About Martin LaLonde


Anne, Tess and Griffin LaLonde

Anne, Tess and Griffin LaLonde

A resident of South Burlington for eight years, Martin grew up in Alpena, Michigan. He graduated from Alpena High School (1981), Alpena Community College (1984), the University of Michigan Business School (1986, BA in Business Administration), and the University of Michigan Law School (1993). Before attending law school, he worked in New Jersey and New York for four years in data communication sales. After graduating from law school, he worked for Judge John Butzner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond Virginia and then Judge Paul Friedman of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

In 1995, Martin became a trial attorney at the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he worked for thirteen years. During his tenure at the Department of Justice, Martin worked on a wide array of cases, primarily involving the defense of federal land-management agencies such as the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service. He also worked on matters involving the National Environmental Policy Act; collection of royalties on oil, gas, and other minerals owned by the federal government; and the trust responsibilities that the federal government owes Indian tribes.

For a number of years, Martin, his wife Anne, and his children Griffin and Tess went on family vacations at the Tyler Place Resort in Highgate Springs, Vermont. They fell in love with the state so, in 2007, they moved to South Burlington where Martin became a stay-at-home dad.

In March 2010, Martin was elected to the South Burlington School Board. He is currently serving in his second three-year term. During his tenure, the Board has hired a new Superintendent, successfully negotiated two contracts with the Teacher’s Association, adopted four budgets that included modest increases in spending and that the community passed on town-meeting day, and approved a one-to-one laptop program where all students in grades seven through twelve are provided with laptops during the school year. One of the most important accomplishments of the District in the past four years is its adoption of a written ends policy. This policy sets forth the expectations of the community as to the outcomes expected of the District’s students.

Martin has also been a member of the City’s Form Based Code Committee, which drafted updated zoning regulations for South Burlington’s City Center. This update was provided to the City’s Planning Commission.

Martin was an active volunteer at his children’s elementary school, Rick Marcotte Central School. He participated in Hands On Nature (a natural science instructional program taught by parents five times per school year), assisted in producing four editions of the school yearbook, helped advise fifth graders in their production of the school newspaper, and sought upgrades to the school playground as the PTO’s playground chair. Martin and his wife’s volunteer contributions to the school were recognized in 2013 when they were given the South Burlington Educators Association Layman’s Award for service to Central School.

During the 2012-13 school year, Martin was a mentor at Orchard Elementary School. In the past three years, he has become more involved in the Tuttle Middle School. He has tutored students in the school’s Enterprise Program. He has also assisted in building sets for this past year’s drama production “Twelve Angry Jurors,” and the musical “Guys and Dolls.”

For the past four years, Martin has also been a board member for Vermont Suzuki Violins, a group with which his daughter continues to play.  He was also assistant coach for her soccer team.

In the spring of 2013, Martin interned for three months with Judge William Sessions of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. In the fall of 2013, Martin became a member of the Vermont Bar and, since the beginning of this year, he has been providing pro bono legal assistance in a family law matter.

In his free time, Martin enjoys biking, cross country skiing, and playing the guitar. He also enjoys cooking and, in September 2011, he won the Shelburne Orchard’s annual apple pie contest. Every November for the past five years, Martin and his family have participated in the National Novel Writing Month (“Nanowrimo”).  The goal of Nanowrimo is to write a 50,000 word first draft of a novel in a month, which Martin has achieved in each of the past six. Martin has finished one of his “novels,” a coming-of-age hunting story, that is available as an ebook on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Watercolor painting has also become a serious hobby for Martin, who had an exhibit of his work in November 2012 at the Davis Studio in Burlington.