James W. Spink


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30 Main Street, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 66
Burlington, VT 05402-0066

Tel: 802-864-9891
Fax: 802-864-6815

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  • J.D., Albany Law School, 1980
  • B.A., Middlebury College, high honors, 1976

Prior Experience:

  • 2000–2011, Cofounder and principal of Spink & Miller PLC
  • 1980–2000, Associate and Partner of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, National Association of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Defense Research Institute, State Chair, 1989–1991
  • Member, Vermont Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association


  • Vermont
  • United States District Court for the District of Vermont
  • United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Note that Jim continues to offer and conduct mediations online. Click here to read his guide to online mediation, including Frequently Asked Questions.


James W. Spink joined the firm in 2011 and is a principal of the firm. James is a seasoned trial lawyer with 35 years of experience and has tried in excess of 125 cases to verdict. His areas of focus include chemical exposure and complex tort claims, transportation cases and catastrophic personal injury claims.

While he maintains a litigation practice, James’ current professional activity is devoted to mediations and arbitrations. He has performed over 3,000 mediations, early neutral evaluations, and evidentiary hearings at arbitration over the years, both as a sole arbitrator and, typically, as the third or “neutral” arbitrator in a three-member panel.

James is recognized in the peer reviewed publication The Best Lawyers in America and was named 2011 and 2013 Lawyer of the Year for Alternative Dispute Resolution and 2020 and 2021 Lawyer of the Year for Mediation, Burlington, Vermont. He is also recognized by Chambers USA for Litigation: General Commercial Department and by Super Lawyers for Alternative Dispute Resolution.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals.

Notable Representations:

  • One of Vermont’s leading alternative dispute resolution specialists
  • Represented a subsidiary of General Electric in successfully engineering a non-opt out class action settlement in West Virginia involving thousands of coal preparation plant workers
  • Successfully defended several prominent Canadian corporations in Vermont litigation

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