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www.vtacdl.com - Member Directory

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Norman Blais, Esq. Attorney At Law 289 College Street Burlington, VT 05401 Phone: (802) 865-0095 Email: blaislaw@sover.net


A general law practitioner, attorney ...

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A general law practitioner, attorney Norman Blais considers himself a throwback. He's been in solo practice since the '90s, working from a historic Burlington residence on College Street, known affectionately as The Lawyer Barn, where he leases space to seven other attorneys.

Last year, at 61, Norman Blais ran for and won a seat on the Burlington City Council. His decision to run was spurred by the death, in 2006, of a fellow lawyer.
"When Hilton Wick died," says Blais, "his obituary went on for paragraph after paragraph after paragraph, listing his accomplishments, his community service.
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It's not as though Blais hasn't had a life worth reading about. He once appeared on the Phil Donahue Show with his then-partner Mark Keller, to discuss a case they had taken (and won), representing a Bennington woman charged with murdering her child.
"It was a really tough case for us, because it was a case where the client was having trouble finding a lawyer because of the gruesome details," says Blais. "The baby was 6 years old, and she shot it in the chest, but then turned around and shot herself, and missed her heart by about an inch."
The woman was found not guilty by reason of insanity because of postpartum depression. "That developed to be one of the premier textbook cases for postpartum depression and is now taught at Harvard Medical School," Blais says.
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Blais also prides himself on being a solo general practitioner, confessing to be a member of a dying breed - "a throwback to how lawyers used to be. He has a fairly active personal injury, divorce, and criminal case load, and a diverse number of business clients, he says, adding that he tends to get involved more in cases that are likely to end up in court.
Hilton Wick's obituary might not have been the only inspiration Blais had for seeking public office.
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"I started as a young deputy state's attorney up in Franklin County, and ran into Norm when he was a defense attorney on the other side of the table. It has always been a pleasure to deal with him.
"Norm brings a grounding air of calmness in everything he does that rubs off on other people. It has made the council meetings more productive and the city council Democrats more productive."
Working with Blais is Darci Benoit, his assistant, whose office is out in the building's reception area.


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South Burlington released records to Burlington attorney Norman Blais pertaining to a September 2010 traffic stop by Cpl.

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On Oct. 11, Blais and McKenna accepted the records while promising to keep them secret from others while "evaluating the investigation for potential claims or litigation by or on behalf of McKenna.
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The city then reimbursed Blais' filing fees of $317.
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Gilbert, of the ACLU-Vermont, said the existence of a confidentiality agreement between Blais and South Burlington is not pertinent to the request by the Free Press or by any individual of the traffic stop record.
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When Blais appealed the decision, City Manager Miller denied the request again and said Blais' interpretation of a Vermont Supreme Court decision "does not render the documents at issue outside the scope of (the Public Records Act)."
Miller, however, on Wednesday, in explaining his denial of the records to the Free Press, insisted the "records in question are not public records," adding that the confidentiality agreement with Blais "did not change the records' status."
On Friday, his position shifted. "More correctly," he said in response to another Free Press request , "the records... are 'public records' as defined by the statute...." He then reiterated the argument the city made to Blais' June request and in his initial denial of the Free Press request, that the records may be kept secret under the provision of the law regarding documents that are relevant to litigation.


Norman Blais Attorney at ...

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Norman Blais Attorney at Law, Norman Blais

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Norman Blais Attorney at Law, Norman Blais
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A general law practitioner, attorney Norman Blais considers himself a throwback. He's been in solo practice since the '90s, working from a historic Burlington residence on College Street, known affectionately as The Lawyer Barn, where he leases space to seven other attorneys.
Last year, at 61, Norman Blais ran for and won a seat on the Burlington City Council. His decision to run was spurred by the death, in 2006, of a fellow lawyer.
"When Hilton Wick died," says Blais, "his obituary went on for paragraph after paragraph after paragraph, listing his accomplishments, his community service.
...
It's not as though Blais hasn't had a life worth reading about. He once appeared on the Phil Donahue Show with his then-partner Mark Keller, to discuss a case they had taken (and won), representing a Bennington woman charged with murdering her child.
"It was a really tough case for us, because it was a case where the client was having trouble finding a lawyer because of the gruesome details," says Blais. "The baby was 6 years old, and she shot it in the chest, but then turned around and shot herself, and missed her heart by about an inch."
The woman was found not guilty by reason of insanity because of postpartum depression. "That developed to be one of the premier textbook cases for postpartum depression and is now taught at Harvard Medical School," Blais says.
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Blais also prides himself on being a solo general practitioner, confessing to be a member of a dying breed - "a throwback to how lawyers used to be. He has a fairly active personal injury, divorce, and criminal case load, and a diverse number of business clients, he says, adding that he tends to get involved more in cases that are likely to end up in court.
Hilton Wick's obituary might not have been the only inspiration Blais had for seeking public office.
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"I started as a young deputy state's attorney up in Franklin County, and ran into Norm when he was a defense attorney on the other side of the table. It has always been a pleasure to deal with him.
"Norm brings a grounding air of calmness in everything he does that rubs off on other people. It has made the council meetings more productive and the city council Democrats more productive."
Working with Blais is Darci Benoit, his assistant, whose office is out in the building's reception area.


Burlington attorney Norman ...

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Burlington attorney Norman Blais asked South Burlington police on June 29 for the records of a traffic stop last year by former South Burlington Police Cpl.

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After going to court, Blais ultimately got the McKenna traffic stop records when the city reversed course.
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"They were provided to Atty. Blais and Ms. McKenna subject to a confidentiality agreement which expressly recognizes that the city maintains its position that the records are exempt from the PRA (Public Records Act) under the current circumstances," Miller wrote in an email.
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Blais' filing in Chittenden Superior Court, civil division, over obtaining the police records gives McKenna's account of the Sept. 8, 2010, traffic stop.
Blais wrote that O'Connor detained McKenna, who is white, at a South Burlington filling station after seeing her "in the company of an African-American male," court records state.
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Blais said in his filing the vehicle's headlights were working properly.
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"By its actions, it has placed a substantial burden on an individual who merely seeks information regarding the method and manner in which she was treated by a uniformed police officer," Blais wrote.
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After Blais, McKenna's attorney, went to court, but before any hearing was held, the city capitulated and turned over the records (with the confidentiality agreement) and reimbursed his filing fees.
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In this case, Blais was reimbursed his filing fees of more than $300, but no legal fees.

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