Press Releases
December 19, 2016

Secretary of Administration Trey Martin to Rejoin Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

(Montpelier, Vt.) Vermont Secretary of Administration Trey Martin will return to the private practice of law at the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC after Gov. Peter Shumlin leaves office on Jan. 5. Martin will practice principally in the areas of land use, energy and environmental law and government affairs. He will start his new job on Jan. 9 and work in the firm’s Montpelier office.

"Trey has been an invaluable asset to my team,” Shumlin said. “A few months ago he stepped into one of the toughest jobs in state government and did not miss a beat. He's a true professional and his service to Vermont has made this state a better place. I'm pleased he will remain engaged on the important issues that I know he is passionate about and that he has worked so hard to advance these past years."

“From our vantage point, Trey served the governor and his team well, and that experience will make him a better lawyer and advisor to our business clients,” said DRM Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer Paul H. Ode, Jr. “We are pleased to welcome him back to the firm.”

Martin was an associate at DRM beginning in 2008, then joined the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources as senior counsel in 2012. He was named deputy secretary of the agency in 2014. This October he was named secretary of the Agency of Administration.

In state government, Martin worked on both legal and policy matters. Most recently, he has overseen development of the state budget for 2018 and managed the transition of state government from the Shumlin Administration to the Governor-elect Phil Scott Administration. At DRM, Martin will be screened from involvement in any matters that came before him during his tenure at the Agency of Natural Resources or the Agency of Administration, and he intends to build a practice by working on completely new projects.

“Working in state government has been fast-paced and rewarding,” Martin said. “I enjoyed great working relationships with my colleagues, learned deeply about Vermont’s regulatory processes and participated in some of the most important policy debates that face our state. I am truly grateful for my experience these last four years, and I am looking forward to returning to practice in the private sector with a deeper understanding of state government.”

The newest DRM attorney holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College, master’s degrees from Middlebury and St. Mary’s College of California and a law degree from Vermont Law School. He and his wife, Roberta, and their four children live in Adamant.

From offices located in Vermont and New Hampshire, more than 60 DRM attorneys represent 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 law, tax law, 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.


Before sending, please note: Information on is for general use and is not legal advice. The mailing of this email is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Anything that you send to anyone at our Firm will not be confidential or privileged unless we have agreed to represent you. In particular, please note that Downs Rachlin Martin’s Labor & Employment Group exclusively represents employers/management in labor and employment matters. Employees seeking assistance with labor or employment issues should contact a law firm that represents employees and should not provide information about your situation to DRM.

If you send this email, you confirm that you have read, understand and agree to the terms contained herein.