Sarah Gentry Tischler
Sarah is “of counsel” to the firm, serving as senior advisor and mentor in estate planning, trust, probate, charitable giving, business, and tax matters. For over 35 years, prior to shifting to her senior advisor role, Sarah maintained an active estate planning practice, serving the profession and individual clients.
Professionally, Sarah has presented on estate planning, tax, and charitable giving topics in numerous continuing legal education and community information programs. She helped develop Vermont Bar Association education programs on succession planning for woodland owners and on end-of-life communication. She also served on a legislative study committee developing guidance on long-term succession planning for owners of forest land in Vermont and on a Probate and Trust Law committee updating Vermont’s probate statutes. Sarah is a past-President of the Chittenden County Bar Association, and a former Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Sarah is also an active volunteer in the broader community. She currently serves as a member of the Selectboard for her hometown of St. George, Vermont, and previously served on the town’s School Board and as Town Meeting Moderator. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Age Well and Wake Robin. For Lyric Theater, she has volunteered both on and off stage for numerous Lyric productions and served on its Capital Campaign Committee. Prior non-profit board service includes Champlain College, the Vermont Youth Orchestra, Visiting Nurse Association of Grand Isle & Chittenden Counties, Essex Children’s Choir and the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation. She has also offered hands-on service to planned giving, endowment, and capital campaign committees of numerous local charitable organization.
Sarah is a dedicated “reduce, reuse, and recycle” advocate and holds a passion for the natural world. She and her husband enjoy the outdoors, their pets and livestock, and the ongoing adventures of their adult children, extended family, and friends.
Boston University School of Law (J.D. 1986); Swarthmore College (B.A. 1982); Champlain College, Stiller School of Business (Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner, 2015)
Admitted to state and federal courts in Vermont and Massachusetts
Vermont, American and Chittenden County Bar Associations
Sarah has been annually recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® — the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession — as one of their Best Lawyers in America® for her work in Trusts and Estates since 2012. Sarah has also been named by Best Lawyers as Vermont’s “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Trusts and Estates in 2015 and in 2019. Sarah’s numerable recognitions also include Vermont’s only state-wide business publication, Vermont Biz, which has repeatedly featured her in its yearly list of “Top Business Lawyers”.