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Attorney Cassandra LaRae-Perez Brings Food Law Practice to Gravel & Shea

Burlington, Vermont (February 7, 2018):  Cassandra LaRae-Perez joined the Gravel & Shea corporate team in February as Special Counsel. Cassandra brings a comprehensive food law practice with a focus on Vermont food producers. In collaboration with Gravel & Shea's full-service team, she will provide guidance on the complete suite of legal needs—from general business issues like labor and employment questions, litigation, and real estate to topics specific to the food industry, such as FDA or USDA registration and Vermont food processing licensure, product recalls and reporting, and manufacturing practice requirements.

“I am excited to develop this niche practice with Gravel and Shea,” said Cassandra, “To combine my passion for wine and food, beer, ciders, cheese and all the wonderful edible and drinkable products our state produces with the practice of law and to participate in the support and growth of the enterprises in one of Vermont’s signature industries is an extraordinary opportunity.”

A graduate of U.C. San Diego and Boston University School of Law, in addition to studies at universities in England, the Netherlands and France, Cassandra brings more than thirteen years’ experience in civil litigation and regulatory compliance. She is also a student of wine and holds several qualifications from the Wine Spirit and Education Trust as well as the Wine Scholars Guild. Prior to joining Gravel & Shea, Cassandra represented clients at a prominent regional law firm. She is also a trained mediator and had years of experience in government relations representing clients before the Vermont Legislature and a range of government departments, agencies and commissions.

“Gravel & Shea is fortunate to have Cassandra joining our team. She brings a wealth of experience in litigation, compliance and regulatory work,” said Gravel & Shea Shareholder Navah Spero. “Cassandra has a natural ability to connect with clients, and we look forward to working with her to build a specialized practice that will provide excellent service to food producers throughout New England, addressing all of their needs within one law firm.”

Shareholder William Mason said, “Cassandra’s expertise will benefit our existing clients, and we welcome the opportunity to provide tailored guidance to local businesses in the specialty food market.”

 


Attorney Hillary Borcherding Joins Growing Gravel & Shea Litigation Team

Burlington, Vermont (January 26, 2018): Gravel & Shea is proud to welcome Hillary Borcherding to the firm. As an Associate Attorney on the litigation team, she will serve clients on a variety of issues, including civil and family law disputes as well as regulatory matters.

“I am thrilled to join the team at Gravel & Shea,” Hillary said of her new position. “I was attracted to the firm because of its impeccable professional reputation and its full-service offerings.”

“I’m excited to work with many different types of clients on a wide variety of legal issues. As a litigator, this means I’ll have the opportunity to put my past experience to work for local clients while also growing and expanding my practice to new areas of law.”

Prior to joining Gravel & Shea, Hillary worked for a large multinational law firm in Boston. She graduated Valedictorian of Suffolk Law School, where she served as Lead Articles Editor of the Law Review and received the award for best brief.

“Hillary joins Gravel & Shea with litigation experience at a well-known Boston law firm,” said Gravel & Shea Shareholder Jerry O’Neill. “Her writing skills and her positive attitude—along with her developing litigation skills—will fit in well with the firm’s already strong litigation team. Her experience will support and enhance Gravel & Shea’s ability to provide excellent service to its litigation clients.”

Gravel & Shea is a full-service law firm in Burlington, Vermont, providing its clients legal services in a wide variety of disciplines, including commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate, intellectual property, energy, land use and environmental regulation, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury litigation, employment law, and family law.

 


Litigator Navah Spero Elected Gravel & Shea Shareholder

Burlington Vermont (January 26, 2018): The Gravel & Shea Shareholders are proud to welcome Navah Spero to their ranks. Navah joined the firm as an associate in October 2011.

“I am honored to be a shareholder at Gravel & Shea,” said Navah. “Working with and learning from some of the best attorneys in the area has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to continuing to provide high-quality counsel to my clients and helping to build the next generation of Gravel & Shea attorneys.”

