My name is Zak Griefen. I graduated from Vermont Law School on a full merit scholarship in 2005, where I earned a J.D., cum laude, and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law, magna cum laude. During law school, I was the Vermont Editor of the Vermont Law Review and a student clinician at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic.
After law school, I served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Thomas Durkin and the Honorable Merideth Wright at the Vermont Environmental Court. The Vermont Environmental Court has broad jurisdiction over environmental matters, hearing appeals from municipal boards and commissions, appeals from Act 250 decisions, and Agency of Natural Resources, Natural Resource Board, and municipal enforcement cases.
After my clerkship I entered private practice with the law firm of Cheney, Brock & Saudek, P.C., in Montpelier, building a practice concentrating in environmental law and land use permitting.
In October of 2011, I joined the Conservation Law Foundation as an environmental enforcement litigator. In 2016, I was promoted to Senior Enforcement Litigator. I am curently admitted to practice in Vermont, Federal District Court of Vermont, Massachusetts, Federal District Court of Massachusetts, Federal District Court of Connecticut, Federal District Court of New Hampshire, the State of Washington, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Full Merit Scholarship||Vermont Law School||2001|
|Senior Enforcement Litigator||Conservation Law Foundation||2016 - Present|
|Environmental Enforcement Litigator||Conservation Law Foundation||2011 - 2016|
|Litigation Attorney||Cheney, Brock & Saudek, P.C.||2007 - 2011|
|Judcial Law Clerk||Vermont Environmental Division (formerly Vermont Environmental Court)||2005 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Vermont Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Trout Unlimited||Life member||2003 - Present|
|Sierra Club, Vermont Chapter||Chapter Chair||2011 - 2011|
|Sierra Club, Vermont Chapter||Wetlands & Water Quality Committe Chair||2010 - 2014|
|Glassford v. BrickKicker and GDM Home Services, Inc., 2011 VT 118||Plaintiff wins!|
|Rivers Development, LLC, Docket Nos. 7-1-05 Vtec; 68-3-07 Vtec; & 157-7-08 Vtec||Quarry denied.|
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|Green Mountain Daily||The Green Mountain National Forest, Climate Change, The Feds, & Forest Management||2011|
|Vermont Law School||N/A||Juris Doctor, cum laude||2005|
|Vermont Law School||N/A||Master of Studies in Environmental Law, magna cum laude||2005|
|University of New Mexico||N/A||B.U.S., cum laude||2002|
|Public Interest Environmental Law Conference||CWA Permitting & Impaired Waterways||2015|
|Public Interest Environmental Law Conference||Stormwater Citizens Suits||2012|
|Boundary Issues and Easement Law||Special Boundary Considerations, Conservation Easements, and Ethics in Boundary Law||2011|
|VBA Midwinter Thaw||Environmental Law Session CLE||2010|
|Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation CLE||Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation||2008|
|Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation CLE||Practicing before the Vermont Environmental Court, a Primer||2007|