Honorable William D. Cohen

Associate Justice


William D. Cohen (“Bill”) of Rutland Town, Rutland County, grew up in Rutland and was educated through the Rutland Public School System. He graduated from Rutland High School in 1975, followed by a year as a chair lift operator for Killington Mountain Resorts. He then went on to obtain an undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, B.A. in Environmental Science, and a J.D. from Vermont Law School.  Bill started his career as Deputy State’s Attorney, followed by working in private practice at two separate law offices in Rutland. During this time, his focus was primarily on statewide civil litigation. In 1999, Bill was appointed as a State Superior Court Judge.  On December 5, 2019, Governor Phil Scott appointed him to the Vermont Supreme Court as an associate justice.  In his free time, Bill is an avid participant in endurance sports, including biking, skiing, and running. He is married to Barbara Buck. They have two adult children: Alix Cohen, who lives in San Francisco, California, and Robert Cohen, who lives in Mendon, Vermont.


  • The George Washington University (BA)
  • Vermont Law School (JD)


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