Montpelier, VT 05602-3176
Experienced Montpelier lobbyist and lawyer.
With more than 30 years of public policy experience at the state and federal levels, John Hollar is one of the most experienced lobbyist in the state of Vermont. Currently, John focuses his practice on representing businesses and associations before the Vermont General Assembly in the areas of insurance and utility regulation, health care, education, telecommunications, and general business.
John also represents clients on administrative matters before state regulatory agencies, including the Department of Financial Regulation and the Office of Secretary of State licensing boards, as well as civil matters brought by the Office of the Attorney General. He serves as outside general counsel to a Vermont domestic property and casualty company.
John makes it his mission to not only understand his clients’ business objectives, but also the industry trends impacting their businesses, and he uses that knowledge to advocate on their behalf and to help them develop strategic alliances with other businesses and organizations.
- Helped a major telecommunications provider defeat legislation that would have created new rules governing the company's purchase of a Vermont business.
- Successfully lobbied for the passage of legislation creating a new legal entity - the Low-profit Limited Liability Company, or L3C - for businesses seeking to take advantage of foundation investments.
- Drafted and helped to enact a law that creates a stable funding source for adult education programs in Vermont.
- Worked with financial institutions to oppose legislation that would have imposed unique refund requirements on credit card companies doing business in Vermont. He helped to negotiate a compromise that was acceptable to the industry and the Attorney General's office.
- Worked with a coalition of child care providers to defeat legislation that would have allowed child care centers and workers to bargain collectively with the state over subsidies, licensing standards, grievance procedures and professional development. He obtained an exemption in the House-passed bill for child care centers.
- Lobbied successfully against a bill that would have increased workers' compensation costs by extending benefits to workers after they recover and making it more difficult and costly to settle workers' compensation liens when workers sue third parties.
- Worked closely with a variety of health advocacy organizations to obtain passage of legislation that prohibits smoking in bars.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1989
University of Oklahoma, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1982
District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1989
- John has been actively involved in Montpelier public life for 24 years. He served as Mayor of Montpelier from 2012 to 2018, and he chaired the Montpelier School Board from 2002-2010. He is an avid mountain biker and cross country skier. He is a founding member of the Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Association. He is a member of the Vermont Bar Association.
- Served on the boards of the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Onion River Arts Council. He also has served as a volunteer teacher for Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.
- Appointed in 2012 by the Vermont State Senate leadership to the Educational Opportunities Working Group, a commission charged with making legislative recommendations on ways to improve education outcomes in Vermont. He served in 2010 on a working group that advised Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca on how to restructure Vermont's educational system to meet savings targets established by the legislature.
Listed in Best Lawyers®, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Government Relations Practice, 2008-2018
- John is a regular presenter to Vermont business organizations about the Vermont political client climate.
- As Mayor, he also spoke regularly before civic and non-profit organizations in Montpelier.