Marc B. Heath

Firm: Downs Rachlin Martin
Location: Burlington - VT

  • Courthouse Plaza 199 Main Street
    Burlington, VT 05402-0190
  • Tel : 802-863-2375
  • Fax : 802-846-8306

Marc Heath is a battled-hardened trial attorney who, since 1981, has successfully represented a wide variety of clients in over 65 jury and bench trials in both Federal and State Courts. Marc’s career as a litigator started in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where he handled criminal cases and a wide variety of civil cases. His first trial was in 1982, involving the proverbial dog bite case and subsequently Marc handled a succession of jury trial cases involving boundary disputes, car accidents, construction claims, and a variety of commercial cases.

To date, Marc has successfully tried multimillion dollar suits involving slate quarry damages from defective explosives, landslide damage to shopping centers, and breach of co-packing agreements for retail food manufactures. Marc’s high profile jury trial successes allow him to confidently resolve most disputes without the need for a trial, as his opponents know that Marc is ready and willing to try cases.

Marc has testified before the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Judiciary Committee on proposed legislation dealing with civil litigation matters. He testified in 2016 against a bill that sought to do away with Vermont’s unanimous jury verdict rule. The Senate Judiciary Committee tabled that bill, and has not sought to bring it back up since then. In 2018 he testified against a bill to impose strict liability for accidental release of hazardous substances.

Downs Rachlin Martin

The 55+ lawyers of Downs Rachlin apply creativity, connections and experience to solve your toughest legal problems. From five offices located around northern New England, we make goals achievable and get important things done.

We work with a diverse array of regional, national and international entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technology businesses and Fortune 100 companies. On their behalf, the firm:

Advises businesses and their owners and managers on all aspects of the business life cycle, including governance, ownership structuring, executive compensation, succession planning, tax planning, equity and debt financing, sales, mergers and acquisitions.

Provides comprehensive legal services for the acquisition of power generation facilities in the United States and Latin America.
Coordinates collective bargaining, contract administration and grievance resolution nationwide for the elevator industry.

Manages patent applications for major corporations in the United States and Asia, and regularly secures trademark registrations worldwide.
Performs due diligence and database management for multiple site acquisitions (particularly involving wireless-communications infrastructure) and for storing, indexing and retrieving high-volume documentation.

Defends and prosecutes environmental and toxic tort claims and pursues insurance coverage for policyholders.
Provides in-state legal counsel for the establishment of single-parent and group captive insurance.

Represents individuals who have experienced life-altering consequence from serious personal injuries and wrongful death, including brain and spinal cord injuries.
Maintains one of the largest government and public affairs practices in the state of Vermont, headquartered in Montpelier.