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Walter E. Judge

Walter E. Judge assisted in securing a victory for Ben & Jerry’s, the iconic Vermont ice cream maker, which was sued in federal court by an environmental advocate, who alleged the company misled customers with their “happy cows” advertising regarding the sourcing of their milk and cream products. He is a partner in the Burlington, VT, office of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC and focuses on business litigation issues.


Ice Cream Win: When Judge won a victory on behalf of Ben & Jerry’s this spring, how did he celebrate? “With B&J ice cream, of course!” Say Cheese—and Chocolate: He started his firm’s Food & Beverage Law Practice Group because “the Vermont craft beer, cheese, and chocolate industry has skyrocketed to international superstardom in the past six or so years, adding to the existing fame for ice cream, and I wanted to be part of that.” Avocation: “I’m fully immersed in the crazy Vermont craft beer scene. I have the luxury of being able to drink some of the best beer on the planet every single day (Heady Topper or Hill Farmstead, anyone?) and to help brewers with their legal problems. Many of them are now friends, not just clients.” Best Treat in Law School: “Meeting my wife, Jean O’Neill ’89.”