Who We Are

Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten, P.C. was founded in 1977 by Oreste Valsangiacomo, Jr., and Leighton C. Detora who later were joined by Gary D. McQuesten in 1980. The firm now has five lawyers who provide full service counsel and representation.

Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten, P.C. is a general practice law firm serving the needs of individuals and businesses in Washington, Orange, Chittenden, Lamoille, Caledonia, Windsor, Orleans, Franklin, Essex, and Rutland County. Our office is located in downtown Barre.

For over 43 years attorneys at Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten have been providing individual and business clients with comprehensive legal services for cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, criminal defense, DUI/DWI, environmental law, ACT 250, zoning law, employment law, discrimination cases, professional licensing, administrative law, real estate, estate planning, wills, trusts, business and corporate formation, DCF and Adult Protective Services allegations and substantiations and Fish & Game violations.

We are a client oriented law firm priding ourselves on our accessibility, our ability to communicate effectively, and our commitment to proving prompt, professional service. Our attorneys are straightforward with their clients and provide an honest assessment of the favorable and challenging aspects of the case. Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten has an established reputation for rigorous work and determination on behalf of our clients. Our attorneys have handled many prominent court and legal actions including an impeachment trial before the Vermont Senate, murder cases, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice cases involving large settlements, DUI cases, major scandals involving local and state government officials, environmental and ACT 250 matters and general discrimination. Our record of success is a testament to our hard work and our broad experience.

Our firm serves the needs of individuals and businesses throughout Vermont, including, but not limited to, the cities and towns of: Barre, Montpelier, Waterbury, Middlesex, Northfield, Chelsea, Williamstown, Randolph, Waitsfield, Warren, Stowe, Morrisville, Hyde Park, Burlington, South Burlington, Williston, Winooski, Colchester, Richmond, Bolton, St. Johnsbury, Lyndonville, Newport, White River, and Bradford.

If you are seeking experienced attorneys who will work effectively to resolve your case, please contact us today. If you prefer to contact us by phone please call our Barre, VT office at (802) 476-4181.

If you are seeking experienced attorneys who will work effectively to resolve your case, please contact us today.

(802) 476-4181.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury

Dealing with insurance companies, seeking medical attention, and dealing with a loss or interruption of finances all become part of the equation, our attorneys have the talent to advocate your interests in personal injury cases, either with an insurance company or in litigation. Learn More

Wrongful Death

The attorneys at Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten, P.C. stand ready to provide effective, investigation and aggressive advocacy and representation on your behalf. In wrongful death cases, emotional damage can be severe and the economic losses are often devastating. Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten, P.C. is experienced in handling complex wrongful death cases and will assist you to develop the best legal strategy for your case. Learn More

Real Estate Law

We advise commercial and residential clients in all types of real property proceedings and transactions, including real estate purchases and sales, title examinations, title insurance, closings, 1031 exchanges, construction, management, leases, and more. Our lawyers assist our clients in all aspects of the transaction, from structuring and negotiating a real estate deal to resolving subsequent disputes, if necessary. Learn More

Wills & Estates

Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten’s wills and estates practice involves meeting with our clients to understand their family and property and to assess what they wish to accomplish; age, family relationships, property ownerships or legal obligations all have a significant impact on the planning process. Learn More

Environmental Law

As residents of Vermont, we realize how fortunate we are to live in an area where development and land use are closely scrutinized in order to prevent negative effects on our environment. At Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten, P.C., our attorneys regularly represent and guide clients through the complex processes regulating every aspect of land use. Learn More

Criminal Defense

Since the firm’s founding in 1977, Vermont based criminal defense has been a key practice area of Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten. We’ve represented hundreds of clients in criminal cases throughout the State of Vermont. Our attorneys thoroughly investigate the facts and assess each case in order to develop a strategy that allows us to zealously defend our clients while protecting their rights and delivering positive results. Learn More

DUI / DWI Attorney

All it takes is one beverage and a small misfortune - such as a malfunctioning directional, a cracked headlight or an expired registration, to send you down a path you didn’t anticipate. Regardless of why you were stopped, the results can be equally impactful to your driving record. You can rely on our experience and skill to help protect your rights in all aspects surrounding your drunk driving arrest. Learn More

Commercial / Business Law

At Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten, P.C., our attorneys provide a wide variety of services to our business clients, including:Assisting in the selection of the type of organizational entity under which to operate, reviewing and preparing all types of business agreements, advising clients on the sale and purchase of businesses and business interests, obtaining financing and funding for business operations, tax planning, counseling clients on employee relations, and facilitating business dissolution. Learn More

Professional Licensing / Administrative Law

The Law Offices of Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten represent individuals, businesses and licensed professionals in administrative proceedings throughout the State of Vermont including, but not limited to, doctors, medical professionals, lawyers, teachers, childcare workers, pharmacists, appraisers, realtors, private investigators, and others who are involved in disciplinary or criminal actions that can jeopardize their professional licenses. Learn More

Our Team

Oreste V. Valsangiacomo, Jr



Rusty is a trial attorney who has tried all types of cases in family, criminal and civil courts. His primary objective as a trial lawyer is to represent all sides, in as many cases as possible, in order to gain a truly diverse perspective of the law and people.

Gary D. McQuesten



Gary has been a partner with the firm since 1980. He concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, administrative law, professional licensing and general civil litigation.

L. Brooke Dingledine



Brooke Dingledine concentrates her talents in environmental, land use/zoning, ACT 250, education/school law, municipal law, civil litigation, employment and discrimination law, and professional regulation.

Christopher E. Pelkey



Chris concentrates his practice on transactional issues, including residential and commercial real estate purchases, sales, contracts and leases; wills, trusts, estates and probate matters; creating LLCs, L3Cs and corporations; and general business matters.

Jon D. Valsangiacomo



Jon concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation, primarily personal injury cases, wrongful death, criminal misdemeanors and felonies, DUI/DWI, motor vehicle, administrative law, professional licensing, and Fish & Game cases. Jon is a member of the Bar of the State of Vermont and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont.

Kerry L. Chaffee

Office Manager / Legal Assistant


Kerry has been with the firm for 23 years, joining us in 1997 as a legal assistant after having worked at the Superior Court in Montpelier for 7 years. She assists our attorneys with organizing files and medical records, scheduling, typing pleadings and correspondence and juggling anything that might get thrown at her.