Middlebury Having filed the necessary papers before the deadline, Jack McMullen announced today that he will run in the November 2012 election for Vermont Attorney General. As he is running unopposed in the Republican primary, he will face the winner of the Democratic primary between William Sorrell and T. J. Donovan.
“I will bring a different perspective to the duties of Attorney General if elected. My background is in both law and business and I believe the limited resources of the state’s top attorney can be better deployed to get things done for Vermonters by considering both the legal and economic impact of matters taken on by the office.”
“Contentious situations might be resolved more readily by early intervention and negotiation rather than litigation after the fact. For instance, the Attorney General could have provided an early advisory opinion to Vermont’s legislative leaders before they passed what was widely considered to be an unconstitutional campaign finance law - even by some members of the legislature. This could have saved taxpayers millions of dollars in litigation costs - money that could have been put to better use for Vermonters in these troubled economic times.”
“My approach will be balanced and open-minded. I have worked constructively on problems with Democrats over three decades. I will not add to the burdens honest businesses face in our state by bringing ideologically motivated lawsuits against them.”
McMullen, who lives in Burlington, previously taught Business Strategy at Harvard Law School, a course drawing on both legal and business concepts. Currently, he works with early stage technology companies helping them to anticipate and navigate around thorny legal issues commonly encountered as a business gets off the ground. Earlier in his career, he worked on strategy assignments for Fortune 500 and fast-growth technology companies.
His work has also given him deep experience with federal and state legal systems. He has provided analysis and testimony on damages and on issues influencing competitive rivalry in large commercial litigation, including some matters reviewed by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. He has been deposed in litigation as an expert witness more than 25 times and has testified in both jury and non-jury trials in the northeastern, mid-western, southwestern, and western regions of the United States.