University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Michael Palmer, J.D. Ph.D. Lecturer (Part Time)

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Michael Palmer is the Executive Vice President of Waterotor Energy Technologies Inc. and President of Ethics By Design.

Mike's consulting practice has included work for Fortune 500 companies, Big 4 accounting and consulting firms, medical care facilities, law firms, insurance companies, and government agencies.

Mike has taught practical ethics, professional ethics, strategic negotiation, conflict management, philosophy, systematic theology, and jurisprudence at a variety of academic institutions, including the Freie Universität Berlin, University of Maryland, Chicago Kent College of Law, and Middlebury College. He has also taught online courses at Champlain College and through Global Classroom.

Mike co-founded New England World Trade, Inc., and founded Palmer Legal Services, Ethics By Design, Win Before Trial, and The Startup Negotiator. As a lawyer, Mike has advised numerous entrepreneurs and startups at the founding stage and represented other entities in reorganization, turnaround, and debt restructuring.

In addition to Professional Ethics for Managers, Mike is the author of The Morally Responsible College, Complying with the Ethics Mandates of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Winning Settlements: What Lawyers Must do to Get the Best Deals for Their Clients, and numerous articles on business ethics, negotiation, dispute resolution, mediation, judgment and decision making, and litigation risk management.

Mike practiced law for 25 years, first with Jenner & Block in Chicago and then heading his own firm in Vermont. He also served as a legal expert in USAID-funded economic development projects in Jordan, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, and Russia.

A frequent speaker and resource person, Mike has conducted workshops at regional, national, and international conferences and taught seminars for professionals and business leaders on a variety of topics, including Ethics for Internal Auditors, Negotiating Government Contracts, Litigation Strategy, How to Estimate the Financial Value of a Lawsuit, Settlement Ethics, Fraud Prevention, and more.

Mike received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Freie Universität Berlin and his J.D. from Georgetown University.

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