Our clients benefit from the traditional advantages of a small law office: personal service, responsiveness, and individualized attention from experienced attorneys. From our first contact we are on your side and committed to yielding the best results possible.

We provide uncompromising and aggressive representation in personal injury cases so that our clients receive full compensation for their injuries. Whether large or small, each claim is given the highest quality representation.

McCarty Law Offices, P.C. was originally founded by William McCarty, who was a successor to McCarty & Rifkin, which had been in existence from 1971. Starting with the local, sole practice, the firm now serves the entire state of Vermont and specializes in litigation of all matters, especially recreational litigation, civil litigation, ski litigation, criminal litigation and domestic relations, including divorce and business partitioning.

Our track record...
For more than 45 years, McCarty Law Offices, P.C. has secured significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of its clients. We are uncompromising in our representation by aggressive litigators and have earned the recoveries our clients are due. We are not controlled, nor indebted to any person, system or organization. We represent our clients and only them.

Practical trial experience...
At any given moment,William McCarty is either engaged in trial or carefully preparing for one. William M. McCarty has more than 45 years of trial experience in both state and federal courts. The firm's experience is further demonstrated by active participation and leadership positions in organizations such as the Windham County, Vermont, and American Bar Associations, National Council of School Attorneys, American Judicature Society, Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Vermont Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

  • Business & Contract Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Divorce Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wills and Probate
  • Family Law
  • Ski and Recreational Law
  • Real Estate
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Municipal Law
  • Negligence Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Tort Law

William M. McCarty
William M. McCarty was born in Trenton, New Jersey on January 17, 1938. After attending local schools, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, in which he served in various commands and was in the Silent Drill Team and Honor Guard at Marine Barracks 8th & I in Washington, D.C. until 1960. Upon discharge from the U.S.M.C., William McCarty enrolled at American University and later transferred to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 1964, he received his B.A. in Economics. He then went on to Dickinson School of Law. While there, he was nominated to Dickinson Law Review, served as a National Vice President and served on the Board of Governors of the American Law Student Association (1966-1967). He obtained his Juris Doctor in 1967.

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x William M. McCarty

William M. McCarty was born in Trenton, New Jersey on  January 17, 1938.  After attending local schools, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, in which he served in various commands and was in the Silent Drill Team, Honor Guard at Marine Barracks 8th  & I in Washington, D.C., and the Presidential Security Guard at Camp David, until 1960. Upon discharge from the U.S.M.C., William McCarty enrolled at American University and later transferred to Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  In 1964, he received his B.A. in Economics.  He then went on to Dickinson School of Law.  While there, he served as a National Vice President and served on the Board of Governors of the American Law Student Association (1966-1967).  He obtained his Juris Doctor in 1967.

He is admitted to the Bars of the State of Vermont, the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

From 1967-1971 He was an associate at Fitts & Olson in Brattleboro, Vermont.
In 1971 he formed his own firm and later entered into a partnership with James Rifkin, as McCarty & Rifkin.  In 1978-2009 he was the president and managing partner of McCarty Law Offices in Brattleboro, Vermont and employed up to six attorneys and support staff.  As of 1 January 2010, the firm has been known as McCarty & Buehler.

Mr. McCarty is active in many civic and professional organizations.  He is a member of the Windham County, Vermont Bar Association, the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Vermont Association for Justice and the American Judicature Society.

Attorney McCarty practices law in the areas of Ski and Recreational Litigation, Negligence Law; Tort Law; Family Law; Divorce Law; Business Law; Personal Injury Law; Corporate Law; Municipal Law; Wills and Estate Planning.  He handles trials in all Vermont and Federal Civil Courts. 

Throughout his years in Vermont, Attorney McCarty has been active in many civic and professional organizations.  He is a member of the Windham County, Vermont and American Bar Associations, having served as President of the Windham County Bar Association (1992-1993) and as the State Chairman of the Standing Committee on Membership of the American Bar Association (1970-1976).  From 1989 to 1997, Bill McCarty was the Chairman and a Member of the  Windham County Bench-Bar Liaison Committee.  Other professional memberships include: membership as a selected Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates; National Council of School Attorneys; American Judicature Society; Vermont Trial Lawyers Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Vermont Criminal Defense Attorneys Association; Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates; Master, Vermont Inns of Court; and as Membership Chairman of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society (Vermont) from 1999-2003. He is a member of the “100 Best Trial Lawyers” of the National Trial Lawyers Association.  He also served with Vermont Legal Aid as a Trustee from  1970-1982,  Treasurer of the Board of Trustees from 1972 to 1979, and as President of the Board in 1979-1980.  William McCarty was honored to win the Vermont Trail Lawyers Association “Outstanding Litigation Achievement” Award in 1994.

