Vermont Real Estate, Tax, Business and Estates Lawyer

Clarke Atwell

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Clarke Atwell

Practice Areas

  • Residential and commercial real estate, including title searches, permits and permitting, boundary line and right of way disputes, real estate taxes, etc.
  • Formation of for-profit companies and corporations, including drafting of all corporate documents (but not including shareholder companies regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission)
  • Formation of and application for tax exemptions for not-for-profit corporations
  • Estate planning, estate administration, guardianships, estate tax avoidance planning, trust formation and administration, family limited liability companies, family partnerships, and the like
  • Litigation, including partition of real estate, boundary lines, commercial leases and residential leases, breach of contract, etc.
  • Zoning and land use law
  • Many tax issues with the Internal Revenue Service and/or the Vermont Department of Taxes

Public Service
I do quite a bit of free legal work, and reduced fee legal work for elderly people with limited means, in guardianships and estate planning. Additionally, I have been active on not-for-profit boards and in local government:

  • Member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont board of directors starting in 2001. In 2002 I was elected board president, in which position I served for three years. I chaired a search committee in a successful search for a new executive director. I chaired a committee that evaluated whether to purchase a building or move ACLU’s offices.
  • Helped found Friends of the Nulhegan Fish and Wildlife Refuge, Inc. in 2006 and was its President from 2006 to 2009. Friends of the Nulhegan is an organization dedicated to promoting conservation education and education about the Nulhegan Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Town of Kirby planning commission and zoning board of adjustment member since 2004.
  • Kirby Town Agent since 1999. Though this sometimes involves paying work as the town attorney, mostly it involves giving the Town free advice on various legal matters.
  • Vermont Coverts cooperator since 2009.

More About Me
I grew up on a dairy farm in the Town of Steuben, in Oneida County, New York. My childhood was full of stories about the history of our family and the settlement of America – we are descended from very old New England and New York original settler families, though some of my ancestors also settled Nova Scotia and others, Pennsylvania, the Carolinas, then Alabama and Florida. From the time I could walk, I worked on our farm, caring for animals ― and, as I matured, eventually tending fields and gardens, maintaining and repairing machinery, and building and repairing barns and houses.

I went to grade school and high school at Remsen Central School in Remsen, New York, and because I received top grades on my New York State Regents math and science exams, was awarded the Bausch and Lomb Science award for my class (tying with another student for top grades ― we both received the award). I graduated in 1983. I spent most of my senior year in Brazil as a Rotary Club foreign exchange student.

In 1989 I graduated from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. During college I worked summers as a landscaper. In 1990 I worked for about 6 months as a botany intern for the University of Puerto Rico, identifying every tree larger than 10 cm d.b.h. on a 40 hectare section of the Caribbean National Forest.

I worked as a legal assistant and paralegal at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City from 1991 through 1993, before I went to law school.

In 1996 I graduated from Vermont Law School with a Juris Doctor degree.

I worked for Robert Gensburg, PC from 1996 through 1999, when we formed Gensburg & Atwell, PC. I was a partner in Gensburg, Atwell & Broderick from 2000 to 2009 and a partner in Gensburg & Atwell from 2009 to 2010. In December 2010 Carolyn Greaves joined our practice and we are now known as Gensburg, Atwell & Greaves (“GAG” is our acronym!).

My interests, hobbies and part time ventures include the following mix:

  • Botany, gardening, and forestry
  • Maple sugaring
  • Carpentry
  • Literature and history
  • Karate and weightlifting
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Building a 1000 square foot timber frame addition to my house, since 2008. I hope to complete it soon.