James A. Dumont

Counselor at Law

James Dumont

 

James A. Dumont, Esq.

James A. Dumont graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1975. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1978, where he was co-Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Jim clerked for the Hon. James S. Holden, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, for one year and then served as a Public Defender in the Chittenden County and Franklin-Grand Isle districts for two years.

James A. DumontIn 1981, Jim joined Sessions & Keiner in Middlebury, and the firm was reconstituted as Sessions Keiner & Dumont in 1982. Jim formed his own law firm in Bristol in 2003. The photograph on this website shows Jim’s office in Bristol, the historic National Bank of Bristol building built in 1926.

For many years, Jim has concentrated on civil and administrative litigation, principally employment law, personal injury law, energy law, environmental law and representation of victims of deceptive real estate sales.

Jim has extensive experience with criminal law, including a widely publicized jury acquittal of a mentally handicapped man who had confessed to murder. He has obtained jury acquittals of numerous other felony and misdemeanor charges. However, Jim has chosen to restrict his practice at this time to civil matters. He is not currently accepting clients charged with criminal offenses.

In the 1980s, Jim taught Environmental and Land Use Litigation at Vermont Law School. He also served as the Reporter for the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committees on Rules of Civil Procedure, Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Family Procedure and Probate Procedure for seven years. His duties included acting as staff person for each Committee, and authoring the Reporter’s Notes that appear in the published volume of rules and that accompany and explain each new rule and rule change. Jim currently is a member of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure.

In 2002, Jim was appointed by the Vermont Commissioner of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA) to preside as the Hearing Officer in the State's investigation of Fletcher Allen Health Care's troubled Renaissance Project. After Jim examined initial evidence and received detailed arguments from FAHC and the Commissioner's office, he issued a ruling rejecting certain of FAHC's procedural defenses and accepting others. The Commissioner and FAHC then reached a settlement.

Jim is active in the Vermont Employment Lawyers Association. Until recently, he was President of the Association.

Jim is a trained mediator. He has successfully served as a mediator in many cases in state and federal court.

Jim also serves as Chairman of the Board of Community Health Services of Addison County, known as the Open Door Clinic, which provides free medical care to the uninsured.

Jim has taught many courses for other lawyers, in the areas of procedure, evidence, employment law and the environment. In 2001, Jim was awarded the Vermont Bar Association’s Public Service Award.

Jim's office is located on Main Street in Bristol, about half way between Rutland and Burlington. Jim has represented clients from Highgate Center to Hardwick to Brattleboro to Bennington. He routinely meets with clients at their homes or offices across the state.

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