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January 6, 2014

Peter Van Oot Part of Governance Panel at VSAE

(Montpelier, VT) Attorney Peter Van Oot of Downs Rachlin Martin recently provided training on the governance of associations at the fall meeting of the Vermont Society of Association Executives. The meeting was held on Dec. 6 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier.

Moderated by Vermont Ski Areas Association President Parker Riehle, the panel covered a range of topics effecting associations from exercising fiduciary responsibility to governance structure to  interactions between board members and the executive directors of the associations.

Established in 1966, the VSAE is a unique organization that focuses on the challenges faced by professional staff charged with managing associations. Members include the chief executive officers of organizations ranging from state and local chambers of commerce to the state medical society to the Vermont Bar Association.

The panel on board governance also included remarks from Jeff Nolan, chairman of the board of the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, Avram Patt of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and Alan Jones of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.  A second panel comprised of political reporters and moderated by Matt Cota of the Vermont Fuel Dealer’s Association, addressed politics and issues likely to be debated in the Vermont General Assembly.

Van Oot advises commercial clients, utilities and institutions on significant policy and legal issues that require a range of expertise in corporate and regulatory law. With a practice concentrated in Vermont and New Hampshire, he provides strategic advice and serves as outside general counsel to a number of for-profit and non-profit corporations and institutions, with a focus on transactional, governance and regulatory matters.

A long-time leading environmental lawyer in New Hampshire and Vermont Van Oot’s experience encompasses utility and institutions policy issues, permitting, environmental and regulatory law. He is lead permitting counsel on significant development projects in Vermont and New Hampshire and negotiated environmental settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice and state regulatory agencies. Van Oot is a charter fellow of the American College of Environmental Attorneys and serves on the Vermont state Brownfields Advisory Committee. He previously served on the advisory boards of Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center and Land Use Institute as well as on Gov. Howard Dean’s Council of Environmental Advisors.

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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