience Requirements:
JD Preferred - will consider Bachelors Degree with equivalent Surety Claims experience
Minimum 1-to-4 years of litigation experience
Occasional travel required

To apply visit: https://msagroup.jobs.net/

(posted 8/11/2017)

 

Assistant Attorney General Position
Agency of Human Services/Department for Children and Families (DCF)-Family Services Division

JOB DESCRIPTION: a full-time AAG position is open to represent the DCF-Family Services Division primarily in the Family Services Division’s southern districts (including Brattleboro, Rutland, Springfield, and/or Hartford).  The duties of the position include the following:

--Litigation of termination of parental rights and other juvenile court hearings in the Superior Court—Family Division of Vermont;
--Representing DCF before the Human Services Board and Vermont Superior, Probate and Supreme Courts;
--Providing general counsel guidance to DCF employees on litigation, policy interpretation, and other matters as required;
--Representing DCF in administrative hearings at Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center;
--Training DCF employees and contractors on various legal topics;
--Other legal work as requested by supervising attorney, including litigation in districts other than those of primary assignment;
--Work with other AG and DCF divisions as required; and
--Travel to DCF district offices and Superior Courts across the state.

At least 5 years of experience in administrative, juvenile, family, civil and/or criminal matters.  Preference will be given to applicants with relevant litigation experience, especially if in Vermont courts. Candidate must be willing to travel and work independently but within the structure of a government legal team. Self-reliance, minimal IT skills and knowledge of state and federal child protection law, regulations and policies are a must. Candidates must be a member in good standing of the Vermont bar, or eligible to waive in, with excellent oral and written communication skills. 

This assistant attorney general position is an exempt full-time position. Salary and benefits will be based upon qualifications and experience in accordance with the Attorney Pay Plan. 

This position will remain open until filled. Please respond by sending your statement of interest and resume to Kate Lucier, Assistant Attorney General, HC 2 North, 280 State Drive, Waterbury, Vermont 05671-2080 or katherine.lucier@vermont.gov.  

The State of Vermont is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, handicapping condition and/or disability.

(posted 8/11/2017)

 

Title: Legal Counsel

Reports to: Managing Partner

www.vermontpackinghouse.com

In 3 years, Vermont Packinghouse has established itself as the premier niche meat processor in New England, producing healthy, sustainable, and delicious products in beautiful packaging. We receive livestock and send out products within a 5-hour-car-travel radius. We have grown to over 50 staff and slaughter over 300 animals, of mixed species, every week. Our staff is young and energetic, and our customer base ranges from very small backyard farmers to Fresh Direct and Whole Foods.

Legal Counsel is a new executive position focusing on business management. While a legal background is required, the position will work on project management, HR, external and customer relations, budgeting, planning, as well as regulatory/legal matters. This position will work with production, but will not have any direct production responsibilities. Experience in the meat industry is not required.

We are still a small company, but rapidly growing, so other things will certainly come up. We are looking for someone energetic, committed to sustainable agriculture, and interested in growing with our company.

Required Skills:

-        JD and registered member of VT Bar
-        Foresight and problem solving
-        Excellent verbal and written communication
-        Calm under pressure
-        Gravitas
-        Prior management experience
-        Ability to prioritize and organize one’s time and that of delegates.

Desirable skills:

-        Mechanical inclination
-        Farming experience
-        Familiarity with food processing sanitation protocols and HACCP
-        Experience in the food industry
-        Ability to drive a forklift, in a pinch

Compensation:

Salaried - $75,000 annually

+ benefits

(posted 8/10/2017)


SUPPORT SECRETARY WANTED

Office of the Public Defender, Burlington. Secretarial or receptionist experience and professional demeanor required; prior office experience in the criminal or human services field preferred. Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and comfortable answering phones with and greeting a sometimes challenging clientele. Must be able to prioritize workload, and work both independently and as primary support person for a legal team. Duties include: answering phones, greeting clients and others to the office, checking in mail, sending discovery requests for and collecting discovery at the prosecutor’s office, assisting staff with copying projects, compiling and mailing standards letters, and other related duties as assigned. Full-time, non-classified State PG15 position with benefits. Starting pay: $15.08/hour. EOE. Please email resume and cover letter by Sunday, August 27th to:  Mary.Deaett@vermont.gov

(posted 8/8/2017)

 

Foreclosure Attorney - Vermont
Shechtman Halperin Savage - Pawtucket, RI

Shechtman Halperin Savage, LLP, is a full-service regional law firm offering high-quality legal services. The firm maintains a standing commitment to excellence and a constant quest to exceed client expectations and has attorneys admitted to practice in every New England state.

