Claudia Inés Pringles earned her B.A. in Economics in 1992 from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges Consortium, and her Juris Doctor in 1998 from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Vermont.Claudia moved to Vermont, attracted by the quality of life it afforded, opening her law practice in Montpelier in 2008. Her primary practice areas include estate planning, wills, trusts, and probate. As the mother of a daughter with a disability, Claudia also developed expertise in special needs law, and became a vigorous and visible advocate for Vermonters with disabilities. Her efforts were so successful that she received national attention for her work, and was presented with the Advocacy Award of Autism Speaks, the nation’s premiere organization that fights for the rights of citizens with autism.
Ms. Pringles is a board member of Friends of The Bridge, a fundraising board serving a community newspaper. She is currently President of the Montpelier-based Heart of Vermont BNI, a member organization of small business professional. Claudia previously served as Chair of the Vermont Autism Task Force, a council member of the Vermont Statewide Independence Council and a board member of the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL). In 2016, she was elected as 1 of 12 delegates (out of 120 applicants) to represent Vermonters in Senator Bernie Sanders’ quest for the presidency.
Claudia offers expertise in estate planning for families of all economic levels, including assistance drawing up powers of attorney, end-of-life documents, wills, and trusts to help ensure her clients’ wishes are captured with precision and accuracy. She is also an able guide through the often complex and confusing probate process.
Many people find discussing serious family issues with attorneys intimidating. Claudia, however, is known for being not merely knowledgeable but approachable. Her genuine passion for helping others enables her to develop a comfortable rapport with clients from all backgrounds. Evident, too, is the genuine joy she finds in solving what sometimes seem to clients to be impossible problems. Claudia welcomes a challenge, and encourages you to call her with yours.
Shelby Armstrong is the executive assistant at the Law Office of Claudia Pringles. She recently relocated to Vermont from Texas where she was previously tutoring
underprivileged children to help raise literacy rates and increase their chances of future academic success. Shelby graduated with her master’s in Literature from Texas State University. While in grad school, she worked at the Writing Center where she helped freshman to PHD students, and sometimes professors. She also organized major university-wide projects. It is through her passion to help others and her extensive organizational skills that I felt she would be a great fit to help assist our wonderful network of clients. Shelby has a history of strong performance in high-volume, high-pressure environments.
Her interests outside of work include playing roller derby, hiking or going to dog parks with her dog Flynn, and exploring Vermont.