Heather Ross Participates in Panel on Navigating Workplace Tensions in These Tumultuous Times

Sheehey director Heather Ross recently joined two other local employment attorneys to discuss challenges for employers in maintaining a safe workplace amid mounting employee tensions arising from COVID-19 fatigue and the upcoming political election.  Sponsored by the Lake Champlain Chamber, the panel discussed topics such as OSHA requirements, what constitutes protected speech in the workplace, anti-discrimination laws, and employers’ responsibilities under the National Labor Relations Act, in reflecting on how employers can work with employees to ensure a safe and positive workplace.

The presentation is available to re-watch at this link. The panel will regroup every few months to discuss various employment related topics as requested by employers.

Heather is a director and shareholder at the firm and her practice focuses on complex litigation, including employment disputes.

Four Sheehey Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®

The Firm is pleased to announce that Diane M. McCarthy, James W. Spink, Lewis K. Sussman and Alexandrea L. Nelson have all been recognized by Best Lawyers and will be listed in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Diane M. McCarthy is recognized for her work in banking and finance, corporate, and real estate law. James W. Spink is recognized for his work in arbitration, mediation, personal injury litigation – defendants, and personal injury litigation – plaintiffs.  Lewis K. Sussman is recognized for his work in real estate law.

Additionally, James W. Spink was named 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” for Mediation by Best Lawyers.  Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer review assessments.

Alexandrea L. Nelson has been included in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers: One to Watch for her work in commercial litigation, criminal defense: general practice, and criminal defense: white-collar.  This is a new category for Best Lawyers and recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

Best Lawyers was founded in 1981 with the purpose of highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession. After three decades, we are proud to continue to serve as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals worldwide,” says CEO Phillip Greer.

Kevin A. Lumpkin Recognized by VBM as a 2020 Rising Star

The Firm is pleased to announce that Partner Kevin A. Lumpkin has been recognized as a 2020 Rising Star by Vermont Business Magazine.   Recipients were selected from more than 190 nominations based on their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities.  VBM has been recognizing 40 individuals under the age of 40 each year since 2010.  This year’s rising stars will be honored at a virtual event later this year.

This is a well-deserved honor for Kevin who is active on several non-profit and governmental boards including Vermont Works for Women, Winooski Development Review Board, Vermont Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Board, and the Laura Kate Winterbottom Memorial Fund.  Additionally in 2016, Kevin received the Vermont Bar Association’s Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award for his work representing indigent tenants facing eviction in the Chittenden Superior Court.  For every year since 2015, Super Lawyers magazine has named Kevin to its list of New England Rising Stars.

Kevin joined the firm in 2013.  His practice is focused primarily on civil litigation, serving both business and individuals.

Congratulations to Kevin and all of the 2020 Rising Stars!