Navah maintains a varied litigation practice, working on everything from personal injury cases to complex contract disputes. She also works closely with the firm’s trusts and estates attorneys to manage a specialty in trusts and estates litigation.

“Gravel & Shea was fortunate to have Navah join the firm six years ago as an associate,” said Gravel & Shea Shareholder Jerry O’Neill. “She is well regarded and much liked by clients in all of the diverse areas of her work, and her litigation skills are respected by both judges and adversaries. Her special focus on trust and probate litigation has enhanced Gravel & Shea’s practice in this important area of client need.”

“We couldn’t be happier that Navah is joining us as a shareholder,” said Gravel & Shea Shareholder Heather Hammond. “Since her first days at the firm, she has stood out in the legal community as a strong and effective litigator. Within the firm, she has demonstrated leadership and an enthusiastic commitment to the firm’s core values. She is an integral part of Gravel & Shea’s future.”

Gravel & Shea is a full-service law firm in Burlington, Vermont, providing its clients legal services in a wide variety of disciplines, including commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate, intellectual property, energy, land use and environmental regulation, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury litigation, employment law, and family law.


Litigator Amanda Hemley Paulino Named Special Counsel

Burlington, Vermont (January 26, 2018): Gravel & Shea recently promoted Litigation Associate Amanda Hemley Paulino to Special Counsel. Amanda joined the firm in December 2012.

“The past five years with Gravel & Shea has been a wonderful experience,” said Amanda. “I have enjoyed becoming part of the Burlington legal community and working on behalf of many great clients. I'm looking forward to continuing that service as Special Counsel for Gravel & Shea.” 

Amanda practices in all areas of litigation, with a specialty in family law and criminal defense. Prior to joining Gravel & Shea, Amanda was a prosecutor in the Florida State Attorney’s office in Miami. She represented the State of Florida in over fifty trials, working closely with crime victims.

“When Amanda joined the firm 5 years ago, she was already a skilled trial attorney. She brought a depth of courtroom experience that most young lawyers simply don’t have. Amanda is highly perceptive and skilled at relationship building, which makes her an excellent advocate for her clients,” said Gravel & Shea Shareholder Robert O’Neill.

“Within weeks of stepping foot in the courthouse here in Burlington, there wasn’t a person she didn’t know and have a good relationship with. Since then, she’s honed her skills and become an even greater asset to Gravel & Shea.”

Gravel & Shea is a full-service law firm in Burlington, Vermont, providing its clients legal services in a wide variety of disciplines, including commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate, intellectual property, energy, land use and environmental regulation, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury litigation, employment law, and family law.


Jan. 30, 2018

Three Attorneys Elected Directors at DRM

(Burlington, Vt.) Three attorneys have been elected directors of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. F. David Harlow, an employment and labor attorney in the Brattleboro office, Jennifer E. McDonald, a litigator in the Burlington office, and J. Zaw Win, a captive insurance attorney in the Burlington office, were elected during the law firm’s annual meeting Dec. 16 in Burlington.

“This is an accomplished class of new directors who have made significant contributions to the firm and provided our clients with exceptional service,” said Managing Partner Peter B. Kunin. “We were very pleased to elect them as directors in the firm.”

Harlow, a native of Clarendon, Vt., joined DRM in 2014 after practicing at one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the country. He has substantial experience defending employers from claims brought under federal and state civil rights statutes. He regularly represents employers before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor. He also has substantial experience in ERISA benefits litigation. Harlow graduated from the University of Virginia and earned his law degree at the University of Arizona, cum laude. He was listed in New England Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2016 and 2017.

McDonald joined DRM in 2009 after law school and has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts and represented clients on appeal in both the Vermont Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Her practice includes complex commercial matters and breach of contract actions, issues of federal preemption, and municipal litigation matters. She also regularly represents clients in mediation and the defense of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and other tort claims. McDonald graduated from the University of Vermont and Vermont Law School, magna cum laude. She was listed in New England  Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2017.

