Merritt S Schnipper

Of Counsel

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  • Overview

    • A creative and resourceful legal strategist.

      Representing a wide array of corporate and individual clients in commercial, intellectual property, civil, and criminal matters, Merritt’s focus is always on understanding the particular circumstances faced by the client and customizing an approach to litigation and negotiation that navigates toward client goals. In some cases this approach requires extensive courtroom litigation, while in others it requires targeted research and informal dispute resolution strategies. But in all cases, the ultimate goal is achieving immediate client objectives in a cost-effective manner and mindful of long-term strategies. 

  • Experience

      • Assisted a former executive of a multinational corporation in obtaining deferred compensation while preserving important and complex business relationships. This work involved federal court litigation in multiple districts as well as arbitration with domestic and international entities. Merritt’s ability to quickly familiarize himself with the procedural and substantive requirements of the laws of multiple jurisdictions and engage in targeted discovery allowed the client to respond flexibly and effectively to a larger adversary and negotiate a settlement that achieved immediate financial goals while preserving important long-term relationships.
      • Worked on numerous complex patent ligations both within and outside the District of Vermont. Intimately involved with important litigation stages including preparation and management of complex and voluminous discovery, Markman claim construction briefing, and preparation and challenging of expert testimony, Merritt also works to ensure that all these steps are taken in the context of ultimate client objectives.
      • Assisted many clients with commercial collections in Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. While each collection case is different, they all require a litigation approach focused on achieving goals as efficiently as possible so as to maximize client recovery and preserve existing relationships whenever possible.
      • Has a fast-developing appellate practice in Massachusetts and Vermont, as well as in the federal courts. Recent cases have involved the reversal of client criminal convictions in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and briefing in the Vermont Supreme Court intended to preserve and protect an advantageous client divorce settlement. While each appeal is different, all of Merritt’s clients benefit from his ability to efficiently perform in-depth legal research and his top-notch legal writing and oral advocacy skills.
  • Admissions & Clerkships

    • Massachusetts, 2009

      New Hampshire, 2009

      Vermont, 2010

      First Circuit Court of Appeals

      Second Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Memberships & Activities

    • American Bar Association, 2009

A creative and resourceful legal strategist.

Representing a wide array of corporate and individual clients in commercial, intellectual property, civil, and criminal matters, Merritt’s focus is always on understanding the particular circumstances faced by the client and customizing an approach to litigation and negotiation that navigates toward client goals. In some cases this approach requires extensive courtroom litigation, while in others it requires targeted research and informal dispute resolution strategies. But in all cases, the ultimate goal is achieving immediate client objectives in a cost-effective manner and mindful of long-term strategies. 

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