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Attorney Keith Roberts Joins Gravel & Shea Corporate Team

Burlington, Vermont (February 22, 2019): Gravel & Shea is happy to welcome Keith Roberts to the firm. As Special Counsel on the corporate team, Keith’s practice will focus on a wide range of corporate transactional and governance issues, including purchase and sale transactions, financing on both the borrower and lender sides, and representation of boards.

“Joining the team at Gravel & Shea was an opportunity that I couldn’t ignore,” says Keith. “The firm offers me the perfect opportunity to do more of the types of legal work that I really enjoy, and I’m looking forward to growing the firm’s representation of non-profits and participating in public finance transactions.”

Prior to joining Gravel & Shea, Keith was a shareholder at another prominent Vermont law firm for nearly 15 years. He began his law career clerking for the Honorable Nathaniel M. Gorton, United States District Judge, District of Massachusetts and then worked at Ropes & Gray in Boston before returning to Vermont in 2004.

“We are pleased to welcome Keith Roberts,” said Gravel & Shea Shareholder William Mason. “Keith brings significant experience working with municipalities and businesses on their governance, transactions and day-to-day legal affairs.”

Gravel & Shea is a full-service law firm in Burlington, Vermont, providing its clients legal services in a wide variety of disciplines, including commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate, intellectual property, energy, land use and environmental regulation, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury litigation, employment law, and family law.

 


Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP Names Andrew J. Kestner, Partner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BURLINGTON, January 22, 2019

Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP is pleased to announce that Andrew J. Kestner has been named a partner as of January 1, 2019. Andy advises both individuals and businesses, in a variety of transactions and planning matters, on tax and financial issues. His practice includes traditional estate and business planning, as well as advising business owners on succession planning, and complex matrimonial issues relative to the preservation and protection of family wealth.

Andy has an up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of the provisions of the Tax Act of 2017, including the Act’s impact on the most tax-efficient form of business entity, the newly introduced qualified business income deduction available to pass-through entities, and the revised gift and estate tax exclusion amounts.

Andy’s estate planning practice involves working closely with clients of all levels of wealth to prepare tailored, yet comprehensive, estate plans including revocable and irrevocable trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney, and advanced health care directives. He assists clients in meeting their objectives for the transfer of personal and financial legacies, and also offers strategic planning to mitigate gift and estate tax when appropriate.

Andy has particular expertise in negotiating and preparing prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. His experience and breadth of knowledge in estate planning and complex matrimonial issues make him uniquely able to counsel clients in these sensitive negotiations. Andy’s experience in this regard is invaluable to individuals planning for second marriages or endeavoring to protect family wealth, including business interests and generational wealth.

Andy joined Langrock Sperry & Wool in August 2015. Previously, he was a senior associate at a boutique practice in downtown Boston focused primarily on complex, high-net worth matrimonial and estate matters. Following law school, he served as law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Probate Court. Andy has twice been named a Rising Star by Boston Magazine’s Super Lawyers edition and New England Super Lawyers. Andy has also authored materials published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, relating to tax and asset division matters.

Andy is originally from upstate New York and resides in South Burlington with his wife and son. When he’s not practicing law, you will find him enjoying the mountains on his bike or his skis.

 

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“We are delighted to have Andy as our partner. He combines excellent legal abilities with enthusiasm and a deep and broad knowledge of the financial and tax issues faced by businesses and individuals.”
—Mike Wool, Senior Partner.

For more information: https://www.langrock.com/our-firm/our-team/andrew-j-kestner/

About Langrock Sperry & Wool:
The 27 attorneys of Langrock Sperry & Wool solve legal problems – with knowledge, creativity, and commitment – for individuals and businesses, across a wide range of practice areas. With offices in Burlington and Middlebury, the firm has been promoting the public interest and offering its unique blend of tradition and innovation since 1960. 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 14, 2019

CONTACT:  Jolie Frechette, 802-846-8312

DRM employee award presented to Jody Kaiser

(Brattleboro, Vt.)  Legal Secretary Jody S. Kaiser of Hinsdale, N.H. has been named the winner of the coveted Diane Lynch Distinguished Service Award at the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. The award was presented at the firm’s annual holiday celebration at the Hanover Inn on Dec. 1.  

“Anyone who has had the pleasure of working with you knows of your commitment to excellence,” reads a citation presented to Kaiser at the event. “You give 200 percent and go above and beyond every day. You are the ultimate team player for DRM and you are a pleasure to work with.”

Kaiser joined DRM in 2009 and has worked in both the Brattleboro and Lebanon offices as a receptionist, office clerk and legal secretary. In her most recent assignment, she applies comprehensive skills as a legal secretary supporting four attorneys working in labor and employment law. Her work includes helping to prepare for arbitrations, negotiations, mediations, defense and prosecution of unfair labor practice charges, equal employment matters and other issues in the field of labor and employment law.

Kaiser studied at Michigan Technological University and Michigan State University and earned the non-bar juris doctor at California Southern University in 2008.  In a wide-ranging career spanning several states she has also been a teacher, school bus driver and head of the K-3 day program of a boarding school, a master fabric craftsman creating marine canvas products, and a chef, receptionist and marketing assistant for a 28-room country inn.

