Dale Rocheleau rejoins Downs Rachlin Martin
Downs Rachlin Martin has welcomed Dale Rocheleau back to the firm, following his tenure as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Central Vermont Public Service Corp. He will join DRM as senior counsel on August 31. He will be based in the firm's Burlington office.
“Dale is an exceptionally well regarded, effective lawyer and senior executive,” said DRM Managing
Partner Paul H. Ode Jr. “Our clients, particularly those whose businesses are highly regulated, can greatly benefit from his high-level strategic advice on matters related to law, governance, regulatory relations, risk and compliance. His diverse experience uniquely positions him to counsel business leaders and assist them in accomplishing their goals.”
Until the sale of Vermont’s largest utility to Gaz Métro Limited Partnership closed in June, Dale had served as the company’s chief legal and corporate affairs adviser since 2003. At CVPS, which was recognized by Forbes in 2010 as one of the most trustworthy companies in America, he managed the departments responsible for legal, corporate governance, enterprise risk management and public relations activities, including investor and media relations, and customer, employee, community and government communications.
Dale joined Downs Rachlin Martin in 1986, shortly after earning his law degree, with honors, from Georgetown University. He advanced rapidly and was elected to membership as a director in 1992. He chaired the firm’s Regulated Entities Practice Group, obtaining permits and approvals for economic development projects in Vermont ranging from $1 million to $225 million and assisting businesses and trade associations in negotiating, drafting and securing passage of significant legislation.
Dale is a member of the University of Vermont’s board of trustees and serves as president of the Rutland Economic Development Corporation. Previously, he has served as chair of the Vermont Water Resources Board, director of the Lund Family Center, director of the Vermont Business Roundtable, president of the University of Vermont Alumni Association, trustee of the Vermont Historical Society, advisor to the governor of Vermont as a member of the Governor’s Council of Environmental Advisors and director of Cynosure Inc. from 2003 to 2010. He received the University of Vermont Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2008.