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"Preeminent AV" rated Martindale Hubbell 1997 - present; Martindale Hubbell Preeminent Women Attorneys; "Super Lawyer" rating 2012-present; Martindale Hubbell 2015 Top Rated Lawyer/Litigation; Martindale Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer/New England 2013-2015;  First Assistant Federal Public Defender/Vermont 1999-2006; Director/Federal Defender Training Group 1998-1999; Supervising Federal Public Defender/Los Angeles 1992-1998; Visiting Defender/US Sentencing Commission 1997;exclusive practice area in criminal defense, primarily federal; appellate experience including US Supreme Court, 9th Circuit en banc and general practice in both 9th and 2d Circuit Courts of Appeal. Various publications regarding federal sentencing issues and selective prosecution. Media experience including television and radio. Teaching experience including Williams College interim term seminars and trial advocacy at Southwestern Law School. Guest lectures at George Mason Law School and Vermont Law School, as well as various bar association presentations on criminal law and sentencing; CJA panel in Vermont and the Central District of California; CJA Rep for Vermont 2006-7.


Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    25 years



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Contact Info

O'Connor & Kirby Attorneys At Law

174 Battery St Ste 3
Burlington, VT, 05401-6201


VTAuthorized to practice law200301/27/2015
NYCurrently registered 198603/13/2015

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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerO'Connor & Kirby PC2006 - Present
First AssistantFederal Public Defender1991 - 2006
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationVice Chair, Corrections and Sentencing2003 - 2004
American Bar AssociationCo-Chair, Defense Function Committee2001 - 2002
Vermont Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDirector2001 - 2008
American Bar AssociationCriminal Justice Council2000 - 2003
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1995 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
United States v. Armstrongultimately dismissed
United States v. al Fawwazin trial
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Publication NameTitleDate
Vermont Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysFederal Firearms Prosecution2004
Vermont Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysCollateral Consequences of Convictions2004
Federal Sentencing ReporterUsing Numbers to Attack the Sentencing Guidelines2003
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pace University School of LawlawJD1985