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William F. Ellis
Practice Areas:

Burlington Attorney
William F. Ellis

Phone: 802.863.4531


Languages: English

Born and raised in Burlington, Bill joined the firm in 1988, and has been one of its principals since 1993. His practice focuses on public utilities, commercial transactions and complex civil litigation. Bill also represents municipalities on a broad range of issues, including land use, public contracts, property taxation and employment matters. He has conducted bench and jury trials in both State and Federal court, and has successfully argued numerous cases before the Vermont Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also regularly represents clients before the Public Utility Commission on public utility matters.

Notable Representations:

  • Successfully represented a municipality in a large, complex arbitration establishing the fair market value of a hydroelectric generating facility, and subsequently assisted the client in consummating the purchase of that facility.
  • Successfully represented municipalities in numerous land use permitting and enforcement proceedings in the Environmental Division of Vermont Superior Court as well as the Vermont Supreme Court.
  • Successfully obtained indemnification for one of Vermont’s largest municipalities for damages as well as attorneys’ fees in a personal injury action.
  • Successfully obtained a certificate of public good from the Public Utility Commission for modifications to an electric generating facility that allowed the facility to qualify for high-valued renewable energy certificates.
  • Successfully obtained a certificate of public good from the Public Utility Commission for a municipality to overbuild an incumbent cable television system.
  • Successfully defended at jury trial one of Vermont’s largest municipalities against claims of wrongful termination.
  • Successfully defended a chemical company against a toxic tort claim in Federal court.


  • J.D., Vermont Law School, 1987; magna cum laude; Managing Editor, Vermont Law Review
  • B.A., University of Vermont, 1984

Prior Experience:

  • Judicial Law Clerk, Vermont Superior Court, Rutland and Addison Counties, 1987-88

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Member American Bar Association
  • Member Vermont Bar Association
  • Member Chittenden County Bar Association


  • Supreme Court of Vermont (1987)
  • United States District Court for the District of Vermont (1989)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2004)

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McNeil Leddy & Sheahan, P.C.

271 South Union Street
Burlington, VT 05401
United States

Law Firm Contact: William F. Ellis / Michael J. Leddy

Tel: 802.863.4531

Fax: 802.863.1743



Member Since: 2017

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