Win joined DRM in 2014 after practicing in the business finance and restructuring group of a prominent law firm in New York City. Win advises clients on matters related to the organization, licensing, governance and operation of captive insurance companies, risk retention groups and other alternative risk transfer vehicles. He also advises clients on general corporate and commercial matters, including transactions, corporate governance, and restructurings. Win holds a bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College, and a masters’ degree from The Johns Hopkins University. He graduated from Vermont Law School in 2008, magna cum laude

From offices located in Vermont and New Hampshire, more than 55 DRM attorneys represent regional, national and international entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technology businesses and Fortune 100 companies. The legal services provided by the firm include bankruptcy and business restructuring, general business, captive insurance, energy and telecommunications, intellectual property law, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and land use, environmental and tax law, and trust and estate planning, plus legislative and regulatory services through the firm’s Government and Public Affairs group. DRM is the exclusive member firm in Vermont for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in more than 100 countries worldwide. 


Jan. 23, 2018

Peter Kunin Elected DRM Managing Partner

(Burlington, Vt.) Attorney Peter B. Kunin has been elected managing partner and chief executive officer of the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. He replaces Paul H. Ode, Jr., who served as managing partner for the past nine years.

“DRM partners have made an excellent choice in electing Peter Kunin to lead the firm,” Ode said. 

Kunin joined DRM in 1992, and was instrumental in founding the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. He has served as deputy managing partner since 2012. He is a graduate of Williams College and the Cornell University Law School. 

“I am grateful for this opportunity to manage DRM,” Kunin said. “I am proud of the way DRM serves its clients, treats its employees, and contributes to the community. I look forward to working with all DRM employees to ensure we are providing the highest quality legal services to our clients."

Kunin has appointed David J. Sylvester to serve as deputy managing partner. Sylvester, a business lawyer, has been with the firm since 1992 and has chaired DRM’s Business Law Practice Group since 2010. 

The new managing partner also re-appointed Elizabeth K. Rattigan of the Lebanon office to chair the Labor and Employment Practice Group, William J. Dodge of the Burlington office to chair the Regulated Entities Group, which includes utility law, land use, environmental law and government affairs, Lawrence H. Meier of the Burlington office to chair the Intellectual Property Practice Group, and Robert B. Luce to chair the Litigation Practice Group. Thomas H. Moody of the Burlington office will replace Sylvester as chair the Business Law Group.

From offices located in Vermont and New Hampshire, more than 55 DRM attorneys represent regional, national and international entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technology businesses and Fortune 100 companies. The legal services provided by the firm include bankruptcy and business restructuring, general business, captive insurance, energy and telecommunications, intellectual property law, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and land use, environmental and tax law, and trust and estate planning, plus legislative and regulatory services through the firm’s Government and Public Affairs group. DRM is the exclusive member firm in Vermont for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in more than 100 countries worldwide. 


Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP Announces New Partner—Sasha C. Conroy

BURLINGTON, January 11, 2018:

Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP is pleased to announce that Sasha C. Conroy has been named a partner.

Sasha’s practice focuses on commercial transactions and corporate law, and is based in the Burlington office. She serves as a transactional and intellectual property resource to businesses of all sizes, as well as to individuals.

“Sasha brings a creative, problem-solving approach, coupled with a strong attention to detail. And she enjoys fishing,” said Peter Langrock, Senior Partner.

She joined Langrock Sperry & Wool in March of 2015. Previously, Sasha served as Vice President of Business Affairs and Associate Counsel at CBS Sports Network in New York City, and before then was associated with a boutique law firm focusing on all aspects of commercial litigation.

“I am delighted to be partner in a firm that combines excellent legal abilities with enthusiasm and empathy for the people we represent,” said Sasha.

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For more information on Sasha’s experience, education, and credentials, visit: https://www.langrock.com/our-firm/our-team/sasha-c-conroy/

About Langrock Sperry & Wool:

The 26 attorneys of Langrock Sperry & Wool solve legal problems – with knowledge, creativity, and commitment – for individuals and businesses, across a wide range of practice areas. With offices in Burlington and Middlebury, the firm has been promoting the public interest and offering its unique blend of tradition and innovation since 1960. https://www.langrock.com/


January 4, 2018

Sheehey Announces Three New Principals and Directors of the Firm

Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C., a full service law firm based in Burlington, is pleased to announce that Kevin A. Lumpkin, Owen J. McClain and Heather E. Ross have become Principals and Directors of the firm effective January 1, 2018.

