A local legal secretary was recently announced as the winner of the Diane Lynch Distinguished Service Award at her firm.

Jody S. Kaiser of Hinsdale, who works at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, received the award at the firm’s holiday celebration last month at the Hanover Inn. Established in 2000 in memory of Lynch, a longtime employee of the firm, the honor is bestowed each year on a current or former employee who has demonstrated loyalty, dedication, energy, drive, selflessness, good nature, humor and commitment, according to a news release from the firm.

Kaiser has a decade under her belt at Downs Rachlin Martin and has worked in its Brattleboro and Lebanon offices as a receptionist, office clerk and legal secretary. In her current post, she assists four attorneys working in labor and employment law, helping to prepare for arbitrations, negotiations, mediations, defense and prosecution.

“Anyone who has had the pleasure of working with you knows of your commitment to excellence,” a citation presented to Kaiser at the event reads. “You give 200 percent and go above and beyond every day. You are the ultimate team player for DRM and you are a pleasure to work with.”

Before her work in the legal industry, Kaiser spent time as a teacher, school bus driver, head of a kindergarten through 3rd grade day program at a boarding school, fabric craftswoman, chef, receptionist and marketing assistant.

In addition to its offices in Brattleboro and Lebanon, Downs Rachlin Martin has Vermont locations in Burlington, Montpelier and St. Johnsbury.