Twenty-four attorneys from the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC have been selected by peer review for inclusion in the 2023 ranking of Best Lawyers in America ©. Five of the firm’s lawyers were recognized as “Lawyer of the Year,” and four were named to the “Ones to Watch” list.

Five Downs Rachlin Martin lawyers were recognized as “Lawyer of the Year”. These include Burlington, Vermont-based attorneys: R. Prescott Jaunich, land use and zoning law, and real estate law; Paul H. Ode, Jr., mergers and acquisition law, and corporate law; Wm. Roger Prescott, tax law, and litigation and controversy – tax; and Christopher D. Roy, litigation – land use and zoning, and litigation – real estate. Elizabeth K. Rattigan, in  the firm’s Lebanon, New Hampshire office, is recognized in the categories of employment law – management, and litigation – labor and employment.

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; Marc B. Heath, commercial litigation, and litigation – construction; Walter E. Judge, Jr., commercial litigation; Peter B. Kunin, litigation – intellectual property, copyright law, and trademark law; Robert B. Luce, commercial litigation, and personal injury litigation – plaintiffs;  Johan W. E. Maitland, employment law – management, and labor law – management; and 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 Lebanon office, the peer review organization recognizes Willemien Dingemans Miller, trusts and estates law; and Thomas C. Csatari, litigation – trusts and estates, and trusts and estates law.

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.

Included on the “Ones to Watch” list are Burlington lawyers: Joshua D. Leckey, communications law; Evan J. O’Brien, commercial litigation; and Benjamin J. Traverse, labor and employment law – management. Shannon K. Lenzini, of the firm’s St. Johnsbury office, is recognized in the corporate law category.

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