Twenty-three attorneys from the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC have been selected by peer review for inclusion in the 2021 ranking of Best Lawyers in America ©. Four of those attorneys have also been named Lawyers of the Year in their respective practice areas. The results are based on client, lawyer and law firm surveys conducted by Best Lawyers® beginning in January of this year.
Downs Rachlin Martin attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year” from our Burlington office are: Marc B. Heath, litigation – construction; Peter B. Kunin, litigation – intellectual property; R. Prescott Jaunich, land use and zoning law; and Thomas H. Moody, mergers and acquisitions law.
The firm’s Burlington-based attorneys also recognized in Best Lawyers® are: Andre D. Bouffard, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law, commercial litigation, and litigation – bankruptcy; Kathleen H. Davis, corporate law; William J. Dodge, real estate law, and land use and zoning law; Walter E. Judge, Jr., commercial litigation; Robert B. Luce, commercial litigation and personal injury litigation – plaintiffs; Johan W. E. Maitland, employment law – management, and labor law - management; Paul H. Ode, Jr., corporate law and mergers and acquisition law; Wm. Roger Prescott, litigation and controversy – tax, and tax law; Christopher D. Roy, litigation – land use and zoning and real estate; David J. Sylvester, corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law.
Best Lawyers® also recognizes Brattleboro attorney Timothy E. Copeland, employment law – management, labor law – management, and litigation – labor and employment.
In the firm’s Lebanon, New Hampshire office, the peer review organization recognizes attorneys Willemien Dingemans Miller, trusts and estates law; and Elizabeth K Rattigan, employment law – management and litigation – labor and employment; Thomas C. Csatari, litigation – trusts and estates, and trusts and estates.
Three St. Johnsbury attorneys are also recognized: James G. Wheeler, corporate law, real estate law, and trusts and estates; John H. Marshall, energy law and environmental law; and James C. Gallagher, personal injury litigation – defendants.
The firm’s Montpelier-based lawyer John H. Hollar is recognized for administrative / regulatory law and for his government relations practice.
Benjamin J. Traverse in Burlington is recognized in the inaugural list of “Ones to Watch” for labor and employment law – management.
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 108,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and over 13 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world were received. For the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 9.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 67,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers® is considered a singular honor.
From offices located in Vermont and New Hampshire, Downs Rachlin Martin attorneys represent regional, national and international entrepreneurs, investors and a wide variety of businesses, including Fortune 100 companies. The legal services provided by the firm include bankruptcy and business restructuring, general business, captive insurance, renewable energy, telecommunications, health law, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, white collar defense and government enforcement, real estate and land use, environmental, tax, and trusts and estates, plus legislative and regulatory services through the firm’s Government and Public Affairs group. DRM is the exclusive member firm in Vermont for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information visit the firm’s web site at www.drm.com.