Mr. Joseph E. McNeil

Senior Partner
McNeil Leddy & Sheahan, PC
271 South Union Street
Burlington, VT 5401
802 863-4531
802 863-1743
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Professional Work History:

JOSEPH E. McNEIL, born Burlington, Vermont, August 1, 1944; admitted to bar, 1969, Vermont; 1972, U.S. District Court, District of Vermont; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1989, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: St. Michael?s College (B.A., 1966, cum laude); University of Notre Dame (J.D., 1969). Delta Epsilon Sigma, National Academic Honor Society. Notre Dame Moot Court Team Competitor; Lecturer, Employment Law, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques , Vermont Bar Association; Vermont League of Cities & Towns and National Business Institute; Deputy State?s Attorney, Chittenden County, 1969-1970. City Attorney and Corporation Counsel, Burlington, Vermont, 1970 ? 2007; Instructor, CLE Skills Course on Zoning, Planning and Land Development, Vermont Bar Association; National Chair of Zoning, Planning and Land Use Section of International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), 2003-2006; Co-author, Effective Interaction of Planning Commissions, Planners and Attorneys, Journal of the American Planning Association, Winter, 2005; Regional Vice President of IMLA for New York, Conn. and Vt., 2006 to present; Chief Labor Negotiator for the State of Vermont, 1998-2004; Labor Counsel and Chief Negotiator for the Vermont Judiciary, 2001 to present; Employment Counsel and Chief Negotiator for City of Burlington, Vermont and Burlington, Vermont School District, 1970 to present; Employment Counsel and Chief Negotiator for Chittenden County Transportation Authority, 2000 to present and Howard Center for Community Services, Vermont, 1980 to present; Counsel, employment counsel and chief negotiator to several additional Vermont communities, school districts and special purpose districts: Mediator and Special Master for Vermont Superior Court; Certified Mediator, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, Cornell University IRL, 2008: Member, Board of Associate Trustees, St. Michael?s College, 1980-1986. Member: Board of Trustees, Burlington College, 2000-2004; Chittenden County, Vermont (Member, Employment, Land Use and Municipal Law Sections) and American (Member, Sections on: Employment Law, Land Use Law, Urban Law; Utility Law;) Bar Associations; Airport Operators Council International (Member, Legal Committee).

Dispute Resolution Experience

Vermont Superior Court, Special Master and Mediator, 2001 to present Lecturer, Vermont Bar Asoociation and Vermont School Boards Association-----Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques Mediator for Burlingtopn City Council Members and Mayor concerning disputed issues in comprehensive rewrite of City's Zoning Ordinance, July to December, 2007. Land Use Mediation for Vermont Environmental Court, 2000 to present Employment Dispute and Collective Bargaining Mediation of disputes in school districts and in public, semi-public, not for profit and private sectors, 1978 to present. Mediator for Park District, 1990 to present

Cornell University Dispute Resolution Training (Course titles and dates taken)

Employment Law Mediator Training, March, 2008

Other Dispute Resolution Training

Vermont Bar Association, ABA, International Municipal Attorney's Association and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service mediation seminars

Professional Associations

Vt. Bar. Assoc; American Bar Assoc; IMLA (regional Vice President); Vermont Association of Human Resources Professionals


Saint Michael's College, Vermont, BA 1966 Notre Dame Law School, JD 1969


Lee Suskin, Court Administrative Officer, Vermont Judiciary Thomas Fluery, Burlington Vt. School Board Chair Chris Cole, Executive Director, Chittenden County Transportation Authority, Vt. Dianne Lavallee, Clerk of Court, Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden County Peter Clavelle, ARD Corporation, Burlington, Vermont Richard McGuire, Town Manager, Williston, Vermont Kurt Wright, City Council President, Burlington, Vermont

Fee Policy

$200 per hr; $1000 per day unless otherwise negotiated, plus incurred expenses