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Montpelier city councilor named Burlington City Attorney

Dan Richardson will resign Capitol City seat to take Queen City post

Mayor Miro Weinberger Tuesday announced Daniel Richardson as Burlington’s next City Attorney. Richardson, a Montpelier City Councilor and partner at Tarrant Gillies, Richardson & Shems, also is Adjunct Professor at Vermont Law School, where he created the school’s first municipal law course.

Dan Richardson

“I am immensely grateful to Mayor Weinberger for this opportunity to serve the people of Burlington,” said Richardson. “My career began at the Chittenden Superior Courthouse, and it is an honor to return to the City that shaped me into the lawyer I have become. I look forward to working with the Mayor, the Council and City Staff to provide legal counsel and advocacy on Burlington’s behalf.”

Richardson graduated from Vermont Law School in 2003 with a Juris Doctor (JD), where he was also Editor-in-Chief of the Vermont Law Review. He clerked for the Honorable Matthew Katz and Honorable Richard Norton in Chittenden Superior Court. Richardson began as an Associate at the firm currently known as Tarrant, Gillies, Richardson & Shems in 2005, becoming a Partner in 2009. There he practiced Civil Litigation, municipal, land use, Act 250, zoning, energy law, and real estate law, representing over 20 municipalities across Vermont.

Richardson has also held many service positions for the Vermont Superior Court since 2003. He served as Acting Judge of Washington County Small Claims Court from 2011 to Present. Richardson has served in various leadership positions for both the Vermont Bar Association and the Vermont Bar Foundation. He served as the Association President from 2014 to 2015 and the Foundation President from 2016 to 2017. More information about Richardson’s education, professional experience and service can be found in his attached resume.

Richardson lives in Montpelier with his spouse Britt, their children Emery and Vaughn and family cat Enrique.

Mayor Weinberger will bring Richardson’s appointment before the City Council on August 9. If approved, Richardson would begin work in early September. Richardson currently serves as a Montpelier Ward 3 City Councilor and plans to resign upon approval of his appointment. Richardson succeeds former City Attorney Eileen Blackwood who left the position in June after 9 years of service to the City.

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