Founded by Attorney Steven H. Atherton, Atherton Law PLC provides attentive, personal and cost-effective legal counsel to individuals and business owners. Reflecting Mr. Atherton’s diverse interests and experiences, Atherton Law PLC is engaged in the general practice of law with a focus on Business and Non-Profit Law; Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning; Real Estate and Land Development Law; Civil Litigation & Family Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Attorney Atherton is a magna cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1989) and a chemical engineer trained at Cornell University (B.S. 1984). Mr. Atherton has lived, worked and traveled in some of the most divergent environments imaginable. Mr. Atherton is licensed to practice law in the States of Vermont, New York and Texas.
Prior to opening his own law practice in 1992, Mr. Atherton worked in the New York City and Washington, D.C. offices of Sidley & Austin, a large international law office, and for Paterson & Walke (n/k/a Zalinger, Cameron & Lambek) a small firm in Montpelier, Vermont. These experiences coupled with short stints in Washington, D.C. at the International Trade Commission; the U.S. Senate Budget Committee; and the law firms of Wiley, Rein & Fielding and Miles & Stockbridge developed in Mr. Atherton a national and international perspective on the law that is unusual.
Before entering the practice of law, Mr. Atherton had a career as a Chemical Engineer. He worked for General Mills in Minneapolis, Minnesota as the Pilot Plant Engineer and as a Project Engineer in an internal consulting group. Mr. Atherton also worked overseas as an engineering trainee in the plastics laboratory for Philips Corporation in the city of Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
Mr. Atherton also has done some surveying and related work for a leading civil engineer. Furthermore, he served for a year as a volunteer in a small village in Peru, teaching in the local school, working in the fields with the people and helping to form a youth group engaged in folk music and popular theater.
Since opening his law practice in 1992, Mr. Atherton has become a husband and father, been ordained a minister and run a successful Internet Service Provider, Web Page Design and law office computer consulting firm. Collectively, these experiences are what make Mr. Atherton’s practice and his approach to the law unique. Specifically, they have developed in him keen problem solving skills, a strong practical bent and an ability to work with a wide variety of people.