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Robert S. DiPalma Director


Office: 802.658.2311

Direct: 802.860.4122

Commercial Transactions and Dispute Resolution:

Robert DiPalma’s commercial practice focuses on lenders in commercial finance transactions; intellectual property litigation, including trademark and copyright infringement, and opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Patent and Trademark Office; disputes arising under the Uniform Commercial Code; commercial lease disputes; and utilities before the Vermont Public Service Board, including rate cases and certificate of public good proceedings for the construction of facilities and related matters.

He has been involved in a number of intra-corporate disputes involving minority shareholder oppression or squeeze-out claims, procedural disputes under corporate by-laws, and other claims implicating corporate D & O coverage.

Creditors’ Rights and Insolvency:

Bob’s creditors’ rights practice includes the representation of institutional lenders and other clients in the workout of troubled debt, asset recovery, and foreclosure proceedings. He represents parties in all facets of Chapter 7, 11, 12, and 13 bankruptcy proceedings. His bankruptcy and workout clients include institutional lenders, 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, Community Campaign Vice-Chair, 2013; Community Campaign Chair, 2014


Benchmark Litigation 2011 – present

Best Lawyers in America® 2016-2019

Chambers & Partners (USA) 2011-2017

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