Established in 2000 to honor the memory of Lynch, a long time and highly valued employee, the award is given each year to a former or current employee who has demonstrated loyalty, dedication, energy, drive, selflessness, good nature, humor and commitment. Lynch joined the firm in 1974 as a legal secretary, and worked for more than 20 years in the firm’s St. Johnsbury office. She was named office manager in 1976 and personnel and administrative manager in 1983. In that position, she managed employment services for a law firm that grew from 15 employees working in one office in 1974 to more than 130 employees in five offices when she left the firm due to illness.

Operating on the fundamental belief that anything is possible when imagination and pragmatism live side by side, the 60-plus attorneys at DRM apply creativity, connections and experience to solve the toughest legal problems. From offices located in Vermont and New Hampshire, DRM represents regional, national and international entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technology businesses and Fortune 100 companies. The legal services provided by the firm include bankruptcy and business restructuring, general business, captive insurance, renewable energy and telecommunications, health law, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, 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 www.drm.com.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 7, 2019
CONTACT: Joseph L. Choquette III, 802-793-7793

 

 

Three New Directors Elected at DRM

 

(Burlington, Vt.)  Attorneys Grant M. Binder, Kathryn M. Foley and William L. “Trey” Martin have been named directors of the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC.  They were elected at the firm’s annual meeting in December and became directors of the firm on January 1. Binder and Foley are resident in the firm’s Burlington office. Martin practices from the firm’s Montpelier office. 

“This is an exceptionally talented group of lawyers,” said Peter B. Kunin, managing partner and chief executive officer at DRM. “They are recognized as leaders in their particular areas of practice. Each has secured the trust and confidence of significant clients with diverse legal and governmental affairs needs in the region and beyond. We are very happy to have elected them as directors in the firm.”

Binder joined DRM in September 2017. Since joining the firm, he has worked in the Business Law Group on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, complex commercial agreements and a broad range of financing transactions. Binder advises clients on transactions both inside and outside of Vermont and has extensive experience advising clients on cross-border transactions, particularly in Latin America. 

Before joining DRM, Binder was counsel in the New York office of the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. He attended the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Russian with honors. He graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law in 2003, is fluent in Spanish and maintains bar admissions in New York and Vermont. Binder is listed as a “Notable Practitioner” in M&A, capital markets and private equity by International Financial Law Review (2019). Binder lives in Burlington with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children.

Foley joined DRM in January of 2014. Since joining the firm, she has been an outstanding contributor to the Intellectual Property Group on licensing and other transactional intellectual property matters and to the Business Law Group on mergers and acquisitions. She earned bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in pharmacy at the University of Connecticut, and then attended the University of Connecticut Law School, where she was first in her class of 170.

After law school, Foley clerked for the Federal District Court in Orlando, Florida for two years and then worked for two years at Ropes & Gray in Boston. Foley has been listed as a Rising Star since 2014 by the New England Super Lawyers organization. She serves on the board of the Vermont Technology Alliance and lives in Colchester with her husband, Marc.

Martin practiced at DRM earlier in his career and rejoined the firm in 2017 after nearly five years in state government. Beginning in 2012, he rose from senior counsel at the Agency of Natural Resources to deputy secretary. He served as secretary of the Agency of Administration during the final months of the Shumlin Administration, overseeing the transfer of the control of state government from Shumlin to Governor-elect Phil Scott. Since returning to DRM in 2017, Martin has concentrated in environmental law and government affairs.

Martin earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the 1990s from Middlebury College, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration from St. Mary’s College in California. After teaching English and working as a school administrator for nearly a decade, he graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School in 2008 and began work as an associate at DRM in the Business Law and Regulated Entities groups, concentrating on a combination of business law, telecommunications, and governmental affairs. Martin and his wife Roberta live in Calais with their four children. 

From offices located in Vermont and New Hampshire, more than 60 DRM 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 and telecommunications, health law, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, 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.

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 8, 2019
CONTACT: Joseph L. Choquette III, 802-793-7793

 

William J. Morris III Joins Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

 

(Burlington, Vt.)  Attorney William J. Morris III has joined the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Morris, a trademark attorney, joined the firm on Jan. 2 and will work in its Burlington office. His practice will focus on trademark clearance, procurement, enforcement, dispute resolution and licensing. 

“As a result of his varied professional experience, William joins DRM with a deep background in the management of large trademark portfolios, trademark enforcement activities, and trademark clearance and registration,” said Lawrence H. Meier, a director in the firm and chair of DRM’s Intellectual Property Group. “We’re fortunate that he is at a point in his career when it makes sense to return to private practice and he has chosen DRM. Our clients and our practice will greatly benefit from his rich experience with intellectual property law around the world.”

Since 2005, Morris has worked at a number of law firms and corporations. Most recently he worked as senior counsel in the Alprin Law Offices, P.C., of Washington, D.C. and as general counsel at Felt LLC in Telluride, Colo. Among his other roles he has been the lead trademark attorney at Under Armour, Inc., in Baltimore, Md., and at the Hershey Chocolate and Confectionary Corporation in Wheat Ridge, Colo., the IP holding company for Hershey, where he was president and counsel. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in history, from Vermont Law School in 2000 with the juris doctor degree, and from the University of New Hampshire Law School summa cum laude in 2005, with a Master of Laws degree in intellectual property.  

