Local law firm welcomes new associate, BUHS alumnus
BRATTLEBORO — The law firm of Phillips, Dunn, Shriver & Carroll is welcoming a young attorney to the practice: Andrew Marchev, who has made Brattleboro his home since 2004.
"I loved growing up in Brattleboro," says Andrew. "Despite being the new kid, I felt welcomed."
Marchev was an active part of the town that embraced him, appearing in plays at the New England Youth Theater, DJing at WVEW-FM, and working at the Latchis Movie Theater.
Marchev left Vermont for college, graduating from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Afterwards, he went to Mexico, his father's home country, to teach English. But Marchev always felt a strong pull back to Vermont. In 2015, a legislative internship with the Vermont Natural Resources Council convinced Marchev he wanted to practice law.
"My time in Montpelier taught me the important role law plays in everyday life. Becoming a lawyer seemed like a good way to have an engaging career and to give back," he said.
The summer after that internship, Marchev enrolled in Vermont Law School, later graduating in May 2018.
Steve Phillips, David Dunn, Sandy Shriver and Rich Carroll, the firm's four partners, are also all Vermont Law School graduates. "When we decided to hire an associate, we knew we wanted someone from VLS," said Shriver.
He explained that a VLS graduate would be familiar with Vermont, have received an excellent legal education, but also "that someone from VLS would share our values and commitment to our community."
The four partners are or have been board members for local organizations such as New England Center for the Circus Arts, Brattleboro Union High School, Windham County Humane Society and Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
Marchev said he enjoys his new job. "The partners give me interesting work and are wonderful mentors to me."
Not having specialized yet, Marchev works on matters spanning the range of law practiced by Phillips, Dunn, Shriver and Carroll: business, landlord/tenant, estates, land use regulations, and immigration, to name a few.
"As a small town law firm, we need to be problem solvers," Dunn said. "You can't pigeon-hole someone's problem into one area of law, so we are generalists for our clients. This is what we are teaching Andrew, and we are happy with his progress."
Marchev is again becoming an active community member, participating in the 2019 Brattleboro Town Meeting as a Representative from District 3, and salsa dancing in the "Can Windham County Dance" fundraiser for Youth Services.
"I'm excited to deepen my understanding of the law, and to deepen my connection with Brattleboro. I am excited about my future here," Marchev said.
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