Shapleigh Smith, Jr.

Telephone: 802-859-7026


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Areas of Practice Concentration:

Intellectual Property, Insurance Coverage, Products Liability

Description of Practice:

For more than ten years, Mr. Smith, a shareholder and director of the firm, has concentrated in the following areas:

Intellectual Property

Mr. Smith advises clients on a variety of intellectual property issues. He represents business clients in litigation and the prosecution of trademark applications. He also regularly counsels clients regarding copyright and trademark issues that may arise in their business environment, including how to respond to "cease and desist" letters, insuring ownership of intellectual property and potential infringement claims. Mr. Smith also advises clients on internet related issues including domain name disputes, web development agreements, privacy concerns and trademark and copyright infringement.

Insurance Coverage

Mr. Smith has substantial experience representing both carriers and policyholders in insurance coverage matters. Mr. Smith is involved in every phase of the coverage process. He provides coverage opinions and representation in coverage litigation. Mr. Smith advises clients on a variety of matters, including coverage for environmental liabilities, business losses, intellectual property disputes, sexual harassment claims and uninsured motorist claims. Mr. Smith has represented clients in the state trial courts, in the Vermont Supreme Court and the Federal Courts including the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Smith is a member of the Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association.

Civil Litigation

Mr. Smith has an active civil litigation practice. He represents a number of large companies in construction defect claims. He also has represented petroleum distributors in toxic tort and environmental litigation. He also frequently represents companies and individuals accused of consumer fraud. Mr. Smith is listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business.


  • University of Vermont (B.A. 1987) - Vermont Merit Scholar
  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington (J.D., cum laude, 1991)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Vermont, also admitted to practice in New York.
  • Admitted in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Member: Defense Research Institute, American Bar Association.
  • Vermont Bar Association, Chittenden County Bar Association
  • Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners

Other Background:

Before returning to Vermont, Mr. Smith worked in New York with the law firm, Lord Day & Lord, Barrett, Smith. Mr. Smith is actively involved with his fraternity Phi Delta Theta, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees. In addition to practicing law, Smith serves as the Speaker of Vermont's House of Representatives. He was unanimously elected as Speaker in 2009 and prior to being elected Speaker, served on the Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources, Ways and Means and Joint Fiscal Committees.

Mr. Smith is an avid cross country skier. He lives in Morristown with his wife Melissa, son Eli and daughter Mia.


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