A Full-Service
Litigation And
Defense Practice

Curtis L.S. Carpenter
  • Associate

Location:

Burlington, VT

Phone:

Fax:

518-465-0015

Email:

Practice Areas

Curtis L.S. Carpenter is a 1992 graduate of the University of Vermont where he received a Bachelor of Arts for Political Science. Before beginning his legal career, Curtis was a lobbyist for Associated Industries of Vermont (AIV), where he represented the interests of Vermont's manufacturing community in the Vermont Statehouse. Since graduating Magna Cum Laude from New England School of Law in 2003, Curtis has been admitted to practice in the state courts and United States District Courts of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine. He is also admitted to practice before the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals. His practice includes trials and appeals in medical malpractice, product liability, construction disputes, civil rights disputes, and general liability. Mr. Carpenter has tried cases in state superior and district courts as well as in federal court. He has handled appeals before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, since 2019, Curtis has served as a hearing officer for the Vermont Occupational Health and Safety Administration (VOSHA) Review Board, hearing and ruling upon cases involving alleged workplace safety violations.

Curtis lives in Lyndonville, Vermont, where he is an active member of the community, serving on the Planning Commission, the Development Review Board, and the Police Advisory Commission.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Disputes
  • Civil Rights Law
  • General Liability

Bar Admissions

  • Vermont, 2017
  • U.S. District Court District of Vermont, 2019
  • Maine, 2016
  • U.S. District Court District of Maine, 2016
  • Massachusetts, 2003
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2009

Education

  • New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 2003
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: West Outstanding Scholastic Achievement; Dean’s List 1999-2003; Book Awards for Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Employment Law, Torts, Conflicts of Law, Property, Administrative Law
    • Honors: 2001 Jessup Moot Court Team (Jessup is international moot court competition involving over 200 law schools from over 50 nations); Winner, Northeast Regional Championship; Winner, Best Brief Northeast Region; Second Place, Hardy C. Dillard Competition (The Dillard Award Recognizes the best set of briefs submitted in the Regional and International Jessup Competitions); Winner, Baxter Award for Applicant Briefs (The Baxter Award recognizes the best individual applicant and respondent briefs submitted in the Regional and International Jessup Competitions)
  • University of Vermont
    • B.A. - 1992
    • Major: Political Science

Publications

  • Dental Malpractice Decision Takes Bite Out of Statute of Limitations Defense, THE STANDARD, Mar. 14, 2014, at 30.
  • Massachusetts’ New “Disclosure, Apology and Offer Law”: A Prescription for Caution, THE STANDARD, Sept. 9, 2012, at 10.
  • Milward v. Acuity: First Circuit Strike Blow for Junk Science, THE STANDARD, June 10, 2011, at 10.
  • LPA, Inc. v. Herman’s Unanswered Question: Is the Clinton Administration’s Birth and Adoption Unemployment Compensation Regulation Consistent with the Federal Unemployment Tax Act?, 37 New Eng. L. Rev. 63 (2002).
  • 2000 Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition: Memorial for the Applicant, 8 ILSA Int’l & Comp. L. 271 (2001).

Reported Cases

  • Fed. Ins. Co. v. Vulkan Kupplungs-U Getriebebau, 463 F. Supp. 2d 114 (D.C. Mass. 2006) (successfully argued that neither Massachusetts nor Florida possessed personal jurisdiction over German part manufacturer).
  • Milward v. Acuity Specialty Prods. Grp., Inc., 664 F.Supp.2d 137 (D.C. Mass. 2009) (successfully argued that plaintiff’s experts’ opinions failed to satisfy the prerequisites to admissibility established by F.R.E. Rule 702 and the Daubert line of cases).
  • Leblanc v. Logan Hilton Joint Venture, 78 Mass.App.Ct. 699, 942 N.E.2d 970 (2011) (successfully overturned summary judgment ruling by trial court, reviving hotel owner’s contribution claims against architectural and engineering firms).
  • Leblanc v. Logan Hilton Joint Venture, 463 Mass. 316, 974 N.E.2d 34 (2012) (successfully preserved favorable Appeals Court decision upon further appellate review by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court).