Thomas H. Moody


Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
Courthouse Plaza
199 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Tel: 802-863-2375


Business law attorney, providing strategic advice to business owners, investors and technology companies.

Tom Moody advises business owners, investors and technology companies in a variety of organizational and transactional matters. In his thirty year career as a business attorney at Downs Rachlin Martin, Tom has served as counsel to investors and lenders, and has advised many small-to-medium sized businesses. Tom is a strategic thinker who brings creativity and business sense to his work.

Tom’s practice includes the formation of corporations and LLCs, a wide variety of debt and equity transactions, including venture capital transactions, mergers and business acquisitions, and executive compensation.

Tom is the Chair of DRM’s Business Law Practice Group and, since 2002, has served as Chair of the Business Association Section of the Vermont Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker of business law topics. In his bar association role, Tom engages in revisions of Vermont business laws on a regular basis, working closely with clients, legislators and members of the bar association. In 2015, Tom led an effort to substantially revise Vermont’s Limited Liability Company Act. In 2016, he led another effort to update Vermont’s Business Corporations Act. In 2018, Tom played an important role in the drafting and passage of Blockchain legislation, working with House and Senate committees as well as the Vermont Secretary of State and Commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation. Tom was also actively involved in adoption of statutes governing Low-Profit Limited Liability Companies and B Corps.

Tom recently was awarded the “President’s Award” for “Extraordinary Efforts and Service to the Business Law Section.” Tom has also been named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Best Lawyers publication. He is actively involved with several non-profit organizations, including the Green Mountain Bicycle Club, Catamount Outdoor Family Center and the Richard Tom Foundation.

Tom is an avid skier, sailor and cyclist. He has three excellent children and lives in Williston with his partner, Karen.

Often called upon to collaborate across all service areas, our Business Law attorneys ensure each client receives the very best combination of business sense and legal ingenuity. With an unwavering commitment to excellence and client satisfaction, Downs Rachlin provides a complete range of legal services to individuals and business entities in the areas of:

  • formation of corporations, limited liability companies and other business organizations
  • commercial loan transactions
  • equity financings (including private equity and venture capital)
  • mergers and acquisitions (including sales of stock and assets, management buyouts, recapitalizations and reorganizations)
  • formation and operation of captive insurance companies
  • federal and state tax planning
  • executive compensation (including employment agreements, stock option plans and incentive compensation arrangements)
  • trusts & estates and probate administration
  • business succession and wealth transfer planning.

Collectively, Downs Rachlin’s Business Law attorneys are licensed to practice in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Texas, as well as before two U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Tax Court. We are actively involved in professional organizations and trade associations related to our areas of concentration.

Additionally, our corporate lawyers have strong business backgrounds and experience in a range of industry sectors from health care to telecommunications and from nanotechnology to supermarkets. We understand the complexities of business operations and can advise you on how to develop, market, and maximize assets in a range of matters.

Get to the crux of your legal matters efficiently with lawyers who’ve “been there, done that” for nearly every challenge your business might face. With more than 55 attorneys and legal professionals in five offices in Vermont and New Hampshire, Downs Rachlin Martin brings a can-do attitude along with innovative, pragmatic ideas that will help your business thrive.

While we provide customized solutions across a very broad range of legal issues, we have organized our service areas into these 13 major areas; business, captive insurance, energy, environmental and land use, government and public affairs, health care, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, tax, telecommunications, and trusts and estates. And from our position as the exclusive member firm in Vermont for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide – we can customize our services to meet your needs whether your organization is local, regional or national.