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Alison J. Bell

Biography

Alison’s litigation practice encompasses a broad range of commercial areas — including contract, corporate governance, unfair competition, trademark, real estate, construction, and banking matters — with a primary focus on employment law. She represents both employers and employees in all types of litigation, including discrimination claims, harassment claims, and overtime claims. She also works with employers to protect against litigation, including the preparation of employee policies, sexual harassment training, drafting of employment agreements, compliance with overtime, family and medical leave, and disability regulations, and advising on discipline and terminations. She has represented numerous restaurants, hotels, inns, and other hospitality industry clients.

Alison also acts as an arbitrator, mediator, evaluator, and special master by appointment from state and federal courts and by election of private parties.

Following graduation from law school, Alison practiced at Choate Hall & Stewart in Boston. She is recognized by Best Lawyers in America® as a leading attorney in employment law, for both individuals and management, employment litigation, hospitality law, and ERISA litigation. She was named by Best Lawyers as Vermont’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Labor & Employment Litigation for 2012, in Employment Law/Individuals for 2014 and 2019, and in Employment Law/Management for 2021. She has also been recognized as a leading employment attorney in New England Super Lawyers. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She serves on the Federal Court Advisory Committee for the District of Vermont and as a director and president of Housing Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation that owns and operates more than $65 million worth of low-income housing throughout Vermont.

Alison lives in Stowe, where she grew up. She skis alpine, cross-country, and back-country and plays competitive ice hockey, and enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, building rock walls, and spending time with her three adult children.

Education

Boston College Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1983); Harvard College (A.B. 1979)

Bar Admissions

Admitted to state and federal courts in Vermont and Massachusetts; U.S. Courts of Appeals, First and Second Circuits

Memberships

Vermont Bar Association; Vermont Association for Justice

Recognition

  Best Lawyers Award Badge

Litigation Counsel of America Fellow Best Lawyers Award Badge