Sarah Merlo’s practice focuses on general civil litigation at the trial and appellate level as well as advising clients on business and employment issues. She has significant experience in motion practice and has actively participated in the preparation of a number of state supreme court appeals. Originally from coastal Maine, she has called the Upper Valley home since 1996.
Before joining Vitt & Associates, PLC in 2008, Sarah worked as a legal intern for several local Vermont firms, focusing on real estate, estates and trusts, and domestic relations law. As a recipient of the Rubin Fellowship Award, she spent a summer with the South Royalton Legal Clinic assisting low-income clients and children with divorce, custody, and abuse prevention issues.
Sarah graduated second in her class from Vermont Law School in addition to completing the law school’s General Practice Program, a certificate program teaching practical legal skills in a simulated law firm setting. While at VLS, she served as a staff editor and articles editor on the Vermont Law Review and received numerous academic excellence awards. She enjoys working with students interested in a career in the law and frequently returns to Vermont Law School and Dartmouth College to participate as a speaker at law-related events.
Sarah brings to her practice a wide range of experiences and skills gleaned from years of work in social services (as an investigative social worker for the State of Vermont and a service coordinator for a non-profit organization developing and supervising individualized community education programs for children with special needs) and in the arts (working in technical theater production and stage management). Sarah continues to feed her love of the arts by working on local productions and she remains an active member of the Burlington chapter of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees, where she served on their Executive Board from 2003–2006.