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(posted 1/20/20)

 


January 23, 2020

For Immediate Release:

Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd., in conjunction with NALA – The Paralegal Organization, is pleased to announce that Lynn C. Wdowiak, RP®, ACP has successfully completed the Certified Paralegal examination and is now entitled to use of the CP professional credential. 

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Downs Rachlin Martin Announces Advancements

Timothy C. Doherty, Jr. and Kevin C. McGrath Elected Directors

Burlington, VT: Attorneys Timothy C. Doherty, Jr. and Kevin C. McGrath have been named directors of the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. They were elected at the firm’s year-end meeting on December 18, 2019 and became directors on January 1, 2020. Both Doherty and McGrath practice out of the firm’s Burlington, Vt. office.

“Tim and Kevin are exceptional attorneys who truly embrace DRM’s values,” said Managing Partner Peter B. Kunin. “They care deeply about our clients, they deliver high-quality service, and they are leaders in their respective fields.” 

Tim Doherty joined DRM in April 2017 as a member of its litigation practice group. He focuses on complex commercial litigation and was instrumental in forming DRM’s white collar defense and government enforcement practice group. Before joining DRM, Tim served for a decade as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Vermont, prosecuting business crimes, including complicated mail, wire, and bank fraud matters, as well as multi-jurisdictional firearm and drug trafficking cases. Before entering public service, Tim was a litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York, where he focused on white collar criminal defense and complex litigation. He is a 2003 graduate of Yale Law School. Tim lives in Burlington with his wife, Kate, and their three children.

Kevin McGrath joined DRM in March 2013 as a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice group. As a patent attorney, Kevin specializes in strategic counseling on utility and design patent portfolio development, licensing, and enforcement in the mechanical, electrical, and software technology areas. Before joining DRM, Kevin was a patent attorney at a law firm in Boston and before law school, Kevin worked as an engineer at Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he focused on various aspects of nuclear reactor power system design and development. Kevin holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and graduated from George Washington University Law School in 2011. Kevin lives in Burlington with his wife, Larissa, and their two children.

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.

 


Real Estate Attorney Jeff Polubinski Elected Shareholder

Burlington, Vermont (January 10, 2020): Gravel & Shea recently elected Real Estate Associate Jeff Polubinski to Shareholder. Jeff joined the firm in 2013.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the last six — almost seven — years at Gravel & Shea,” said Jeff. “It’s been a pleasure to work with such a talented and collegial group. I look forward to the next stage of my career here as a shareholder.”  

Jeff practices in the areas of real estate, land use development, and environmental law. Before attending and graduating from Vermont Law School, Jeff worked for more than seven years as a geologist at an environmental consulting firm. While there, he assisted developers and institutional clients with the remediation and regulatory compliance associated with the development of contaminated properties, and he worked with clients on the mitigation of indoor air contamination.

“Navigating Vermont’s land use and environmental laws requires particularized expertise,” says Gravel & Shea Shareholder Michelle Farkas. “Jeff’s environmental background and experience brings a depth to our real estate practice that has benefited our clients for nearly seven years. We are thrilled to welcome Jeff to our partnership.”

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.


Tax and Estate Planning Attorney Livia DeMarchis Elected Shareholder

Burlington, Vermont (January 10, 2020): Gravel & Shea recently elected Associate Livia DeMarchis to Shareholder. Livia joined the firm in 2015.

“I am honored and excited to be a Gravel & Shea shareholder,” said Livia. “Growing up in Burlington, I’ve always had great respect for the firm. It’s a privilege to work with and learn from our talented attorneys and staff, and I love being part of such an excellent team. I look forward to a long career serving my clients as a Gravel & Shea shareholder.”

Livia’s practice focuses on tax and estate planning as well as probate and trust administration. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2010. Prior to joining Gravel & Shea, she completed a clerkship with the Honorable John Dooley at the Vermont Supreme Court and practiced for several years with a large law firm in Boston.

“Livia is a very talented attorney, with superior technical skills and a lovely, gentle manner with clients and their families,” said Gravel & Shea Shareholder Jeanne Blackmore.  “She is a cornerstone of our estate planning practice, and I’m proud to welcome her as a member of our firm.

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.


Litigator Dan Martin Named Special Counsel

Burlington, Vermont (January 10, 2020): Gravel & Shea recently promoted litigator Dan Martin to Special Counsel. Dan joined the firm in 2016.

