Sheehey Voted Best Corporate Law Firm

Sheehey is proud to announce its fourth year in a row as recipient of Vermont Business Magazine’s Best of Business Award for Best Corporate Law Firm. The awards celebrate both regional and statewide companies in over 100 business categories, with over 68,000 votes cast. Per VermontBiz, the awards “speak to the stand-out businesses in Vermont: the ones that offer the best customer service, that are willing to go above and beyond.” Sheehey is honored to be a recipient of such an award, and we wish to extend our thanks to voters.

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Heather Ross Joins Roundtable Discussion on Employment Discrimination, COVID-19

Early this February, Sheehey director Heather Ross participated in a round table discussion hosted by the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce. The panel was comprised of Ross, as well as Kerin Stackpole and Ben Traverse, both directors at their respective firms, and Austin Davis, Government Affairs Manager for the chamber. Among topics tackled by the panel were two bills currently facing the Vermont legislature – H.320 and H.329, both of which deal with employment discrimination policies. Also discussed by the panel was the topic of COVID-19 and its impact both on employers, as well as employees.

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 civil and criminal litigation, including employment disputes.


Eleven Sheehey Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. is proud to announce that eleven attorneys have been recognized by New England Super Lawyers. This is the largest class of Sheehey attorneys to be selected to the Super Lawyers list.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Sheehey Attorneys Listed in the 2021 New England Super Lawyers include:

Justin A. Brown

Ian P. Carleton

Diane M. McCarthy

Heather E. Ross

James W. Spink

Sheehey Attorneys Listed in the 2021 Super Lawyers New England Rising Stars include:

Kevin A. Lumpkin

Walter A. McCarthy

Owen J. McClain

Renee L. Mobbs

Alexandrea L. Nelson

Peter G. Raymond

The Rising Stars list compiled by Super Lawyers serves to recognize top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are under the age of forty or who have been practicing for ten years or less. No more than 2.5% of the lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list.

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. For more information about the business visit


Christina Nolan Joins Burlington Police Chief Search Committee

Firm principal Christina Nolan has been asked to serve on the Search Committee for selecting Burlington’s next Police Chief. After delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the committee has begun its important work reviewing and interviewing candidates for this vital city department head. As a former U.S. Attorney for the state of Vermont, Attorney Nolan brings a unique and valuable perspective to this search. Learn more about this process here.

Justin Brown Recognized by Vermont Business Magazine in Rising Stars Class of 2021

Sheehey is pleased to announce that Justin A. Brown, a principal of the firm, has been recognized as a 2021 Rising Star by Vermont Business Magazine (“VBM”). Recipients were selected from more than 130 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 an event later this year.

This is a well-deserved honor for Justin given his achievements in the workplace and the community.  At Sheehey, Justin primarily represents businesses in complex civil litigation, defense of hospitals and health care providers in medical malpractice litigation, and plaintiffs in personal injury litigation.  Justin has been recognized by Super Lawyers—a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement—as one of New England’s Rising Stars in business litigation.  In his community, Justin serves on the board of Green Up Vermont, the board of the Young Lawyers Division of the Vermont Bar Association, and as a Lieutenant and Judge Advocate General with the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard.

Congratulations to Justin and all of the 2021 Rising Stars!

Arline Duffy Elected Vice President of the Board of Mercy Connection, Inc.

Firm principal Arline Duffy has been named VP of the Board of Mercy Connections, Inc., a local non-profit dedicated to raising community resilience and lifting lives. Arline explains,  “I believe the services that Mercy Connections delivers, led by a dedicated and caring staff, provide powerful, life-changing opportunities to members of our community. It is such a pleasure to see staff find so much joy in the success of their students and program participants and I am truly grateful to be able to help the mission of this amazing organization.” Learn more about Mercy Connections here.

Renee Mobbs Elected President of the Vermont Bar Foundation

Firm Principal Renee Mobbs has been named President-Elect of the Vermont Bar Foundation Board of Directors assuming the role of President in 2022. The Vermont Bar Foundation is the leading private funding source for dozens of programs designed to increase access to justice for low-income Vermonters.

Sheehey Paralegal Elected Secretary of the Vermont Paralegal Organization

Sheehey Paralegal Donna Sims was nominated and elected to the Board of Directors of the Vermont Paralegal Organization (VPO) serving as the Secretary. Donna has been with the firm for over five years and is a member of Sheehey’s litigation group. The VPO is a statewide, volunteer-led organization dedicated to providing education and promoting paralegal professionalism and leadership.

Jim Spink’s Mediation Practice Surpasses 200 Online Mediations

Since mid-March 2020, Sheehey firm principal Jim Spink has held over 200 online mediations. When in person meetings were no longer an option last year, Jim moved his practice online, continuing to offer a way to resolve disputes and lawsuits with Zoom mediation sessions. In the past few months Jim has begun offering in person mediations again, however he is pleased to continue to offer online mediation. Jim remarked on the occasion “I’m pleased to have assisted with over 200 matters through online mediation. It has enhanced the way we conduct dispute resolution and has made our practice more adaptable and online tools have made the transition seamless and even preferable in many cases.” Learn more about Jim’s mediation practice here.

Justin A. Brown Commissioned as Officer in U.S. Air Force, Judge Advocate General (JAG)

Firm principal Justin A. Brown was recently commissioned into the Vermont Air National Guard (ANG) as a Lieutenant and the newest Judge Advocate General (JAG) for the 158th Fighter Wing based in Vermont. Justin will serve as a part time JAG at the base in South Burlington. He will continue to practice law full time at Sheehey.

The Oath of Military Officer was performed by Commander Colonel Shevchik, Jr. and witnessed by Major General Knight, the Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard. Technical Sargent Darnell-Martin stated the following after the swearing-in ceremony: “I’d like to congratulate Justin Brown on his commissioning today into the Vermont Air National Guard as our newest Judge Advocate. The process from civilian to officer is not an easy one but when you are this qualified and bring this level of experience like Justin it’s worth the effort.”

Photo Credit TSgt Darnell-Martin