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.

President Obama Nominates Eric Miller for U.S. Attorney Position

eric-s-millerOn Thursday, President Obama nominated Sheehey attorney Eric Miller to fill the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont.  Senator Leahy recommended Mr. Miller for the position in February. Mr. Miller has practiced at Sheehey since 1999, and he has been a principal and shareholder of the firm since 2002.  His practice covers a broad range of criminal and civil matters in state and federal court, at both the trial and appellate levels.

In a press release, Senator Leahy stated:

I have been impressed with Eric’s thoughtfulness, vision and depth of experience. I consulted prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, law enforcement officials and civic leaders throughout Vermont.  They were unanimous in their support for Eric, and I was proud to recommend him to the President.  I am confident that he will make an excellent United States Attorney for Vermont. I appreciate the White House’s prompt action toward filling this important vacancy and will work hard to ensure a prompt confirmation process.

Read the Burlington Free Press coverage of Mr. Miller’s nomination here.

Arline Duffy Becomes a Principal and Director of The Firm

arline-p-duffySheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. is pleased to announce that Arline P. Duffy has become a shareholder and director of the firm.  Duffy, whose practice focuses on transactional and corporate matters, as well as estate planning and regulatory compliance, has been with the firm since 2009.

Prior to returning to Vermont, Duffy was an attorney in the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel for the George Washington University and prior to law school spent fourteen years in higher education administration.  She earned her J.D. with honors from the George Washington University and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Maryland College Park and an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont.

Federal Prosecutor Craig Nolan Joins Sheehey

Craig S. Nolan

Veteran federal and state prosecutor Craig Nolan, 47, of Waterbury, has departed the United States Attorney’s Office for the Burlington law firm Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. He joined the firm on April 6, 2015 as a shareholder and director, focusing on complex civil litigation, white collar and serious felony criminal defense, and internal investigations. As part of his litigation practice, Nolan defends health care entities and professionals in malpractice actions and before administrative bodies, and represents businesses in employment actions. Nolan has tried more than twenty-five cases to juries in the federal and state courts of Vermont, and has appeared regularly before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Vermont Supreme Court.

Nolan stated, “After thirteen years serving the public as a prosecutor, I’m looking forward to new challenges presented by complex litigation in the private sector. I’m honored to join Sheehey – one of the oldest and most respected law firms in the region.” Attorney Eric Miller, a Sheehey shareholder and director, commented, “We’re thrilled to have Craig Nolan become a member of our firm. Craig’s extensive jury trial experience and management of complex investigations and cases as a federal and state prosecutor will greatly benefit our clients.”

Nolan served as Assistant United States Attorney in Burlington and Rutland from January 8, 2007 to April 4, 2015. He held the positions of Rutland Branch Chief and Lead Attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Nolan investigated and prosecuted financial, narcotics, violent and other crimes. Among his most notable cases was the capital prosecution of Michael Jacques for kidnapping, murder and child pornography production, resulting in imprisonment for life plus seventy years. Nolan also prosecuted Noel Delarosa, of Schenectady, New York, John Brooker, of Rutland, and more than twenty others for the largest powder cocaine conspiracy case in Vermont history. Delarosa and Brooker are serving twenty-five and seventeen years, respectively.

Nolan was State’s Attorney for Washington County from January 2005 to January 2007 and Deputy State’s Attorney for Lamoille County from March 2002 to January 2005. In a 2003 jury trial, Nolan and then-Lamoille County State’s Attorney Joel Page convicted Douglas Provost for his 2001 slaying of four persons in Belvidere. Provost was sentenced to 140 years imprisonment. In 2006, Nolan prosecuted Casey Langlois, of Roxbury, for repeated sexual assaults of a young boy, obtaining a sentence of twenty to sixty years split to serve ten.

Before becoming a prosecutor in 2002, Mr. Nolan litigated commercial disputes and represented physicians, other professionals, and employers as a litigation associate with leading law firms in Burlington, Vermont and Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Nolan clerked for the Honorable Fred I. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Terrence W. Boyle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Nolan graduated with honors from Dartmouth College in 1990. He earned his law degree with honors in 1995 from William & Mary Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.

Eric Miller Recommended for U.S. Attorney

eric-s-millerSenator Patrick Leahy announced today that he will recommend that President Obama nominate Sheehey attorney Eric Miller to fill the post of United States Attorney for the District of Vermont. Miller has practiced at Sheehey since 1999, and he is consistently recognized by national publications as one of Vermont’s top litigators. Miller has extensive federal court experience in criminal and civil cases, at both the trial and appellate levels. He also represents indigent defendants as a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel for the District of Vermont.

In his announcement, Senator Leahy said “Eric is eminently qualified to be the top Federal law enforcement officer in Vermont, and I am proud to recommend him to serve as Vermont’s next U.S. Attorney.”

Read the Burlington Free Press coverage of Miller’s nomination here.

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