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Richard J. Windish, Esq.

I moved to Vermont in 1991 to attend law school, fell in love with the mountains, and never left.  I feel very fortunate to live and work in Northern New England, where I practice law with a great group of colleagues, try cases in historic courthouses, and enjoy life in a small town surrounded by mountains, forests, and abundant recreational opportunities.

My law practice concentrates on the litigation, negotiation and resolution of civil disputes involving businesses, individuals, and insurance carriers.  My primary focus is insurance defense and coverage litigation, along with a healthy mix of general civil litigation, family law, land use, and transactional matters.  I have represented both corporate and private litigants in various courts throughout the States of Vermont and New Hampshire, and I have tried cases in both federal and state court.  During the course of my career, I have successfully handled hundreds of cases for my clients.  I particularly enjoy practicing law in small town Vermont, where people are uniquely connected to their community and to the landscape around them.  I strive to achieve a positive outcome for each of my clients while upholding the traditions of the many great lawyers who came before me.

In addition to the practice of law, my true passion is hiking and outdoor recreation.  For more than two decades, I have been a volunteer leader with the Green Mountain Club, whose core mission is to protect, defend and maintain the Long Trail, America’s oldest long distance trail, including all of its numerous side trails and trail structures.  I am a strong believer in public land, and I have devoted thousands of hours to trail maintenance, land protection and stewardship, and advocacy, for which I was recently awarded GMC’s Honorary Life Membership.  I routinely perform trail work and maintenance on a section of the Long Trail in Southern Vermont.  More recently, my daughters and I adopted a section of the Appalachian Trail near our home in Windsor County.

Being in the woods, on a hiking trail, is what gives me a sense of purpose and direction; conversely, many of the lessons that I have learned on the trail and in the mountains have also served me well as a lawyer.

I am a proud resident of the Town of Reading, Vermont (pop. 660), along with my wife Pam and three daughters.

Education
La Salle University, Bachelor of Arts with Honors, 1991
Vermont Law School, Juris Doctorate, 1994 

Bar Admissions
Vermont Supreme Court, 1994
U.S. District Court, District of Vermont, 1995
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1999
New Hampshire Supreme Court, 2006 

Professional Associations
Windsor County Bar Association
Vermont and New Hampshire American Bar Associations
Defense Research Institute 

Public and Community Service
Green Mountain Club, Inc. (Board of Directors, 1996-2016; Executive Committee, 2000-present; GMC President 2006-2009; Honorary Life Membership Award 2016); thousands of hours of volunteer service for Green Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, United States Forest Service, Green Mountain National Forest, and United States Park Service