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James W. Spink, Mediator & Arbitrator, South Burlington, Vermont.

James W. Spink

Diplomate member
Spink Mediation
9 Simpson Court
South Burlington, VT 05403
Cell: (802) 233-2086
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Recognized to Vermont Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: New Hampshire

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Early Neutral Evaluation, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced1995
  • # of MEDS (as of 23/7/24)3400
  • # of ARBS (as of 23/7/24)100
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


James W. Spink is an "AV" rated trial attorney and litigation specialist based in Burlington, Vermont. He has tried to verdict well over 125 cases over the last 35 years including civil matters of all types.

Mr. Spink is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (FACTL) and a Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. He has, for years, devoted more than half of his professional time to mediating and arbitrating civil disputes of all types although he remains an active trial lawyer as well. He conducts ADR sessions in civil matters on a daily basis. 

He has arbitrated many cases over the years often as a member of a panel but, on occasion, as a sole arbitrator as well. He has completed over 3400 mediations and arbitrations.  He is one of the most active evaluators in the ENE program of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont.  The demand for his services as an ADR specialist now requires that he devote the vast majority of his professional time to arbitrations and mediations.  He recently completed an intensive two day training in New York City in commercial arbitrations for the AAA. 


Case Experience

  • Agricultural
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Cross Cultural
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Estate
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wrongful Death


  • Middlebury College (Vermont) 1976 B.A. (High Honors in Religion)
  • Albany Law School, J.D., 1980
  • Vermont Law School (special student status) 1980


Memberships & Affiliations

  • VTAJ
  • Fellow, ACTL
  • Fellow, ACCTM
  • Defense Research Institute
  • ABA, VBA
  • Chambers USA
  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" 2011 (Burlington, VT)


Rates Information

2-3 party cases: $600 per party per half day (4 hours) plus $335/hour after that shared equally by the parties, portal to portal; 4 or more parties: $500 per party per half day (4 hours) plus $335/hour after that shared equally by the parties.

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