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Donald R. (

Donald R. ("Tad") Powers

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Marks Powers, LLP
1205 Three Mile Bridge Rd
Middlebury, VT 05753
Tel: (802) 388-2211
Fax: (802) 388-1113
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Recognized to Vermont Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Med-Arb
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced1996
  • # of MEDS (as of 24/7/24)1000
  • # of ARBS (as of 24/7/24)45
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Donald R. (Tad) Powers is a mediator, arbitrator and an attorney licensed in state and federal courts, with over thirty-five years' experience in civil litigation and transactions. As an attorney, Tad has represented plaintiffs and defendants, insurance carriers and municipalities, school districts and contractors.  

As a mediator, he has broad training and more than fifteen years' experience.He has successfully mediated hundreds of environmental, employment, commercial, personal injury, construction, professional liability, organizational and family disputes

As an arbitrator, Tad has decided employment, construction, real estate and other disputes, and has served as a  Hearing Officer with the Vermont Department of Education.

As an ADR teacher and trainer, Tad has presented and taught at dozens of seminars, workshops and conferences and serves as Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Mediation, Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Environmental Dispute Resolution at Vermont Law School. He has been a guest lecturer on Negotiation at the Tuck School of Business of Dartmouth College.

Case Experience

  • Agricultural
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Insurance
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wrongful Death


  • Stetson University College of Law - J.D. 1974
  • State University of New York at Cortland B.A. 1970

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member Vermont Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution  (Chair 2001-2004)
  • Vermont Mediators’ Association,
  • American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Vermont Environmental Court Mediation Advisory Group
  • Vermont Environmental Court Mediation Panel,
  • Former Member Department of Education Mediator Panels and former Hearing Officer Vermont Department of Education;
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Environmental Dispute Resolution, ADR, Negotiation and Mediation, Vermont Law School.

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