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Jonathan Nelson Ward

Criminal defense Attorney at Rutland, VT

5.0   3 reviews

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About Jonathan

Learn Jonathan’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    All criminal cases in Vermont and New York including DUI.

    13 years

Since being admitted in 2011, I spent five years dedicated to criminal defense, specifically DWI. I have handled DWI cases on all levels from misdemeanors to felonies and Federal cases in New York. I then started practice in Vermont as a prosecutor in 2016, and now I work at Furlan & Associates dealing with criminal case mainly in Bennington Vermont but handle cases statewide. 

Licensed for 12 years
State VT
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 10/11/2020
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Furlan and Associates, PLLC
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Posted by Sithu | May 16, 2015
close enough shouldn't be enough to ruin someones life
John Ward was very professional and competent in his representation for me in my situation. As it was my first time exposed to the federal court system, he made sure I was well informed of my situation and my options. He gave me realistic projections for the possible outcomes of my options. I would recommend him and his law firm to anybody I know who is being bullied by government.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2013
Saving Me From My Return to MY Misguded Youth
The only issue was the new 25 year go back on punishment. But in his defense, the court, the STOP DWI program and even DMV were hard pressed to give me answers to my post conviction punishment.
Posted by SusieHohensee | April 22, 2013
Recommend Indefinitely
The entire time, while waiting for my court date, I was always kept informed. The price was a high sum amount at first, but they were able to work it out for me where I was able to pay it off over a period of time. My court case went well and my charges were dropped lower than what I thought, I am very pleased with the results and am thankful I went through with hiring him.
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Anelli Xavier, PC
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Contract Attorney
  • Excelerate Discovery
  • 2010 - 2011


  • Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies
  • 2010
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • MA - Masters
  • 2010
  • University of Richmond
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007
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Legal Cases

  • Vermont Domestic Assault Case
  • Not guilty on all charges


  • Vermont Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2017
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • 2011 - 2016
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2007 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
Endorse Jonathan
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jon since he was in law school, when I supervised him as a member of the National Trial Team at Syracuse University, and as an intern in the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office. Jon is hard working, dedicated to his clients, and skilled in the courtroom. I recommend Jon for any of your criminal defense needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A great contributor on avvo."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jon is smart lawyer. I've worked with Jon on many cases and I am always impressed with his work. I recommend Jon to anyone charged with a DWI."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jon Ward is a thorough and imaginative attorney who is constantly working to achieve above average results for his clients. He brings to the table a diverse background that enables him to "think outside the box" when confronting complex DWI-defense-related issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jonathan . He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Intelligent, dedicated, and motivated attorney. Highly knowledgable about his field of practice. I highly endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Ward is a top-tier attorney who has the results to back it up, and has developed an impressive reputation in the courts he appears in. He utilizes every avenue available to reach the best possible disposition for his clients. Not only is his legal expertise superb, but his ability to communicate with clients, keep them informed about case developments, and explain complex legal intricacies is unrivaled as well."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jon Ward is an aggressive, knowledgable and personable attorney whose familiarity with the complexities of DWI trial defense work has earned the respect of judges and prosecutors. He is comforable in the courtroom, and clients benefit from his consistently strong advocacy skills. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mr. Ward for some months and have been continually impressed with his dedication to his work and the breadth of knowledge he brings to bear on his cases. He is a skilled negotiator and is well thought of by all those he interacts with. I can depend on him in any situation to be prepared and to make sure a client's is fully informed and prepared for each step in his or her case. It is a pleasure to work with someone of his caliber."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jon is an attorney with exceptional knowledge of substantive DWI law. He also has noteworthy relationships with many prosecutors and judges across the State of New York. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs qualified counsel for a pending DWI."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jon is a great attorney who has been able to build relationships that are invaluable to his clients. Any prosecutor or court that has worked with Jon has nothing but exceptional things to say about his courtroom demeanor and legal knowledge. He works tirelessly to get the results that his clients want/need."
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Rutland Criminal defense Lawyer Jonathan Nelson Ward
Jonathan Nelson Ward
Criminal defense Attorney
Rutland, VT
Licensed for 12 years