(Washington, D.C.)  Attorney Andre D. Bouffard of the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC today argued an appeal before the United States Supreme Court. The court will decide whether federal law deregulating the trucking industry preempts claims based on state law relating to wrongful disposition of a towed vehicle. A transcript of the hearing is now publicly available. The case was initially handled by Attorney Kate Strickland of DRM’s Lebanon, N.H. office who also filed the appeal which the court determined it would hear.

Bouffard leads the Appellate practice at DRM, and practices in the firm’s Creditor’s Rights and Litigation Groups, working primarily in the Burlington office. He serves as a director of the firm, and has been with DRM for more than 20 years. Strickland has also been with DRM for many years, focusing on commercial litigation and insurance defense. She also practices in  St. Johnsbury. Both DRM attorneys attended the oral argument.

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