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October 11, 2012

Downs Rachlin Martin Celebrates Fifth Year in Upper Valley

The northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC recently completed its fifth year in the Upper Valley since DRM welcomed attorneys from Daschbach, Csatari & Young, PLLC on August 1, 2007.

(Lebanon, NH) The firm quietly marked the milestone this past weekend as it teamed up with the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor as the lead sponsor of the annual Harpoon Octoberfest Race on Sunday. Although 2012 results are still being counted, the race raised more than $31,000 in 2011 to help fight cancer through the Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

“When we decided to join with DRM we were hopeful that bringing the resources of a larger firm to the business needs of the Upper Valley would provide a service that was greater than the sum of its parts,” said Tom Csatari, a principal in the former DCR firm and now an owner and director at DRM. “Not only has this proven true on the legal side, but I am also pleased that the firm has supported a number of non-profit entities that are important to the Upper Valley community.”

Since joining with DRM Csatari has continued to build his practice in trusts and estates and general business law. Colleague Joe Daschbach continues to serve as a highly sought mediator in the valley. This year the firm’s trusts and estates practice was significantly expanded when well known local trusts and estates attorney Willemien Dingemans Miller rejoined the firm in the Lebanon office.

For much of the last five years, DRM employment and labor lawyers with primary offices in Burlington and Brattleboro had been serving clients in the Lebanon-Hanover area. This year that practice was bolstered by the addition of employment and labor attorney Beth Rattigan, who likewise is well known in the area.

Environmental and corporate law attorney Peter Van Oot relocated his office from Brattleboro to Lebanon to provide strong legal resources in environment, land use and regulatory law. Commercial real estate lawyer Kim Butler relocated her practice from Littleton to Lebanon and two attorneys working in other offices took on new duties here. Nancy Malmquist practices energy and telecommunications and business law and Jake Wheeler practices business law, real estate finance and trusts and estates law, with each sharing time with the St. Johnsbury office.

 “We strongly believed that this combination of practices would benefit the clients of both firms, and that has proven to be true,” said Butler, a graduate of Dartmouth College and head of the DRM transition team. “Together we offer 75 years of valuable service to clients. Our diversity of experience, combined with our emphasis on teamwork and collaboration among our attorneys and legal professionals, enables us to assess and address clients’ issues from many angles.”

The combined firm has made a concerted effort to be involved in the culture and vitality of the Upper Valley. DRM supports the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center as a lead sponsor of the Harpoon Octoberfest Road race, sponsorship of a team in the annual Prouty Bike Ride and Challenge Walk and through Skip’s Run. The firm supports Hanover-area fundraising for New Hampshire’s Campaign for Legal Services and is actively involved in the Greater Lebanon and Hanover Area Chambers of Commerce. Among the local organizations supported by the firm are the City Center Ballet of Lebanon, Opera North, the Hopkins Center, the Lebanon Opera House, Northern Stage, the Hanover Rotary Club, the Upper Valley Humane Society and the United Way. In 2011 the firm planned and executed a community service work day at the Upper Valley Haven in Wilder.

“One of our firm’s stated values is to give back to our communities through our community involvement and philanthropy,” Van Oot said. “Many people in the Upper Valley are selflessly involved in remarkable projects that improve and enrich our community. We are proud to be a part of it.”

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 60 attorneys and six offices in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. Downs Rachlin provides legal services to local, national and international clients in practice areas that include bankruptcy and business restructuring, business law, captive insurance, energy and telecommunications, health law, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and land use, environmental law, tax law and trusts and estates. The firm represents clients in legislative, regulatory and public affairs through the 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 throughout the United States and in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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