Sheehey Is Hiring A Summer Associate For 2018

Banking & Financial ServicesSheehey Furlong & Behm, P.C. seeks to hire a second-year law student as a summer associate for 2018.  Candidates should have strong research and writing skills and be interested in obtaining a breadth of experience in the firm’s litigation, transactional and regulatory practice areas.  To apply, send your résumé, letter of interest, law school transcript, and a writing sample to with Summer Associate in the subject line.  For best consideration, application materials should be received no later than September 1, 2017.

Debra Bouffard plays key role in Fairpoint acquisition

Attorney Debra L. Bouffard served as counsel to Consolidated Communications, Holdings, Inc. in petitioning for regulatory approval from the Vermont Public Utility Commission (“VT PUC”) to acquire control of FairPoint Communications, Inc., including its Vermont subsidiaries. The VT PUC approved the merger, and Consolidated completed the FairPoint acquisition on July 3, 2017.

Mediation Milestone

Partner James Spink recently completed 1,000 mediations since joining the firm in January, 2011. Mr. Spink is one of Vermont’s leading and most experienced mediators having now surpassed a total of 3,000 mediations during his career. Congratulations to James.  To make a mediation appointment with Mr. Spink, visit his page.

Heather E. Ross Joins Sheehey Furlong & Behm

Sheehey Furlong & Behm welcomes Heather Ross. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Ross spent many years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont as a federal prosecutor and defending the United States in employment, medical malpractice and administrative actions. Ms. Ross has prosecuted numerous complex fraud cases, multi-state drug trafficking cases, and human trafficking cases.  Before she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Ross practiced at another prestigious Vermont law firm where she focused on employment and labor law.  Ms. Ross has regularly lectured on employment law and human trafficking issues.  She is a 1995 graduate of William and Mary Law School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1991.  Following law school, Ms. Ross served as a judicial law clerk to United States District Court Judge William K. Sessions III.  Ms. Ross will focus her practice on investigations and general litigation, including employment litigation and white collar criminal defense.

Jeff W. Lively joins Sheehey Furlong & Behm

Sheehey Furlong & Behm is pleased to announce that Jeff Lively has joined the firm.   Jeff brings extensive experience in both the public and the private sectors.  Most recently, he was General Counsel to the Department of Buildings & General Services, State of Vermont.  As BGS General Counsel, Jeff was responsible for providing general legal services for a department whose primary responsibilities included: procurement of all state commodities; securing lease space; designing, constructing, and maintaining state buildings; managing the state’s risk; and the purchase and sale of the state’s real property.  Before his public sector work, Jeff had a small practice in Stowe where he worked with and advised clients on business organizational matters, as well as contract, employment, financing, land use and real estate matters. Jeff has also worked with many nonprofit organizations, providing advice on formation, obtaining federal tax exempt status and on-going governance issues.

Jeff received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in ‘91, where he studied Political Science and Economics and received his J.D. from the Sturm College of Law, University of Denver in ’95 where he focused on environmental and natural resource law and wrote for the Water Law Journal.

Jeff lives in Waterbury Center with his wife Becky and two children Sam and Sage.

Renee Mobbs Becomes a Principal and Director of the Firm

Renee L. MobbsThe firm is pleased to announce that Renee L. Mobbs has become a shareholder and director of the firm. Renee joined the firm Of Counsel in January 2016. Her practice focuses on civil and probate litigation, banking/financial services, and health care law. She also works with the firm’s energy and commercial transactions groups. In both 2015 and 2016, Renee was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as one of New England’s Rising Stars in litigation.

Renee joined the firm Of Counsel in January 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Renee was a partner at another Vermont law firm, where her practice focused on civil and probate litigation. She also represented the firm’s banking and healthcare clients.

Renee attended St. Michael’s College, where she studied English. She graduated summa cum laude and Valedictorian of the Class of 2005. Renee then worked for a prominent local law firm for a year before enrolling at Vermont Law School. She graduated cum laude and received a Juris Doctor degree as well as a Certificate in General Practice from VLS in May 2009.

Walter A. McCarthy Joins The Firm As An Associate Attorney

walterthumbSheehey is happy to welcome Walter A. McCarthy as a new associate attorney.  Walt joined the firm earlier this year, and he practices primarily with the firm’s transactional team, working on real estate, corporate, and banking matters.  Walt is a 2016 graduate of Albany Law School, and has prior experience working for GE Ventures, American National, and the Real Property Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General.

Peter G. Raymond Joins The Firm’s Energy Group

peter-g-raymondThe firm is pleased to announce the addition of Peter G. Raymond as an associate attorney.  A 2014 graduate of Cornell Law School, Peter spent two years clerking for the Vermont Superior Court prior to joining the firm.  He spent his first year clerking for all dockets in Windham County, and later moved to the Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court.  Peter’s practice at Sheehey will primarily focused on assisting the firm’s growing energy group.

