Courthouse Plaza
199 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05402-0190
ph: 802-863-2375
dir: 802-846-8316
Overview

Business law attorney, providing strategic advice to business owners, investors and technology companies.

Tom Moody advises business owners, investors and technology companies in a variety of organizational and transactional matters. In his twenty-seven year career as a business attorney at Downs Rachlin Martin, Tom has served as counsel to investors and lenders, and has advised many small-to-medium sized businesses. Tom is a strategic thinker who brings creativity and business sense to his work. 

While the mix of his practice is always evolving, he has worked a great deal with companies offering software as a service in healthcare, insurance and information security. His evolving practice recently took him to Singapore to advise on issues relating to governance matters in business using the Blockchain for cryptocurrency and security and authentication purposes.   

Tom’s practice includes the formation of corporations and LLCs, a wide variety of debt and equity transactions, including venture capital transactions, mergers and business acquisitions, and executive compensation.

Tom is the Chair of DRM’s Business Law Practice Group and, since 2002, has served as Chair of the Business Association Section of the Vermont Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker of business law topics. In his bar association role, Tom engages in revisions of Vermont business laws on a regular basis, working closely with clients, legislators and members of the bar association. In 2015, in his role as Chair of the Business Association Section of the Vermont Bar Association, Tom led an effort to substantially revise Vermont's Limited Liability Company Act. In 2016, he led another effort to update Vermont’s Business Corporations Act. Tom was the principal drafter of the revised corporate merger statute and worked on behalf of the Vermont Bar Association to move it through the House and Senate. Tom was actively involved in adoption of statutes governing Low-Profit Limited Liability Companies and B Corps. He is currently working on revisions to Vermont law aimed at making Vermont a favorable jurisdiction for businesses using Blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies.

Tom recently was awarded the “President’s Award” for “Extraordinary Efforts and Service to the Business Law Section.” Tom has also been named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Best Lawyers publication. He is actively involved with several non-profit organizations, including the Green Mountain Bicycle Club, Catamount Outdoor Family Center and the Richard Tom Foundation.

Tom is an avid skier, sailor and cyclist. He has three excellent children and lives in Williston with his partner, Karen.

Experience
  • Tom represented private equity firms in numerous convertible debt and preferred stock transactions aggregating over $500 million.
  • Represented New England family office in connection with numerous investments and portfolio management issues.
  • Acted as counsel to individual investors in connection with the acquisition, financing and build-out of numerous start-up businesses.
  • Represented a US industrial products company in a business acquisition and related senior debt, mezzanine debt and equity financings.
  • Advised an international outsourcing company in connection with numerous acquisitions, financings and shareholder matters involving transactions in the United States, India, Australia and in the UK.
  • Aided a US consumer products company in obtaining substantial investment under federal EB-5 financing/immigration program.
  • Assisted a US private equity firm in connection with the formation of offshore investment vehicles.
  • Aided a commercial bank in a $1.4 billion syndicated loan transaction.
  • Served as special counsel to a renewable energy fund in connection with its sale of a portfolio of 22 hydro-electric plants located in the eastern United States.
Education

Albany Law School, J.D., 1983 Albany Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 1982-1983

Hobart College, B.A., 1979

Memberships & Activities

Memberships

  • VBA Business Section LLC Act Drafting Committee, Co-chair, 2013-2016
  • VBA Business Section Corporations Act Drafting Committee, Chair, 2016
  • American Bar Association: Uniform Commercial Code Committee, Member, 1990-2016
  • Richard Tom Foundation, Founding Board Member, 2016
  • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Advisory Board Member, 2016
  • Lake Iroquois Boaters Association, Founding Board Member, 2016
  • Green Mountain Bicycle Club, Board Member, 1999-2016
  • Burlington Criterium, Race Director, 1999-2016
  • Green Mountain Waterskiers, Member, 2005-2016
  • Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Former Board Member
  • Lake Iroquois Association, Former Board Member

Activities

Tom lives in Williston with his partner, Karen. He is an avid cyclist, alpine skier, water skier and sailor. He enjoys building stone walls, making furniture, painting, playing guitar and spending time with his partner and children.

Accolades & Awards
  • Awarded the “President’s Award” at the 2015 Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting for “Extraordinary Efforts and Service to the Business Law Section” for leading the drafting, introduction and passage of the 2015 revision of the Vermont Limited Liability Company Act.
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2014 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Burlington, Vermont.
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Venture Capital Law, 2005-2018
  • Selected again by New England Super Lawyers® for recognition in the fields: Business/Corporate, and Mergers and Acquisitions, 2015-2017
  • Chambers and Partners, 2006-2018
Publications & Presentations

Presentations

  • Speaker, Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting, Selling a Vermont Business: Advanced Issues in Private Sale Transactions (Burlington, Vermont, October 13, 2017)
  • Speaker, Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting, Year-in-Review, 2016 Revision of Vermont Corporate Merger Statute (Fairlee, Vermont, October 14, 2016)
  • Speaker, Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2015 Revisions of Vermont LLC Act; Advanced Issues in LLC Operating Agreements (Stowe, Vermont, September 25, 2015)
  • Speaker, Vermont Bar Association Informational Meeting, H.310, Revised Vermont Limited Liability Act (Rutland, Vermont, June 6, 2015)
  • Speaker, Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting, Proposed Revisions of Vermont LLC Act (Killington, Vermont, September 19, 2014)
  • Speaker, Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting, Business Law – Year in Review (Fairlee, Vermont, September 27, 2013)
  • Speaker, UVM Family Business Initiative, Business Law Considerations for Family Business Owners (November 8, 2013)
  • Speaker, KeyBank Symposium, Driving Change at Your Privately Held Business (February 21, 2013)
  • Speaker, Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting, Overview of Vermont Business and Corporate Law (August 24, 2012)
  • Speaker, Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting, Policy Issues Raised by Contemplated Revisions to the Limited Liability Company Act (Fairlee, Vermont, September 23, 2011)
  • Speaker, Vermont Farm Enhancement Viability Program – UVM, Access to Capital for Farm & Food Businesses; Choice of Entity – Implications and Considerations (December 7, 2010)
  • Speaker, UVM Invention to Venture Conference, Successful Strategic Partnerships (April 28, 2009)
  • Speaker, Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting, Year-in-Review & Low-Profit Limited Liability Companies (September 26, 2008)
  • Speaker, Vermont Business Roundtable, Low-Profit Limited Liability Companies: Facilitating Program-Related Investments (July 24, 2008)
  • Speaker, Vermont Public Policy Committee, Made in Vermont…the L3C (July 7, 2008)
  • Speaker, Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, The Due Diligence Process (April 1, 2008)
  • Speaker, Alta Club, Made in Vermont…the L3C (May 15, 2008)
Courthouse Plaza
199 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05402-0190
ph: 802-863-2375
dir: 802-846-8316
fax: 802-862-7512
tmoody@drm.com
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