Then & Now
The practice of law is about solving problems. The firm's collegial and collaborative approach to the practice of law fosters an environment where creative solutions are encouraged. We believe in vigorously pursuing solutions and dedicating ourselves to the zealous representation of our clients. We are a general practice firm, but each attorney has his or her own areas of focus. Each attorney's law practice is guided by the firm's principle of serving the client's best interests and preserving the attorney-client relationship.
In law, like in medicine, the professionals focus on certain areas. Litigators draft documents like complaints, motions, and briefs. They meet with clients to plan the pre-trial and trial process, organize discovery and exhibits, appear in court, cross-examine witnesses and work with clients in mediation and settlement negotiations. Other attorneys draft documents like wills and trusts, contracts, licenses and deeds. They meet with clients and gather information to best advise on legal issues and represent the client's interests in transactions such as property transfers, filings with the Secretary of State's office and other governmental agencies, matters with financial and health care institutions. Clients benefit from the experience that such focus brings to the practice of law, and also by the relationship with the firm as a full service general practice law firm with over 105 years of collective experience.
History of Firm
1940 - Our law firm was founded by Richard E. Gale in 1940 and has grown to become one of Brattleboro's leading firms with the proven ability to meet our clients' needs. Mr. Gale was joined by his son, Richard M. Gale, practicing as Gale & Gale in 1973. The Gale name has represented professionalism, quality and integrity for over 75 years.
1982 - In 1982 Jesse M. Corum IV joined the firm, adding another level of professionalism and expanding the firm's clientele to include criminal defense. Jesse passed away in 2014 leaving a legacy of integrity and the highest level of competency.
2000 - John C. Mabie joined the firm as a partner. Attorney Mabie's areas of practice include personal injury, family law, criminal defense, workers' compensation, real estate, and Social Security Disability. He has practiced law since 1985, first as a law clerk at the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and later as a litigator in New York City. He began practicing in Brattleboro in 1994.
2002 - Joseph F. Cook joined the firm. Joe's practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, guardianships, and real estate have their basis in over eighteen years of experience as a trust officer with a local bank.
2005 - Angela J. Prodan joined the firm as a partner. Prior to this, she was a partner in another local firm and has spent her career practicing in Windham County. She is skilled in all aspects of family law. She has over twenty two years of legal experience dedicated solely to family and matrimonial law.
2007 - Jonathan D. Secrest joined the firm and became a partner in 2010. His practice focuses on wills, trusts, elder law, and real estate. A member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, he is also admitted to practice in New Hampshire.
Samuel H. Angell also joined the firm in 2007 and became a partner in 2010. He has practiced law since 1995, first as a litigator in New York and then as a partner at another local law firm. Sam's practice includes real estate, civil litigation, personal injury, criminal defense, family and juvenile law, environmental law, municipal law, workers' compensation and Social Security Disability.
2015 - Amelia W.L. Darrow is the latest attorney to join the firm. In her last semester of law school, she interned at the United Nations in The Hague. There she clerked for a judge on the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and also assisted with interlocutory appeals in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She joined the firm in 2015. As an associate, her work covers all practice areas, while she develops her practice as an elder law attorney with a focus on estate planning and probate administration. She also practices intellectual property law, with a background in music rights.
2018 - Margaret B. York recently joined the law firm Corum Mabie Cook Prodan Angell Secrest & Darrow, P.L.C. as an associate attorney. Her practice areas include family law, LGBTQ law, juvenile law, criminal law, and landlord/tenant matters. Attorney York is a member of the Windham County Bar Association, the Vermont Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Her article, "Progressive Stagnation: How Vermont's Laws Provide Uncertainty for Children of Same-Sex Couples," was published in the winter 2017 edition of the Vermont Bar Journal. Before joining the firm, she worked as a juvenile defender, handling delinquencies and representing families in abuse and neglect proceedings. She also served as a staff attorney for Mercy For Animals, an international animal welfare nonprofit.
Attorney York graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School where she studied family law, sexual orientation law, criminal law, and animal law with a focus on litigation. She competed in two national moot court competitions, winning one and placing as a finalist in the other. She served as an Associate Editor of the Animal Law Review. While in law school she worked for a variety of nonprofits, advocating for social justice and animal welfare. She served as a research assistant, examining the implementation of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child across the globe, specifically looking at impediments to successful implementation of Article 3: Best Interests Standards. Prior to law school, she earned a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Women's and Gender Studies and a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University.
Corum Mabie Cook Prodan Angell Secrest & Darrow, P.L.C. is a general practice law firm in Brattleboro. The firm's practice areas include family law, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning and administration, real estate, elder law, civil litigation, and worker's compensation.
Our firm's general practice continues to grow while the attorneys, individually continue to distinguish themselves as leaders in their respective fields of practice.