“Over the past four years at Gravel & Shea, I have had an opportunity to work with some of the most talented attorneys in the state on a variety of complicated and cutting-edge issues,” said Dan. “I look forward to continuing to collaborate with the Vermont legal community and to providing our clients with exceptional representation and creative solutions to unique challenges.”

Dan’s practice includes a range of civil litigation matters, with a focus on complex commercial disputes. Prior to returning to Vermont and joining Gravel & Shea, Dan worked in the securities litigation and corporate governance group at Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York City.

“We’ve been delighted to have Dan at Gravel & Shea for the past four years,” said Gravel & Shea Shareholder Navah Spero. “His exceptional litigation skills and stellar writing have been a real asset to the firm. And every client who works with Dan is impressed by his sharp analysis and depth of knowledge.”

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 Announces the Addition of Three New Attorneys

Attorneys Eric D. Jones, Suzanna C. Miller and William A. Vasiliou

Have Joined Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP

 

BURLINGTON, December 9, 2019:

Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP is pleased to announce that attorneys Eric D. Jones, Suzanna C. Miller and William A. Vasiliou have joined the firm, now totaling a team of 29.

ERIC D. JONES became of counsel to the firm in December 2019, after many years of practice at another major law firm, and at his own firm. He was graduated from Northwestern University and received his law degree from Vermont Law School.

Eric has extensive experience handling labor and employment law matters and general commercial litigation. In his labor and employment practice, he handles all types of disputes – lawsuits in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and government enforcement agency proceedings.

In addition, Eric counsels employers of all types and sizes (private and public, unionized and union-free, start-ups and growing businesses) in establishing sound employment practices and policies. He also works with Human Resources professionals to handle the day-to-day employment matters that routinely arise in the workplace.

As a commercial litigator, Eric represents businesses and individuals in a broad range of disputes, including claims of breach of contract, fraud, unfair trade practices, and business torts. Eric lives in Shelburne with his wife.

SUZANNA C. MILLER joined the firm as an associate in December 2019. She was graduated from the New School for Social Research and received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Suzanna’s practice focuses on estate planning, and trust and probate estate administration. Prior to moving to Vermont, Suzanna worked in both large and small law firms in New York City in the fields of estate planning and administration, litigation, and commercial real estate. Following law school, Suzanna clerked for two years for Hon. Ed Carnes of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Originally a California native, Suzanna moved to Vermont in 2005. She co-founded Vermont Cookie Love in 2006, which she grew from a tent at the Shelburne Farmer’s market to a thriving local brand, while simultaneously practicing New York law remotely, and raising two young children. She lives in North Ferrisburgh with her two teenage children.

WILLIAM A. VASILIOU joined the firm as an associate in August 2019 after owning and operating his own firm. He was also a partner in one of northeast Ohio’s preeminent criminal defense firms. He was graduated from Wheaton College and received his M.B.A. at the University of Akron College of Business and his law degree at the University of Akron School of Law.

William is a trial attorney, with a focus on criminal defense, personal injury cases, and family law. William also has criminal and civil appellate experience in several of Ohio’s intermediate courts of appeal and he plans on expanding this area of his practice to the Vermont Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

William has served as lead or co-counsel in multiple criminal jury trials, numerous criminal and civil appeals, and countless pretrial motion hearings, as well as family court bench trials. William is also a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College, where he spent a month in Dubois, Wyoming refining and improving his trial lawyer skills. He lives in Vergennes with his wife.

 

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 About Langrock Sperry & Wool

The 29 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 more information: www.langrock.com


Jeanne Blackmore Elected to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

BURLINGTON, VERMONT (November 30, 2019): Gravel & Shea is proud to congratulate Shareholder Jeanne Blackmore on her election to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a non-profit association of lawyers and law professors focused on improving and reforming probate, trust, and estate laws and procedures. They are also committed to high levels of professional responsibility.

ACTEC has only 2500 fellows throughout the world. To become a fellow, a lawyer must be nominated and must have practiced probate and trust law or estate planning law for at least 10 years. When reviewing nominations, the ACTEC membership selection committee requires an outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial contributions to the field by lecturing, writing, teaching, and participating in bar activities.

Jeanne was nominated for membership by colleague Willemien Dingemans Miller of Downs Rachlin Martin. “I have worked with Jeanne for years and was pleased to nominate her as an ACTEC Fellow,” says Willemien. “The College's requirements are rigorous, and I was confident Jeanne would meet them. She's a great addition to the College.”

