Stephen F. Coteus

Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont (J.D., magna cum laude, 2014)

University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont (B.A., English, cum laude, 2010)

Bar Admission
Vermont (2014)

United States District Court for the District of Vermont (2018)

Vermont Bar Association

Personal Interests
Steve lives in Montpelier with his wife and son.  Together they enjoy gardening, cooking, and exploring the natural beauty of Vermont with their giant dog. Steve plays soccer in leagues and tournaments throughout the state.

About Steve

Steve joined the firm in 2016 after two years of judicial clerkships, first with Justice Marilyn S. Skoglund of the Vermont Supreme Court and then with Judge Peter W. Hall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

Steve has represented towns, school districts, businesses, and individuals on a wide array of matters.  He is particularly interested in First Amendment issues and public records law.  His practice encompasses both transactional and civil litigation matters, including land use, contract, real estate, municipal, probate, general civil litigation, and appeals.

Steve is an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, where he teaches Municipal Law.  He also volunteers for the Vermont Legal Food Hub.

Representative Reported Cases

U.S. Right to Know v. University of Vermont, 2021 VT 33

State of Vermont v. Max Misch, 2021 VT 10

Hartland Property LLC v. Town of Hartland, 2020 VT 56

Huntington School District v. Vermont State Board of Education et al., 2020 VT 53

Athens School District et al. v. Vermont State Board of Education et al., 2020 VT 52

Doncaster v. Hane et al., 2020 VT 22

Doyle v. Burlington Police Dep’t, 2019 VT 66

Taylor et al. v. Town of Cabot et al., 2017 VT 92

Turner v. Shumlin, 2017 VT 2

Martinez v. Town of Hartford, 2019-060 (Mem.)

In re 109-111 Shelburne St./97 Locust St. Conditional Use, 2018-046 (Mem.)

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