H. Kenneth Merritt, Jr.

Not only does Ken lead the firm’s transactional corporate practice, he is also deeply involved in the local entrepreneurial community and active in multiple professional organizations and various angel and investor groups throughout the United States. He is a Founding Member of Slow Money Alliance and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Board Member of Investors’ Circle, as well as Board Member and Managing Director of North Country Angels, Vermont’s only angel investment group.

For over 35 years, Ken has concentrated in general corporate and securities transactions as well as the formation and governance activities of privately and publicly held companies, non-profit organizations, venture capital funds and financial institutions. Ken led the drafting of the Vermont Benefit Corporation legislation, and he is passionate about fostering the growth of socially responsible businesses.

Additional Information:

Current Positions:

Board Member, Managing Director | North Country Angels

Chair | Vermont Investors Forum

Founder | Vermont Venture Network

Founding Board Member | Slow Money Alliance

Founding Board Member | Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

Board Member | Investors’ Circle

Member of Investment Committee | Vermont Seed Capital Fund

Member of Investment Committee | Earthrise Capital Fund

Member of Investment Committee | Patient Capital Collaborative ‘11, ‘13

Member | Angel Capital Association

Honors & Accolades:

Vermont Top Lawyers 2015

Chambers USA 2015

Super Lawyers 2015

Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers 2015

2015 C. Harry Behney Lifetime Economic Development Achievement Award

Education: Columbia Law School; University of Michigan

Experience: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Spengler, Carlson, Gubar, Brodsky & Frischling; Lord, Day & Lord

Community Engagement:

2015 Panelist | CVEDC – Funding Your Future

2015 Webinar Panelist | Angel Capital Association – Impact Investing

2015 Panelist | SEEED Summit – New, Innovative, and Existing Structures of Infrastructure Facilitating Growth of Impact Investing

2015 Lead Presenter | Vermont Employee Ownership Center – Search for a Good Exit: An Introduction to Ownership Succession Planning

2015 Panelist | Business People Vermont’s Doing Business in Vermont

2015 Lead Presenter | BYOBiz Entrepreneur’s Workshop – Legal matters for Startups

2015 Speaker | Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Creating Prosperity & Opportunity Confronting Climate Change

Outside the Office: alpine & Nordic skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, golf

Fan of: Vermont Lake Monsters, Red Sox


I have known and relied on Ken since 1989 as a trusted personal and business legal advisor. I have always found him to be very insightful and practical with a variety of approaches.  Ken helped guide Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (now Keurig Green Mountain) practically from inception as a small, privately held company through numerous financing transactions, operating as a public company and various acquisitions, including the initial acquisition of Keurig and SEC matters.  Since stepping down as Chairman, they continue to advise me on a range of private investments including Heritage Flight, Vermont Organics Reclamation, personal trust and other private matters.”  – Bob Stiller, Former Chairman/CEO of Keurig Green Mountain