Jeanne came to Gravel & Shea in 2009 after spending more than a decade in Ernst & Young’s National Office Tax Practice. Since joining the firm, Jeanne has given numerous presentations on best practices in trust and estate law and authored a chapter on fundamental estate planning in A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Vermont while providing exceptional service to her clients.

“It's such an honor to be invited to join ACTEC,” says Jeanne. “I really look forward to the educational and professional growth opportunities ACTEC membership affords.  I'm also grateful for, and flattered by, the support of local ACTEC members such as Willemien.”  

Jeanne is listed in New England Super Lawyers and Chambers High Net Worth Guide and has an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell.

 

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Oct. 31, 2019
CONTACT:  Jolie Frechette, Marketing Manager, 802-846-8312

 

Marc B. Heath Recognized for Courtroom Experience and Achievements

(Burlington, Vt.)  Attorney Marc B. Heath of the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC has been elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national organization that recognizes the virtues of civility, integrity and professionalism in the courtroom. Membership in the organization is by invitation only, and new members undergo a rigorous review of their case history before election by the full membership.

“Election to membership in ABOTA is a real honor,” explained colleague Walter E. Judge, who was the firm’s first elected member in 2018. “The review process is rigorous. They look at both your experience in trial work and your demeanor in the courtroom. It is a thorough analysis.”

The organization admits an equivalent number of both plaintiff’s attorneys and defense attorneys and also includes judges. Candidates must have at least five years of active experience as trial attorneys, have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to conclusion and possess additional litigation experience. Members must also exhibit the virtues articulated in ABOTA’s Code of Professionalism and Principles of Civility.

Since 1981, Heath has represented a diverse group of clients in more than 65 jury and bench trials in both federal and state courts. As a director at DRM, he has successfully tried multimillion dollar lawsuits involving damages from defective explosives at a slate quarry, landslide damage to shopping centers, and breach of co-packing agreements for retail food manufactures. Heath’s high-profile jury trial successes allow him to resolve most disputes without the need for a trial, as his opponents know that he has proven track record in the courtroom.

The general purpose of ABOTA is to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of legal advocacy so that individual litigants may receive more effective representation. For the public, this leads to a more efficient administration of justice consistent with the time-tested and traditional principles of litigation, according to ABOTA’s mission statement.

From offices located in Vermont and New Hampshire, more than 55 DRM attorneys represent regional, national and international entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technology businesses and Fortune 100 companies. The firm provides legal services in bankruptcy and business restructuring, general business, venture capital financing, captive insurance, energy and telecommunications, intellectual property law, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and land use, environmental and tax law, and trust and estate planning, 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.

 



 

Super Lawyers Honors Twelve Gravel & Shea Attorneys

 

 

We are pleased to congratulate twelve Gravel & Shea attorneys, who have been recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by Super Lawyers 2019.

Super Lawyers uses a patented, multiphase selection process to create its annual directory of outstanding attorneys. The Super Lawyers team completes independent research on nominated attorneys, looking at twelve indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition, such as verdicts and settlements, transactions, and special licenses or certifications. A Blue Ribbon Panel then evaluated candidates. Rising Stars are chosen from Vermont lawyers under 40 or practicing fewer than 10 years.

The 2019 Gravel & Shea recognized attorneys are:

Jeanne C. Blackmore: Estate Planning & Probate, Tax

Livia K. DeMarchis (Rising Star): Estate Planning & Probate, Tax, Business/Corporate

Heather Rider Hammond: Employment & Labor

Robert B. Hemley: General Litigation, Personal Injury—General, Personal Injury—Medical Malpractice

Pauline Law (Rising Star): Business/Corporate, Securities & Corporate Finance, Employment & Labor, Intellectual Property

Daniel J. Martin (Rising Star): Civil Litigation, Securities Litigation

William A. Mason: Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance, Banking

Jerome F. O’Neill: Personal Injury—General, Professional Liability, Personal Injury—Products, Business Litigation

Robert F. O’Neill: Personal Injury—Medical Malpractice, Family Law, Criminal Defense

Jeffrey O. Polubinski (Rising Star): Real Estate, Land Use/Zoning

Robert H. Rushford: Real Estate, Environmental

Navah C. Spero (Rising Star): General Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation, Employment Litigation, Business Litigation

2.5% of nominated attorneys are selected as rising stars. 5% of nominated attorneys are selected as Super Lawyers.

