Tarrant, Gillies, Richardson, & Shems - Attorneys at Law

Representation in the Vermont Tradition for Municipalities, Individuals, and Businesses

Since our beginning when New Hampshire land grants competed for sovereignty and recognition against New York claims, Vermonters have known the value of good legal advice and representation in making one’s case. At Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson, we are a law firm dedicated to representing clients, helping them make strong choices and protecting their rights.

Our clients include municipalities, both large and small; businesses engaged in a wide array of endeavors, including construction, manufacturing, and energy production; and individuals from all walks of life. We offer a wide range of legal services.

From basic real estate transactions to complex multi-part permit issues to strategic legal planning, Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson provides clients with experience, knowledge, and sound advocacy. With over 115 years of combined private and governmental experience the attorneys at Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson are ready to represent.

Tarrant, Gillies, Richardson & Shems - Attorneys at Law

Representation in the Vermont Tradition for Municipalities, Individuals, and Businesses

Since our beginning when New Hampshire land grants competed for sovereignty and recognition against New York claims, Vermonters have known the value of good legal advice and representation in making one’s case. At Tarrant, Gillies, Richardson & Shems, we are a law firm dedicated to representing clients, helping them make strong choices and protecting their rights.

Our clients include municipalities, both large and small; businesses engaged in a wide array of endeavors, including construction, manufacturing, and energy production; and individuals from all walks of life. We offer a wide range of legal services.

From basic real estate transactions to complex multi-part permit issues to strategic legal planning, Tarrant, Gillies, Richardson & Shems provides clients with experience, knowledge, and sound advocacy. With over 115 years of combined private and governmental experience the attorneys at Tarrant, Gillies, Richardson & Shems are ready to represent you.

Municipal Law and Public Affairs

Municipal Law and Public Affairs

Estate Planning, Probate and Guardianship Law

We provide representation to families and individuals in probate matters to assist them in the following areas:

– Estate Planning

– Drafting wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, and advance directives

– Estate Administration

– Resolving disputes among beneficiaries

We can also guide you through the process to create or manage guardianships for individuals in need of care.

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Environmental and Land Use

Environmental and Land Use

Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson has an active land use and zoning practice representing individuals, businesses, and municipalities in local municipal zoning matters and Act 250 permit cases. We also represent clients in permitting and enforcement matters before the Agency of Natural Resources and other state agencies.

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Utilities and Energy

Utilities and Energy

Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson has an active public utilities section serving clients in the telecommunications, electricity and energy sectors throughout Vermont and the northeast. TGR’s energy sector combines years of experience working with the State of Vermont’s Public Service Board (PSB) and Department of Public Service and various State agencies, as well as federal agencies regulating and overseeing public utilities and alternative energy developers.

Led by TGR founding partner Gerry Tarrant, and supported by Daniel Richardson, our public utility team is known and respected throughout the northeast United States and Canada. Paul Gillies often becomes involved in utility matters as they may relate to local municipal development and real estate matters. TGR’s vast background in environmental law allows it to navigate clients successfully through the Section 248 process, Vermont utilities’ version of Act 250.

The legislative, legal, and regulatory landscape for energy generators and providers and telecommunications providers continues to undergo dramatic changes. From electricity generators to telecommunication carriers, companies needing Certificates of Public Good (CPGs) and other approvals, or that come under the jurisdiction of the Vermont PSB often turn to TGR when they require advice and representation.

TGR assists clean energy producers and land conservation groups, as well as regulated utilities make a positive difference in the rapidly evolving fields of energy and telecommunications law. TGR’s recent accomplishments include:

 – leading a Vermont farm through the CPG process to permit a methane generator in the northern part of the State;

– leading a hydro developer through the CPG process to transfer its CPG successfully to allow it to sell its investment;

– representing a small municipal utility in a CPG process to permit a gas generator;

– advising a small municipal utility on the municipal steps needed to invest in a local generation project;

– representing a national conservation group through the PSB regulatory process relative to the siting of a large statewide transmission line through one of its conserved areas;

– representing the State’s Emergency 911 Board in various PSB dockets and investigations;

– representing a statewide efficiency group and advising it on proposed energy and efficiency legislation;

– representing a wind turbine developer through the PSB process to obtain approvals to gain access to site weather towers to obtain preliminary data for potentially developing a wind turbine in Vermont;

– representing unions relative to the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant’s proposed restructuring plans;

As Special Counsel to the Department of Public Service and Public Advocate, Gerry Tarrant played a major part in drafting legislation forming the Department and became its first General Counsel in 1980. In 1985 Gerry was appointed Commissioner of the Department under Governor Madeleine M. Kunin and hired Michael Marks as the State’s Public Advocate. Gerry and Michael prosecuted several rate cases, and initiated and pursued many investigations and law suits while at the Department. Gerry also defended the State’s allocation of low cost hydro power before the New York Power Authority and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

While at the Department Gerry oversaw the introduction of the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA), and the expansion of energy efficiency and alternative energy projects. He oversaw the State’s first Twenty-Year Plan and chaired the Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel (VSNAP) where he oversaw the regulation of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant in tandem with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Gerry was involved in several large legislative overhauls while working at the PSB and Department and is familiar with the legislative landscape.

