Sheehey Sponsors Comedy Night for Recovery

Sheehey Furlong & Behm is proud to sponsor the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County’s 2nd annual Comedy Night for Recovery & Silent Auction.  This year’s event will take place Thursday, June 14th at Main Street Landing’s Black Box Theater located at 60 Lake Street in Burlington, showtime is 7:00 pm.

The Turning Point Center of Chittenden County provides a safe and drug-free space for those on the path to recovery.

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Sheehey Furlong and Behm Pitches for a Purpose with Lund

On May 12, 2018, Sheehey fielded a team for Lund’s first annual Pitchin’ for a Purpose Cornhole tournament at the Burlington International Airport.  The team included Sheehey attorneys Debra Bouffard and Kevin Lumpkin, as well as Jamie Martell, operations manager, Amanda Schrader, legal administrative assistant and Donna Sims, paralegal.  The firm was a bronze sponsor of the event.

In total, more than 60 teams and 200 players competed over the course of the day, and Lund raised over $85,000 dollars to support its mission of helping children to thrive and breaking cycles of poverty, addiction, and abuse.

Mark Melendy to Speak at NH & VT Council of Charitable Gift Planner’s Conference and Annual Meeting

Sheehey attorney Mark Melendy will lead a breakout session entitled “Estate Planning and Charitable Giving  After the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” at the NH & VT Council of Charitable Gift Planner’s conference and annual meeting on June 21st at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont.

The New Hampshire & Vermont Council of Charitable Gift Planners provides professional development and networking opportunities to nonprofit professionals and professional advisors across New Hampshire and Vermont. The theme of this year’s conference is Charitable Giving: Present and Future, for more information and to register click here.

Mark is a principal of Sheehey Furlong & Behm and splits his time between the firm’s Burlington and Woodstock, Vermont offices.  He has over 30 years of experience practicing law and focuses largely on corporate law, business succession planning, estates and trusts and tax planning.

Sheehey Welcomes New Paralegal

Sheehey Furlong & Behm is pleased to announce that Lane Waples has joined the firm as a paralegal.

Lane graduated from Boston College in May of 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Prior to joining the firm Lane worked for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. Throughout college Lane spent his summers working as an intern at the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office and as a legal assistant at Bassil & Budreau, a law firm in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lane will work primarily with the firm’s litigation team.

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.”

4 Sheehey Attorneys to Present at Trust and Estate Planning Seminar


4 Sheehey attorneys to present at upcoming Trust and Estate Planning seminar in South Burlington, Vermont on December 4th  and December 5thMark Melendy, Daphne Moritz, Leigh Phillips and Walter McCarthy will each speak at the seminar on a range of trust and estate planning topics including:  fiduciary relationships, revocable trust planning, business succession planning and ethical considerations for estate planning professionals.  The presentation is being provided by the National Business Institute, Inc. and will be hosted at the Holiday Inn, 1068 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT.  For more information about the seminar, including registration details and credit information, please visit the National Business Institute’s website by clicking on the following link  


Sheehey ranked by US News as one of the 2018’s “Best Law Firms” in Burlington VT

Sheehey is proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a 2018 “Best Law Firm” in metro Burlington VT. US News has recognized 9 practice areas within Sheehey for this very prestigious designation. These areas are: (in Metro Tier 1) Arbitration, Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Mediation; (in Metro Tier 2) Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs; (in Metro Tier 3) Mergers & Acquisitions Law.

To be eligible to participate in the “Best Law Firms” submission process, a firm must have at least one attorney who has received high enough peer review to be listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers. Firms are eligible in the practice area(s) and metro region(s) in which they have listed lawyers. The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey, the Law Firm Leaders Survey, and Best Lawyers peer review.

3 Sheehey Attorneys named to the 2017 Vermont Rising Stars List.





Arline Duffy, Kevin Lumpkin and Renee L. Mobbs have been selected to the 2017 Vermont Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

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. 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. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information
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