 


11 Gravel & Shea Attorneys Honored by The Best Lawyers in America 2020

 

Gravel & Shea is proud to congratulate eleven of its attorneys who have been recognized in the legal publication The Best Lawyers in America© 2020.

Best Lawyers has been in publication since 1983, and its rankings are created through peer-review evaluation. They receive more than seven million votes each year. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Best Lawyers also recognizes those attorneys that rank highest for their practice area in their geographic area. We congratulate Partner Peter S. Erly for his 2020 Corporate Lawyer of the Year recognition and  Partner Michelle N. Farkas for her recognition as 2020 Real Estate Lawyer of the Year for Burlington.

Gravel & Shea attorneys rank in Best Lawyers year after year, and we are proud to congratulate the following members of our team:

 

Peter S. Erly, recognized since 2007

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation

Timothy M. Eustace, recognized since 2013

  • Litigation – Real Estate

Michelle N. Farkas, recognized since 2007

  • Real Estate Law

Heather Rider Hammond, recognized since 2015

  • Employment Law – Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Robert B. Hemley, recognized since 1989

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • First Amendment Law
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

William A. Mason, recognized since 2013

  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law

Jerome F. O'Neill, recognized since 1993

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Robert F. O'Neill, recognized since 2006

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Keith A. Roberts, recognized since 2013

  • Corporate Law

Robert H. Rushford, recognized since 2007

  • Real Estate Law

Norman Williams, recognized since 2009

  • Appellate Practice
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs

09/19/2019


 

Attorney Chase Whiting Joins Gravel & Shea 

 

 

Burlington, Vermont (September 4, 2019): Gravel & Shea is proud to welcome Chase Whiting to the litigation team. Chase will work with the litigation team on all aspects of state and federal litigation.

“I am thrilled to work alongside Gravel & Shea’s skilled litigators to help our clients achieve their goals. The depth of expertise here is truly remarkable. To practice with attorneys of this caliber and in the wonderful state of Vermont is an unparalleled opportunity.”

Chase joins Gravel & Shea after completing two judicial clerkships — for the U.S. District Court, Maryland and for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Chase graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the American Criminal Law Review.

While a student, Chase worked as a senior analyst on strategic initiatives at Georgetown University, interned as a student attorney at the Institute for Public Representation, and served as a law clerk for the Obama Administration.

“We’re excited to have Chase joining us here at Gravel & Shea,” says Gravel & Shea Partner Navah Spero. Chase is smart and hard working. His background as a law-clerk at the trial-court and appellate-court level will make him an invaluable part of our litigation team. Chase graduated from UVM, and we’re delighted that he chose to return and build his practice in Vermont.”

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.


 


Murdoch Hughes Twarog Tarnelli announces that partner, Michelle Tarnelli, has been named Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys.  Please read Press Release HERE.

08/28/2019


MSK Attorneys named to 2020 Best Lawyers® list

MSK Attorneys is pleased to announce that 5 lawyers have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Lawyers are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing. MSK Attorneys would like to congratulate the following lawyers named to 2020 The Best Lawyers in America list: Liam Murphy, Catherine Dingle, Jeremy Farkas, Hans Huessy and Brian Sullivan who was named 2020 Lawyer of the Year for Land Use and Zoning Law.  Visit our website at www.mskvt.com to learn more.

 


ANNOUNCEMENT

On June 1,2019 Arthur J. O’Dea individually and heretofore doing business as Vermont Dispute Resolution Service (VDRS) will continue his Mediation Practice solely in his capacity as a Mediator.

He will continue to provide mediation services to all attorneys and all parties in legal proceedings in all jurisdictions.

Mr. O’Dea will also continue to provide conflict resolution services as a Mediator and NOT as an Attorney at Law to represented and unrepresented parties in all conflicts including but not limited to family, bodily injury and business disputes.

To that end a Notice of Voluntary Relinquishment of his license #1643 to practice law has been filed with the Vermont Judiciary.

That filing requires notification to all parties who have engaged the legal services of Arthur J. O’Dea during the past 2 years which notification is provided herewith.

Arthur J. O’Dea
177 Old Mill Rd
East Arlington, Vt 05252
802 375 0037
ajo@whimsyfarm.com



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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