Walter A. McCarthy and Alexandrea L. Nelson elected Directors of Sheehey

Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. is pleased to announce that attorneys Walter A. McCarthy and Alexandrea L. Nelson were elected Directors of the firm as of July 1, 2022. “Walter and Alex are both highly talented lawyers who enhance the firm’s ability to serve our clients with excellence, insight and integrity. We feel fortunate to have them join in the ownership and leadership of the firm,” said Managing Director David Austin.
Walter McCarthy joined the firm as an associate in August 2016. Walter’s practice focuses on assisting our business clients with all aspects of their operations, including transactional and corporate matters. He also works with clients in matters involving commercial real estate, banking, finance and estate administration. Prior to joining Sheehey, Walter worked for GE Ventures and the Office of the New York State Attorney General: Real Property Bureau. Walter graduated with honors from Albany Law School.

Alex Nelson joined the firm as an associate in September 2018. Alex focuses her practice on civil and criminal litigation. She has defended clients in matters alleging consumer fraud, medical malpractice, and breach of contract. She has also defended clients in federal court in complex conspiracy investigations involving allegations of homicide and charges of white-collar conduct. Prior to joining the firm, Alex served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Peter W. Hall in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Judge Dee V. Benson and Magistrate Judge Paul M. Warner in the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Alex graduated first in her class and Order of Coif, from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

About Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C.
With a unique blend of expertise, actionable insight, and unwavering dedication, Sheehey offers legal advice, guidance and support that provides clients with timely and cost-effective solutions. With deep experience in a variety of practice areas, from large transactions to complex litigation, land use planning, sophisticated estate and tax planning, regulatory compliance, and more, Sheehey possesses a singular focus on helping you achieve your legal goals. Learn more at



Mark Melendy Presents at Vermont Bar Association CLE

Firm principal Mark Melendy will be presenting on Recent US Case Law and its Potential Impact on the Vermont Trust Code at the Vermont Bar Association Probation and Trust Section CLE on June 22nd, from 1:00-2:15 P.M.

This CLE event runs from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Wednesday as a webinar format, with other speakers including Mathew Getty, Juliana Hoyt, and Andrew Kestner.

You can learn more about the event, including topics of presentation and how to register, here.

Justin Brown Graduates Vermont Leadership Institute

Sheehey Furlong & Behm is pleased to congratulate firm partner Justin Brown on his recent graduation from the Vermont Leadership Institute. The Vermont Leadership Institute (VLI) was created by the Snelling Center for Government in 1985. Its goal was to encourage citizen’s enthusiasm and participation in public service. The Institute provides participants with the information, tools, and inspiration that enable them to make even greater contributions to their organizations, communities, and to Vermont itself.

The VLI is an intensive program which consists of eight overnight sessions and nineteen seminar days between the months of September and June. The sessions are each held in a different region of the state, conveying a sense of the rich historic, geographic, and cultural diversity of Vermont.

The VLI graduation occurred on June 4th of this year. Please join us in congratulating Justin and all of the 2022 Vermont Leadership Institute graduates.

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.

Click here to read more about our corporate law practice.

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.