Nanci A. Smith, Esq. PLLC is exclusively dedicated to resolving complex family disputes in the most productive manner given each client's circumstances. She opened her firm in 2005 with the intent to provide individualized attention to clients at a time when they need it the most. After 20 years of adversarial family law practice, Nanci realized that many clients would prefer a non-adversarial process where they can be heard, common goals explored and their highest needs met without the stress, anxiety and fear of a public court battle and its aftermath. She understands that this is a major life transition, a grieving process and an opportunity for personal growth and liberation. Collaborative Law is a model of decency and open, honest communication. Nanci has been involved in many Collaborative Law cases, has received basic and advanced Collaborative Law training since 2008, advanced Collaborative  Negotiation Training, and basic mediation training. She enjoys practicing this modern, sensible approach to family dispute resolution. Collaborative Law is a viable option for clients who wish to engage in respectful, dignified, honest negotiation. Nanci is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She is a regular instructor for the National Business Institute on all areas of family law practice.

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Corey is in private practice in Essex Junction with Bergeron, Paradis & Fitzpatrick, LLP.  Corey’s legal practice centers on assisting clients through some of the most challenging times in their lives.    She committed to helping clients identify their highest priorities, resolve conflict with dignity and integrity, and achieve durable agreements with their spouse.  

Prior to returning to her home state of Vermont in 2013, Corey practiced law in Washington State where she represented parents and youth in juvenile court and worked as an Ombudsman with the Washington State Office of the Family and Children’s Ombudsman.   Her current practice includes family law, estate planning, probate matters and representing injured workers.  

Corey has significant experience working with at-risk youth and has served for years on the Board of Directors of the Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW).  She served as a hearing officer at the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, Vermont’s only youth detention center. 

 Corey graduated in 2006 from the University of Washington School of Law, where she received the Charles Z. Smith Public Interest Student of the Year award.  Corey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from The George Washington University.  She grew up in Colchester and currently resides in Essex Junction with her husband and two young sons.  

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Lindsey is in private practice in Burlington where her primary emphasis is family law. Her practice also includes estate planning and work in probate court. Lindsey brings years of experience and works with a positive approach to assist clients toward a resolution of their legal issues. She handles divorce, parentage, civil union dissolution, post-judgment matters, including matters of custody, support, and basic and complex financial issues, and relief from abuse matters, using Collaborative Law practice, negotiation and litigation as appropriate for each case. She also encourages couples to participate in prenuptial agreements as a step toward having an open and honest marriage from the very beginning. Lindsey represents both children and parents in juvenile court matters. In Probate Court, Lindsey handles adoption, guardianship, and probate of wills. Lindsey is especially enthusiastic about representing clients in divorce using Collaborative Law practice. This practice allows the clients and attorneys to be respectful and creative in coming to a resolution which best suits the parties. Both parties must be completely forthcoming with all information relevant to the issues of the case, and this transparency encourages trust, while eliminating much of the time-consuming and negative action which is required in litigation. In addition, the ability to have input from mental health coaches and or financial advisors in appropriate cases adds important skill and knowledge to a final settlement. Lindsey was a member of the Advisory Committee on Rules for Family Proceedings for over twenty years, is a member of the Family Law and Collaborative Law Sections of the Vermont Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She has made numerous presentations to other attorneys in continuing education seminars. She is a graduate of Vermont Law School.

For more information visit, email Lindsey at or call 802-658-0888.