Shechtman Halperin Savage, LLP has an opening in its Foreclosure/Default Servicing Department for a Foreclosure Attorney admitted in Vermont. The attorney in this position will oversee and work closely with support staff in drafting and reviewing all documentation necessary to complete a judicial mortgage foreclosure in the State of Vermont. The attorney may be engaged in related matters, including but not limited to, debt disputes and defense to counterclaim and other actions to enjoin foreclosure. The attorney will be responsible for overseeing all stages of the foreclosure process in Vermont from demand to recording of foreclosure deeds. This position will be located in Vermont working out of our Brattleboro office. The position will travel to courts in VT and our primary location in Pawtucket, Rhode Island as needed.

Primary Responsibilities include:
Represent the interest of mortgage lenders and/or servicers in all stages of the foreclosure process in Vermont. Review all statutorily required notices, correspondence, pleadings and other documents. Efficiently and effectively prepare and respond to written inquiries or disputes. Attend and argue motions and other hearings before the courts. Attend mediation sessions related to foreclosure proceedings. Work closely with and provide legal counsel to foreclosure clients throughout the foreclosure process.


Qualifications:

  • Possess a Juris Doctor degree.

  • Admission to the bar in the State of Vermont required; admission in other New England states a plus.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Detail oriented.

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.

  • Understanding how to deal with large and complex clients.

  • Ability to work in team environment to reach goals and objectives.

  • Ability to work directly with senior levels of management and to effectively communicate legal issues and obtain input and decision making within tight deadlines.

  • Talent for organization, efficiency, and proactive improvement of the status quo.

  • Ability to deal effectively with all employees and external business contacts while conveying a positive, service-oriented attitude.

Firm Amenities and Benefits:

  • Strong Benefits Package, including 401k retirement plan with employer matching, paid medical coverage, paid vacation and personal days, ten paid holidays

  • Friendly work environment

  • Onsite employee cafeteria with chef

  • Onsite fitness center and locker rooms

  • Free parking

  • Conveniently located right off interstate 95 and directly on bus line

  • Life and disability insurance

  • Opportunity for growth and professional development

Job Type: Full-time

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Resume to plamarre@shslawfirm.com

www.shslawfirm.com

(posted 8/9/17)


McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Burchard is seeking a hardworking litigator with excellent research and writing skills to join our diverse litigation practice. One to three years of Workers' Compensation experience preferred. Please send cover letter and resume to Keith Kasper, McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Burchard, P.O. Box 638, Burlington VT 05402. All responses will be kept confidential.

(posted 8/7/2017)

 


LEGAL SECRETARY WANTED

Prisoners’ Rights Office, Montpelier. Secretarial experience and professional demeanor required; prior legal secretarial experience in the criminal field preferred. Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and comfortable answering phones with a sometimes challenging clientele. Must be able to prioritize workload, and work both independently and as part of a legal team. Full-time, non-classified, State PG17 position with benefits. Starting pay: $16.66/hour. EOE.

Email resume and cover letter by Sunday, August 27th to: Mary.Deaett@vermont.gov

(posted 8/17/2017)

 


Springfield employment and labor management-side Firm, AV and top tier rated, seeks a mid-level Associate with a minimum of 5 years employment/labor based litigation experience and public sector collective bargaining experiences. Massachusetts bar admission or ability to waive into Massachusetts. Vermont, New York and Connecticut admissions desirable. 

Send resume, writing sample and salary requirements in confidence to Linda.Berrios@sullivanandhayes.com to the attention of Linda Berrios-Scott.

(posted 8/7/2017)

 

The Office of the Attorney General, General Counsel and Administrative Law (GCAL) Division, is seeking a full-time assistant attorney general to represent the Vermont Department of Taxes.  The individual selected for this position will represent the Department in administrative litigation and appeals to court and provide general counseling services to the Department’s Divisions.  The position is located at the Department of Taxes at 133 State Street, Montpelier.  The successful candidate must be a member in good standing of the Vermont bar or be eligible to obtain admission by waiver.  Candidates should have at least two years of relevant legal experience, and excellent oral and written communication skills; tax law experience is helpful but not required.  

This is an exempt, full-time, position. Salary and benefits will be based upon qualifications and experience in accordance with the State of Vermont Attorney Pay Plan. This position will remain open until filled.

The Office of the Attorney General is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, handicapping condition and/or disability. Applicants may obtain a copy of the EEOP Short Form on the AGO website.

