52 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602-3176
ph: 802-225-5500
dir: 802-225-5503

Providing insightful advice to Vermont businesses, utilities and municipalities to solve complex environmental and regulatory problems.

Having spent the last five years serving the State of Vermont within the Agencies of Natural Resources and Administration, Trey Martin returned to Downs Rachlin Martin  ready to put his insights and experience to work for our clients. Adept and knowledgeable about how government works, Trey addresses administrative, regulatory and political challenges that extend across DRM’s practice areas. He aids clients in business and real estate transactions that involve regulatory hurdles; litigation involving the state; and Trey manages development, redevelopment and energy projects, particularly concerning complex regulatory and permitting processes.

Trey Martin has a comprehensive understanding of the State government structure, functions and processes, especially as they pertain to environmental, energy and land use regulations. Trey helps clients understand how the State of Vermont reviews, conditions and approves regulatory projects.

Known for his ability to build coalitions, Trey Martin has successfully worked with Vermont’s environmental and business communities, regional planning commissions and regional development corporations, the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, as well as municipal leaders and the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

  • Currently part of DRM’s team representing the seller in the sale of ski operations to a major resort developer. Trey helped delineate the complex web of permits and regulatory obligations in order to transfer ownership of those obligations from seller to purchaser, and he is assisting in securing government approvals for the transaction.
  • At the conclusion of his tenure as Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Administration, Trey oversaw the transfer of state government from Governor Shumlin to Governor Scott, including budget transition, personnel transition and strategic messaging.
  • As Chair of the Clean Water Fund Board, Trey managed the state’s clean water budget and provided the state with leadership to identify regulatory and funding solutions to address clean water needs for Lake Champlain and state-wide.
  • Worked with the legislature on environmental legislation including shoreland development law, Vermont Clean Water Act, waste management and hazardous materials laws.
  • Helped lead legislative effort to reform the Agency of Natural Resources permit process.
  • Helped implement Lean state government effort at the Agency of Natural Resources to make business processes more streamlined, effective and customer service oriented.
  • On all projects with the State, Trey built coalitions to solve problems, eliminate inefficiency and bring about results.

Vermont Law School, JD, magna cum laude, 2008, Editor-in-Chief, Vermont Law Review
St. Mary’s College of California, MA, Educational Leadership and Administration, summa cum laude, 2002
Middlebury College, MA, English Literature and Linguistics, summa cum laude,1999

Middlebury College, BA, American Civilization, cum laude, 1995

Memberships & Activities

Vermont Bar Association

Community Involvement

Vermont Law School Entrepreneurship and Legal Lab, Attorney Advisor

Publications & Presentations

Speaker, How the Conservation Easement Amendment Process Should Work , Vermont Development Conference, White + Burke (South Burlington, Vermont, November 15, 2018)

52 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602-3176
ph: 802-225-5500
dir: 802-225-5503

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