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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4 Sheehey Attorneys Named to the 2017 Vermont Super Lawyers List

R. Jeff Behm, Ian Carleton, Michael Furlong and James Spink have been selected to the 2017 Vermont Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five 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 multi-phase 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 about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

Sheehey Furlong and Behm, P.C. Fighting Hunger in Vermont

In September, Sheehey Furlong and Behm, P.C. participated in the Vermont Attorney General’s 1st Annual “Lawyers Fighting Hunger” food drive as part of Hunger Action Month in Vermont.  During the two week drive, we raised $5,200 for the Vermont Foodbank and delivered 173 food items to the Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf.

In connection with the Lawyers Fighting Hunger Food Drive, the Attorney General’s Office announced a “friendly competition” to recognize lawyers and law firms who raised the highest totals during the event.  Sheehey was recognized at the Vermont Bar Association’s Annual Meeting on October 13 as the first place winner in the large firm category.  Overall, the Vermont legal community raised over $14,300 and contributed more than 4,400 non-perishable food items delivered to food shelves and meal sites around Vermont.

Sheehey Furlong & Behm Successfully Represent VGS in a Case of First Impression Decided by the Vermont Supreme Court on September 22, 2017

Attorneys R. Jeffrey Behm and Justin A. Brown recently won a victory in the Vermont Supreme Court for Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. in a case of first impression.  At issue was whether the prior public use doctrine prohibited condemnation of a pipeline easement through a public park located in Hinesburg, Vermont.  The Court decided that the prior public use doctrine does not apply to prohibit condemnation of a second public use (here, the pipeline) in property already devoted to a public use when that second use does not materially interfere with the existing public use (here, the use of the public park).

 

To read the decision, click here.

Kevin Lumpkin and Justin Brown Win Supreme Court Case Protecting Victim’s Right To Receive Criminal Restitution

Sheehey attorneys Kevin Lumpkin and Justin Brown recently won a victory in the Vermont Supreme Court in State v. Blake, successfully arguing in both the trial court and the Supreme Court on appeal that a release executed in favor of a crime victim in a civil case does not bar a criminal court from ordering a defendant to pay the victim restitution.

Mr. Lumpkin argued and won the case in the trial court on behalf of the victim and authored the Supreme Court brief, and Mr. Brown argued the case as amicus curiae before the Supreme Court.

To read the decision, click here.

Sheehey has 3 attorneys named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America® list

Sheehey Furlong & Behm is pleased to announce that R. Jeff Behm, Michael G. Furlong and James W. Spink have been named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America® list.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”  Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

R. Jeff Behm has been recognized by Best Lawyers™ for his work in Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: General Practice and Criminal Defense: White Collar. Jeffrey Behm is a principal in the firm and focuses on litigation. He joined the firm in 1990 after serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington D.C. and Vermont and as a trial attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition.

Michael G. Furlong has been recognized by Best Lawyers™ for his work in Mergers and Acquisitions Law.  Michael Furlong joined the firm in 1983 and is a principal of the firm. Mr. Furlong focuses on business and transactional matters. He provides general representation to a variety of Vermont-based and regional business enterprises. His clients include financial institutions, health care providers, real estate development firms and technology ventures. He represents and advises clients in connection with business organization, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, the purchase, sale, development and leasing of commercial real estate, and other business-related matters.

James W. Spink has been recognized by Best Lawyers™ for his work in Arbitration, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs.  James W. Spink joined the firm in 2011 and is a principal of the firm.  Mr. Spink is a seasoned trial lawyer with 35 years of experience and has tried in excess of 125 cases to verdict. His areas of focus include chemical exposure and complex tort claims, transportation cases and catastrophic personal injury claims.  Although he maintains an active litigation practice, Mr. Spink’s current professional activity is devoted to mediations and arbitrations. He has performed approximately 2500 mediations, early neutral evaluations, and evidentiary hearings at arbitration over the years, both as a sole arbitrator and, typically, as the third or “neutral” arbitrator in a three-member panel.

Sheehey hires a new paralegal

Katie Beneke has joined the firm as of August 2017, as a litigation paralegal.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont in 2009 and her Paralegal Certification from Champlain College in 2012. She began her career as a staff assistant at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C. in Burlington, Vermont before becoming a legal assistant then paralegal in the Real Estate department. In 2014, Ms. Beneke shifted her area of concentration to Family Law, where she worked as a paralegal at a top law firm in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.