Brian L. Burgess, a 37 year resident of Montpelier, VT was born in Washington, D.C. in 1951. He received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, 1973 and a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, 1976. Before gubernatorial appointment to the trial bench in 1992, he served as Deputy Attorney General responsible for law enforcement office administration, and white-collar and environmental criminal prosecutions (1985-1992); Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of Labor and Industry overseeing workers’ compensation, ski tramway, fire and electrical safety code enforcement (1983-1985); Assistant Attorney General for fiscal recoveries and Medicaid fraud prosecutions (1978-1983); and staff attorney to Vermont’s Department of Social Welfare (1978). Earlier, Brian was an associate in private practice (1976-1978). He was designated Chief Trial Judge in 2004 by the Supreme Court, and by gubernatorial appointment to Associate Justice in 2005. On the trial bench, Brian initiated the state’s first alternative “therapeutic” dockets for defendants afflicted with chronic mental illness and substance abuse; and served on the Criminal Rules Advisory Committee, Criminal Court and Family Court Oversight Committees, and continued as Supreme Court liaison to the Criminal Rules and Oversight Committees.
Brian retired in September, 2013 and sits when called upon.