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!

Sheehey Welcomes Matthew Preedom to the Firm

Furlong & Behm is pleased to announce that Matthew Preedom has joined the firm as an associate.

Prior to joining the firm, Matt worked as a litigation paralegal at another Burlington firm while completing Vermont’s Law Office Study Program.  There, he cultivated a wide range of experience in securities litigation, antitrust law, construction disputes, and civil rights violations.

Sheehey partner Ian Carleton commented, “We are thrilled to welcome Matt to our rapidly expanding litigation team. Matt’s experience will help us continue to provide excellent representation to our clients.”

Renee Mobbs Wins Supreme Court Case Involving Commercial Lease Termination

Sheehey attorney Renee Mobbs recently won a victory in the Vermont Supreme Court in Pearl Street Partners v. Backstage, successfully arguing in both the trial court and the Supreme Court on appeal that a landlord has the right to terminate a commercial lease and evict the tenant if the tenant’s insurance coverage does not strictly comply with the requirements of the lease. Both the trial court and the Supreme Court agreed with Attorney Mobbs’ argument that insurance coverage is an important component of commercial leases, and that the tenant’s failure to obtain the necessary insurance constitutes a material breach, tantamount to playing financial Russian roulette. The courts declined to entertain the tenant’s equitable arguments, and instead enforced the terms of the parties’ lease according to its terms.

To read the decision, click here.

Vermont’s Coronavirus Relief Fund Explained: Part II

Note that all Sheehey guidance regarding COVID-19 is subject to change, as the legal landscape is evolving rapidly. Please note the date of publication for this bulletin, and be aware that things may have changed since then. Please check our COVID-19 landing page for the most up-to-date posts and contact us with any questions.

This post is the first in a three-part series explaining the Coronavirus Relief Fund (“CRF”), which was recently passed by the Vermont legislature and signed by the Governor.  Part II covers Agriculture and Other Business GrantsRead Part I here.  Note that a business may apply for grants from multiple sources within the CRF but – in most cases – may only receive funding from one program.

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Vermont’s Coronavirus Relief Fund Explained: Part I

Note that all Sheehey guidance regarding COVID-19 is subject to change, as the legal landscape is evolving rapidly. Please note the date of publication for this bulletin, and be aware that things may have changed since then. Please check our COVID-19 landing page for the most up-to-date posts and contact us with any questions.

This post is the first in a three-part series explaining the Coronavirus Relief Fund (“CRF”), which was recently passed by the Vermont legislature and signed by the Governor.  Part I covers Health Care Grants.  Note that a business may apply for grants from multiple sources within the CRF but – in most cases – may only receive funding from one program.

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Vermont’s Economic Recovery Grant Program Explained

Note that all Sheehey guidance regarding COVID-19 is subject to change, as the legal landscape is evolving rapidly. Please note the date of publication for this bulletin, and be aware that things may have changed since then. Please check our COVID-19 landing page for the most up-to-date posts and contact us with any questions.

Governor Phil Scott recently announced that Vermont’s Economic Recovery Grant Program will launch on July 6. This is the first round of multiple grant programs passing through the Vermont legislature and Governor’s office. This first round will be disbursed by the Vermont Department of Taxes and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

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Sheehey Welcomes Two Associate Attorneys to the Firm

Sheehey Furlong & Behm, is pleased to announce that attorneys Daniel J. Mullen and Sarah J. Heim have recently joined the firm.

Dan’s practice focuses on transactional and tax law, as well as design and construction industry matters. Prior to joining the firm, Dan was a corporate officer at Pennoni, an ENR (Engineer News Record Magazine) top-100 consulting engineering firm, serving as the Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary. Dan graduated Order of the Coif from Temple University School of Law in 2014 and was the recipient of the Joseph W. Price Award for Outstanding Achievement in Tax Law. He served as executive editor of the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal. While in law school, Dan worked for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Labor.

Sarah’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, white collar defense and internal investigations. Prior to joining the firm, Sarah was an associate at two Vault 100 law firms in New York City, where she was a member of two trial teams for high-profile insider trading cases in the Southern District of New York. She also assisted in the defense of individuals and corporations in a variety of sensitive and high-profile matters in state and federal courts, regulatory inquiries, and investigations. Sarah graduated cum laude from Cornell Law School in 2013.

David Austin, Managing Director commented, “We are delighted that Dan and Sarah have joined the firm.  Their talent and experience is a valuable addition to both our business and litigation teams and will allow us to continue serving our clients at the highest level possible.”

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 Explained

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (“PPP Flexibility Act”) makes borrower friendly changes to the Paycheck Protection Program created under the CARES Act. All changes listed below apply to existing and new loans unless otherwise indicated. Borrowers should contact their lenders to ensure that these loan modifications are made and that the changes are documented in writing.

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