Bradley Stetler

Bradley Stetler practices criminal defense law exclusively in the state and federal courts.  He was admitted to the Bar of Vermont in 1984.  Before moving to Vermont, he taught clinical criminal law to law students in Washington, D.C.  From 1984 through 1991 he was a staff attorney and then managing attorney in the Burlington, Vermont, public defender office.  He founded his current firm in 1992.



George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1978
Bucknell University, B.A., 1975

Memberships and honors

Member and Past President, Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member, Criminal Justice Act Selection Committee, United States District Court
Legal Committee, National Organization for Reform of the Marijuana Laws
Former member, Vermont Bar Criminal Rule Advisory Committee
Listed in Best Lawyers in America, criminal defense
Listed in New England Super Lawyers, criminal defense
Vermont ACLU Jonathan B. Chase Award

Selected cases

United States v. Foreste, 2015 WL 1035598 (2d Cir. 2015)(disclosure of field records of drug dog)       In re Carter, 176 Vt. 322, 848 A.2d 281 (2004)(right to counsel in pre-sentence interview)
State v. Chapman, 173 Vt. 400, 800 A.2d 446 (2002) (de facto arrest standards)
State v. Danaher, 174 Vt. 591, 819 A.2d 691 (2002)(due process requirements in probation violation)
State v. Curley-Egan, 180 Vt. 305, 910 A.2d 2000 (2006)(constitutionality of University of Vermont police)
State v. Grace, Vt. Dist. Ct., Chittenden Co. (battered woman homicide trial)
United States v. Greer, et al., (D. Vt.)(international drug conspiracy trial)
United States v. Dean, No. 2:98-cr-63 (D. Vt.)(first Vermont federal death penalty case)
United States v. Byors, 586 F.3d 3229 (2d Cir. 2009)(sentencing guideline application)
United States v. Coleman, 166 F.3d 428 (2d Cir. 1999)(equal protection challenge to crack cocaine laws)
United States v. Grace, 461 U.S. 171 (1983)(right to free speech outside U.S. Supreme Court building)
United States v. Johnson, et al. (D.Vt.)(2008)(under-representation of minorities on jury panels)
High v. Zant, 916 F.2d 1507 (11th Cir. 1990)(Georgia death penalty appeal)
Fitzgerald v. Thompson, 943 F.2d 463 (4th Cir. 1991)(Virginia death penalty appeal)