Downs Rachlin Martin Elects New Managing Partner

(Burlington, Vt.) Attorney Peter B. Kunin has been elected managing partner and chief executive officer of the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. He replaces Paul H. Ode, Jr., who served as managing partner for the past nine years.

“DRM partners have made an excellent choice in electing Peter Kunin to lead the firm,” Ode said.

Kunin joined DRM in 1992, and was instrumental in founding the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. He has served as deputy managing partner since 2012. He is a graduate of Williams College and the Cornell University Law School.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to manage DRM,” Kunin said. “I am proud of the way DRM serves its clients, treats its employees, and contributes to the community. I look forward to working with all DRM employees to ensure we are providing the highest quality legal services to our clients.”

Kunin has appointed David J. Sylvester to serve as deputy managing partner. Sylvester, a business lawyer, has been with the firm since 1992 and has chaired DRM’s Business Law Practice Group since 2010.

The new managing partner also re-appointed Elizabeth K. Rattigan of the Lebanon office to chair the Labor and Employment Practice Group, William J. Dodge of the Burlington office to chair the Regulated Entities Group, which includes utility law, land use, environmental law and government affairs, Lawrence H. Meier of the Burlington office to chair the Intellectual Property Practice Group, and Robert B. Luce to chair the Litigation Practice Group. Thomas H. Moody of the Burlington office will replace Sylvester as chair the Business Law Group.