Kevin Lumpkin joined the firm in November 2013.  Kevin’s practice is focused primarily on civil litigation, serving both businesses and individuals.  Prior to joining Sheehey, Kevin served as a law clerk for the Vermont Superior Courts in Bennington, Addison, and Chittenden Counties.  In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Super Lawyers magazine named Kevin to its list of Rising Stars in New England. Additionally, Kevin received the Vermont Bar Association’s Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award in 2016 for his work providing indigent litigants with legal representation.  He serves on the board of the Young Lawyers Division of the Vermont Bar Association.  Kevin is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School.

Owen McClain joined the firm in September 2014. Owen practices both civil and administrative litigation. He provides counsel regarding construction contracts, energy projects, utility tariffs, transmission and distribution issues, and a variety of other matters affecting some of Vermont’s largest contractors, developers and regulated utilities. Prior to joining the firm, Owen served as a law clerk in Vermont Superior Court. Owen graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School.

Heather Ross joined the firm in December 2016 after fourteen years at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont. She has extensive experience in complex civil and criminal litigation, as well as investigations.  During her time at the U.S. Attorney's Office, she prosecuted a variety of fraud cases, multi-state drug trafficking cases, and human trafficking cases. She began her career clerking for the Honorable William K. Sessions III, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Vermont and spent six years in civil practice before joining theU.S. Attorney's Office.  Heather currently serves on the Boards of KidSafe Collaborative, the Federal Bar Association, Vermont Chapter, and the Chittenden County Bar Association.

About Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C.

With offices in Burlington, VT and Woodstock, VT, Sheehey has been solving complex legal problems for Vermont, regional and national businesses and individuals for over 90 years.

Sheehey provides a full range of legal services within a variety of practice areas, including corporate services/mergers and acquisitions, employment, litigation, real estate, banking and financial services, health care, energy, mediation, arbitration and estate planning.  For more information about Sheehey Furlong Behm P.C. visit www.sheeheyvt.com.


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Statement Regarding US Senate Confirmation of Peter B. Robb

(Burlington, Vt.)  Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC Managing Partner Paul H. Ode, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Senate confirmation of Director Peter B. Robb of Brattleboro as general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board:

“DRM is very pleased that our colleague and fellow Director Peter B. Robb has been confirmed today by the United States Senate to be the new general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.  On behalf of the firm, we are proud to congratulate Peter on this impressive and well-earned recognition of his tremendous knowledge and experience in labor law and labor relations.  Our clients and colleagues have benefitted enormously from Peter’s counsel over the years and we know he will bring great value in his service to the NLRB.”

Robb joined DRM as a director in 1995. He chaired the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group from 2000 to 2009 and served as deputy managing partner from 2009 to 2012. He has extensive experience representing employers in traditional labor matters, including collective bargaining, union election campaigns, managing strikes, unfair labor practice charges, labor arbitration and related litigation.

“Peter has been the foundation around which we have built a strong labor and employment practice that is national in scope,” Ode said. “Based upon that experience and reputation, we’ve been able to recruit and retain a top-rated legal team in this practice area that has served employers well, both in northern New England and across the country. While we will miss Peter here, we wish him only the best in his new position.” 

DRM is a northern New England law firm of more than 55 attorneys with offices in Vermont and New Hampshire representing local, regional, national and international entities. The legal services provided by the firm include bankruptcy and business restructuring, general business, captive insurance, energy and telecommunications, intellectual property law, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and land use, environmental and tax law, and trust and estate planning.  DRM provides legislative and regulatory services through the firm’s Government and Public Affairs group. DRM is the exclusive member firm in Vermont for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in more than 100 countries worldwide.