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Rob Sussman is an owner and shareholder in the firm of Blodgett, Watts, Volk & Sussman, P.C., where his practice is focused on federal and state criminal defense, family law and employment counseling and litigation, and civil rights. He began his career in 1990 with the Dade County Public Defender’s Office in Miami, Florida. During that time, he litigated jury trials ranging from DUI to murder. He also has many years of experience practicing employment law, including five years as one of the primary employment attorneys for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. He has worked as a sole practitioner, during which he argued cases before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Southern District of Florida; as an employment associate with the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo; and as a litigation attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Labor. Most recently, Mr. Sussman worked with the Chittenden County Public Defender’s Office in Burlington, Vermont, where he handled many complex and high-profile cases. He has also drafted multiple appeals to the Vermont Supreme Court.

Mr. Sussman graduated from Amherst College (cum laude) and the University of Michigan Law School. He has been an adjunct law professor at American University in Washington, D.C. and St. Thomas Law School in Miami, Florida. He is currently a member of the Vermont Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and board member of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is on the Colchester, Vermont Town Planning Commission. He has been named to Superlawyers. He has a serious felony contract with the State of Vermont.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 35%
  2. Criminal Defense: 35%
  3. Litigation: 20%
  4. Civil Rights: 5%
  5. Employment: 5%

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  • William Van O'Linda Cristman Jr.

    Rob is a highly qualified attorney representing clients on complex and difficult criminal defense and DUI cases. I recommend him highly.


    William Cristman Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Behrens Venman & Sussman, PLLC

One Lawson Lane
Burlington, VT, 05401-8445


DCActive 199108/25/2008
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerVermont Super Lawyers2014
N/AVermont Super Lawyers2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerBlodgett, Watts, Volk & Sussman, P.C.2015 - Present
Advisor: Student Legal ServicesUniversity of Vermont2014 - Present
Public DefenderCity of Burlington2007 - 2009
Staff AttorneyFederal Trade Commission2002 - 2007
Adjunct ProfessorAmerican University1999 - 2000
Staff AttorneyUS Department of Labor1998 - 2000
Adjunct ProfessorSaint Thomas University1995 - 2015
Public DefenderCity of Miami1990 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Vermont Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member2013 - Present
Vermont Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Vermont Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident2012 - 2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Amherst CollegeN/AUndergraduateN/A