Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC.

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC.

3 Star Rating     1 review 
Main Office:

Courthouse Plaza, 199 Main Street Post Office Box 1 | Burlington | VT | 05402-0190

Phone: 802-748-2375 | Fax: 802-862-7512

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Year of establishment 1950 Number of partners 36
Number of offices 5 Partner to associate ratio 2.10
Biggest office Burlington Percentage of women attorneys 20.50
Number of attorneys 64 Percentage of minority attorneys 1.60
Number of associates 17 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 1.60
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Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Reviews

- Reviewed on July 28, 2017

Advice to law firm management: A lot of work is needed to manage a suitable work life balance. Management should promote work-life balance and should treat everyone fairly instead of playing favoritism.

Pros: The firm has very open team environment and great work life balance. The firm has good and friendly environment considering its small to medium size. I really like the knowledge base and experience of some of the attorneys here.

Cons: The worst part is restrictive advancement path for new attorneys and small unbalanced team structure. I have also spent here long frustrated hours without any direction or definition from upper management.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC started its life more than sixty years ago as a two-lawyer office in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Today, as the largest firm in Vermont, with six offices in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York, Downs Rachlin represents clients nationally and internationally. Despite its growth, Downs Rachlin continues to be nourished by its rural roots and strives to project historic Vermont values: integrity, reliability, hard work." -Robert D. Rachlin, Senior Director The foundation for Downs Rachlin was established in 1950, when Sterry R. Waterman and John H. Downs founded Waterman and Downs, a St. Johnsbury, VT. law firm practicing business law and litigation with associated work in government affairs. Five years later, Waterman was appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Waterman read law before being admitted to practice. He served as a circuit court judge for 15 years before assuming senior status in 1970. Downs worked as a sole practitioner until 1960, when Robert D. Rachlin joined him after having graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. Allen Martin, who had served as a law clerk for Judge Waterman in 1965 - 1966 and spent three years practicing law in Boston, joined the firm in 1969. Like Downs, Martin earned his law degree at Harvard Law School. The number of employees at the St. Johnsbury office quickly expanded to 15. In 1976, Rachlin opened a second office in Burlington, and Martin followed in 1980. Today, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC has offices in Burlington, St. Johnsbury, Brattleboro, and Montpelier, Vt. and Lebanon, N.H. The firm has more than 140 employees, including approximately 60 attorneys and legal professionals. It is the largest law firm in Vermont and one of the largest firms in northern New England offering a broad range of services with deep experience within those specific areas.

Practice Areas

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Appeals
  • Commercial & Corporate Disputes
  • Commercial Energy Transactions
  • Commercial Lending
  • Construction Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Crisis Communications
  • Domain Names And Internet Law
  • Employment Counseling & Advice
  • Energy Facilities Planning & Siting
  • Environmental And Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Financial Services
  • General Corporate & Llc
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Transactions & Due Diligence
  • Labor & Employment Litigation
  • Labor Relations
  • Management Training
  • Media Relations
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • New Markets Tax Credit
  • Patents
  • Personal Injury & Property Damage Defense
  • Plaintiff Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability & Regulation
  • Real Estate & Land Use Litigation
  • Real Estate And Transactional
  • Renewable Energy
  • Software Licensing
  • Telecommunications Litigation
  • Trademark
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Wireless Infrastructure Siting Projects
  • Business Law
  • Captive Insurance
  • Data Security Privacy And Cybercrimes
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law & Land Use
  • Government & Public Affairs
  • Health Care Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Services
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Tax Law
  • Telecommunications Law
  • Trusts & Estates

Hiring Criteria

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Cover letter, resume, transcripts, writing sample.

Pro bono

Downs Rachlin does not report any information regarding its pro bono activities.

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Awards and Recognitions

Marie Whitbeck of Shelburne Receives DRM Employee Award

DRM Employee Award Presented Posthumously to Laura Roberts of Putney

DRM Employee Recognition Award Presented to Bill Schroeder

Summer associate program

Downs Rachlin hires a small number of accomplished first- and second-year law students for our Summer Associate program. The program allows us to get to know our Summer Associates as individuals and to provide them with engaging work.

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