Press Releases
April 9, 2013

Parent Named President of St. J Chamber

(St. Johnsbury, VT)  Business attorney Mary K. Parent has been elected president of the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce.  Parent, an attorney with the firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, began her one-year term in December.  She succeeds Jeff Moore, owner of Quest Transportation.

Parent is a senior associate at DRM working in both the firm’s St. Johnsbury, Vt., and Lebanon, N.H. offices.  She represents business clients in corporate and commercial transactions, business formation and operation, private equity transactions, commercial real estate transactions, commercial financing and mergers and acquisitions in both states. 

As well, she has worked with local, regional and national private equity firms and technology companies in investment transactions, including stock and convertible debt transactions. She regularly helps clients to form Vermont and New Hampshire corporations and limited liability companies.  She has formed non-profit entities and assisted clients in completing the necessary paperwork to obtain 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service.

The St. Johnsbury Chamber serves as both the local chamber of commerce and the Designated Downtown organization through the National Main Street Program. Through a variety of initiatives, the Chamber is tackling the economic restructuring of St. Johnsbury through design, business recruitment, market analysis, and marketing. The Chamber was a driving force behind the reconstruction of the 1879 Building, damaged by a fire on Dec. 23 of last year.

Parent’s responsibilities include chairing the board meetings, appointing committee chairs, serving as an ex officio member of all committees, monitoring finances, supervising and evaluating the executive director, setting goals for the organization and evaluating whether the organization is meeting its mission.

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 60 attorneys and six offices in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. Downs Rachlin provides legal services to local, national and international clients in practice areas that include bankruptcy and business restructuring, business law, captive insurance, energy and telecommunications, health law, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and land use, environmental law, tax law and trusts and estates. The firm represents clients in legislative, regulatory and public affairs through the 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 throughout the United States and in more than 100 countries worldwide.


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