In addition to representing clients before the PSB and the courts, the lawyers at TGR have represented clients before federal commissions and the federal court system.

Many regulatory proceedings in Vermont require formal hearings, witness preparation, and presentations, including cross-examination of witnesses, before the quasi-judicial PSB or its appointed hearing officers. Many cases, however, do not and can be navigated through either a minor hearing process or through stipulation and settlement. TGR attorneys understand the regulatory process and always attempt easy, practical solutions if possible.

TGR is a full service law firm representing client’s needs in other related areas of the law including corporate and business formation, taxation, real estate, environmental, municipal and state land use and labor law. As clients’ needs expand into other areas of the law, the firm’s wide range of legal emphasis and commitment to vigorous collaboration across practice areas provides cost effective, and result oriented legal representation.

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Civil Litigation

Civil Litigation

Our approach to litigation is two-fold: Assess and Advocate.

Assessment: Know Your Risks

A lawsuit can be a risky and expensive proposition. Before you set foot in the courthouse, you need to understand the legal challenges, expenses, and risks of pursuing your particular claim. At Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson, we work with clients to appraise the legal merits of their claim and to understand the client’s goals.

If you are asserting a right or enforcing an obligation, you need to know whether litigation is the best avenue. Because of cost, the potential for recovery, the likelihood that litigation will accomplish your goals, or other reasons, it may not be. You need to know this as soon as possible, and you need a legal team that will work with you to find the best alternative solution.

If you have been sued or threatened with a lawsuit, you need someone who can help you to negotiate before expenses mount. We can advise you of your risks and rights and give you the tools to fight back in court or to try to resolve the matter fairly with the other party.

Your problems are important, and finding solutions that work for you is critical.

Advocates: Fighting in Your Corner

If litigation is the best or only solution, Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson has the experience and skills to represent you. The members of our firm are seasoned trial attorneys who have successfully tried cases to juries and judges throughout Vermont in Superior, District, Environmental, and Federal District Courts. We have successfully represented clients on appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court and to the Second Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in New York. We will work with you to develop and prepare your case for trial, navigating the unpredictable course of litigation. Our services include:

– Trial Preparation and Strategy

– Hiring Expert Witnesses

– Defending and Taking Depositions

– Discovery Management

– Witness Preparation

– Written Motions

– Trial Work

– Appellate Representation

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General Practice

General Practice

Most problems can be avoided with preemptive action. But choosing a safe and effective course of action is not always easy—it requires knowledge and understanding of the law and the potential consequences. Whether you are a municipality, business, or individual, we can provide advice and counsel over time to craft your policies and decisions to avoid unnecessary problems and liabilities and to put you in the best position possible when conflicts arise. Our attorneys offer insight in light of their trial experience and extensive knowledge of the law. Together, we will help you to ensure that your decisions and actions will hold up in Court and to public scrutiny—decisions that will maximize your benefits and goals in both the short term and long run.

Whether you are a business crafting an employment policy or dealing with a dispute; a town revising its bylaws or setting a policy for accessing public documents; or an individual trying to avoid a conflict with a neighbor, our firm has the tools you need to make the right choice.

We also provide representation in the following areas:

– Administrative Law

– Business Law and Corporate Planning

 Commercial Law

 Construction Law

 Employment Law

 Energy Law

 Health Care Law

 Historical Preservation

 Land Use and Zoning Law

 Municipal Law

 Property Tax Law

 Real Estate

 Solid Waste Law

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Real Estate

Real Estate

Buying a home is a big investment.  We at Tarrant, Gillies, Richardson & Shems are experienced in all forms of real estate transactions — buying, selling, residential and commercial, and can assist you through all steps of the transaction from the Purchase & Sale Contract up to and including the closing.  We are conveniently located in Central Vermont so can provide real estate assistance anywhere within the State.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

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Our Strategic Advance

Over 90% of cases won in court
in 2014*.

Perfect knowledge of your case
and ability to fully represent you
better than you can
imagine.

Full focus on the client’s case
with only one lawyer overseeing
the growth of the case.
Special focus on child
alienation with 100% of cases
won in this area.

Our Strategic Advance

Over 90% of cases won in court
in 2014*.

Full focus on the client’s case
with only one lawyer overseeing
the growth of the case.

Perfect knowledge of your case and ability to fully represent you
better than you can imagine.

Special focus on child
alienation with 100% of cases
won in this area.

Some of our Key Practice Areas:

  • General Civil Litigation:
  • General Counsel Services
  • Administrative Law
  • Business Law and Corporate Planning
  • Commercial Law
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law
  • Energy Law
  • Historic Preservation
    Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Estate Planning, Probate and Guardianship Law
  • Property Tax Law
  • Real Estate
  • Solid Waste Law

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