Carl H. Lisman

Carl H. Lisman -- Attorney -- Burlington, Vermont

Carl H. Lisman

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Carl devotes approximately half of his time to litigation and dispute resolution, with an emphasis on business and real estate matters, and the remainder of his time in business transactions and finance.

He has been continuously listed in the Best Lawyers in America for more than 20 years and is also listed in Chambers USA, Superlawyers and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

His clients include business purchasers, sellers, managers and operators as well as local, regional, national and international lenders; real estate developers, construction contractors, community associations, construction and permanent lenders, mortgage brokers; and property managers. His practice encompasses the entirety of the State and beyond, and he is a frequent consultant to lawyers and serves as an expert witness.

He served as an Adjunct Professor at Vermont Law School for 16 years, teaching third-year students. He has lectured extensively on commercial law and the Uniform Commercial Code, corporate governance issues, resort and real estate issues, common interest ownership (including condominium) law and other topics. He is planning chair for the ALI-ABA Consortium on Continuing Legal Education and a member of the faculty on Drafting Documents for Condominiums, Planned Communities and New Urbanism Projects, and a member of the faculty of the Resort Real Estate Program. Mr. Lisman has been a Commissioner on Uniform State Laws since 1976 and is the chair of the Vermont delegation.  He has served as Treasurer and a member of the Scope and Program Committee of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. As a Uniform Law Commissioner, he has been a member of a number of Committees responsible for the drafting of Uniform Laws on many topics, including the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act, the Uniform Condominium Act, the Uniform Planned Community Act, the Model Real Estate Cooperative Act, the Revised Anatomical Gift Act, and the Securities Act. He recently chaired the Committee to revise the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act, was the chair of the Committees for the Uniform Nonjudicial Foreclosure Act and the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Associations Act, and is the chair of the committee dealing with issues relating to manufactured housing.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and has served a three-year term on the College’s Board of Governors. He is a former chair of the College Committee on Common Interest Ownership.

Mr. Lisman recently stepped down as chair of the Joint Editorial Board for Real Property Acts, sponsored by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, the American Bar Association Real Property Sections and American College of Real Estate Lawyers; he continues to serve as a member of the JEB.

Mr. Lisman served three terms as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont.

Following graduation from law school, he was a clerk for Honorable Sterry R. Waterman, United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit. He then was an associate with a major Wall Street firm before returning to Vermont. He has been an active member of the Vermont Bar Association, serving as a member of its Board of Managers.

His seminal article, A Ski Injury Liability, 43 Colorado Law Review 307 (1972) is a frequent reference for practitioners and judges. His article on anatomical gifts was published in Pediatric Brain Death and Organ/Tissue Retrieval (1989). An article on representing timeshare purchasers has been published by ALI-ABA.

Mr. Lisman was a member of the Judicial Board of the State of Vermont from 1978 to 1986, serving as Chairman from 1983-1986. He has served as chairman on a number of civic organizations, including Chittenden County (Vermont) Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Baird Center for Children and Families, Inc., and the Vermont Foundation for Children and Families.

If you have any questions regarding Carl’s areas of practice, please contact him at (802) 864-5756 or by email.