Brian and his staff were able to sift through the details of the transactions, keep dialogue with a pile of contacts on both the seller and buyer side, and make a confusing transaction feel like a breeze to the properties involved.
I would highly recommend Monaghan Safar Ducham to assist in any real estate, environmental, civic or town related law matters."
– Meg McGovern
Donahue & Associates


Our Attorneys

Responsive, accessible, and diligent — that's how we run our small powerhouse of a law firm. From our offices in Burlington and St. Albans, Vermont, we pride ourselves on our high level of communication with our clients.

Ed is a highly regarded Vermont attorney with almost two decades of experience in the areas of civil, administrative, and criminal litigation. Ed helps licensed professionals navigate difficult legal and ethical issues, which includes Internet and social media issues.
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Christian ChorbaChristian Chorba
Christian joined the firm in 2017 following a two-year clerkship with Chief Justice Paul Reiber at the Vermont Supreme Court.  There, he gained substantial experience in many areas of Vermont law. He now practices in the areas of land use and commercial law and focuses on both trial and appellate litigation.
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James F. ConwayJames F. Conway
James joined the firm in 2017.  His practice includes representing the interests of Vermont municipalities and private clients in civil litigation, appellate litigation, class action litigation, military issues, business transactions, employment disputes, real estate transactions and land use law.
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Steven DuchamSteven R. Ducham
Steve has a special focus on representing farmers and agricultural interests in financing, acquisition, and divestiture of farm properties. In addition, he has worked extensively with statewide land trusts on behalf of landowners to preserve farmland and Vermont's landscapes for generations to come.
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Brian MonaghanBrian P. Monaghan
Brian is a co-founder of the firm and has spent more than a decade focusing his practice on representing the interests of Vermont municipalities. In that time, he has served Vermont's largest and smallest municipalities, and many between...
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Claudine SafarClaudine C. Safar
Claudine practices in the areas of land use, planning, zoning, civil litigation and appellate practice.  She has routinely represented landowners before municipal land use boards in planning and zoning matters. 
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Kristen ShamisKristen Shamis
Kristen joined the firm in 2006 and became an associate after completing Vermont’s Law Office Study Program. She has significant experience in the firm’s municipal law and business transaction practices, and has also supported the firm’s land use, litigation, and real estate practice areas.
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