(Burlington, Vt.)  Twenty-two attorneys from the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC have been selected by peer review for inclusion in the 2020 ranking of Best Lawyers in America ©. 

Three 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 lawyers of the year are: James C. Gallagher, of DRM’s St. Johnsbury office, in personal injury litigation (defendants); Thomas C. Csatari, of the firm’s Lebanon, NH office, in litigation (trusts and estates); and Christopher D. Roy, of DRM’s Burlington office, in litigation (real estate).

Burlington-based attorneys 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; Robert B. Luce, commercial litigation and personal injury litigation – plaintiffs; Lawrence H. Meier, litigation – patent, patent law, copyright law and trademark law; Johan W. E. Maitland, employment law – management, and labor law – management; Wm. Roger Prescott, litigation and controversy – tax, and tax law; David J. Sylvester, corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law; Marc B. Heath, commercial litigation and litigation – construction; Paul H. Ode, Jr., corporate law and mergers and acquisition law; Peter B. Kunin, litigation – intellectual property, copyright law, and trademark law; R. Prescott Jaunich, land use and zoning law and real estate law.

Best Lawyers also recognized Brattleboro attorney Timothy E. Copeland, employment law – management, labor law – management, and litigation – labor and employment.

In the Lebanon area, the peer review organization recognized Willemien Dingemans Miller, trusts and estates law.

Two St. Johnsbury attorneys are also recognized: James G. Wheeler, corporate law, real estate law, and trusts and estates; and John H. Marshall, energy law and environmental law.

Best Lawyers® lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. More than 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and the firm has received more than 10 million evaluations regarding the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”