Our firm was founded in 1989 by Ken and Sharon Merritt. The firm has decades of experience focusing on corporate and securities law and hosts one of New England’s leading intellectual property practices. Assisting companies like Keurig Green Mountain, Seventh Generation, Magic Hat Brewing Company, and Vermont Smoke & Cure, M&M guided some of Vermont’s most successful companies from inception to globally-renowned brands.
Each of our attorneys began their career with large law firms in New York and Boston, and each is admitted to practice in multiple jurisdictions. Hosting services are comparable to that of prestigious metropolitan law firms, M&M brings big firm experience to its startup clients, providing a more personal, responsive, and affordable alternative to larger law firms, attracting young growth companies seeking advice and capital.
We are proud to have played a significant role in the growth of our clients as well as the evolution of Vermont’s entrepreneurial landscape, as Vermont is an increasingly attractive place for entrepreneurs to grow their business. With a passion for socially responsible business and impact investing, Ken led the drafting of the Vermont Benefit Corporation legislation and certified the firm as a B Corporation in 2014.
The firm is deeply involved in the entrepreneurial community and active in multiple professional organizations and various angel and investor groups. In 1989, Ken founded the Vermont Venture Network, which up until January 2015 ran monthly educational and networking forum featuring speakers from Vermont’s business community for the purpose of stimulating the regional economy. Beginning in July 2015, the organization serves the local ecosystem as a comprehensive calendar featuring educational and inspirational events for entrepreneurs, startups, and interested professionals engaging in Vermont’s business community.
In 2015, Ken was awarded the C. Harry Behney Lifetime Economic Development Achievement Award by GBIC, which recognizes Vermont leaders for their significant contributions to advancing the economic wellbeing of the people of our community and promoting a climate that enhances the economic vitality of the state of Vermont. GBIC Chair Ernie Pomerleau said: “GBIC thanks Ken for his many contributions to the people and the State of Vermont in the field of economic development. Ken has been a leader in building a support system for our entrepreneurs and innovators in our region and throughout Vermont. We honor Ken as one of Vermont’s most outstanding leaders.”