A. Jay Kenlan
A. Jay Kenlan
by: A. Jay Kenlan
- Land Use Law
- Environmental Law
- Business Organization Law
- Real Estate Law
- Commercial Transactions
- Development Finance Law
Jay Kenlan is one of the founders and senior members of Kenlan, Schwiebert, Facey & Goss, P.C., one of Vermont’s leading commercial and land use law firms.
Mr Kenlan was born in Macon, Georgia, September 28, 1944; admitted to the bar, 1969, Massachusetts; 1972, Vermont and U.S. District Court, District of Vermont; 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1993, U.S. Supreme Court. He was educated at Norwich University (B.S., 1966); University of Maine and University of North Carolina (J.D., 1969). He served on active duty in the United States Army from 1970 to 1972, and achieved the rank of Captain.
His representative clients and transactions include: American Skiing Company (acquisition, permitting, development, financing and sale of Sugarbush, Haystack, Mount Snow, Killington and Pico Peak Ski Areas); American Tower Corporation (permitting of telecommunications towers in Windsor and Charlotte, Vermont); Castleton College; First American Title Insurance Company; Hawk Resorts International, LP; Kaplan Development Group, LLC (acquisition of the Village at Fillmore Pond residential care home); Terrace Communities (development and financing of residential care facilities in Vermont); Southwestern Vermont Health Care Corporation (real estate and development projects).
He has received the following recognition from his profession:
- AV Peer Review Rating (highest rating) in The Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Directory. The Directory is recognized as the country’s definitive source of information about lawyers and law firms. According to the Directory, “An AV rating is a significant accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”
- Since 1993, listed in Vermont: Real Estate and Environmental Law sections; The Best Lawyers in America, Gregory W. Smith, Steven W. Naifeh, Michael W. Gibbons (Editor) (Publisher: Woodward-White).
- Since 2002, listed in Vermont: Real Estate section; Chambers USA America’s Best Lawyers for Business.
- Since 1999, Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
Jay is the co-author (with Andrew Hazelton and James Leary) of “Vermont Law,” Chapter 46, Brownfields – A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property (Todd S. Davis and Kevin D. Margolis, 1997-rev. 2001, published by the American Bar Association Section of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law). He has served as: Moderator, Town of Wallingford (1986 – ); Wallingford Planning Commission (1974-2007); President, Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America (2001-2004), and an Eagle Scout since 1958; Director, Vermont Public Radio (1991- 2002), President (1999-2001); Governor’s Commission on Marketability of Title (2005-2006); Chair, Commission on the Future of Economic Development in Vermont (2007- ). He is currently Vice Chair of the Vermont Community Foundation Board of Directors, President of the Rutland County Bar Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Paramount Theater in Rutland, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Rutland Health Foundation. He has served on the Board of Diretors of the Vermont Folklife Center and the Rutland Economic Development Corporation, and he has participated in and led numerous other civic and community service organizations.
Jay and his wife Carol have been married since 1966. They have lived in Wallingford, Vermont, since 1974, in a c. 1800 farmhouse that they have restored. Jay and Carol have two children: Rebecca (Kenlan) Matthews, who lives with her husband and son in Denver, Colorado; and Geoffrey Kenlan, who lives with his son in Asheville, North Carolina. Jay’s avocations include sailing, furniture making, travel, gardening, and public service.