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Stephen J. Soule Director

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Office: 802.658.2311

Stephen Soule is a senior litigation lawyer focused on trials and appeals of complex civil lawsuits involving a multiplicity of parties, witnesses, issues, and evidence. Steve has worked for clients as diverse as natural gas companies, supermarket chains, furnace manufacturers, airplane and tire manufacturers, and individuals. Steve’s clients include institutions such as Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, the State of Vermont, the University of Vermont, Peoples United Bank (formerly Chittenden Bank), Omya-White Pigment Company, and the Eden Park Nursing Homes in product liability and property damage litigation.

Steve frequently serves as local counsel on behalf of attorneys handling litigation in the State and Federal courts in Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. He brings a high degree of professionalism and sensitivity to each matter and provides superior service while respecting existing attorney/client relationships.

Steve has been instrumental in implementing and utilizing state-of-the-art legal technologies at PF+C that provide a vital communications tool, enable up-to-the-minute access to information, and facilitate the sophisticated strategic planning that produces results for clients.

Professional + Community

American Bar Association

Chittenden County Bar Association

New Hampshire Bar Association

Vermont Bar Association

Baird Center for Families and Children, past President of the Family Advisory Council

Camp Exclamation Point, Inc., fundraiser and grant writer

Howard Center, former member of the Board of Trustees

Lawyer Pilot Bar Association, former member

March of Dimes

Honors

America’s Leading Lawyers

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rating

New England Super Lawyers, 2007 – 2009, 2014 – 2017

Publications

“Sipple v. Sears – A Classic Slip and Fall Case.” National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association. 1 Aug. 2012 <http://nrrda.org>.

“Insurance coverage for common law negligence for injuries in bar fight?” National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association. 7 Aug. 2012 <http://nrrda.org>.

“Managers, Landlords and Lessors, Oh My! What Does it Mean To Be An Additional Insured?” National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association. 19 April 2013 <http://nrrda.org>.

Representative Matters

Hyannis Anglers Club, Inc. v. Harris Warren Commercial Kitchens, 91 Mass.App.Ct. 555, 78 N.E.3d 784 (2017)

Gilbeau v. Department of Corrections, et. al., Supreme Court of Vermont, December 1, 2016, Not Reported in A.3d, 2016 WL 7353065, VT Supreme Court no. 2016-236

Heco v. Foster Motors, et. al., 114 A.3d, 2015 VT 3

Curran v. Building Fund, 88 A.3d 1204, 2013 VT 118

Estate of Robert Hathaway v. Tucker, et. al., 2010 VT 114 (2010)

Bessette v. Department of Corrections, 2007 VT 42, 928 A.2d 514

Systems & Software, Inc. v. Barnes, 178 Vt. 389, 886 A.2d 7622 (2005)

Union Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. Joerg, 824 A.2d 586, 2003 VT 27

Derosier v. Pawtucket Mut. Ins. Co., 819 A.2d 739, 2003 VT 6

Knisely v. Central Vermont Hosp., 171 Vt. 664, 769 A.2d 5

Debus v. Grand Union Stores of Vermont, 159 Vt. 537, 621 A.2d 1288 (1993)

Howard Bank, N.A. v. Estate of Pope, 156 Vt. 537, 593 A.2d 471 (1991)

Northern Aircraft, Inc. v. Reed, 154 Vt. 36, 572 A.2d 1382 (1990)

University of Vermont v. W.R. Grace & Co., 158 Vt. 287, 565 A.2d 1354, 57 Ed. Law Rep. 163, Prod.Liab.Rep. (CCH) P 12, 300 (1989)

Westchester Fire Ins. Co. v. Deuso, 146 Vt. 424, 505 A.2d 666 (1985)

Cavanaugh v. Abbott Laboratories, 145 Vt. 516, 496 A.2d 154, (1985)

Hobbies + Interests

Steve is a licensed private pilot. He built and flies N227RV, an experimental two-place all-aluminum aerobatic aircraft.