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Your ally when conflict leads to litigation.

DRM’s litigators are experienced at representing industry leaders, start-ups, and individuals in sensitive and complex matters in Vermont, New Hampshire, and throughout New England. Our litigators leverage this experience to develop creative solutions and strategies to more quickly and efficiently resolve disputes. DRM has the bench depth to quickly assemble a team to effectively and skillfully respond to the most important and sensitive matters.

We stand apart from other firms with our depth of experience, skill, and determination. Our litigators excel at developing effective and creative strategies for even the most complex “bet-the-company” disputes. We know that litigation is most successful when the client is an integral member of the team, and we work with you to define success and craft a litigation strategy that supports that vision.

We are committed to success and resolving cases on the most favorable terms, whether that is in mediation, arbitration, or at trial. When trial is the best course, our team of trial lawyers have a proven record of success in state and federal courts, having secured multi-million dollar jury verdicts and defense verdicts.

As a recognized “powerhouse” with over 50 years of experience achieving client goals throughout the region, our team provides support for:

Recent DRM Litigation Victories

  • Attorneys Tim Sampson, Jennifer McDonald and Marc Heath Represented the City of Burlington in its CityPlace settlement. The settlement resulted in the transfer of land between two non-connected streets to the City at no cost to taxpayers, and to create additional security to ensure that new streets will be built at no cost to taxpayers, regardless of development progress. The settlement also ensures that, regardless of project outcomes, taxpayers are shielded from all financial risk.
  • Attorneys Tris Coffin, Timothy Doherty and Jennifer McDonald conducted an independent investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at the Chittenden County Correctional Facility. The findings and recommendations made in the report led to legislation and ultimately a new law in Vermont pertaining to the handling of sexual misconduct complaints within the Department of Corrections.
  • Obtained $3.66 million federal jury verdict in complex commercial case against a party represented by an international litigation firm. This commercial verdict was the 61st largest in the United States in 2019.
  • 2020 Preliminary injunction victory in case involving conversion of trade secrets and noncompete in dispute between two national cybersecurity companies.
  • Represented Mount Snow ski resort in a contract dispute against the Alliance of Action Sports (ALLI) and its parent company, NBC Sports. The DRM team used innovative technology in the courtroom to demonstrate to the jury how valuable the media exposure would have been to Mt. Snow. The jury agreed, and awarded Mt. Snow $2.25 million.
Attorney Robert B. Luce

Robert B. Luce

Chair

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Litigator Matthew Borick

Matthew S. Borick

Director

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Director Andre Bouffard

Andre D. Bouffard

Director

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Director Tristram J. Coffin

Tristram J. Coffin

Director

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Director Timothy C. Doherty, Jr.

Timothy C. Doherty, Jr.

Director

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Director Walter Judge

Walter E. Judge

Director

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Attorney Jennifer McDonald

Jennifer E. McDonald

Director

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Litigator Evan J. O’Brien

Evan J. O’Brien

Director

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Christopher Roy

Christopher D. Roy

Director

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Christian Chorba

Of Counsel

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James C. Gallagher of Counsel

James C. Gallagher

Of Counsel

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Attorney Marc Heath

Marc B. Heath

Of Counsel

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Director Bruce Palmer

Bruce Palmer

Of Counsel

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Attorney Gina Puls

Gina Puls

Of Counsel

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Director Robert D. Rachlin

Robert D. Rachlin

Of Counsel

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Litigation Associate Monica Allard

Monica Allard

Associate

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Patent Attorney Taylor Hallowell

Taylor E. Hallowell

Associate

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Litigation Associate Kelsey Schweitzer

Kelsey Schweitzer

Associate

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Laura A. Bezio

Paralegal

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Paralegal Louise Reese

Louise C. Reese

Paralegal

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Paralegal Rachel Scott

Rachel M. Scott

Paralegal

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Marie B. Whitbeck, R.N.

Marie B. Whitbeck, R.N.

Administration

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Litigation

Downs Rachlin Martin Welcomes New Attorney to the Litigation Team

Attorney Kelsey Schweitzer joins DRM's Litigation practice.
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28 Downs Rachlin Martin Attorneys in Vermont and New Hampshire Listed in Best Lawyers in America® 2024 and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America

Twenty-eight DRM attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2024 Editions of Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch®in America.
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Premises Liability:  Vermont Supreme Court Affirms That Landowner Is Not Responsible for Death of Lessee’s Guest

Vermont Supreme Court just issued a new premises liability decision, clearing a non-possessory property owner from a wrongful death claim made by an invitee of the commercial tenant.
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Attorneys Christian Chorba and Rebecca Dourmashkin Join DRM

Attorneys Christian Chorba and Rebecca Dourmashkin have joined Downs Rachlin Martin's Litigation Group in Burlington, Vermont.
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