Attorney Peter B Kunin has been elected managing partner and chief executive officer of the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. He replaces Paul H Ode, Jr, who served as managing partner for the past nine years. “DRM partners have made an excellent choice in electing Peter Kunin to lead the firm,” Ode said.
Kunin joined DRM in 1992, and was instrumental in founding the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. He has served as deputy managing partner since 2012. He is a graduate of Williams College and the Cornell University Law School.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to manage DRM,” Kunin said. “I am proud of the way DRM serves its clients, treats its employees, and contributes to the community. I look forward to working with all DRM employees to ensure we are providing the highest quality legal services to our clients."
Kunin has appointed David J Sylvester to serve as deputy managing partner. Sylvester, a business lawyer, has been with the firm since 1992 and has chaired DRM’s Business Law Practice Group since 2010.
The new managing partner also re-appointed Elizabeth K Rattigan of the Lebanon office to chair the Labor and Employment Practice Group, William J Dodge of the Burlington office to chair the Regulated Entities Group, which includes utility law, land use, environmental law and government affairs, Lawrence H Meier of the Burlington office to chair the Intellectual Property Practice Group, and Robert B Luce to chair the Litigation Practice Group. Thomas H Moody of the Burlington office will replace Sylvester as chair the Business Law Group.
From offices located in Vermont and New Hampshire, more than 55 DRM attorneys represent regional, national and international entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technology businesses and Fortune 100 companies. The legal services provided by the firm include bankruptcy and business restructuring, general business, captive insurance, energy and telecommunications, intellectual property law, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and land use, environmental and tax law, and trust and estate planning, plus legislative and regulatory services through the firm’s 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 in more than 100 countries worldwide.