"The right of the people to be secure in
their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause…".
4th Amendment, U.S. Constitution
That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation, or community, and not for the particular emolument or advantage of any single person, family, or set of persons, who are a part only
of that community.
Article 7, Common Benefits Clause, Vermont Constitution
Laura L. Wilson, Esq.
Ms. Wilson learned the law the best way, by doing. After earning her undergraduate degree from Yale University, she went on to complete Vermont’s unique 4 year Law Office clerkship. She began her clerkship with the Essex County State’s Attorney’s office and then worked as a law clerk for Sleigh & Williams, and Jarvis, McArthur & Williams, two of Vermont’s most renowned and respected criminal defense and civil litigation law firms.
Ms. Wilson is a trial attorney and litigator who focuses on criminal defense, general civil litigation, tenant-landlord law, family/juvenile law, and employment discrimination and labor law. She is passionately committed to the idea that every person charged with a crime--no matter how serious--deserves an aggressive defense and believes equally passionately in the American civil justice system,(“torts”) particularly for ordinary citizens from all walks of life. During her clerkship and after admission to the Vermont bar, Ms. Wilson has become skilled in legal research and writing and developed a no-nonsense but compassionate approach to evaluating cases. Finally, she has experience in researching, drafting and arguing appeals to the Vermont Supreme Court and/or the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Wilson has lived and worked in the Northeast Kingdom since 2004. She’s the former Town Clerk-Treasurer of her home town (hence her interest in municipal law!) and serves as Act 250 Commissioner for District 7 of the Natural Resources Board.
In an era when attorneys increasingly focus on just one or two practice areas, Ms. Wilson recognizes that a good rural lawyer must be able to take on a broad range of cases, from defending a DUI to putting together an estate plan.
Ms. Wilson is admitted to practice in the state courts of Vermont as well as federal court for the District of Vermont.
She speaks Spanish fluently.