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Robert S. DiPalma Director

Contact

Office: 802.658.2311

Direct: 802.860.4122

Bob DiPalma is a shareholder and director with Paul Frank + Collins P.C. and has been with the firm for 37 years.

Bob has a deep background in litigation, primarily litigation involving commercial transactions, having litigated more than 100 matters to final decision over the years. He has argued many cases before the Vermont Supreme Court, and several before the United States Court of Appeals (Second Circuit).

His practice currently focuses on commercial finance, development, and leasing transactions. He assists institutional lenders, developers, commercial landlords, and municipal entities in negotiating and documenting transactions, including credit facilities, commercial leases, development agreements, and real estate transactions. Bob also provides guidance to corporate and municipal entities on governance and related matters

In addition, Bob has a creditors’ rights and insolvency practice. He represents parties in all facets of Chapter 7, 11, 12, and 13 bankruptcy proceedings. His bankruptcy and workout clients include institutional lenders, commercial landlords, trade creditors, purchasers of assets, and other parties in their dealings with financially troubled or insolvent entities.

Professional + Community

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Bar Association

Chittenden County Bar Association

Harmonie Group

Vermont Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section Chair

Leadership Champlain Alumni, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce

United Way of Chittenden County, Board Member, 2013 – present; Community Campaign Vice-Chair, 2013; Community Campaign Chair, 2014

Honors

Benchmark Litigation 2011 – present

Best Lawyers in America® 2016-2020

Chambers & Partners (USA) 2011-2018

Representative Matters

Vermont Plastics, Inc. v. Brine, Inc., 79 F.3d 272 (1996)

Von Turkovich v. APC Capital Partners, 259 F.Supp. 2d 314 (2003)

In re Cavacas, 2004 WL 1661008 (Bankr. D. Vt. 7/22/04)

In re Gorruso, 2004 WL 169706 (Bankr. D. Vt. 1/22/04)

Downtown Barre Development v. C & S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., 177 Vt. 70 (2004)

Town of Killington v. Vermont Department of Taxes, 176 Vt. 70 (2003)

Hospitality Inns, Inc. v. South Burlington R.I., Inc., 153 Vt. 410 (1989)

Gettis v. Green Mountain Economic Development Corp., 2005 VT 117

Downtown Barre Development v. GU Markets of Barre, LLC, 2011 VT 45

SEC America, LLC v. Marine Electric Systems,  Inc., 2011 VT 125