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.”

Sheehey Welcomes Nathaniel Eisen to the Firm

Sheehey Furlong & Behm is pleased to announce that Nathaniel D. Eisen has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

Nathaniel earned a B.A. from Stanford, a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard, and a J.D. from New York University. Prior to joining the firm, Nathaniel gained experience as a Legal Fellow at the Center for International Environmental Law and a Law Clerk with the Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court.

During his time in law school, Nathaniel served as an Online Editor for the NYU Law Review and was a member of the International Law Society and the Global Justice Clinic. He received the Howard Greenberger Award for Work in Comparative Law and graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif.

Nathaniel studied natural resources management in multiple countries during his graduate studies. He has further background in the intersection of international trade and environmental issues, including trade in recyclable materials and regulation of environmental characteristics of imports.

David Austin, Managing Director says, “Nathaniel joins with an impressive academic record and unique and valuable work experience. We greatly look forward to his contributions to the firm in support of our clients, specifically in the areas of general litigation and land use and development.”

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Kevin Lumpkin Featured in Vermont Bar Journal

Firm Principal Kevin Lumpkin was recently featured in the Vermont Bar Journal’s new segment, Choosing Vermont. The piece focuses on the personal stories of Vermont lawyers, in particular “what it is that brought some of us to this place and why it is the only place many of us would consider living and working.” In the piece, Kevin discusses why he chose to come to – and remain in – Vermont as a non-native of the state, and his experiences working within the Vermont bar. Kevin is a Vermont Bar Association board member and the current president of its Young Lawyers Division.

To view Kevin’s piece and learn more about lawyers who’ve chosen Vermont, access the Summer 2022 edition of the Vermont Bar Journal here.