Our Team

Fred V. Peet

Fred V. Peet was born the oldest of four children and raised on the Peet family dairy farm in Cornwall, Vermont. He graduated from the University of Vermont, Cum Laude, in 1990 and received his Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School in 1993.

During law school, he clerked for the law firm of Conley and Foote in Middlebury, Vermont and for the Vermont Legislative Council. Fred was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1993. Following graduation from law school, he served as the Campaign Manager for Lieutenant Governor Barbara Snelling in her successful 1994 reelection campaign. Fred assisted businesses seeking financing with the financial consulting firm of Savill, Bevin and Butler in Shelburne, Vermont.

In 1995, he opened the Law Offices of Fred V. Peet, P.C. concentrating on representing buyers and sellers of real estate and mortgage lenders. He has served as an agent for Vermont Attorneys’ Title Corporation since 1995 and has been a member of the Vermont Bar Association since 1993.

Richard C. Maxson

Richard C. Maxson is the oldest of three children. He is a Vermont native and was raised in South Burlington. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1987 from Arizona State University.

Richard attended California Western School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1993. Throughout his second and third years of law school, he clerked for the litigation firm of Larrabee & Loadman in downtown San Diego. After his admission to the bar, Richard joined the insurance defense firm of McMennamin & Bennett, in-house counsel for Cigna Insurance, handling mostly personal injury cases.

In 1997 Richard was admitted to the bar in Vermont, and opened an office in South Burlington. Most of his practice centered around criminal defense, real estate, and landlord tenant issues. He joined the Law Offices of Fred V. Peet, P.C. in 1998. Richard is an agent for Vermont Attorneys Title Corporation and is a member of the Vermont Bar Association.

Richard and his wife Dawn have two children and reside in the Town of Shelburne, Vermont.

Christopher M. Perra

Christopher M. Perra is the youngest of nine children, and was born and educated in Massachusetts before moving to Vermont to attend law school in 1996. He graduated with a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in May, 1999 and received his Master of Studies in Environmental Law in December of that same year.

During his studies at Vermont Law School, Chris interned with the Planning and Zoning Office of the City of Lebanon, New Hampshire, as well as with the State of Vermont Legislative Council. He also worked as an independent consultant researching real estate issues and assisting in real estate transactions for the Law Offices of Fred Peet, P.C. and researching pharmaceutical, telecommunication and energy regulations and legislation for PM Industrial Economics, Inc. During the summer between his first and second years at Vermont Law School, Chris was employed as an elections adjudicator for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He was assigned to determine refugee voting eligibility and conduct field investigations throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina to ensure compliance with voter eligibility and registration regulations in the months leading to the municipal elections of 1997.  He has worked for the Law Offices of Fred Peet full time since the Fall of 1999.

Chris joined the U.S. Navy Reserve upon graduating from High School. He was last assigned as an intelligence analyst with the Joint Forces Intelligence Command, Unit 0193 serving as Chief Petty Officer in charge of the production department. Chris concluded his Navy service in 2002 with the rate of Chief Petty Officer.

In the spring of 2008 Chris was commissioned an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps, Vermont Army National Guard. He is currently attached to the Vermont National Guard, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. He deployed with the 86th Infantry Brigade (Mountain) of the Vermont Army National Guard to Afghanistan in 2010.  During his service he has been awarded, amongst others, the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters,  Army Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal.

Paula J. LeBlanc

Paula J. LeBlanc is the youngest of three children. She is a Vermont native and was raised in Colchester. She received her undergraduate degree in Public Communication from the University of Vermont.

Prior to joining the Law Offices of Fred V. Peet, P.C., Paula was a Financial Specialist with Wachovia Bank in Scranton, Pennsylvania, holding her national Series 6 and 63 Securities Licenses as well as her Life Insurance & Annuity License from the State of Pennsylvania.  After returning to Vermont, Paula joined the Law Office of Fred V. Peet, P.C., as a Legal Assistant, in 2002.  In 2006, she became a Registered Law Clerk as part of the State of Vermont Judiciary’s Law Office Study program and in May of 2013, she was admitted to the Vermont Bar.

Paula and her husband, Chris, have three children.  They reside in the Town of Williston, Vermont.

Kevin J. Shortell

Kevin J. Shortell was born and raised in Belmont, Massachusetts. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Vermont. He received his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 1994. While in law school he also received the American Jurisprudence Award in the study of estate planning.

In 1995 Kevin served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Susan L. Fowler, Judge of the Chittenden Probate Court in Burlington, Vermont. From 1995 until 2007 he was associated with Morwood & Morwood, a small general practice law firm in South Burlington, where he practiced in a wide range of areas with a focus on real estate and probate matters.

Kevin joined the Law Offices of Fred V. Peet, P.C. in April 2007. He practices in the areas of real estate, wills, probate and estate administration. He lives in South Burlington, Vermont.

William E. Flender

William E. Flender is originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts but has lived in Vermont since 2001.  He is a 1999 graduate of the University of Maine.  He received his Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in 2007.  While in law school, Will interned for the Vermont Legislature’s office of Legislative Counsel, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, and the Burlington City Attorney’s Office.

Prior to law school, Will worked for the Vermont Land Trust for several years.  After graduating from law school, Will worked for three years at a law firm in Burlington, where he primarily focused on real estate and local zoning matters.  Before joining the Law Offices of Fred V. Peet, P.C., Will served as Executive Director of the Mad River Path Association in Waitsfield, Vermont, where he worked with landowners and others to create public recreation trails.

Will joined the Law Offices of Fred V. Peet, P.C. in March, 2016.  He lives with his wife, Stacey and two children in Burlington, Vermont.

Eric G. Derry

Eric G. Derry is a third-generation Vermonter and a graduate of both the University of Vermont and Vermont Law School. While in law school Eric interned with the firm as well as with the Office of the Defender General.

Upon Graduating from law school in 2008, Eric joined a small but prominent general practice firm in Lebanon, New Hampshire where he served clients on both sides of the Connecticut River Valley. In 2012, he returned to the Chittenden County area and joined a municipal law firm where his practice focused largely on land use matters.

Eric then joined the firm in 2019. He resides in Burlington with his wife and two children. Eric is a member of the Vermont Bar Association and is an agent for the Vermont Attorneys Title Corporation.