Real Estate, Land Use and Permitting, Litigation, Commercial, Financing, Environmental and Renewables
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 1981.
- Drew University, B.A. 1976.
- Legislative Assistant, Patrick J. Leahy, U. S. Senate 1975, 1976-1977
- Director, Legislative Affairs, Food Safety and Quality Service, Department of Agriculture 1978-1981
- Associate, Butler Binion, Washington D.C. and Houston, TX, 1981-1983
- Partner, Langrock, Sperry & Wool, Burlington, VT 1983-2004
- Selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in various practice areas for over 20 years, including:
- Construction Law
- Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
- Environmental Law
- Municipal Law
- Real Estate Law
- Land Use and Zoning Law
- Litigation – Real Estate, Construction,
- Environmental, Land Use and Zoning
- Selected by Best Lawyers® as Lawyer of Year
- 2012 Land Use and Zoning
- 2013 Litigation-Real Estate
- 2016 Environmental Law
- 2017 Construction Law
- 2019 Litigation-Land Use & Zoning
- Named by Super Lawyers as one of the top real estate attorneys in New England every year since 2007.
Liam maintains a broad practice grounded in all types of real estate matters. Liam’s litigation practice focuses on property law, including disputes involving title and boundary issues, easements, adverse possession and prescriptive easements; public and private road issues; title insurance claims; land use, zoning and Act 250; construction, condemnation and tax appeals. In the course of his practice, Liam has represented landowners, developers, municipalities and neighborhood groups in matters before the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, the Vermont Supreme Court (16 reported cases), Vermont Superior Courts, the Vermont Environmental Court, the Vermont Environmental Board, the Water Resources Board, multiple Act 250 District Environmental Commissions, and various municipal zoning and planning boards.
Liam’s transactional practice focuses on representing property owners and developers to establish and manage their operating entities, to acquire, finance, permit, manage, lease and/or sell (including “1031 exchanges”) a wide variety of commercial, residential, hotel, recreational, office and shopping center properties, and to establish condominiums and common interest communities.
- Special Counsel to the City of Winooski in connection with the largest urban redevelopment project in the state’s history, involving the acquisition of 125 acres from multiple owners through sales and condemnation, obtaining master plan approval to construct over 300,000 sq. ft. of retail/commercial space, a 250-room hotel, a 43,000 sq. ft. municipal center, 800 units of housing, and 3,100 parking spaces in multiple parking garages, and then working with private developers to implement the City’s vision for a redeveloped downtown.
- Represented developers in connection with acquisition, development, permitting, financing and leasing of numerous commercial and multi-family housing projects.
- Represented property owner in 1031 exchange involving the sale of a commercial stable and the acquisition of an existing self-storage facility.
- Represented a municipality in Environmental Division and Supreme Court appeals that upheld the municipality’s position that blasting, drilling, and crushing ledge rock for gravel product does not qualify as “gravel extraction” as permitted under the municipality’s zoning regulations. The Supreme Court also addressed the statutory “deemed approval” remedy for municipal panel decisions.
- Represented land owners in the Environmental Division and Supreme Court appeals involving issues of collateral attacks on zoning decisions and remedies of land owners relying on incorrect decisions made by zoning administrators.
- Represented parties in Probate Court involving disputes between executors, trustees and legatees of will and beneficiaries of trusts.
Liam has served as a member of the boards of the Lake Champlain Land Trust, the Greenbelt Alliance, Goddard College and also provides volunteer legal services to a variety of Vermont land trusts and conservation organizations.