R. Prescott Jaunich

Chair - Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law, Director - Burlington
R. Prescott Jaunich

Practice Areas


    Vermont Law School
    (J.D., M.S.L., magna cum laude, 1992)

    Middlebury College
    (B.A., with honors, 1988)

Bar Admissions

    California (1993)

    U.S. Court of Federal Claims (1993)

    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California (1993)

    U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (1995)

    Vermont (2001)


    Vermont Bar Association

    Chittenden County Bar Association

    California Bar Association:
    Real Property Section

Practice Focus

Scott Jaunich counsels developers and commercial interests in real estate transaction and regulatory matters.

Scott represents clients in the purchase and sale of properties, including due diligence, finance, and title matters. His leasing practice includes commercial and retail facilities, ground leasing for renewable energy and commercial development, and telecommunications siting. Scott also represents clients in matters concerning eminent domain.

Scott’s regulatory practice concerns issues related to environmental permitting; subdivision, boundary and zoning proceedings; planned developments, and pre-acquisition due-diligence. His practice includes local, state and federal approval and compliance matters including zoning and subdivision, Act 248 and Act 250, and wetland and riparian permitting including matters concerning the public trust.

Significant Matters

Scott’s recent projects include solar and wind energy projects, natural gas transmission corridors, landfill entitlements and regulatory approvals, grocery store acquisitions and development, the sale of manufacturing facilities, project financings and commercial loan modifications, title claims litigation and leasehold litigation involving operating expenses, construction improvement claims and green leasing costs.

Professional Activities

Scott is recognized as one of Vermont's leading real estate lawyers in Chambers USA 2013: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He is a member of Lex Mundi's Real Estate Practice Group, a global network of legal professionals who focus on new developments in real estate law and work to identify better solutions to issues facing clients. Lex Mundi is the world's leading association of independent law firms.

Before joining DRM, Scott worked at several law firms in California before becoming a founding partner of Terra Law, a San Jose, California law firm. He was a Carthage Scholar at the Political Economy Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, and and more recently participated in Coloquiem:  Self Interest, Incentives and the Environment sponsored by PERC and the Liberty Fund, Inc.

Community Involvement

Scott has served as a member of the board of directors of Mobius, The Mentoring Movement and the Lund Family Center in Burlington.


"Practical Guide to Zoning and Act 250," Burlington, 2012 (National Business Institute)

"Historic Redevelopment and Tax Credits," VLCT News, January 2010

"Coloquiem: Self Interest, Incentives and the Environment," Gallatin Gateway, MT, 2009 (PERC and the Liberty Fund, Inc.)

"The Environment, the Free Market and Property Rights: Post-Lucas Privatization of the Public Trust," 15 Pub. Land. L. Rev. 167 (1994)

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