Attorneys Joshua D. Leckey and Benjamin J. Traverse 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 16, 2021 and became directors on January 1, 2022. Both Leckey and Traverse practice out of the firm’s Burlington, VT office.

“Josh and Ben are extremely talented lawyers who truly live DRM’s values,” said Managing Partner Peter B. Kunin. “They are deeply committed to the success of our clients, they deliver high-quality service, they are leaders in their respective legal fields, and they both actively contribute to their communities.” 

Josh Leckey joined DRM in September 2014 as an associate in the energy and telecommunications practice group. Josh focuses his practice primarily on renewable energy projects and helped secure siting approval for Vermont’s largest solar facility – a 20 MW ground-mounted array in Ludlow, Vermont. He is also a skilled negotiator and transactional attorney, having navigated several energy clients through financings and acquisitions, as well as long-term power purchase agreements. Josh regularly presents at conferences on renewable energy and is a member of the Hinesburg Energy Committee. He is a graduate of Vermont Law School and lives in Hinesburg with his wife and three children.

Ben Traverse joined DRM in September 2015 as a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice group. Ben advises employers on a wide range of employment and HR matters related to workplace policies and trainings, employee hiring and performance, worker classification and wage-and-hour laws, and the administration of disability accommodations and leaves of absence. Ben has extensive experience practicing before federal, state, and administrative tribunals in employment litigation. He also helps clients engage in labor relations activities.  Ben is an active steward of his personal and professional communities, and serves on the Lake Champlain Chamber Board of Directors, is the Chair of the Leadership Champlain Advisory Board, is the Chair of the Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Commission, and serves on the steering committee of his Burlington Neighborhood Planning Assembly. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and resides in Burlington with his wife and three children.