Bill McCarty’s civic involvements include serving as the Brattleboro Representative to the  Windham Regional Planning and Development Commission from 1968 to 1970; Clerk for the Brattleboro Zoning Board of Adjustments, 1968-1973;  Brattleboro Winter Carnival as a Member of the Board of Governors (1968-1973) and as President (1971-1972).  He is a long-standing member of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Board of Managers, 1971-1972.  He has served as Moderator, Council member and Council Chair of the Centre Congregational Church.

Attorney McCarty has been active with continuing legal education as a speaker and lecturer with many organizations, including: the Vermont Bar Association; the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association and the National Education Network.  His lectures have focused on the subjects of Litigation and Advocacy; Ski Area Liability; Automobile Liability; Personal Injury Law; Family Law; Discovery; The Art of Cross Examination; Depositions and Discovery; and Litigation and Trial Techniques.

Attorney McCarty has been listed in many publications of notable citizens and attorneys, among them Who's Who in American Law (1983-1984, and 1998-1999); Who's Who in America (2001, 2002, 2004); Who's Who in Finance & Industry (2000-2001); Who's Who in the World (1991, 1992); Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (2000-2011); and National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2009-2011). He has been voted Best attorney in Brattleboro for 12 consecutive years since 2000.


x Bettina V. Buehler

Bettina V. Buehler was born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 6th, 1960. She received her high school education at Williston Northampton School in Western Massachusetts. Tina Buehler then enrolled in Denison University wherein she received various academic awards including, but not limited to, the Psi Chi National Honorary Society Award, Pi Sigma Alpha National Honorary Society Award and the Women's Recognition Award. Ms. Buehler graduated Denison University in 1982 with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor degree in Psychology. Thereafter, she relocated to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accepted a position with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in the litigation department. She later transferred to the litigation department at Scott Paper Company wherein she reviewed and approved advertisements. Ms. Buehler elected to relocate to the State of Vermont to pursue a JD career at Vermont Law School in 1987. During her tenure at Vermont Law School , she participated in the Moot Court Trial Advocacy Competitions. Attorney Buehler received a Juris Doctor degree from Vermont Law School in 1990. She was admitted to the Vermont Bar the same year, and to the U.S. District Court, District Court of Vermont and U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit in 1995.

After graduating law school, Ms. Buehler chose to pursue a career in criminal defense. Initially, she worked for the firm of Welsh, Graham & Manby in White River Junction. Eventually, a few of the associates departed from the law firm and opened their own firm entitled Griffin, Levine & Buehler. In 1994 Tina Buehler decided to relocate to the “big city” of Brattleboro, Vermont and to join the firm of McCarty Law Offices, P.C. As of January 1, 2006, Attorney Buehler became a Director and Vice President of McCarty & Buehler, P.C.

During her career as an attorney, Ms. Buehler has practiced and focused in the following areas of the law: Criminal Defense; DUI/DWI; Family Law; Personal Injury Law; Contract Disputes; and other various areas of civil law.

Attorney Buehler maintains memberships and is active in a variety of professional organizations. Among them are: the American Bar Association; the Vermont Bar Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Vermont Trial Lawyers Association; Vermont American Inns of Court; and the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. She also belongs to the Windsor County and Windham County Family Bench Bar Committees, the Windham Criminal Bench Bar Committee and the Windham Civility Committee. Ms. Buehler served as a Vermont Trial Lawyers Association Executive Board Member in 2000 and on the Vermont Bar Association Young Lawyers' Executive Council, as Secretary in 1995 and Treasurer in 1996.


x Sharon S. Annis

Sharon L. Annis is a native of Brattleboro, Vermont. Ms. Annis is a Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude graduate of the University of Vermont with a major in English Literature and a minor in German. After college, Ms. Annis taught high school English in Salzburg, Austria on a Fulbright Fellowship and worked in the field of international education before entering law school.

Ms. Annis graduated cum laude from Western New England College School of Law in 1997 with a Juris Doctor Degree and two merit awards as a top scholar. She joined the Vermont Bar in 1998 and clerked as a trial court law clerk for the State of Vermont Judiciary until 2000, when she accepted a position as Court Manager of the then Windham Family Court in Brattleboro. From 2000 - 2010 Ms. Annis held this position, where in addition to being court clerk, she also served on the Family Rules Committee and Family Court Oversight Committee. Ms. Annis also wrote and implemented a comprehensive juvenile procedures manual for the Vermont Judiciary following significant juvenile law reforms enacted in 2008. For her service and dedication to the Judiciary, Ms. Annis received Vermont’s Public Service Award in 2009.

Ms. Annis entered private practice with McCarty & Buehler in 2010, where she focuses primarily on family law matters with a general practice including civil litigation, criminal law, personal injury and wrongful termination cases.

Ms. Annis is an active member of the Brattleboro community, having served as a Chamber Busy “B”, a board member for the Windham Child Care Association and an elementary school volunteer. She is a member of the Vermont Bar Association, the Windham County Family Bar and the Vermont Association for Justice.


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