Please submit resume, references and writing sample by email to: ago.info@vermont.gov. Please reference the position title: Assistant Attorney General/Vermont Department of Taxes in your application.  

(posted 8/2/2017)

Position: Deputy State’s Attorney

Location: Burlington, VT

General Information: The Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office has openings for two Deputy State’s Attorneys. These positions will require litigation in the Criminal and Family Division as well as the opportunity to litigate post-conviction relief cases in Superior Court and defend appeals in the Vermont Supreme Court. Admission to the Vermont bar is required. One position is an entry level position and the other position requires 1-2 years of experience. 

Salary: Starting salary is a minimum of $24.68 per hour but can be negotiated based upon experience. These positions will be eligible for annual cost of living increases as authorized by the administration, and longevity increases as authorized by the SAS Executive Director based upon available funding

Benefits:

-Twelve days each of annual and sick leave are earned per year.
-Twelve Holidays are paid per year.
-Life and Medical Insurance are available.
-Dental insurance is available after six months.
-Long Term Disability coverage after one year.

Submission of Applications:

*****DO NOT APPLY ONLINE*****

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:

Jennifer Bouffard - Administrative Coordinator
Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office
32 Cherry Street, Suite 305
Burlington, VT 05401
C/O: Jennifer.Bouffard@vermont.gov

Equal Employment Opportunity
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.
 
(posted 8/1/2017)

Junior Associate sought for busy 3-attorney employment-focused law firm located in Keene, NH. This is a full-time position with benefits. The Law Offices of Wyatt & Associates PLLC represents employees whose rights have been violated in the workplace and also assists employers in a variety of employment law related services.

Responsibilities include: Client interviewing and intake; Drafting discrimination charges; court complaints; discovery documents, motions, etc; General litigation projects and support; Legal research and writing.

Candidates with a past history or plausible future interest in practicing law in the Keene, NH area are preferred. Demonstrated experience or exposure to employment law is a plus, but not an absolute requirement. For more information about the firm, visit www.wyattlegalservices.com.

Please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to spatriquin@wyattlegalservices.com

(posted 8/1/2017)

 

The Vermont Legislative Council seeks three law clerks to support attorneys with drafting, research, and committee staffing during the 2018 legislative session. The law clerks will support attorneys working on legal and policy issues. These issues include energy, environment, taxation, finance, government operations, and employment. Clerks may be assigned to work on additional issues or subject areas depending on office needs during the session. 

Applicants must have a law degree. Admission to the Vermont Bar or to another state bar is preferred but not required. In addition, experience or a strong academic background in one or more of the subject areas is preferred but not required. 

 

 


The Vermont Legislative Council is nonpartisan and provides bill drafting, legal analysis, testimony, and other legal services to the Vermont General Assembly. Clerks must be able to work effectively with clients and other people who have diverse points of view. Work provided by a law clerk must be objective, unbiased, accurate, and thorough. Excellent writing and research skills are required.

The law clerk positions are temporary and will run from mid- to late October 2017 until May 2018, depending on the adjournment date. The positions satisfy the clerkship requirements of the Rules for Admission to the Vermont Bar. Compensation is $20.00 an hour. Other State benefits are not provided.

Apply by sending a resume, writing sample, and cover letter explaining your qualifications and detailing any experience that you may have in any of the particular subject areas via e-mail by August 25, 2017, to: applications@leg.state.vt.us. Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Applicants will be considered for each of the available positions regardless of interest in a particular position or subject area.

(posted 7/24/2017)


ATTORNEY

Rubin, Kidney, Myer & Vincent is a litigation firm specializing in personal injury, medical malpractice, criminal law, and family law. We have a contract with the State of Vermont to provide public defender services in Washington County. We are seeking a talented and professional criminal defense attorney with at least 2 years of experience. The successful applicant will handle criminal cases assigned by the court. We offer competitive salary and benefits in a great work environment. This is an opportunity for a highly qualified attorney to participate and grow in an extraordinary law firm. Kindly respond to: Loretta L. Larson, Office Manager via email to llarson@rkmvlaw.com

(posted 7/21/2017)

Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP is seeking an attorney to join their DEfault Servicing team. Ideal candidate must have experience handling default servicing, creditors rights, and/or litigation caseload, preferably with 3+ years experience. This is a full-time, permanent role within a rapidly growing organization. Vermont admission required, NY admission preferred but not necessary.

This position can be located in Waitsfield VT or Latham NY.

