Attorney Brian Sawyer

Areas of Practice

  • Elder law including Medicaid planning and nursing home litigation
  • Social Security Disability
  • Landlord/tenant
  • Civil litigation
  • Wills and estates
  • Consumer law
  • Employment
  • Civil rights
  • Real estate


  • Franklin Pierce Law Center (J.D. 1984)
  • Bates College (B.A., 1976)

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted to state and federal courts in Vermont and Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


  • Vermont Bar Association

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Brian Sawyer

Brian graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center in and has been practicing law in Vermont since 1985. He was a staff attorney at Vermont Legal Aid from 1985 to 1994, Director of the Medicare Advocacy Project from 1994 to 2001 and Director of the Elder Law Unit from 1995 to 2003. During his years at Vermont Legal Aid, particularly during his years as Elder Law Unit director, Brian was heavily involved in policy and legislative issues, frequently providing testimony and technical support to policy advocates. Brian has been in private practice in Manchester since 2003, focusing on elder law and general civil litigation. Brian and his wife, Mary Welford, formed Welford and Sawyer in 2006.

Brian served for many years as the chair of the Vermont Bar Association Elder Law Committee and worked extensively on guardianship reform issues and other issues affecting disabled and elderly persons. He has served on several committees appointed by the legislature. He has spoken and provided training on elder law issues on numerous occasions. He follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Alfred Heininger of Burlington, who served in the Vermont legislature for many years working hard for the rights of disadvantaged and elderly Vermonters, and ran for Governor of Vermont in 1933.

Brian has served on the board of the local youth baseball organization for many years and has been President for the past 6 years. He enjoys coaching youth sports including baseball, basketball and soccer. He is also an avid hiker. He and Mary live in Manchester with their three sons.