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.

Sheehey Is Hiring A Summer Associate For 2018

Banking & Financial ServicesSheehey Furlong & Behm, P.C. seeks to hire a second-year law student as a summer associate for 2018.  Candidates should have strong research and writing skills and be interested in obtaining a breadth of experience in the firm’s litigation, transactional and regulatory practice areas.  To apply, send your résumé, letter of interest, law school transcript, and a writing sample to hiring@sheeheyvt.com with Summer Associate in the subject line.  For best consideration, application materials should be received no later than September 1, 2017.

Debra Bouffard plays key role in Fairpoint acquisition

Attorney Debra L. Bouffard served as counsel to Consolidated Communications, Holdings, Inc. in petitioning for regulatory approval from the Vermont Public Utility Commission (“VT PUC”) to acquire control of FairPoint Communications, Inc., including its Vermont subsidiaries. The VT PUC approved the merger, and Consolidated completed the FairPoint acquisition on July 3, 2017.

Mediation Milestone

Partner James Spink recently completed 1,000 mediations since joining the firm in January, 2011. Mr. Spink is one of Vermont’s leading and most experienced mediators having now surpassed a total of 3,000 mediations during his career. Congratulations to James.  To make a mediation appointment with Mr. Spink, visit his page.

Heather E. Ross Joins Sheehey Furlong & Behm

Sheehey Furlong & Behm welcomes Heather Ross. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Ross spent many years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont as a federal prosecutor and defending the United States in employment, medical malpractice and administrative actions. Ms. Ross has prosecuted numerous complex fraud cases, multi-state drug trafficking cases, and human trafficking cases.  Before she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Ross practiced at another prestigious Vermont law firm where she focused on employment and labor law.  Ms. Ross has regularly lectured on employment law and human trafficking issues.  She is a 1995 graduate of William and Mary Law School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1991.  Following law school, Ms. Ross served as a judicial law clerk to United States District Court Judge William K. Sessions III.  Ms. Ross will focus her practice on investigations and general litigation, including employment litigation and white collar criminal defense.

Jeff W. Lively joins Sheehey Furlong & Behm

Sheehey Furlong & Behm is pleased to announce that Jeff Lively has joined the firm.   Jeff brings extensive experience in both the public and the private sectors.  Most recently, he was General Counsel to the Department of Buildings & General Services, State of Vermont.  As BGS General Counsel, Jeff was responsible for providing general legal services for a department whose primary responsibilities included: procurement of all state commodities; securing lease space; designing, constructing, and maintaining state buildings; managing the state’s risk; and the purchase and sale of the state’s real property.  Before his public sector work, Jeff had a small practice in Stowe where he worked with and advised clients on business organizational matters, as well as contract, employment, financing, land use and real estate matters. Jeff has also worked with many nonprofit organizations, providing advice on formation, obtaining federal tax exempt status and on-going governance issues.

Jeff received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in ‘91, where he studied Political Science and Economics and received his J.D. from the Sturm College of Law, University of Denver in ’95 where he focused on environmental and natural resource law and wrote for the Water Law Journal.

Jeff lives in Waterbury Center with his wife Becky and two children Sam and Sage.

Renee Mobbs Becomes a Principal and Director of the Firm

Renee L. MobbsThe firm is pleased to announce that Renee L. Mobbs has become a shareholder and director of the firm. Renee joined the firm Of Counsel in January 2016. Her practice focuses on civil and probate litigation, banking/financial services, and health care law. She also works with the firm’s energy and commercial transactions groups. In both 2015 and 2016, Renee was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as one of New England’s Rising Stars in litigation.

Renee joined the firm Of Counsel in January 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Renee was a partner at another Vermont law firm, where her practice focused on civil and probate litigation. She also represented the firm’s banking and healthcare clients.

Renee attended St. Michael’s College, where she studied English. She graduated summa cum laude and Valedictorian of the Class of 2005. Renee then worked for a prominent local law firm for a year before enrolling at Vermont Law School. She graduated cum laude and received a Juris Doctor degree as well as a Certificate in General Practice from VLS in May 2009.

Walter A. McCarthy Joins The Firm As An Associate Attorney

walterthumbSheehey is happy to welcome Walter A. McCarthy as a new associate attorney.  Walt joined the firm earlier this year, and he practices primarily with the firm’s transactional team, working on real estate, corporate, and banking matters.  Walt is a 2016 graduate of Albany Law School, and has prior experience working for GE Ventures, American National, and the Real Property Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General.

Peter G. Raymond Joins The Firm’s Energy Group

peter-g-raymondThe firm is pleased to announce the addition of Peter G. Raymond as an associate attorney.  A 2014 graduate of Cornell Law School, Peter spent two years clerking for the Vermont Superior Court prior to joining the firm.  He spent his first year clerking for all dockets in Windham County, and later moved to the Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court.  Peter’s practice at Sheehey will primarily focused on assisting the firm’s growing energy group.

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