Jennifer Emens-Butler is a partner at Obuchowski & Emens-Butler in Bethel, Vermont. The firm, formed as the Obuchowski Law Office in 1986, concentrates on business and consumer bankruptcy matters, with particular expertise in business reorganizations. Ms. Emens-Butler served as law clerk to the Honorable Francis G. Conrad, US Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Vermont until 1998, when she joined the firm. She received her JD, cum laude, from the Vermont Law School in 1995 and received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ms. Emens-Butler is a member of the Vermont Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section (Chair, 2006- 2008) and serves on the VBA's Board of Managers (elected, 2009 to present). She is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation and is a Corporator for the Northfield Savings Bank. She has been an active presenter at VBA-sponsored seminars and teaches Bankruptcy Law for the Vermont Law School's General Practice Program. She has written articles for the Vermont Bar Journal and the Times Argus's business magazine on bankruptcy matters, including a two-part Vermont Bar Journal article on the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Act. Ms. Emens-Butler is one of six Court-appointed mediators for bankruptcy matters and has served as mediator in over 90 foreclosure cases under Vermont's foreclosure mediation statute.
Jennifer has achieved an "AV- Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been certified in consumer bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification. She has been recognized as a New England Super Lawyer and as a Top Business Lawyer by Vermont Business Magazine. Cases of note include In Re FiberMark, Inc. (local counsel), In Re Kessel-Duff Corporation (Debtor's counsel, construction), In Re American Paper Mills of Vermont (union representation) and In Re Rutland Fire Clay Co. (Debtor's counsel, mass tort).