Vermont Bankruptcy Court -

       The Vermont Bankruptcy Court (District of Vermont) is part of the Second Circuit of the United States Court. The District serves all 14 counties in the State of Vermont with the main office and courthouse located in Rutland. Another courthouse (hearings only), is located in the City of Burlington. The Chief Bankruptcy Judge is Honorable Colleen A. Brown and Clerk of Court is Thomas J. Hart. Listed below is a list of counties served and addresses, telephone numbers and names of individuals to contact, in regards to questions about your case.

Rutland Court

       The address of the court (including the main courthouse and office of administrative staff) is as follows; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Post Office and Courthouse. 151 West Street, Room 202, Rutland, VT 05401 The main telephone number is (802) 776-2000.

List of Counties Served by Rutland Court
  Addison* Orange Windham
  Bennington Rutland Windsor
*Addison County is divided and served by both courts

Burlington Court

       The address is as follows; U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Burlington Federal Building, 11 Elmwood Ave, 2nd Floor, Burlington, VT. Contact the main number in Rutland at (802) 776-2000 for more information.

List of Counties Served by Burlington Court
Grand Isle
*Addison County is divided and served by both courts

       Courthouse hours are open Monday through Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM except for government holidays as designated by the United States Government.

Trustees and 341 Meetings

       The names and telephone numbers of chapters 7, 12 and 13 trustees, and locations of 341 meetings are located in the Vermont Trustee section.


Chief Bankruptcy Judge

       The Honorable Hon. Colleen A. Brown is the Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Court. Her office is located in the Rutland Courthouse and can be contacted at (802) 776-2030. Judge Brown's law clerks are Jonathan Knisley at (802) 776-2031 and Ashley Mauldin at (802) 776-2032

Administrative and Judicial Staff

       The Clerk of Court is Thomas Hart. His telephone number is (802) 776-2002 and Fax is (802) 776-2020.

- Judicial Staff -
- Administrative Staff -
  • Kathleen A. Ford - Tel. (802) 776-2003
    Chief Deputy Clerk
  • Chris O'Gorman - Tel. (802) 776-2012
    Administative Assistant to Clerk
  • Thomas J. Hart - Tel. (802) 776-2002
    Clerk of Court
  • Paula Olson - Tel. (802) 776-2011
    Support Specialist Information Technology
  • Terri Satterlee - Tel. (802) 776-2010
    Scheduling and hearings
  • Nancy Wennberg - Tel. (802) 776-2008
    Intake Deputy
Types of Bankruptcy (Business, Consumer and Municipal)
  • Chapter 7 - Can be filed by individuals, partnerships and corporations. The most common type of bankruptcy filing
  • Chapter 9 - Adjustment of debts of a municipality
  • Chapter 11 - Filed by large and small businesses. Individuals filing Chapter 11, are involved in business in some capacity, either as sole proprietors, or as principals of a corporation or partnership
  • Chapter 12 - Adjustment of debts of a family farmer or fisherman
  • Chapter 13 - Available for individuals only, no corporations or partnerships may file
  • Chapter 15 - Bankruptcy, reorganization and insolvency cases that have assets, debtors, creditors, and other interested parties in multiple countries

Written by Jack Garchar


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