Olson and Associates

Attorney Profiles

Rebecca G. Olson, Esq.

Rebecca G. Olson is the founder and managing member of Olson & Associates, PLC. She concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, business formation and maintenance, family law, general litigation, and estate planning and administration. She also provides mediation services to help settle disputes in these areas of law. A native of the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania, Becky graduated from the Pennsylvania State University School of Journalism, after which she worked in newspapers and advertising before moving to Vermont in 1983. Three years after arriving in Vermont, Becky initiated a four year law office clerkship sponsored by the Vermont Supreme Court. She took the Vermont bar exam and became admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1990 and worked at another general practice Stowe law firm until 1995, when she decided to form her own law firm.

Over the past 19 years, Becky has brought together a diverse staff of attorneys, paralegals and support staff in order to provide a wide range of legal services to support her “team approach” business philosophy. Although Becky manages all aspects of the law firm, one attorney oversees each case but draws off the knowledge and research of other members of the firm in order to provide each case with the best possible information and outcome.

In addition to providing client services, Becky donates her time to the court system by teaching a class at the courthouse to litigants without attorneys, explaining the court process and how to best present themselves and their cases to the court. In addition, probate and family court judges appoint Becky to represent the elderly and mentally impaired in guardianship cases as well as children caught in the middle of domestic disputes.

Becky has long been a passionate supporter of animal rights and has donated hundreds of hours to the North Country Animal League, formerly known as the Lamoille County Humane Society, in creating laws to protect animal rights as well as providing the more day to day legal assistance to NCAL.

Becky supports the community in other ways as well. She was board member and past president of the Lamoille Valley Chamber of Commerce, board member of United Way of Lamoille County, advisory board member of NCAL, and a member of Waterbury Rotary.

Becky is a member of the Vermont and Lamoille County Bar Associations, and the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, of which she sits on the board of directors. She has also sat on the Lamoille County Reparative Probation Board.

Becky lives in the hills of Waterbury with her husband, Vini Sassone, where they are avid bikers, hikers, skiers and sailors.

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Juliana Hoyt, Esq.

Juliana joined Olson & Associates in 2010 having moved to Stowe from Massachusetts where she practiced in Boston, most recently as Senior Counsel at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC. She is admitted to practice in both Vermont and Massachusetts. Juliana is a cum laude graduate of Wellesley College and Boston University School of Law where she was also a member of the Law Review and a Paul J. Liacos scholar. She holds a Masters’ degree in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Woodbury College and has had advanced training in elder mediation as well as in family and in agricultural mediation. Juliana is on the roster of the Vermont Family Court Mediation Program, the Mediation Foreclosure Program and the USDA’s Vermont and New Hampshire Agricultural Mediation Programs.

Adept at handling a wide variety of issues, Juliana most enjoys the opportunity to help families and businesses in transition as they explore options to find solutions. She excels in working within multidisciplinary frameworks in order to ensure that each client has access to needed resources and information.

She is a presenter at workshops for the Vermont Bar Association as well as private organizations on a variety of subjects including estate planning, negotiation, collaborative law, interpersonal communication, basic and advanced mediation skill building. Her article on technology and internet resources for practitioners was recently published in the Vermont Bar Journal’s Fall, 2010 issue.

Juliana and her husband are raising two energetic boys in Stowe with two curious cats and one very nervous fish.

Areas of Practice: Wills and Trusts, Estate Planning & Administration, Elder and Family Law

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Chandler W. Matson, Esq.

Chandler Matson, a trial and appellate lawyer with over a decade of experience handling complex business disputes, criminal litigation, and personal injury claims, has joined Olson & Associates as Of Counsel. Chandler also acts as outside counsel for businesses and not-for-profits in Vermont and Massachusetts, handling their corporate structuring, general business affairs, and regulatory compliance.

Chandler started his legal career working for a boutique litigation firm in New York City before moving to Boston and starting his own practice in 2005. Chandler has acted as lead counsel in hundreds of trial matters in both state and federal courts, and has handled appellate matters before the high courts of New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Chandler was nominated to the Order of the Coif legal honors society in 2001, and was named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" rising star by the publishers of Boston Magazine in 2011 (an honor given to the top 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 who have been practicing in Massachusetts for less than ten years). He attended Tulane University Law School and Syracuse University College of Law, graduating magna cum laude in 2001. Prior to law school, Mr. Matson attended Alfred University, graduating cum laude with degrees in Economics and Political Science.

Attorney Matson sits on the Board of the Lamoille County Planning Commission - one of eleven Regional Planning Commissions serving Vermont's local communities to facilitate economic development while ensuring the protection of the region's environment.

Attorney Matson also serves as outside and general counsel to the North American Hockey Academy - a not-for-profit preparatory school dedicated to preparing young women for world-class competitive hockey. As a father of a young girl, he is extremely happy to be helping an institution whose sole purpose is - literally - to help young women achieve the dreams.

In his free time, Chandler enjoys skiing, fishing, and spending time with his two young children and wife. In addition to his professional and family life, Chandler is also a proud member of Team Sheila, and Judy's and Janet's Kids. Team Sheila was formed in 2007 to raise money for the treatment and cure of ALS. Judy's and Janet's Kids were formed in 2008 to raise money for the treatment and cure of women's cancers. Each team bears the name of a mom, and collectively these teams have raised tens of thousands of dollars that will hopefully one day save a mom's life.

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