City Welcomes New Legal Counsel

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Thursday November 14, 2013

City Manager Kevin Dorn has announced the hire of new “in-house” legal counsel for the City. James Barlow, Esq., current Senior Staff Attorney for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT), will begin work for South Burlington November 18th.  

“For the past nine years, Jim has worked diligently to develop a reputation for being knowledgeable about the legal issues Vermont municipalities face, and for providing practical and reasoned counsel in managing these issues in a responsive and conscientious manner,” said Dorn.

With additional background in private practice as well, Jim received his BS Degree from UVM in 1991, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law in 1998. He is admitted to practice law in Vermont, United States District Court for District of Vermont, and is an active member of the Vermont Bar Association and International Municipal Lawyers Association.Barlow will assume many of the legal duties that the City currently contracts out to a private law firm, thereby reducing the City’s outside legal costs. Barlow’s responsibilities will include the drafting and review of ordinances, policies, contracts and other legal documents, Open Meeting Law and Public Records Act compliance, land use planning and regulation, employment and finance law, and interpretation and application of laws relating to the operation of Vermont local government.

“We are very happy to welcome Jim to our management team and to South Burlington,” said City Manager Kevin Dorn.  “Jim is truly the ‘go to’ expert on municipal law in his prior role at VLCT and he will be bringing all of that knowledge and experience to serve the people of South Burlington.”