Mr. Austin has worked as an attorney and a business person in Vermont for nearly 30 years. Mr. Austin initially practiced law with the firm from 1988 to 1997, first as an associate, then as a partner. He focused his client service on business, transactional and franchise matters. He also represented numerous owners and tenants in commercial leasing transactions. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Austin was Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc., a franchisor and operator of over 300 bagel bakeries in 26 states. From 2001 to 2013, Mr. Austin served as President of Bruegger’s. Mr. Austin held that position through three different ownership groups, including one private equity firm. Mr. Austin rejoined the firm in 2014 and is of counsel to the firm.