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Tom Kohler | IP Attorney at Downs Rachlin Vermont Tom Kohler

Tom Kohler

Originally from central New York state, I settled in the Adirondack Park after working in various engineering and law jobs in Virginia; London, England; New York City; and San Francisco.  A couple of days a week, commuting to and from the office in Burlington, I enjoy the sunrise or sunset on a ferry ride across the sometimes icy Lake Champlain.  Otherwise I work with a view of the lake from my home office.

When not helping people protect their inventions and defend their intellectual property rights, I enjoy backcountry skiing, wood working, sailing and occasionally investigating a beaver dam in the mountains with my kids.  I am a member of the Board of Education for one of the best school districts in the North Country of New York: Westport Central School.

All the usual law firm bio stuff is here or you can view my posts. Hope you enjoy our blog and find it at least occasionally useful.


Walter Judge. IP Attorney at Downs Rachlin Walter Judge

Walter Judge

After graduating from Boston College Law School in 1990, I began my law career at Nutter McLennen & Fish in Boston. I relocated to Vermont in 1992 and joined what was then, and still is, Vermont’s largest law firm – Downs Rachlin Martin.

I focus my practice on general commercial litigation, IP litigation, and the defense of products liability, premises liability, and personal injury claims. I have an active trial practice in the state and federal courts of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine. I also serve as an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, where I teach the trade secrets section of the Introduction to Intellectual Property Law course. In addition to my posts, I have authored or edited numerous publications, including several publications on trade secrets and non-competition law.

I serve on the board of the Vermont Alliance for Arts Education, a non-profit advocacy group that promotes the continuing education of art teachers and arts education in Vermont schools, and the Concord Academy (Mass.) Alumni Council.


IP, privacy and cyberlaw attorney Matt Borick Matt Borick

Matt Borick

I’ve been practicing law for 10 years, all at the Burlington office of Downs Rachlin Martin.  As a kid I spent much of my free time on the golf course, and ironically enough, it was on the way from law school in New Hampshire to a golf trip in Lake Placid that I discovered Burlington.  Before I became a lawyer, I lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area, first in a well-known “think tank” and later in a regulatory consulting group.  I don’t miss being in the “big city,” but all those softball games in the shadow of the Washington monument were a lot of fun!

My law practice mostly focuses on commercial and IP litigation.  But as you can tell from my posts here in the IP Stone, I also work in the areas of privacy and social media.

Outside of work I enjoy playing guitar, golf, watching the Red Sox, coaching youth sports, and doing anything with my kids.

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