Please contact Brett DeLano at bdelano@schillerknapp.com

(posted 7/20/17)

 


Litigation Attorney

Gravel & Shea is seeking an experienced litigation attorney who wants to be intellectually challenged and is committed to providing outstanding service to clients. The successful candidate must have stellar academic credentials and exceptional writing ability.

Our litigation department is comprised of accomplished attorneys who have a broad range of experience and have worked at major national law firms and served as Assistant U.S. Attorneys. While we believe in working hard, we also believe that attorneys should be able to embrace a work/life balance.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to:

Michelle N. Farkas, Hiring Partner
Gravel & Shea PC
P.O. Box 369
Burlington, VT 05402-0369
mfarkas@gravelshea.com

(posted 7/18/17)


 

LEGAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Rubin, Kidney, Myer & Vincent, a Barre, VT law firm seeks an individual to support our litigation practice. This position will encompass administrative and paralegal duties. The successful candidate will have excellent communication and strong technology skills, be organized, self-motivated, and be able to work effectively as part of a team. This is a 25 hour a week position. Excellent salary and benefits. A great job at a fun place to work. Kindly respond to: Loretta Larson, Office Manager via email to llarson@rkmvlaw.com - please use Legal Administrative Assistant in subject line.

(posted 7/14/17)

Position: Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor

Location: Montpelier, VT

General Information: The Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) provides prosecutorial assistance with impaired driving cases. The TSRP serves as an advisor to the Vermont’s DRE certified law enforcement officers and assists in the development and implementation of impaired driving curriculum for law enforcement and prosecutors. The TSRP also devotes time to the furtherance of public policy efforts to reduce impaired driving. 

Summary of Duties: The TSRP will provide local assistance to prosecutors in DUI cases and will be available where appropriate to handle DUI prosecutions. The TSRP will handle and coordinate appellate litigation in the Vermont Supreme Court on highway safety issues. The TSRP will serve as the primary contact between prosecutors and the legislature on matters of highway safety. The TSRP will coordinate the highway safety portion of the State’s Attorneys annual training and continue to train law enforcement officials at the Vermont Police Academy and provide instruction in connection with regional and statewide law enforcement and prosecutor trainings. The TSRP provides outreach to community organizations. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Work is performed under sometimes intense office working conditions. Considerable human relations skills are preferred. Ability to work independently, exercise initiative and maintain confidentiality. Great attention to detail. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. 

Education: Admission to the Vermont bar (or the ability to waive in within six months) required

Salary: Starting salary is a minimum of $24.68 per hour but can be negotiated based upon experience. This position will be eligible for annual cost of living increases as authorized by the administration, and longevity increases as authorized by the SAS Executive Director based upon available funding. 

Benefits:

-One day of Annual and Sick leave are earned per month.

-Twelve Holidays are paid per year.

-Life and Medical Insurance are available.

-Dental insurance is available after six months.

-Long Term Disability coverage after one year.

Submission of Applications:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:

Ashley Perry-Office Manager
Executive Directors Office
110 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-6401
C/O: Ashley.perry@vermont.gov

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

(posted 7/14/2017)

The Office of the Attorney General, General Counsel and Administrative Law (GCAL) Division, is seeking a full-time assistant attorney general to provide general counseling services to the Treasurer’s Office. The individual selected for this position will provide legal counsel regarding all retirement systems administered by the Treasurer’s Office (Vermont State Employees' Retirement System (VSERS), Vermont Municipal Employees' Retirement System (VMERS), and Vermont State Teachers' Retirement System (VSTRS)).  In addition, the successful candidate will assist with review and drafting of retirement and other proposed legislation related to the Treasurer’s Office, and will provide legal counsel regarding issues related to unclaimed property, records management and retention, public record requests, and other areas as requested. The position is located at 109 State Street, Montpelier. The successful candidate must be a member in good standing of the Vermont bar or be eligible to obtain admission by waiver. Candidates should have at least five years of relevant legal experience, and excellent oral and written communication skills; experience with retirement benefit administration is helpful but not required.

This is an exempt, full-time position, with the option of a three/quarter time schedule as needs of the Treasurer’s Office may permit.  Salary and benefits will be based upon qualifications and experience in accordance with the State of Vermont Attorney Pay Plan. This position will remain open until filled.

The Office of the Attorney General is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, handicapping condition and/or disability. Applicants may obtain a copy of the EEOP Short Form on the AGO website.

Please submit resume, references and writing sample by email to: ago.info@vermont.gov Please reference the position title: Assistant Attorney General/Treasurer’s Office.

