Mark Melendy To Teach CLE On Vermont Trust Code

Mark E. MelendyOn October 7, 2016, Sheehey attorney Mark E. Melendy will lead a discussion entitled “Vermont Trust Code 101” at the 7th Annual Elder Law Summit at Vermont Law School in South Royalton. The event is sponsored by the Vermont Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and it will offer 3 hours of continuing legal education to Vermont attorneys. The event will be held from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, and those interested in attending can register via this form.

Mark was a member of the Vermont Bar committee which drafted the Vermont Trust Code and has over thirty years of practice as a lawyer beginning with work for large international law firms in New York City and Boston. Following his relocation to Vermont in 1992, he was a principal at firms in Brattleboro, Vermont and subsequently in Hanover, NH and Woodstock, Vermont, until this year when he became a shareholder of Sheehey.  His practice focuses largely on estate planning, business succession planning, estate administration and tax planning and he works out of both the Burlington and Woodstock offices.

Daphne Moritz To Present Thompson Center Speaking Series

DaphneSheehey attorney Daphne Moritz will present a three-part speaking series entitled “Spring Clean Your Legal Affairs” at The Thompson Center, a senior living community in Woodstock, beginning on April 19th.  She presented a similar series at The Thompson Center in 2015.  The series will cover a broad range of topics, with individual sessions as follows:

  • April 19, 2016:  Your Top Five Essential Estate Planning Documents
  • May 10, 2016:  Long Term Care Planning and Aging Well (Including Residence Options)
  • May 17, 2016:  Advanced Directives and Legacy Letters.

All sessions will begin at 1:00 PM and are open to the public.

Daphne practices out of Sheehey’s Woodstock office, and her practice focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, elder law, guardianship, and related matters.

Attorney Kevin Lumpkin Receives Pro Bono Award

Kevin-newOn April 1, 2016, Sheehey attorney Kevin Lumpkin received the 2016 Vermont Bar Association Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award as part of the VBA’s annual mid-year meeting at the Burlington Hilton.  Kevin was recognized for his frequent participation over the previous year in a pro bono clinic sponsored by the civil division of the Chittenden Superior Court, representing individuals who cannot afford attorneys.

Kevin joined the firm in 2013 and he is an associate attorney in the litigation group.  He regularly represents businesses and individuals in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels.

Sheehey Assists GMP in Obtaining PSB Approval of Rate Filing

Attorneys Peter Zamore and Debra Bouffard represented Green Mountain Power in a request for Public Service Board approval to combine the commercial and industrial rates for the formerly separate GMP and CVPS service territories.  The proposal was filed on May 4, 2015 and was approved by the Board on March 24, 2016.  Mr. Zamore and Ms. Bouffard practice in the firm’s energy group along with Craig NolanOwen McClain, and Renee Mobbs.

Sheehey Adds Two New Attorneys

Sheehey is pleased to announce the addition of two new attorneys to the firm. Mark E. Melendy and Daphne Moritz joined the firm earlier this month. Since 2009, Mark and Daphne have been partners at Melendy Moritz PLLC, a boutique law firm focusing on estate planning and based in the Upper Valley. To better serve the firm’s clients in the Upper Valley, Sheehey will now have an office in Woodstock, Vermont.

Mark2015Mark’s practice will focus primarily on complex estate planning as well as business succession planning and trust administration, working out of both the Burlington and Woodstock offices. Mark holds a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law, an M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and an L.L.M. in tax from the Boston University School of law. He holds an AV (Preeminent/Very High Ethical Standards) Martindale-Hubbell peer-review rating.

Daphne2015Daphne will focus on estate planning and elder law as well as real estate and work with non-profit organizations, working primarily out of Sheehey’s Woodstock office. Daphne is the incoming chair of the Vermont Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a board member at the Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock, Vermont. She holds both a J.D. and Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.

Martha Forgione has also joined the firm as a paralegal working out of the Woodstock office.

Craig Nolan and Kevin Lumpkin Win Supreme Court Case Upholding Dismissal For Discovery Violations

csnkalAttorneys Craig Nolan and Kevin Lumpkin recently secured a victory in the Vermont Supreme Court in SynEcology Partners L3C v. Business RunTime, et al., successfully arguing that the Court should affirm the trial court’s decision to dismiss the case for discovery violations.

In the trial court, SynEcology Partners failed to comply with the trial court’s discovery orders. Sheehey successfully moved the court for dismissal and also obtained a judgment for attorneys’ fees. In an opinion issued on March 4, 2016, the Vermont Supreme Court unanimously upheld the trial court’s ruling, holding that it acted within its authority to dismiss the case.

Kevin Lumpkin argued the case before the Court.

Attorney Renee L. Mobbs Joins The Firm

Renee L. MobbsSheehey is pleased to announce that attorney Renee L. Mobbs joined the firm earlier this month. Renee graduated as Valedictorian of her St. Michael’s College class in 2005, and received her juris doctorate degree, cum laude, from Vermont Law School in 2009. Renee was a litigation partner at another Vermont law firm before joining Sheehey.

Renee’s practice at Sheehey will focus mainly on litigation, but she also represents clients in banking, healthcare, and probate matters. In addition, Renee assists the firm’s growing energy law group.  Renee is particularly interested in attorney ethics, and has served on the Vermont Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee since 2012.

In 2015 Renee was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as one of New England’s Rising Stars in civil litigation. She joins four other Sheehey attorneys who have been recognized by Super Lawyers as among the top attorneys in the region.

Four Sheehey Attorneys Named 2015 New England Super Lawyers

Four Sheehey attorneys were named this month by Super Lawyers magazine as among the best in New England in 2015.  Jeffrey Behm was recognized as a leader in the field of business litigation, and was additionally named as one of the Top 100 attorneys in New England.  Michael Furlong was selected for his work in the area of business and corporate law.  Jim Spink was recognized for his work in alternative dispute resolution.  Additionally, Kevin Lumpkin was named as one of Super Lawyers’ 2015 Rising Stars in civil litigation.  The Super Lawyers list is generated through peer nominations, independent research, and peer evaluations. Each year, only 5% of attorneys are selected as Super Lawyers.

Sheehey Welcomes Paralegal Audrey Robinson

Sheehey is pleased to announce that Audrey E. Robinson has joined the firm as a paralegal.  Ms. Robinson brings more than 25 years of experience in civil litigation and commercial transactions, and she will primarily assist the firm’s litigation team.  Ms. Robinson began her career as a legal administrative assistant in Washington, D.C. before becoming a paralegal in Vermont in 1988.  Prior to joining Sheehey, Ms. Robinson worked as a paralegal with a law firm in Burlington for 13 years.

Ian Carleton Presents At Seminar On Advanced Trial Tactics

ian-p-carletonOn June 25, 2015, Sheehey partner Ian Carleton presented at a seminar on advanced trial tactics sponsored by the National Business Institute.  Mr. Carleton spoke alongside prominent Vermont trial attorneys Kerry DeWolfe and Marc Heath, discussing effective cross-examination, jury instructions, and closing arguments.  He also led a round table discussion about litigation tactics.

Mr. Carleton joined Sheehey in 2003 and is a principal of the firm.  He is a 1999 graduate of Yale Law School and has extensive experience litigating both civil and criminal cases in state and federal court.