Attorney Profiles

Michael Hanley

Michael F. Hanley has been a lawyer in the Northern New England since 1976. He is admitted to practice in state courts of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, and the federal trial courts in Vermont, New Hampshire and the Northern District of New York. He is admitted the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. 

Mr. Hanley has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, is selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Reports’ Best Lawyers and New England Superlawyers. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Paul J. Perkins

Mr. Perkins is a civil trial lawyer.  He primarily represents people who have suffered physical, mental and financial injury, whether from sexual abuse, medical or legal malpractice, defective products or negligence.  He represents individuals and business organizations in commercial and employment disputes and fraud cases.  He is the Chair of the Insurance Law Section of the Vermont Bar Association and frequently litigates insurance coverage matters, including allegations of bad faith and consumer fraud.  Mr. Perkins is an adjunct professor of Intensive Trial Practice at Vermont Law School and coaches the VLS team in regional trial competitions.

Before joining Plante & Hanley in 2001, Mr. Perkins served as a Special Warfare/Special Operations Deep Sea Diver in the U.S. Navy, finished his education and worked as a criminal defense lawyer.  Mr. Perkins frequently draws on the medical training he received as a Navy Diver, together with his substantial criminal and civil trial experience, for his practice today.  

Mr. Perkins enjoys the competitive environment of the courtroom, but also helps clients control the outcome of their cases through negotiation, mediation and other means of dispute resolution.