DRM Employee Recognition Award Presented to Bill Schroeder
(Burlington, Vt.) Attorney William W. Schroeder has been named the winner of the coveted Diane Lynch Distinguished Service Award at Downs Rachlin Martin. The award was presented at the firm’s annual holiday celebration at the Echo Center in Burlington on Dec. 6.
“Uniquely regarded as one of the most principled and kind-hearted members of the firm, (Bill) has selflessly contributed to the success of the firm and the individuals at the firm with low-keyed good humor and dedication,” reads a citation presented to Schroeder at the event. Since Schroeder plans to retire at the end of the year, it adds “He will be greatly missed.”
Bill Schroeder joined DRM in 1982 after graduating from Cornell University Law School, the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkley, and Middlebury College. As a real estate and land use attorney, he has been instrumental in the development of a number of cutting-edge projects during his distinguished career, from affordable senior housing to destination resorts to health care campuses to large-scale commercial properties.
Schroeder has represented some of the top ski resorts in the east in the development of new luxury ski villages with related recreational amenities. He helped create the first apartment project in Vermont financed with federal low income housing tax credits and has since represented the developers of more than 30 such projects. He has negotiated owner-oriented architectural, engineering and construction contracts for health care providers, school districts, municipalities, public utilities and other institutions, and has appeared before all nine Act 250 district commissions in the state of Vermont.
Established in 2000 to honor the memory of Lynch, a long time and highly valued employee, the award is given each year to a former or current employee who has demonstrated loyalty, dedication, energy, drive, selflessness, good nature, humor and commitment. The award recognized Schroeder for his leadership and collegiality as a member of the firm, and for many hours of volunteer and pro-bono service.
Operating on the fundamental belief that anything is possible when imagination and pragmatism live side by side, the 60-plus attorneys at DRM apply creativity, connections and experience to solve the toughest legal problems. From offices located in Vermont and New Hampshire, DRM represents regional, national and international entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technology businesses and Fortune 100 companies. The legal services provided by the firm include bankruptcy and business restructuring, general business, captive insurance, renewable energy and telecommunications, health law, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and land use, environmental, tax, and trusts and estates, plus legislative and regulatory services through the firm’s Government and Public Affairs group. DRM is the exclusive member firm in Vermont for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in more than 100 countries worldwide. Downs Rachlin Martin: business sense, legal ingenuity.