Governor Scott Selects Two New Judges

For Immediate Release

Monday, September 30, 2019


Rebecca Kelley, Office of the Governor

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Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointments of Kerry Ann McDonald-Cady of Dover and Lisa Warren of Waterford to the Superior Court, which is the state’s trial court consisting of civil, criminal, environmental, family and probate divisions.


“I’m proud to appoint both Lisa and Kerry to the judiciary, and I’m grateful for their willingness to serve Vermonters in this new capacity,” said Governor Scott. “Both of them have demonstrated integrity, commitment to justice, and bring valuable experience to the bench.”


McDonald-Cady replaces former Superior Judge David Howard and will be assigned to the west region of the Superior Court, primarily in Rutland and Bennington counties. Warren replaces former Superior Judge Dennis Pearson, and will be assigned to the north region, consisting of the Northeast Kingdom and Washington County.


“Public safety is a top responsibility of any government, and the judicial branch has an important role. Lisa and Kerry both have a record of sound legal judgement to ensure justice, which protects the vulnerable and upholds public safety,” added Governor Scott.


About Kerry Ann McDonald-Cady

McDonald-Cady has served as a deputy state's attorney in Windham County since 2010, representing the state of Vermont in litigating juvenile abuse, neglect and delinquency cases in the family division, as well as litigating criminal cases focusing on physical abuse of children. Prior to joining the Windham County State's Attorney’s Office, she was an associate in the law firm Fisher & Fisher for seven years, practicing in the areas of real property, probate and municipal law, as well as civil litigation. She was recognized for her work in the juvenile docket and received the Vermont Justice for Children Task Force award for "Exemplary Child Protection and Juvenile Justice Work" in 2012 and later joined the statewide task force as a member in 2016. Outside of the practice of law, she was a member of the Dover School Board and is a current member of the River Valleys Unified School District School Board. She graduated cum laude from Binghamton University and received her Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School.


About Lisa Warren

Warren has been a prosecutor since 2005 and has served as the Caledonia County state’s attorney since March 2009 when she was appointed by Governor James H. Douglas. As state's attorney, Warren has prosecuted a variety of cases including homicides, sexual assaults, domestic assaults and property crimes, as well as handled juvenile cases, post-conviction relief cases and appeals. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Warren was in private practice for eight years, and worked as a deputy clerk at the Caledonia County Court in the civil division. Warren received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College, and later clerked for the bar exam and became an attorney in 1995. Warren and her husband, James, have been married for 31 years and are the proud parents of two adult daughters.