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College:  St. Michael’s College, BA Economics 1969

Law School: Quinnipiac College School of Law, J.D. cum laude 1995


Admitted:  Massachusetts, January 16, 1996

​I came to the practice of law as a second career. My first career was in the tavern and restaurant business. I graduated from St. Michael’s College in Winooski Park, Vermont in 1969 and between then and 1991, I designed, constructed, owned and operated a number of different restaurants in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Florida including Hannibul’s and B.T. McGuire’s in Burlington, Vermont, the Atlantic Café and Saratoga Steakhouse on Nantucket and Pop’s Tropi-Grill and Pelican Alley on the Intracoastal Waterway in Nokomis, Florida. 


In 1993, after selling the Atlantic Café, and at the age of 47, I entered Quinnipiac School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut and after graduating from Quinnipiac, returned to Nantucket as the Administrator of the Nantucket Zoning Board of Appeals.  In 1996, I was invited to join the law firm of Vaughan and Dale, P.C., and become a partner in 1999.


​Since then we have added two other young great attorneys, Rick Beaudette and Bryan Swain, and now practice together as Vaughan, Dale, Hunter, Beaudette and Swain, P.C., and, though retaining the firm name, I am now designated of counsel.

I am a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Conveyancer’s Association, and Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity.  All the firm attorneys have regularly represented clients before various Nantucket Municipal Boards and Commissions, including the Zoning Board, Planning Board, Conservation Commission, and Nantucket Historic District Commission.

My wife, Juliet, and our daughter, Mei, and I live in ‘Sconset.  We love to travel and, as a family, look forward to making plans that include skiing, hiking, fishing, and dining.  All in all, it’s a great life.   


Of Counsel 

Attorney William Hunter 

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