Kevin Lumpkin and Justin Brown Win Supreme Court Case Protecting Victim’s Right To Receive Criminal Restitution

Sheehey attorneys Kevin Lumpkin and Justin Brown recently won a victory in the Vermont Supreme Court in State v. Blake, successfully arguing in both the trial court and the Supreme Court on appeal that a release executed in favor of a crime victim in a civil case does not bar a criminal court from ordering a defendant to pay the victim restitution.

Mr. Lumpkin argued and won the case in the trial court on behalf of the victim and authored the Supreme Court brief, and Mr. Brown argued the case as amicus curiae before the Supreme Court.

To read the decision, click here.

Sheehey has 3 attorneys named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America® list

Sheehey Furlong & Behm is pleased to announce that R. Jeff Behm, Michael G. Furlong and James W. Spink have been named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America® list.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”  Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

R. Jeff Behm has been recognized by Best Lawyers™ for his work in Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: General Practice and Criminal Defense: White Collar. Jeffrey Behm is a principal in the firm and focuses on litigation. He joined the firm in 1990 after serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington D.C. and Vermont and as a trial attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition.

Michael G. Furlong has been recognized by Best Lawyers™ for his work in Mergers and Acquisitions Law.  Michael Furlong joined the firm in 1983 and is a principal of the firm. Mr. Furlong focuses on business and transactional matters. He provides general representation to a variety of Vermont-based and regional business enterprises. His clients include financial institutions, health care providers, real estate development firms and technology ventures. He represents and advises clients in connection with business organization, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, the purchase, sale, development and leasing of commercial real estate, and other business-related matters.

James W. Spink has been recognized by Best Lawyers™ for his work in Arbitration, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs.  James W. Spink joined the firm in 2011 and is a principal of the firm.  Mr. Spink is a seasoned trial lawyer with 35 years of experience and has tried in excess of 125 cases to verdict. His areas of focus include chemical exposure and complex tort claims, transportation cases and catastrophic personal injury claims.  Although he maintains an active litigation practice, Mr. Spink’s current professional activity is devoted to mediations and arbitrations. He has performed approximately 2500 mediations, early neutral evaluations, and evidentiary hearings at arbitration over the years, both as a sole arbitrator and, typically, as the third or “neutral” arbitrator in a three-member panel.

Sheehey hires a new paralegal

Katie Beneke has joined the firm as of August 2017, as a litigation paralegal.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont in 2009 and her Paralegal Certification from Champlain College in 2012. She began her career as a staff assistant at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C. in Burlington, Vermont before becoming a legal assistant then paralegal in the Real Estate department. In 2014, Ms. Beneke shifted her area of concentration to Family Law, where she worked as a paralegal at a top law firm in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.