James Valente

Costello, Valente & Gentry, P.C.
51 Putney Rd
Brattleboro, VT 5301
(802) 257-5533

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

Litigation Percentage

90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

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
Major: History
Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

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