James Valente is a native of Marlboro, Vermont, and read for the law under the tutelage of Thomas W. Costello. James is now the managing partner of Costello, Valente & Gentry, P.C.. He concentrates his practice on civil, criminal, and family litigation, with an emphasis on the trial of cases. James has also been involved in a number of significant decisions, including as the principal author of the Appellant's Brief in Kennery v. State, 191 Vt. 44 (2011).
James has been active in politics, both local and statewide. He co-managed Costello's 2008 campaign for Lieutenant Governor, served as Vice Chair of the Vermont Democratic Party, and is the Chair of the Brattleboro Democrats. He also serves as the Chair of the Brattleboro Development Review Board, and chaired the planning commission when it drafted the town plan - which was awarded the Vermont Planner's Association 2014 plan of the year.
James is the treasurer of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of the River Valley Credit Union. He has been named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers and Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers. James is admitted in Vermont and New Hampshire, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Areas of Practice
30% Criminal 30% Civil 30% Family Law 10% Land Use and Permitting
90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
New Hampshire Vermont, 2011 U.S. District Court District of Vermont, 2013 U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2013
Drew University, Madison , New Jersey B.A. Major: History Major: Political Science
State v. Tuma (2012-365), 2013 VT 70 (2013) State v. Galanes, WL 3634566 (2015) Kennery v. State, 191 Vt. 44 (2011) State v. Mottolese, WL 3634577 (2015)
Honors and Awards
Top 40 under 40: National Trial Lawyers - 2015, 2016 National College for DUI Defense, 2015 Excellence in cross examining police officer in DUI cases: Your DUI Pro, 2014 SuperLawyers Rising Star - 2015, 2016 Vermont Business Magazine Rising Star - 2015
Professional Associations and Memberships
Vermont Bar Association, 2011 - Present Vermont Association for Justice, 2011 - Present Brattleboro Development Review Board, Chair, 2014 - Present Brattleboro Planning Commission, Past Chair Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Treasurer Vermont Democratic Party, Past Vice-Chair National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers