Sheehey Sponsors Girls on the Run

Sheehey Furlong & Behm is proud to announce the firm’s sponsorship of Girls on the Run Vermont. The non-profit organization is one dedicated to changing the lives of girls in grades 3-8 through their character development program. Their experience-based program curriculum is designed to inspire, “girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident” and instills girls with the necessary skills to navigate their world while laying the foundations for a lifelong appreciation of health and fitness. The program will conclude with a celebratory 5K to be hosted Saturday, June 3rd in Essex Junction. Sheehey’s sponsorship of the program will help provide access to the program for girls who would not have otherwise been able to participate.

You can learn more about Girls on the Run Vermont by visiting their website here.

Sheehey Voted Best Corporate Law Firm

For the fifth year in a row, Sheehey Furlong & Behm has been voted as a recipient of Vermont Business Magazine’s Best of Business Award for Best Corporate Law Firm. The award is part of a program which celebrates the best Vermont businesses in over 100 businesses-to-business categories. Award winners are chosen by VermontBiz readers, with over 80,000 votes cast this year alone. Per VermontBiz, the awards are emblematic of the stand-out businesses in Vermont, “the ones that offer the best customer service, that are willing to go above and beyond and pay attention to detail.”

Award winners will be honored at a celebration at Hula in Burlington on May 18th. Sheehey is honored to have received this award for its fifth year, and would like to extend its thanks to VermontBiz and all who voted. To learn more about the firm’s corporate law practice, click here.



Sheehey Sponsors Green Up Day

Sheehey Furlong & Behm is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 2023 Green up Day, an initiative dedicated to protecting Vermont’s natural environment and beauty. The yearly event encourages Vermonters to participate in cleaning up their local communities, supplying residents with free supplies and encouraging them to participate by picking up litter in their neighborhoods. Green Up Vermont, who puts on the initiative each year, notes that it’s their mission to “promote the stewardship of our state’s natural landscape and waterways, and the livability of our communities.”
You can learn more about Green Up Day by visiting Green Up Vermont’s website, located here.

Sheehey Sponsors Power of Connection

Sheehey Furlong & Behm is proud to announce that the firm is sponsoring the 2023 Power of Connection Event. The annual event is hosted by Mercy Connections, an organization dedicated to empowering those it serves through avenues of education, mentoring, entrepreneurship, and community.

The event will be held on May 2nd, and will be live streamed for virtual attendance. Its focus will be to celebrate the success of those who Mercy Connections serves, and will feature stories of participants strength, progress, and resilience. During the event, Mercy Connections will also honor Scott Boardman, recipient of the 2023 Catherine McAuley Award in acknowledgement of his years of service.

Speaking on the importance of the event, firm partner and Mercy Connections Board Chair Arline Duffy commented, “The programs offered by Mercy Connections are vital to our community, and they truly change lives.  The firm is proud to support the Power of Connection event and the ongoing transformative educational and social justice work happening every day at Mercy Connections.”

You can learn more about Mercy Connections and the work they’re doing in the community by visiting their website. To register for virtual attendance, click here.

Sheehey Sponsors Chamber Dinner

Sheehey Furlong & Behm is proud to announce its continued sponsorship of the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. The 112th Annual Dinner, which will take place on Thursday, April 13th, is a celebration of community. The event “brings together business executives, community leaders, and elected officials” in recognition of both business and leadership achievements. It is hosted by the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, an organization which is dedicated to encouraging prosperity in the Lake Champlain region through its efforts with the region’s community and emerging talent. For more information about the event, you can visit the chamber’s website, located here.

Sheehey Sponsors 2023 LunaFest

Sheehey Furlong & Behm is proud to announce its continued sponsorship of LUNAFEST, a traveling film festival showcasing award-winning films both by, and centered on, women.  LUNAFEST is presented by Vermont Works for Women (VWW).  Kevin Lumpkin, Sheehey partner and VWW board member, commented “Vermont Works for Women is doing tremendous and impactful work to advance gender equity and create a bright future for Vermont’s women and girls.”

LUNAFEST will be held on two separate dates – Friday, March 10 at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, and Friday, April 7 at Main Street Landing in Burlington.  For more information about the festivities and how to buy tickets, visit the Vermont Works For Women website, located here.

Sheehey Sponsors VCWA International Women’s Day Networking Brunch

Sheehey Furlong & Behm is proud to announce its sponsorship of the inaugural International Women’s Day Networking Brunch hosted by the Vermont Council on World Affairs. The brunch, which will be held at the Champlain College Hawke Family Center, celebrates the influential work which women do on both the local and global scale. Its focus this year will be The Importance and Impact of Women at the Forefront of Change. Attendees will hear from Ambassador Adela Raz, Former Permanent Representative and Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Nations and Ambassador from Afghanistan to the United States.

The brunch will be moderated by the Honorable Denise R. Johnson, who was the first woman to be appointed as a justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, and who served on that body for 21 years. The brunch will also serve as an opportunity for attendees to learn about the work the VCWA is doing to connect international visitors with various Vermont businesses and will provide networking opportunities with individuals and organizations dedicated to advancing women’s rights.

Commenting on the event, Sheehey Attorney Colette Schmidt noted, “As a woman in the legal profession, it is such a privilege to attend this impactful event. I am so fortunate to be part of a professional corporation that not only values gender equality, but insists that its members partake in these crucial discussions.”

To learn more about the event and work done by the VCWA, you can visit their website here.

Sheehey Welcomes Matthew Greer to the Firm

Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. is pleased to announce that Attorney Matthew J. Greer has joined the firm as Of Counsel.

Matt’s practice will focus on civil and criminal litigation, particularly at the appellate level. Before joining the firm, Matt clerked for the Honorable Mark R. Hornak on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA and then for the Honorable Peter W. Hall on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Rutland, VT. Following his clerkships Matt practiced for several years at Williams and Connolly in Washington D.C., one of the country’s most highly regarded trial and appellate litigation firms. During his time at W&C, Matt litigated in the United States Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state courts of appeals, as well as in trial courts across the country.

Matt graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of International Law and was a member of the Appellate Advocacy Division of the Barristers’ Council. Matt received his B.S. cum laude from the University of Vermont.

“It is our pleasure to welcome Matt to Sheehey and back to his home state of Vermont,” said Sheehey Managing Partner Ian Carleton. “In just a few short weeks Matt has already demonstrated the exceptional litigation skills and judgment one might expect from an attorney with his high caliber background. His sharp legal mind is a tremendous addition to our litigation group as we vigorously represent our clients in the trial courtroom and beyond.”

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.”