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  • Vermont Law School
    Juris Doctor, Masters of Studies in Environmental Law and Policy, 1996
  • University of Vermont
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy, 1992

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Ed Adrian

Ed Adrian Ed joined the firm in 2014. He brings with him eighteen years of practicing law in Vermont, having worked for both private and public sector clients, in the areas of civil, administrative and criminal litigation. Ed helps licensed professionals navigate difficult legal and ethical issues. His practice also includes Internet and social media law, helping businesses and individuals understand the complexities of this rapid and ever changing area of the law. Ed provides counsel to Vermonters who find themselves having to make difficult decisions in difficult situations.

Ed comes to the firm having served as a State Prosecuting Attorney with the Vermont Secretary of State's, Office of Professional Regulation for ten years, the last five as the Chief Prosecuting Attorney. In this capacity, Ed litigated over a thousand cases before various professional Boards including Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and all of the mental health professions.

Prior to his service to the State of Vermont, Ed was an associate attorney at another Burlington law firm, representing municipalities and school districts throughout the State of Vermont. His experience includes practice before the Vermont Environmental, Superior, Supreme and U.S. District Court in a variety of areas, including land use and zoning law and general civil litigation. Ed is experienced in school personnel issues, requests for public accommodation, and claims of harassment and discrimination. He has litigated these unique issues in the Vermont court system, and before special administrative bodies such as the Vermont Human Rights Commission.

During his service as a Deputy State's Attorney in Franklin County, Ed litigated the entire gamut of criminal matters from Fish and Wildlife cases, to DWIs, to Aggravated Assault. During his time as a Deputy State's Attorney, Ed successfully defended several cases before the Vermont Supreme Court.

Born in Allendale, New Jersey, Ed is a 1992 graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy and a 1996 graduate of Vermont Law School where he received his J.D. and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law and Policy.

Ed's service to the legal profession runs deep: between 1999 and 2005, he held every possible leadership position in the Vermont Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division. Ed has also served on the Vermont Bar Association's Board of Bar Managers and was the Chair of the VBA's Government Non-Profit Division from 2005-2007. Ed was the District Representative for Maine and Vermont to the American Bar Association/Young Lawyers Division from 2004-2006.

Ed brings with him substantial hands-on policy experience serving local government. In 2007 Ed was elected to serve on the Burlington City Council. During his tenure on the Council, Ed chaired the City Council's Public Safety, Charter Change and Community and Economic Development Committees. He also served on the Parks, Arts and Culture, and Human Resources and Institutions Committees until his departure in 2012.

Ed gained "notoriety" as the "twittering councilor" using social media to bring active, transparent and meaningful communication to the people. For his efforts he was selected to receive the 2011 and 2012 Burlington Social Media Day "Politician" Award for excellent use of social networks to share, engage and participate.

Ed lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife Jen, a graphic designer, and his children Elsa and Henry. When he is not practicing law, Ed enjoys taking advantage of all Vermont has to offer with his family and friends. Ed also blogs on Vermont public policy and politics at and tweets from @CounselorAdrian.

Reported Cases

  • Whittington v. Office of Professional Regulation, --- A.3d ----, 2013 WL 5763108, Vt. (2013) (Court affirmed majority of findings, against nursing home administrator, decided after nine day hearing).
  • Devers-Scott v. Office of Professional Regulation, 181 Vt. 248, 918 A.2d 230 (2007) (Case of first impression affirming decision of administrative law officer regarding unprofessional conduct of a licensed midwife and creating the standard for review).
  • Town of Grand Isle v. Patry, 176 Vt. 627, 852 A.2d 573 (2004)(Upheld decision of Environmental Court requiring property owner to obtain necessary permits for development despite claim of exemption).
  • In re T.M., 171 Vt. 1, 756 A.2d 793 (2000)(Decision ultimately required Vermont Department of Education to promulgate standards to review home schooling applications).
  • State v. Tongue, 170 Vt. 409, 753 A.2d 356 (1999) (Affirmed jury conviction for driving while license suspended based on driving under the influence).
  • State v. Gardner, 167 Vt. 600, 709 A.2d 499 (1998) (Affirmed request to hold defendant without bail, based on a record of 17 DWIs and a charge of being a habitual offender).