Mark Melendy Attends 52nd Annual Heckerling Institute of Estate Planning

Mark Melendy, Sheehey Furlong & Behm Estate Planning Department Chair, is attending the 52nd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning held in Orlando, Florida from January 22 – 26, 2018.

The Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning is the leading and largest conference for estate planning professionals in the United States and provides unparalleled educational and professional development opportunities for estate planners. The program covers topics of timely interest and practical guidance to plan effectively in the current uncertain and unpredictable legal and economic environment. Leading national estate planning experts will explore today’s most important tax and non‑tax planning issues, including the planning implications of recently enacted and anticipated legislation.

Sheehey Announces Three New Principals and Directors of the Firm

The firm is pleased to announce that Kevin A. Lumpkin, Owen J. McClain and Heather E. Ross have become Principals and Directors of the firm effective January 1, 2018.

Kevin Lumpkin joined the firm in November 2013. Kevin’s practice is focused primarily on civil litigation, serving both businesses and individuals.  Prior to joining Sheehey, Kevin served as a law clerk for the Vermont Superior Courts in Bennington, Addison, and Chittenden Counties.  In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Super Lawyers magazine named Kevin to its list of Rising Stars in New England.  Additionally, Kevin received the Vermont Bar Association’s Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award in 2016 for his work providing indigent litigants with legal representation.  He serves on the board of the Young Lawyers Division of the Vermont Bar Association.  Kevin is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School.

Owen McClain joined the firm in September 2014. Owen practices both civil and administrative litigation. He provides counsel regarding construction contracts, energy projects, utility tariffs, transmission and distribution issues, and a variety of other matters affecting some of Vermont’s largest contractors, developers and regulated utilities. Prior to joining the firm, Owen served as a law clerk in Vermont Superior Court. Owen graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School.

Heather Ross joined the firm in December 2016 after fourteen years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont. She has extensive experience in complex civil and criminal litigation, as well as investigations. During her time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she prosecuted a variety of fraud cases, multi-state drug trafficking cases, and human trafficking cases. She began her career clerking for the Honorable William K. Sessions III, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Vermont and spent six years in civil practice before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Heather currently serves on the Boards of KidSafe Collaborative, the Federal Bar Association, Vermont Chapter, and the Chittenden County Bar Association.

 

 

Owen McClain Sleeps Out For Charity With Vermont Gas Systems

On Saturday, December 2nd, Sheehey attorney Owen McClain joined a team of fundraisers from Vermont Gas Systems to sleep out by the Otter Creek Falls in Middlebury to raise money and awareness for homelessness. Together, they raised over $13,000 to benefit John Graham Housing & Services, an Addison County non-profit organization dedicated to providing food, shelter, and housing to the homeless. The low temperature on Saturday night was 28° Fahrenheit.

This is the second consecutive year that Owen has participated in the sleep-out with a team from Vermont Gas. This year, Vermont Gas was recognized as the “Top Team” for the fundraiser and Owen was recognized as the “Top Fundraiser.”

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