Becca is a thoughtful and thorough advocate who brings a practical, down-to-earth style to helping clients resolve complex legal matters. In her practice, she represents renewable energy developers, health-care providers, food growers, small businesses, nonprofits, citizens' groups, and individuals in civil, regulatory, and permitting proceedings.
Along with the other lawyers in the firm, Becca takes pride in helping clients whose values she shares. Her own commitment to public-interest work is reflected in her affordable housing practice, where she is currently representing a homeowner in potentially precedent-setting litigation on the fair taxation of property purchased through subsidies provided by community land trusts.
Becca also brings passion and an innovative legal approach to her representation of clients in civil rights cases, including her recent defense of a client in a challenging free-speech case heard in Vermont's Federal District Court, which involved application of Vermont's new anti-SLAPP legislation and resulted in a settlement. In addition to federal court, Becca regularly argues matters in civil venues as well as before the Vermont Public Service Board and other state regulatory commissions.
Becca joined the firm in 2006 after clerking at the Vermont Supreme Court for Chief Justice Paul L. Reiber and previously with several judges in Vermont’s trial courts. Before law school, she worked at a residential mental-health treatment facility, served as a volunteer to help people seeking political asylum in California, and worked for an international development group in Washington, D.C.
Member, Spring Lake Ranch
EXAMPLES OF MATTERS
Agriculture, Food Producers & Food Retailers
- Working with agricultural landowners and food growers to navigate permitting processes and maintain regulatory compliance.
Community Development and Affordable Housing
- Working with local community land trusts and income-eligible homeowners to achieve property tax fairness and equity.
Environmental & Natural Resources
- Worked with citizens' groups to successfully stop plans to develop liquefied natural gas import terminals on Passamaquoddy Bay, on the coast of Maine.
Real Estate and Land Use
- Represent clients in Act 250 and local zoning permit proceedings.
Renewable Energy & Clean Technologies
- Working with renewable energy developers to secure Certificates of Public Good for wind, solar, hydro, and biomass CHP facilities, including Vermont Standard Offer projects.
- Working with health-care providers to secure and maintain required authorizations and licenses, including Certificate of Need (CON).
Governmental Relations & Public Policy
- Advising political candidates and committees on Vermont's campaign-finance laws and other state and federal issues related to electoral politics and lobbying.
- Working with individuals on issues of free speech and technology.
- State of Vermont
- State of New Hampshire
- State of Maine
- U.S. District Court, District of Vermont