(posted 7/13/17)


 

 


Business Law Associate | Burlington

Downs Rachlin Martin is seeking an attorney with four to eight years of experience to join its very busy private equity practice at its Burlington, Vermont office. Qualified candidates will have experience in sophisticated debt and equity financing transactions, along with general corporate experience, including company formation and business acquisitions. Background and experience with complex company capitalization models, transactional IP and tax would be valuable in this position. DRM is committed to client service and providing resources for professional growth and development. We offer excellent mentorship and training, as well as leading technology, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package, including industry-leading paid parental leave and two generous retirement plans. To apply, please visit DownsRachlinMartinPLLC.appone.com.


Captive Insurance Associate | Burlington, VT

Downs Rachlin Martin is seeking an associate attorney with a minimum of two years’ experience to join its Captive Insurance Practice in Burlington, Vermont. Subject matter experience is not required, but candidates should have a background in transactional law and must have exceptional writing and communication skills and be interested in developing expertise in this unique practice area.

DRM is committed to client service and providing resources for professional growth and development. We offer excellent mentorship and training, as well as leading technology, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. Apply by visiting: DownsRachlinMartinPLLC.appone.com.


Business Law Junior Associate | Burlington, VT

Downs Rachlin Martin seeks an associate attorney with one to three years of experience to join its Commercial and Business Law practice in its Burlington, Vermont office. Qualified candidates will have relevant experience in the formation of corporations, limited liability companies and other business organizations, commercial loan transactions, equity financings (including private equity and venture capital) and mergers and acquisitions (including sales of stock and assets).

DRM is committed to client service and providing resources for professional growth and development. We offer excellent mentorship and training, as well as leading technology, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. Apply by visiting: DownsRachlinMartinPLLC.appone.com.


Financial Services and Commercial Litigation Attorney | Lebanon, NH or Brattleboro, VT

Downs Rachlin Martin is looking for an associate attorney with a minimum of two years’ experience to join its Financial Services Litigation team in Lebanon, NH or Brattleboro, VT. The ideal candidate will have both bankruptcy and creditors’ rights litigation experience, an interest in commercial litigation, and share a commitment to excellence, teamwork, and responsive client service. To apply, please visit: DownsRachlinMartinPLLC.appone.com


Corporate/Commercial Attorney | Lebanon, NH

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC seeks an experienced corporate/commercial attorney to join its Lebanon office. The ideal candidate will be licensed to practice in New Hampshire, have a portable book of business with compatible clients and have a minimum of ten years of experience in corporate/commercial law. The ideal candidate will also be active in the New Hampshire business and civic community and be committed to growing DRM’s regional presence. Relevant experience would include the formation of corporations, limited liability companies and other business organizations, commercial loan transactions, equity financings (including private equity and venture capital) and mergers and acquisitions (including sales of stock and assets, management buyouts, recapitalizations and reorganizations). Experience with ESOPs, B-corps or other focused practices would be highly valued. To apply, please visit: DownsRachlinMartinPLLC.appone.com

(posted 7/6/2017)


 

 

 

 

 

 

Merritt & Merritt – Intellectual Property Associate

Boutique corporate and intellectual property law firm located on the Burlington, Vermont  waterfront seeks an experienced, personable and intelligent individual to fill full-time intellectual property associate position.   Tasks will include counseling clients on intellectual property protection, including copyright, trademark and trade secret,  as well as evaluating proposed trademarks, prosecution of trademark applications, filing copyright applications and assisting the Firm’s patent agent with patent drafting and prosecution.       

Candidates for this position must have a Juris Doctorate degree and have at least two (2) years of prior private practice work experience.   Successful candidates must have a strong work ethic, be well organized, detail-oriented, and possess excellent contract drafting skills.      

Please send resume and references to Linda Dissinger at ldissinger@merritt-merritt.com.

(posted 9/17/16)*


 

Merritt & Merritt - Senior Corporate Associate

Boutique corporate law firm located on the Burlington waterfront seeks an experienced, personable and intelligent individual to fill full-time senior corporate associate position.   Tasks will include assisting clients to structure, negotiate and close sophisticated corporate transactions, including debt and equity financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions and other similar business transactions. Experience in intellectual property matters a plus.      

Candidates for this position must have a Juris Doctorate degree and have at least two (2) years of prior private practice work experience with corporate transactions.  Ideally, candidates will possess extensive experience working on private placement transactions and/or mergers and acquisitions.  Successful candidates must have a strong work ethic, be well organized, detail-oriented, and possess excellent contract drafting skills and general knowledge of securities laws.    

Please send resume and references to Linda Dissinger at ldissinger@merritt-merritt.com.

(posted 9/21/2016)*