Kevin Lumpkin Featured in Bar Journal Article Highlighting Pro Bono Work

Kevin-newSheehey attorney Kevin Lumpkin was featured in the Fall 2016 edition of the Vermont Bar Journal in an interview highlighting Kevin’s work with the Chittenden Superior Court pro bono clinic.  Earlier this year, Kevin received the 2016 Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award from the Vermont Bar Association for his work through the clinic.

In the article, Kevin discusses the importance of attorneys providing pro bono service to clients who cannot afford attorneys; he also recognizes the legacy of other attorneys doing pro bono work including the work of Sheehey partner Ian Carleton in his representation of John Grega.

Kevin is an associate in the firm’s litigation group, and he practices in both state and federal court.

Justin A. Brown Joins Growing Litigation Team

justinSheehey is pleased to announce that Justin A. Brown has recently joined the firm as an associate in the firm’s litigation group.  Justin is a 2009 graduate of Vermont Law School, and he completed a clerkship with Judge Peter W. Hall on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Justin has five years of experience in litigation at the Boston office of the global law firm DLA Piper LLP (US).

Justin has represented clients in complex business disputes, health care fraud, and land-use litigation.  Justin’s practice at Sheehey focuses on complex civil litigation, white collar and felony criminal defense, and internal investigations.

Jim Spink Named Lawyer Of The Year For Mediation Practice

james-w-spinkJim Spink, a partner and shareholder at the firm, has been recognized by Best Lawyers as “Lawyer of the Year” in the practice area of mediation in the Burlington, Vermont region.  Jim is recognized by Best Lawyers in a variety of practice areas, including mediation, arbitration, and personal injury litigation.  Jim will be featured in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Jim regularly conducts mediations and arbitrations in civil disputes all over Vermont.  To schedule a mediation or arbitration, please check Jim’s up-to-date calendar for available dates and contact the firm with any questions.

Daphne Moritz Will Present CLE On Guardianships

DaphneSheehey attorney Daphne Moritz will give a presentation on legal ethics as they relate to guardianships at a CLE on September 21, 2016 entitled “Guardianships from Start to Finish.” The CLE will be held at the Best Western Inn and Conference Center in South Burlington, Vermont and will offer 6 hours of credit, including 1 hour of ethics credit. It will be sponsored by the National Business Institute. More details and registration information are available here.

Daphne joined Sheehey earlier this year and she is of counsel to the firm. She primarily practices in the areas of Estates and Trusts and Elder Law, and she is president elect of the Vermont Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). She is also a member of the Thompson Senior Center Board in Woodstock. Daphne practices primarily out of the firm’s Woodstock office.

Mark Melendy To Teach CLE On Vermont Trust Code

Mark E. MelendyOn October 7, 2016, Sheehey attorney Mark E. Melendy will lead a discussion entitled “Vermont Trust Code 101” at the 7th Annual Elder Law Summit at Vermont Law School in South Royalton. The event is sponsored by the Vermont Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and it will offer 3 hours of continuing legal education to Vermont attorneys. The event will be held from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, and those interested in attending can register via this form.

Mark was a member of the Vermont Bar committee which drafted the Vermont Trust Code and has over thirty years of practice as a lawyer beginning with work for large international law firms in New York City and Boston. Following his relocation to Vermont in 1992, he was a principal at firms in Brattleboro, Vermont and subsequently in Hanover, NH and Woodstock, Vermont, until this year when he became a shareholder of Sheehey.  His practice focuses largely on estate planning, business succession planning, estate administration and tax planning and he works out of both the Burlington and Woodstock offices.

Daphne Moritz To Present Thompson Center Speaking Series

DaphneSheehey attorney Daphne Moritz will present a three-part speaking series entitled “Spring Clean Your Legal Affairs” at The Thompson Center, a senior living community in Woodstock, beginning on April 19th.  She presented a similar series at The Thompson Center in 2015.  The series will cover a broad range of topics, with individual sessions as follows:

  • April 19, 2016:  Your Top Five Essential Estate Planning Documents
  • May 10, 2016:  Long Term Care Planning and Aging Well (Including Residence Options)
  • May 17, 2016:  Advanced Directives and Legacy Letters.

All sessions will begin at 1:00 PM and are open to the public.

Daphne practices out of Sheehey’s Woodstock office, and her practice focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, elder law, guardianship, and related matters.

Attorney Kevin Lumpkin Receives Pro Bono Award

Kevin-newOn April 1, 2016, Sheehey attorney Kevin Lumpkin received the 2016 Vermont Bar Association Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award as part of the VBA’s annual mid-year meeting at the Burlington Hilton.  Kevin was recognized for his frequent participation over the previous year in a pro bono clinic sponsored by the civil division of the Chittenden Superior Court, representing individuals who cannot afford attorneys.

Kevin joined the firm in 2013 and he is an associate attorney in the litigation group.  He regularly represents businesses and individuals in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels.

Sheehey Assists GMP in Obtaining PSB Approval of Rate Filing

Attorneys Peter Zamore and Debra Bouffard represented Green Mountain Power in a request for Public Service Board approval to combine the commercial and industrial rates for the formerly separate GMP and CVPS service territories.  The proposal was filed on May 4, 2015 and was approved by the Board on March 24, 2016.  Mr. Zamore and Ms. Bouffard practice in the firm’s energy group along with Craig NolanOwen McClain, and Renee Mobbs.

Sheehey Adds Two New Attorneys

Sheehey is pleased to announce the addition of two new attorneys to the firm. Mark E. Melendy and Daphne Moritz joined the firm earlier this month. Since 2009, Mark and Daphne have been partners at Melendy Moritz PLLC, a boutique law firm focusing on estate planning and based in the Upper Valley. To better serve the firm’s clients in the Upper Valley, Sheehey will now have an office in Woodstock, Vermont.

Mark2015Mark’s practice will focus primarily on complex estate planning as well as business succession planning and trust administration, working out of both the Burlington and Woodstock offices. Mark holds a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law, an M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and an L.L.M. in tax from the Boston University School of law. He holds an AV (Preeminent/Very High Ethical Standards) Martindale-Hubbell peer-review rating.

Daphne2015Daphne will focus on estate planning and elder law as well as real estate and work with non-profit organizations, working primarily out of Sheehey’s Woodstock office. Daphne is the incoming chair of the Vermont Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a board member at the Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock, Vermont. She holds both a J.D. and Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.

Martha Forgione has also joined the firm as a paralegal working out of the Woodstock office.

Craig Nolan and Kevin Lumpkin Win Supreme Court Case Upholding Dismissal For Discovery Violations

csnkalAttorneys Craig Nolan and Kevin Lumpkin recently secured a victory in the Vermont Supreme Court in SynEcology Partners L3C v. Business RunTime, et al., successfully arguing that the Court should affirm the trial court’s decision to dismiss the case for discovery violations.

In the trial court, SynEcology Partners failed to comply with the trial court’s discovery orders. Sheehey successfully moved the court for dismissal and also obtained a judgment for attorneys’ fees. In an opinion issued on March 4, 2016, the Vermont Supreme Court unanimously upheld the trial court’s ruling, holding that it acted within its authority to dismiss the case.

Kevin Lumpkin argued the case before the Court.