Mark E. Melendy


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

205 Billings Farm Road, Suite 4B
White River Junction, VT 05001

Tel: 802-865-6328
Fax: 802-864-6815

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Practice Areas:


  • L.L.M. Tax, Boston University School of Law
  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law
  • M.B.A., University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., Davidson College

Prior Experience:

  • 2008-2016, Partner, Melendy Moritz PLLC
  • 2003-2008, Sole Member, Law Offices of Mark E. Melendy, PLLC
  • 1998-2002, Partner, Whittington, Melendy & Girdwood, P.C.

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Member, Vermont Bar Association
  • Member, New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Associations
  • Former Chair and Trustee, Alice Peck Day Health Systems Corp.
  • Former Trustee, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital
  • Former Secretary, Treasurer and Trustee, Alice Peck Day Lifecare Center, Inc.
  • Former Chair, Ottauquechee Health Foundation
  • Former Chair, Upper Valley Planning Giving Council
  • Former Trustee, Woodstock Historical Society


  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Tax Court


  • Co-author, “Practice Structure Can Save Taxes,” Vermont Bar Journal, Spring 2014
  • Co-author, “Do You Have What It Takes (To Retire)?” Vermont Bar Journal, Summer 2014


Mark is a principal of the firm and his practice focuses on estate and trust planning and administration, business succession planning and tax advice.  Mark assists clients with planning for a smooth transfer of assets to loved ones, and, following a client’s death, guidance through the estate and trust administration process.  His clients range from business owners transferring their businesses to individuals planning for distributions to their beneficiaries lifetime medical issues and planning for long term care costs, with clients’ piece of mind concerns at the forefront.  Mark focuses on drafting estate plans that accomplish the clients’ goals in an understandable manner while attaining income and estate tax efficiency, notwithstanding the complexities that some estate plans require.

After law school Mark served as a Federal clerk to the Honorable Franklin S. Billings, Jr., U.S. District Court followed by work as an associate in the corporate departments of two large international law firms.  Mark has attained an AV (Preeminent/Very High Ethical Standards) Martindale-Hubbell peer-review rating and is recognized  by the The Best Lawyers in America  as a leading attorney in the area of Trusts and Estates.  Mark regularly speaks and publishes on trusts and estates matters, including serving as editor of the Practical Law Trusts & Estates: Vermont Revocable Trusts, Vermont: Irrevocable Trusts, Vermont Probate, and Vermont Anclillary Probate Question and Answer materials.  Mark also serves as an Advisor to InterActive Legal, one of the nation’s largest estate planning software companies.

Mark has been an active member of the Vermont Bar Association Probate and Trust Section, including serving as a member of the Vermont Bar Association and Vermont Banker’s Association joint study committees that drafted the Uniform Trust Code for Vermont (2007-2009) and the Uniform Principal and Income Act  for Vermont (2010-2011).


Notable Representations:

  • Represents business owners with business formation matters, transaction work and business succession planning
  • Represents a wide variety of estate planning clients of all levels of wealth, including those with complex tax planning needs
  • Represents trustees in trust administration and tax planning matters
  • Represents non-profit clients in obtaining federal tax exempt status and other matters
  • Represents fiduciaries and family members in probate court estate and guardianship proceedings