Robert D. Rachlin
Burlington, VT (VLS Trustee since 2004)
Robert Rachlin is the senior director and general counsel of Vermont's largest law firm, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Mr. Rachlin, who has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since the work was first published, has over 50 years' experience in a broad spectrum of civil litigation. Among major litigation cases, he represented the State of Vermont in achieving the largest state court verdict in Vermont history and has also achieved, in a trade secret misappropriation suit, the largest federal award in Vermont history.
Mr. Rachlin has lectured to bar groups and associations nationwide and internationally on trial advocacy and mediation. He has served on the Vermont Board of Bar Examiners, the Vermont Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, and the Vermont Professional Conduct Board, and is an elected member of the American Law Institute, an elected fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an elected fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He is currently a visiting Associate Professor at VLS, where he teaches Legal Profession, Remedies, and Corporations. In addition to teaching at Vermont Law School, Mr. Rachlin is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of German and Russian at the University of Vermont. He is a concert pianist, and composer, who performs chamber concerts annually, a multi-engine rated pilot, and a certified flight instructor. He has published scholarly articles and chapters in two books on the Holocaust and currently serves as chair of the advisory board of the University of Vermont Center for Holocaust Studies. Mr. Rachlin has also published articles on technology and the law, education labor law, book reviews, articles on aviation, and two essays on Vermont history in the immediate post-revolutionary period. Mr. Rachlin most recently co-edited (with Professor Alan Steinweis of UVM) a book of essays on Lawyers and Judges in Nazi Germany. He served as state's attorney of Caledonia County, VT, from 1961 to 1964. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Vermont Historical Society and is a former board member of the Family Connection Center for Visitation, Inc., Everybody Wins! Vermont, and of Spectrum Youth and Family Services, Inc., both of Burlington, VT.
Mr. Rachlin received his A.B. degree from Yale University in 1957, and his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1960.