Education

Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude

Columbia University, M.A. International Affairs, Presidential Scholar

Colby College, B.A., History

Experience

Walter has been successfully trying liability cases for almost three decades and most recently Walter has:

  • Won a $3.66 million jury verdict in federal court for a business client. This commercial verdict was the 61st largest in the United States in 2019.
  • Won many defendant’s verdicts for supermarkets and other premises liability defendants against customer’s slip, trip, and fall claims.
  • Obtained a low verdict for a supermarket against a customer’s claim of severe and permanent brain injury from a falling shelf.
  • Won defendant’s verdict for trash hauler against personal injury claim, and won the subsequent appeal.
  • Has won numerous defendant’s verdicts for retailers, private individuals, and product manufacturers against liability claims.
  • Won $25 million judgment for trade secret theft against ex-employee and his new employer.
  • Walter also frequently provides updates and alerts regarding changes to the law that could impact his clients’ business.
    Vermont supreme court makes radical change to premises liability law.
  • Vermont Supreme Court Recognizes Exception to the Economic Loss Rule.

Admissions

Massachusetts, 1990

Maine, 1991

Vermont, 1992

Memberships & Activities

American Bar Association, 1991

Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member and former State Representative for Vermont

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association (Maine, NH, and Vermont), founding member

Vermont Bar Association, various committee leaderships

American Board of Trial Advocates

Accolades & Awards

Listed in Best Lawyers in America © 2021

Chambers USA: Leading Lawyer in Vermont

Listed in Best’s Directory of Insurance Defense Attorneys

New England Super Lawyers®, 2010-2020

Community Involvement

Volunteers for the Legal Profession

Reported Cases

Mansfield Heliflight, Inc. v. Freestream Aircraft USA, Ltd., 2019 WL 5081061 (D. Vt. Oct. 10, 2019)

Underwood v. Risman, 414 Mass. 96, 605 N.E.2d 832 (1993) (lead paint/landlord-tenant/consumer protection)

Vermont Microsystems, Inc. v. Autodesk, Inc., 88 F.3d 142 (2d Cir. 1996) (trade secrets/computer software)

White v. Quechee Lakes Landowners’ Association, Inc., 170 Vt. 25, 742 A.2d 734 (1999) (indemnification/products liability)

McKinnon v. F.H. Morgan & Co., Inc., 170 Vt. 422, 750 A.2d 1026 (2000) (choice-of-law/products liability)

Smith & Croyle, LLC v. Ridgewood Power Corporation, 111 F. Supp. 2d 77 (D. Mass. 2000) (contract/fraud/consumer protection)

Macia v. Microsoft Corporation, et al., 152 F. Supp. 2d 535 (D. Vt. 2001) (trademark infringement)

Pcolar v. Casella Waste Systems, Inc., 2012 VT 58, 192 Vt. 343, 59 A.3d 702 (2012) (personal injury/negligence)

Bindrum v. NuQuest Bridge Pointe, 2016 VT Unpub. Lexis 150 (August 19, 2016) (professional negligence/Medicare)

Publications

Principal contributor of the DRM Food & Beverage Law Blog

Co-Author or Co-Editor of several publications (BNA/Bloomberg) on Trade Secrets, Non-Competition Agreements, and Employee Loyalty

Vermont Court Rules That Commercial Landlord Cannot Be Liable for Injury to Retail Tenant’s Invitee Involving Tenant’s Operations on Premises

VT Federal Court Rules in Favor of Vermont and Against Alleged Patent Troll in Preliminary Decision

DRM Litigation Partner Walter Judge Submits Amicus Brief To Vermont Supreme Court In Products Liability Case

Walter Judge Authors Top 10 Legal Blog Post for October

Presentations

Presented to Bar Meetings and Trade Associations on Legal Developments, Insurance, Intellectual Property, and Food & Beverage legal issues.

Languages

German