Rodgers and Hesselbach
Attorneys at Law


Mailing Address

The Vermont Building
PO Box 8286
Brattleboro, VT 05304

Tel: 802-254-0236
Fax: 802-257-0266

Rodgers and Hesselbach

Rodgers and Hesselbach is a full service law firm located in the Vermont Building at 1222 Putney Road, Suite 305, just north of of I-91 Exit 3 rotary in Brattleboro, Vermont.

James M. Rodgers and Bruce Hesselbach have been practicing law since 1996 and 1976 respectively, and have a wide spectrum of experience in cases in state and federal court, as well as legal drafting, arbitration and negotiation.

We offer a free initial consultation for all cases.

The Firm

Bruce Hesselbach

Bruce Hesselbach

As a practicing lawyer who is admitted to practice in the states of Vermont and New York, Bruce Hesselbach has been helping clients on a wide variety of matters since 1976.  Bruce Hesselbach is a graduate of Yale University (BA cum laude 1972) and Villanova University School of Law (JD 1975).

Bruce Hesselbach handles the following types of cases:

  • Personal Injury
  • Bankruptcy
  • Collection of Accounts
  • Education Law
  • Wills, Estates and Trusts
  • Contracts
  • Real Estate
  • Auto Accidents
  • Litigation
  • Landlord's Remedies
  • Environmental Cases
  • Commercial Law


Member, 1998 to 2014, Chairman, 2002 to 2014, Newfane Conservation Commission.  The AVCC has designated the Newfane Conservation Commission as 2005 Conservation Commission of the year for "outstanding conservation efforts". Member, Board of Directors, Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions, 2002 - 2005.  Member, Board of Directors, Leland and Gray Union High School, 1995 - 2001. Served as Due Process Hearing Officer for the Vermont Department of Education (2012 - 2014).



  • LaShay v. Dept. of S.R.S., 160 Vt 60, 625 A.2d 224 (1993)
  • Gomez v. Gateway Demolition Corp., 293 A.D.2d 649, 740 N.Y.S.2d 652, N.Y. Slip Op. 03133 (2d Dept. 2002)
  • Solomon v. City of New York, 111 A.D.2d 383, 489 N.Y.S.2d 592 (2d Dept 1985) affd 70 N.Y.2d 675, 512 N.E.2d 546, 518 N.Y.S.2d 963 (1987)
  • Fisher Mechanical Corp. v. Gateway Demolition Corp., 247 A.D. 2d 579, 669 N.Y.S. 2d 347 (2d Dept 1998)
  • In re F.E.F., 156 Vt. 503 (1991)
  • Dover Town School District v. Simon, 162 Vt. 630, 620 A.2d 514 (1994)
  • New York, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1978
  • U.S. Claims Court, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1984
  • Vermont, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1991.
  • Vermont Bar Association
  • Vermont Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York


Our law firm provides debt relief services by representing people who file for bankruptcy relief under the applicable provisions of the United States Code.


An avid hiker, Bruce is the author of High Ledges, Green Mountains (Bondcliff Books, 2005) subtitled My Section Hike of Vermont's Long Trail. You can see numerous hiking photos and pictures of his two Welsh terriers at For more information about his books and poems, go to

APPROVED ATTORNEY for: Commonwealth Land Title Insurance 

James Rodgers

James M. Rodgers Originally from New York, Attorney James Rodgers came to Vermont in 1986 after living and working outside the United States for nearly 15 years as university professor (University of Paris/Sorbonne Nouvelle), consultant to the United Nations (Geneva), and Chief of Party for an international development non-governmental organization. A graduate of Columbia College, the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and the University of Rochester, where he received his Ph.D., Attorney Rodgers trained with several attorneys as their clerk under the Vermont Clerkship Program and was admitted to the Vermont State and Federal Bars in 1996. He served as Board Member, including as Vice-President, of the Vermont Bar Foundation, from 2003 to 2007. He currently remains a volunteer of the Bar Foundation.

Attorney Rodgers was recognized in May 2011 by being selected as a Senior Fulbright Fellow and Specialist in Law. He worked as a Fulbright Specialist with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, located in Port Elizabeth, Republic of South Africa. This recognition was the result of a highly competitive selection process available to qualified applicants from throughout the United States and abroad.

Attorney Rodgers focuses on plaintiff personal injury civil litigation, family law, workers’ compensation, criminal law (DWI/Traffic violations/misdemeanors), and a variety of discrimination/civil rights matters. He represents clients statewide in civil claims involving:

  • Motor Vehicle and Pedestrian Accidents
  • Slip & Fall Accidents
  • Medical Negligence
  • Dog Bite Injuries
  • Wrongful Death Cases on Behalf of Estates, Heirs, Spouses and Children
  • Liquor, Alcohol and Restaurant / Tavern Liability
  • Recreational Injuries
  • Construction and Work Site Accidents
  • Brain Injury Cases
  • Wrongful Discharge Cases


Vermont, 1996
U.S. District Court, District of Vermont, 1996


Vermont Bar Association Vermont Trial Lawyers Association


Carol Hesselbach

A graduate of Vassar College (BA 1972), Carol has been a law firm office manager since 1996. She worked for the Social Security Administration for 8 years and for health insurance companies for 6 years. She holds the designation of Health Insurance Associate from the Health Insurance Association of America and Associate Life and Health Claims from the International Claims Association.