Shortly after graduating from NYU Law School, Neil Moss was appointed by Governor Davis to serve as State’s Attorney. He was the youngest to hold that position in Vermont’s history. He went on to be elected to two additional terms. During that time, Moss worked to establish 204 Depot Street, a group home for local juvenile offenders, which is an alternative to juvenile criminal facilities or adult prisons, that continues today. In 1980, Moss brought together Pat Barr and Rolf Sternberg to found Barr Sternberg & Moss, one of the largest and most successful law firms in Southern Vermont. Moss was counsel on the landmark negligent entrustment case of Vince v. Wilson, now one of the standard law school text examples on torts. He has successfully argued before the Vermont Supreme Court and has had several of his cases earn the national media spotlight. Since founding BarrSternberg in 1980, Moss leads a firm that has served more than 4900 individual Vermonters, and he remains one of the most well-regarded and trusted attorneys in the state, earning a Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating of “A”.
Middlebury College, B.A., 1964 • New York University, LL.B., 1967
Vermont, 1967 • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont, 1969
Moss advises on personal injury and wrongful death litigation and is the firm’s senior managing partner.
Named by Super Lawyers one of New England’s Best Lawyers, David Silver has built his career crafting defenses for some of the most challenging cases and in many of the nation’s toughest districts. A passionate advocate for justice as a process, Silver began in the Bronx office of the Legal Aid Society of New York. He was later promoted to trial attorney for the Federal Defender Office in the Southern District of New York, where he successfully went head-to-head and toe-to-toe with the country’s best and brightest attorneys. Silver relocated to Vermont, working as a public defender and two years later entered private practice with BarrSternberg. It was at BarrSternberg he helped to build a criminal defense team reputed as one of the best in the state. Silver has since grown his practice beyond defense, leading many personal injury, wrongful death, and employment law cases that have helped individual Vermonters recoup damages from powerful business and insurance interests. Silver is a Director of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Association for Justice, Vermont’s trial lawyer organization. He is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Silver was one of the co-founders of the Bennington Meals on Wheels program and serves on the Board of Directors for the affordable housing Shires of Bennington and Arlington.
Boston University, B.A., 1979 • Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1983
First Department, New York, 1984 • Vermont, 1990
Criminal defense, Personal Injury, Employment
Named one of Vermont’s “Top 40 under 40” lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, Mike Munson has a reputation for excellence, having co-authored and collaborated on multiple U.S. Supreme Court cases, and argued before the Vermont Supreme Court. Munson has a diverse range of practice areas, including criminal defense, family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning, among others. He is a member of the Vermont Association for Justice and the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Munson was a Deputy State’s Attorney, and was past President of the Bennington County Bar Association. An active member of the Bennington community, Munson is a member of the Board for the Bennington Free Library and the Bennington Project Independence.
University of Virginia, B.A., 2001 • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2004
Virginia, 2004 • Vermont, 2008 • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont, 2010
Criminal defense, family law, estate planning and probate, personal injury, landlord/tenant, employment and bankruptcy.
Rachel Margulies Strecker joined BarrSternberg in May 2017. Strecker draws from many areas of legal experience including family law, environmental law, civil law, real estate contract law, and estate planning. Prior to entering full-time practice, Strecker taught and counseled students at Vermont Law School and Dartmouth College. At Vermont Law School she was selected as a Dean’s Fellow, teaching first-year students legal writing. Vermont Law School later hired her to represent the school as part of its admissions team. Strecker also managed a team of research assistants in the editing of, “Computing Governance: An Analytic White Paper;” put out by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. While at Dartmouth, Strecker advised pre-law undergraduates. In 2011, she interned at Vermont’s only environmental court where she researched Act 250 regulations and municipal zoning ordinances. Before joining BarrSternberg, Strecker was an attorney with firms in Rutland and Poultney, Vermont where she focused on civil and probate litigation, real estate transactions, estate planning, and pre-trial mediations. She graduated with honors from Vermont Law School in 2012 and was admitted to the Vermont Bar Association in 2012 and the New York Bar Association in 2013.
Flagler College, B.A. • Vermont Law School, J.D.
Vermont, 2012 • New York, 2013
Family Law, Estate Planning, Civil Litigation
Peter Lawrence is a tireless advocate for Vermont families, working to help clients receive fair and reasonable outcomes in life’s most unreasonable situations. Lawrence’s 20 years of practice in family law serves as the foundation for one of the most reputable family law attorneys in the state. Committed to his clients, his community, and to improving the justice system, he is a member of nearly every family law judicial committee in the state of Vermont regarding family matters, including the Vermont Family Division Rules Committee, the Vermont Family Division Oversight Committee, and the Vermont Family Division Experimental Project, which he helped to found. Lawrence also chairs the Bennington County Family Division Bench/Bar Committee. Aside from his commitment to improving how the Vermont State Family Division delivers services to litigants, Lawrence began his career as an educator, and gained early career experience assisting young people re-enter their communities through educational alternatives. He continues this work in practice and outside of his practice, most notably as one of the founders of Bennington’s sister city relationship with the town of Somotillo, Nicaragua. Lawrence remains of counsel at BarrSternberg, advising and guiding the next generation of family law legacies at the firm.
Boston College, B.A., 1970 • M.Ed., 1972 • Northeastern University, J.D., 1982
Vermont, 1982 • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont, 1987
Family Law, Real Estate Law, Employment, Appellate Practice
Christopher J. Montgomery
An experienced trial and defense attorney, Christopher Montgomery joined BarrSternberg in July 2015, adding to their distinguished defense team. A passionate trial litigator, Montgomery has practiced extensively in Windham County successfully defending scores of accused individuals from all walks of life. He continues his criminal defense work throughout Vermont, working with clients from Bennington, Windham and Rutland Counties. An aggressive advocate for strong criminal defense and fair trials, Montgomery is reputed for his tireless research of techniques, witness statements, evidence recovery, and missed angles. Prior to relocating to Vermont in 1996, Montgomery worked for several years in Texas where he focused on corporate, civil, criminal and immigration law.
B.A., Rice University • J.D., Cleveland Marshall College of Law
Texas, 1985 • Vermont, 1997
Jane A. Bromirski
Jane A. Bromirski has been employed by BarrSternberg for more than 20 years. She works extensively with attorneys on family law and estate planning cases. She is a graduate of Maria College in Albany, New York.
Maureen Carknard has worked with BarrSternberg for more than 15 years. Although she has experience legally assisting in a number of areas of practice, Maureen now focuses her work in the areas of criminal defense.
Tracee A. Boynton
A native Vermonter, Tracee A. Boynton began her legal career in 1990, working with a focus on real estate. She has been a part of BarrSternberg for more than a decade, as office manager and paralegal.
Didi Gingue came to BarrSternberg in 2013, following several years as a private practice paralegal in Southern Vermont. Her focus includes estate planning, bankruptcy and general litigation. She is a graduate of MCLA.