From offices located in Vermont and New Hampshire, more than 60 DRM attorneys represent regional, national and international entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technology businesses and Fortune 100 companies. The legal services provided by the firm include bankruptcy and business restructuring, general business, captive insurance, renewable energy and telecommunications, health law, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, 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.

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 1, 2018

CONTACT: Joseph Choquette III, External Affairs Manager, 802-225-5510, jchoquette@drm.com

Downs Rachlin Martin to Establish Vermont’s First Government Enforcement and White Collar Defense Group

(Burlington, Vt.)  Attorney Tristram J. Coffin of the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC has announced the formation of Vermont’s first dedicated practice group to focus on government enforcement actions and the defense of white collar criminal and civil fraud allegations. The practice will be headed by Coffin, a director and the former United States Attorney for the District of Vermont from 2009 to 2014. Other attorneys will contribute to the practice from their own areas of focus. These include tax law attorney Wm. Roger Prescott, commercial business litigator Jennifer E. McDonald and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Doherty Jr.

“We have been quietly doing this kind of work at DRM since I arrived here in 2015,” Coffin explained. “This next step will formalize the practice and allow us to focus additional resources at DRM in order to help clients deal with these very challenging situations in a focused and effective manner.”

Services provided by the Government Enforcement and White Collar Defense group will include internal investigations, crisis management, white collar defense and dispute resolution with the U.S. and state governments across a broad spectrum. Clients can engage when they have been contacted by government officials, or at any time to assess an entity’s or individual’s vulnerability. The group’s attorneys have significant experience representing corporations, health care institutions and professionals in matters ranging from antitrust, consumer protection and civil conspiracy claims, to False Claims Act and health care fraud investigations to tax and licensing matters and malpractice actions. The group’s experience is well-suited to high stakes complex litigation between private parties where effective investigation and strategic problem solving are paramount.

“Effective investigation is a critical component in today’s litigation, and it is particularly important in enforcement actions and complex civil litigation,” Coffin says. “Our attorneys provide deep and demonstrated experience in investigations. Making responsible compliance and defense decisions requires the ability to gather facts quickly and effectively, and to have an understanding of the issues that are of primary concern to regulators.”

Coffin brings more than 20 years of experience at trying and resolving complex disputes with federal and state enforcement authorities, and a particular perspective as the former lead federal government enforcement official for the District of Vermont. As U.S. Attorney, he was responsible for conducting and approving all investigations, prosecutions and case resolutions for a wide variety of federal crimes and civil litigation. Cases prosecuted during his tenure involved major financial fraud schemes, health care fraud, False Claims Act and qui tam suits, international and domestic narcotics and money laundering schemes, firearms trafficking, cybercrime, child exploitation and other serious crimes, typically with an interstate or international nexus. Coffin also served as an Assistant U. S. Attorney for twelve years, representing the government in wide-ranging criminal and civil matters from investigation, through trial and sentencing, to appeal.

Doherty is a seasoned trial attorney who served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont from 2007-2017, where he worked closely with Coffin. As a federal prosecutor, Doherty handled complex white collar criminal cases, including mail, wire, tax, and bank fraud, from the investigation stage through conviction and appeal. He has tried multiple cases to verdict in federal court. Since joining DRM, Doherty has taken on high-stakes civil cases and has represented companies and individuals facing investigation by federal and state authorities.

McDonald has substantial experience representing entities, individuals, and large municipalities in complex commercial disputes from initial investigation through trial; on appeal at the Vermont Supreme Court and Second Circuit; and in alternative dispute resolution forums including the International Court of Arbitration. This experience includes resolution of breach of contract, consumer and securities fraud, bad faith, taxpayer derivative litigation, and federal preemption cases, and the defense of law enforcement in excessive force and civil rights violations. McDonald has tried numerous civil, commercial and other cases to verdict in both state and federal court.    

Prescott is a highly-experienced tax lawyer, practicing as a director at DRM for 25 years. The group’s ability to draw on Prescott’s decades of experience covering a broad range of federal and state tax matters for its clients provides a strong coupling between technical tax expertise and deep experience in the enforcement and regulatory realms.

Coffin and the team expect to engage clients in both evaluating their exposure to regulatory action and early intervention when a situation arises, helping to mitigate evolving matters before they become uncontrollable. For contact information or to learn more about the practice, visit https://www.drm.com/practices/government-enforcement-and-white-collar-defense.

From offices located in Vermont and New Hampshire, DRM represents regional, national and international entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technology businesses and Fortune 100 companies. The legal services provided by the firm include bankruptcy and business restructuring, general business, captive insurance, renewable energy and telecommunications,  intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and land use, environmental, taxation and trusts and estates, as well as 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 100+ countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.drm.com.

 


9/4/2018
Attorney Scott Rowland Joins Gravel & Shea Real Estate Team
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