Archives for January 2023

Devin T. McKnight Elected Director of Sheehey

Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. is pleased to announce that attorney Devin McKnight has been elected as a Principal and Director of the firm effective January 1, 2023.  Devin first joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2019, with a practice focused primarily on criminal and civil litigation.  He has defended clients in matters involving trade secret appropriation, violation of employee non-competes, medical malpractice, and breach of contract.  He has also defended clients in federal criminal court in complex conspiracy investigations involving drug sales and fraud.

McKnight graduated with honors from the George Washington University Law School in 2013.  Upon graduating he completed a two-year clerkship with Vermont Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Skoglund, followed by a two-year clerkship with Magistrate Judge John Conroy in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont.  McKnight is also a graduate of the Lake Champlain Chamber’s Leadership Program, and was selected to the New England Super Lawyers list in 2022 as a Rising Star.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Devin to the Sheehey partnership,” states Sheehey’s Managing Partner, Ian Carleton.  “He has exactly the kind of creativity, tenacity, judgment, attention to detail, and most of all moral compass that we look for in new partners.  In some respects, he was qualified to join the partnership from day one.”

Sheehey Announces New Managing Partner

Attorney Ian Carleton has been elected as managing director of Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C., replacing David Austin who retired from the practice of law at the end of last year. Austin served as managing director for the past eight years.

Commenting on his retirement, Austin noted, “Like many people, I retire with mixed feelings. I am excited to begin a new chapter in my life. I will also miss working with the smart and committed group of people at Sheehey.”

Carleton joined the firm in February 2003, has been a director and shareholder since 2004, and has served as the firm’s Director of Litigation for the past five years. A graduate of Columbia University (’93) and Yale Law School (’99), Carleton litigates in state and federal courts in Vermont and around the country. He serves on the Vermont Commission on the Well-Being of the Legal Profession, received the Pro Bono Service Award from the Vermont Bar Association in 2019, and has been selected to the New England Super Lawyers list numerous times.

“Sheehey is a creative, flexible, energetic, and fun place to practice law,” Carleton says. “I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to this firm and my wonderful colleagues for the many years of mentoring, support and friendship I have enjoyed with them. As I approach my 20th anniversary at Sheehey, I am excited, honored and more than a little humbled to step into the role of firm manager. I have big shoes to fill with David’s departure.”