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Nancy J. Waples - Burlington, VT

Burlington Criminal Defense(All State and Federal) Lawyer
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Updated 9/12/2013
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Nancy J. Waples Overview

Nancy Waples is a criminal defense attorney whose practice is focused primarily on representing clients in the state and Federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. She represents clients in a wide range of criminal offenses in multi-jurisdictional cases involving the accused leaders or organizers of major drug, gun trafficking, and alien-smuggling conspiracies and in complex fraud cases. Nancy also represents witnesses and targets in Grand Jury investigations and in inquiries by state and federal regulators. She currently serves as the Criminal Justice Act coordinator for the District of Vermont. Appointed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Nancy acts as a liaison to the federal courts and oversees the panel of private attorneys assigned to represent indigent clients in Federal criminal cases. She is a member of the United States District Court Advisory Committee for the District of Vermont and also serves on its Criminal Law Sub-Committee and Model Criminal Jury Instruction Committee.

Nancy also represents clients in state trial and appellate courts in both Vermont and New York. Appointed by the Vermont Supreme Court in 2006, she is a member of the Vermont Criminal Jury Instructions Committee which drafts and revises jury instructions used by trial judges, defense attorneys, and prosecutors.

Prior to joining Hoff Curtis in April, 2005, Nancy served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Vermont as a Federal prosecutor. She developed an expertise in Federal firearms laws, prosecuting a majority of those cases for the U.S. Attorney's Office. She also prosecuted other crimes including bank fraud and bank robbery, drug related offenses, social security fraud, child pornography, and counterfeiting.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Nancy served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in New York City. First assigned to the Appeals Bureau, she briefed and argued over 50 criminal appeals before the New York appellate courts. She also briefed and argued many post-conviction petitions in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She also served in the trial division of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, trying cases in New York Supreme Court.

Nancy is a former president of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Vermont Bar Association, and American Bar Association. She is a frequent lecturer and panelist on trial practice before the Vermont Bar Association and the Vermont Association of Criminal Trial Lawyers and has been listed in New England Super Lawyers since 2010. Nancy has contributed to her community as a member of the State of Vermont Environmental Board. Appointed by Governor Howard Dean, she served for four years, hearing and deciding appeals regarding major development and land use laws in the state. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association. Prior to her legal career, she was a staff member of the Committee on United States-China Relations at United Nations Plaza in New York City. She is fluent in the Chinese language.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense(All State and Federal)
  • Federal Appellate Practice
  • Multidistrict Litigation
  • State Appellate Practice

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Director

Other Affiliations

  • Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Former President)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (Member)
  • Vermont Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Vermont Youth Orchestra Association (Member, Board of Directors)


  • St. John's University School of Law, New York, New York
  • College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
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100 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401







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