Joseph P. Bauer
Joe, the founder of the law firm, was born in Milford, Delaware in 1943. He and his family moved to Springfield, Vermont, in 1945. He attended schools in Springfield and then graduated from Marionapolis Prep School in Thompson, Connecticut, in 1961. Joe earned a BA degree from the University of Vermont in 1966. Following graduation from college, Joe worked in the insurance industry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for five years. Joe returned to Vermont with his family in 1971, where he read for the bar (a Court supervised four-year law office study program – JD equivalent).
Joe was admitted to practice in Vermont in 1975. Following his admission to practice, he immediately became a partner in the firm of Bing, Bauer and Cain, which had offices in Burlington and Grand Isle, Vermont. In addition to his private practice, from 1977 through 1979, Joe served as Deputy State’s Attorney for Grand Isle County. Joe and the Firm moved its Grand Isle County office to North Hero in 1984 and established an additional office in Colchester Village in 1993. Joe served as the managing partner of the Firm since its beginning in 1975 through 2015, during which time he oversaw the day to day operation of all three offices as well as attending to his practice.
Joe’s practice is diverse and varied. Generally, he practices all aspects of business law, banking law, land use/zoning, municipal law, real estate, wills and probate and estate/succession planning. Business litigation still consumes a substantial amount of Joe’s time. Both residential and commercial real estate, as well as land use/zoning are areas where Joe finds his plate full. Finally, estate/succession planning and probate are additional areas in which Joe excels.
Joe is a member of the Chittenden and Franklin/Grand Isle Bar Associations, the Vermont Bar Association, the New England Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Since his admission to the Bar, Joe has participated actively in his profession and held the following positions: Chair of the Vermont Young Lawyers Bar Review Course Committee 1975-1979; Member of the Committee for Continuing Legal Education from 1979 to 1996 and chair of that Committee from 1985 to 1996.
Joe received the distinguished service award from the Vermont Bar Association in 1996 and 2001. Joe served as the President of the Franklin-Grand Isle Counties Bar Association from 2009 to 2011. Joe also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the New England Bar Association from 1994 to 1997.
In 2015, Joe was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association. The Fellows of the American Bar Association is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership in The Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.
In addition to serving his profession, Joe has also contributed to his community serving as a member of the Burlington School Board from 1980 to 1984 and as chair from 1983 to 1984; as a member of the Colchester School Board from 1990 to 1993; as a director and president of the Colchester Land Trust; and as director and president of the Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Champlain Islands Economic Development Corporation. Joe has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Vermont Attorneys Title Corporation from 1993 to the present.
Areas of Practice:
Banking Law, Business Law, Estate/Succession Planning, Land Use/Zoning, Litigation, Municipal Law, Real Estate, Wills and Probate
BA, University of Vermont (1966); Court Supervised Four-Year Law Office Study Program (JD Equivalent)
Vermont Bar Association and American Bar Association