Hayes, Windish & Badgewick

Our Team

Helena M. Gardner, Esq.

I was honored to join Hayes, Windish & Badgewick at the start of 2019, and have enjoyed diving into the firm’s busy practice.  My work has included a variety of insurance defense matters, private civil disputes, and contract and estate analyses.

My husband and I moved to Vermont in 2009 to start a family after spending much of our 20s in the mid-Atlantic.  Right after moving I started a position as legislative counsel with the Vermont General Assembly, where I spent almost nine years.  My family moved to the Upper Valley in early 2015, and it has been a great fit for us:  we have extended family in the area, enjoy access to great hockey and other recreational sports programs for our son (and abundant coaching opportunities for my husband), and take advantage of the area’s many cultural and recreational opportunities.


Princeton University, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, magna cum laude, 2000
Washington and Lee School of Law, Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, 2005


The Honorable Norman K. Moon, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 2005-2006

Prior Experience

Vermont Office of Legislative Council, Montpelier, VT, 2009-2018 (transportation law, motor
vehicle law, the Public Records Act, and the Open Meeting Law)
U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Washington, D.C., 2006-2009 (merger analysis)


Bar Admissions
Maryland Supreme Court, 2005 (inactive)
Vermont Supreme Court, 2009
U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont

Professional Associations
Vermont Bar Association|
Defense Research Institute
Joan Loring Wing Chapter of American Inns of Court

Public and Community Service
Volunteer cook, David’s House, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Volunteer “hoser,” helping maintain my town’s skating rink