New Additions Highlight Growing Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Group


With three new additions to the firm in recent months, the firm has expanded its Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate practice group.  Earlier this year, Sheehey merged with the firm Melendy Moritz in Woodstock, Vermont.  With that merger, Mark Melendy and Daphne Moritz joined the firm and the firm added an office in Woodstock.  In addition, Leigh Phillips has recently joined the firm.  David Austin, the firm’s managing attorney, said in a statement that “the addition of Mark Melendy, Daphne Moritz and Leigh Phillips brings great depth and experience to our estate planning practice and to the firm’s services for its business clients.”

Mark’s practice focuses largely on estate planning, business succession planning, estate administration and tax planning. Mark has over thirty years of experience, beginning with work for large international law firms in New York City and Boston.  Following his relocation to Vermont, Mark was a principal at Kristensen, Cummings, Phillips, Carroll, and Melendy, P.C. in Brattleboro, Vermont and subsequently Whittington, Melendy & Girdwood, P.C. in Hanover, NH and Woodstock, Vermont.  Mark then formed his own firm in 2003.  Mark holds a law degree from Fordham School of Law and an LLM (Tax) degree from Boston University School of Law.  He also holds an MBA from the University of New Hampshire.

Leigh works with small businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals in the areas of corporate and commercial law and estate planning and administration. Leigh was admitted to practice in Vermont in 1977, and prior to joining Sheehey, she practiced as a solo practitioner in Burlington. In addition to her legal practice, Leigh has served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations, including current roles on the boards of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and the Burlington Country Club.  Leigh received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law in 1976.

Daphne’s practice focuses on estate planning, elder law, special needs planning, estate administration, and small business start up and succession. Daphne was admitted to practice in Vermont in 1990 and in New Hampshire in 1991, and has a diverse background in private and public practice. She spent many years in the family court as a child support attorney, and served as an acting magistrate. In 2004, Daphne became executive director of the Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council, an innovative nonprofit organization that provides early childhood educators professional development opportunities.  Daphne received her law degree and Masters in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in 1990.

Super Lawyers Recognizes Six Sheehey Attorneys

Sheehey is proud to announce that six of its attorneys were named this month by Super Lawyers as among the best lawyers in New England.  The Super Lawyers list is generated through peer nominations, independent research, and peer evaluations. Each year, only 5% of attorneys are selected as Super Lawyers.  The following firm attorneys appear on this year’s list:

R. Jeffrey BehmJeffrey Behm was recognized for his expertise in the field of business litigation.  Jeff has appeared on the Super Lawyers list since 2007, and last year he was named as one of the Top 100 attorneys in the region.  Jeff has practiced at the firm since 1990, and he has tried more than one hundred cases to jury verdict over the course of his career.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and he is recognized by many publications as a leader in commercial litigation in Vermont.

michael-g-furlongMichael Furlong was listed in the filed of business and corporate law.  Michael has been recognized by Super Lawyers as among the best attorneys in New England since 2007.  Michael has practiced at the firm since 1983, and he provides general representation to a variety of Vermont and regionally-based businesses.  Michael regularly represents both Vermont-based as national lenders in structuring and documenting financing transactions.  He holds an AV rating, the highest rating attainable, from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

james-w-spinkJim Spink was named for his work in the field of alternative dispute resolution.  Jim is a seasoned trial attorney who has tried more than 125 cases to verdict over his 35 years of experience.  He has been recognized by Super Lawyers since 2007.  Although Jim maintains an active litigation practice, his practice is primarily devoted to alternative dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration, and early neutral evaluation.  This year, he was celebrated as this region’s Lawyer of the Year in the area of mediation by Best Lawyers.

arline-p-duffyArline Duffy was recognized as a Rising Star in the field of business and corporate law.  Arline has practiced at Sheehey since 2009, and her practice is largely focused on transactional matters, as well as corporate law, regulatory compliance, and estate planning.  Arline regularly advises clients on the legal issues associated with starting and running a small business.  In addition, Arline represents large and small business, including non-profits, on general matters and regulatory compliance.

Renee L. MobbsRenee Mobbs was named for the second year in a row as a Rising Star for her work in general litigation.  Renee joined the firm in 2016 after working in private practice at another Vermont firm, and her practice is primarily focused on civil litigation.  She represents both individuals and businesses, as well as representing and advising financial and health care clients.  In addition to her litigation practice, Renee assists the firm in its robust regulatory practice, representing some of Vermont’s largest utilities.

Kevin-newKevin Lumpkin was recognized as a Rising Star for his work in civil litigation.  Kevin was first named as a Rising Star in 2015.  Kevin joined the firm in 2013, and primarily practices in the area of civil litigation.  Earlier this year, Kevin secured a victory in the Vermont Supreme Court for a small business when the Court upheld the trial court’s dismissal for discovery violations.  Kevin received the 2016 Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award from the Vermont Bar Association for his work with a pro bono clinic in the Chittenden Superior Court.