For Immediate Release
Women Attorneys of Langrock Sperry & Wool Predominant in
2017 Best Lawyers in America® List

BURLINGTON, May 8, 2017

The women attorneys of Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP were predominant among the female Vermont attorneys recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in its 2017 “Women of Influence” listings.

Of the 33 separate types of law listed, Langrock women were named in 14 categories, or more than 42% of the total. And of the 53 individual listings, Langrock women occupied 20 spots, or more than 37% of the total. In all, six different female Langrock attorneys were recognized by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession: Alison J. Bell, Ellen Mercer Fallon, Emily J. Joselson, Susan M. Murray, Lisa B. Shelkrot, and Sarah Gentry Tischler. In addition, Best Lawyers named Lisa B. Shelkrot the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Construction Litigation.

In contrast, the firm with the second-most recognitions was named in only eight categories, with nine individual listings, for three different attorneys.

This recognition is timely, as the women attorneys of Langrock Sperry & Wool are engaged in a year-long initiative throughout 2017, sponsoring events bringing women across the state together to share experiences and knowledge on a variety of meaningful matters. The next event in the Women’s Initiative is an employment law seminar on May 17, “How to Keep Your Business Out of Employment Law Trouble”—4:30-6:30 at Aiken Hall, Champlain College. Visit for more information.

Best Lawyers has published its list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 65 countries. Best Lawyers’ “Women of Influence” awards are the result of the first-ever collaboration between the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and Best Lawyers. Coalition members in both private and general practice submitted nominations, with each nominee named for her outstanding work in her area of expertise. Best Lawyers editors evaluated ballots and selected winners.


About Langrock Sperry & Wool:

The 27 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. For more information:

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Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC, one of New England’s leading law firms announced the recent appointment of nine new shareholders in its VT and NH offices as well as the relocation to a new office space in Burlington, VT.

Gary F. Karnedy, Managing Shareholder for the firm, stated: “We are extremely proud of this group of outstanding professionals and their ascension to shareholder recognizes their hard work for our clients. Our move ‘around the block’ to 30 Main in Burlington will provide us with a beautiful office and convenient parking for our clients. It will also allow us room for continued growth to better serve our clients.”

The 2017 new shareholders are:

Burlington Office:

Nicole M. Bodoh concentrates her practice in corporate, securities and tax law. Bodoh’s experience is rooted in a diverse range of areas such as mergers and acquisitions, captive insurance, federal and state securities regulatory compliance, debt and equity financings, executive compensation, corporate governance, and ERISA compliance matters. Bodoh also advises clients with respect to federal and state taxation of partnerships, corporations and captive insurance companies.  She received her LL.M. from Temple University, her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, her M.A. from the University of Düsseldorf in Germany, and her B.A. from John Carroll University.

Alexandra H. Clauss counsels employers on laws affecting the workplace and best practices related to a wide range of employment issues, with the intention of avoiding litigation before it occurs.  Clauss provides legal trainings on employment practices and policies and is a frequent speaker on such topics. She also conducts and provides guidance during workplace investigations.  Clauss received her J.D. from Tulane University Law School and her Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.

Alexandra E. Edelman is an experienced litigator and commercial attorney. Edelman focuses her litigation practice on bankruptcy, real estate and commercial litigation matters. She also advises financial institutions on regulatory compliance and operational issues. Alex litigates matters in state and federal courts throughout Vermont and New York, handling matters at the trial and appellate level as well as before administrative agencies. She received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and her B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Shireen T. Hart is a seasoned member of the firm’s Healthcare Group; she draws upon her more than 15 years of experience in the field to provide pragmatic counsel to hospitals, long term care facilities, community mental health agencies and pharmacies, laboratories, individual practitioners and healthcare related vendors on a broad range of matters. Hart received her J.D. from William & Mary Law School and her B.A. from Middlebury College.

Kevin M. Henry is an experienced litigator, with wide-ranging experience in complex business and estate and trust litigation, domestic relations, and government enforcement actions. He has a successful track record in court and is well experienced in problem-solving and pre-litigation counseling to try and resolve issues without court intervention. For the entire course of a case, he is an effective advocate from pre-trial, to trial, to appeal. He received his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School and his B.S. from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Ralphine N. O’Rourke concentrates her practice in corporate law and commercial lending matters. She is experience in managing debt and equity financings and mergers and acquisitions. She frequently advises corporations and financial institutions on contract and governance issues and individuals in connection with shareholder and LLC agreements. She has more than 25 years of experience representing business entities in transactional and commercial real estate matters. She received her J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law and her B.A. from Wheaton College.

Manchester office:

John F. Griffin, Jr. concentrates in the general practice of law with an emphasis on commercial and residential real estate transactions, as well as real-estate related litigation, landlord/tenant issues, condominium and subdivision law, zoning and zoning appeals. He is admitted to practice in NH and MA and has more than 30 years of experience with real estate issues enabling him to efficiently provide insightful guidance and comprehensive transactional assistance to clients. He received his J.D. from New England School of Law and his B.A. from St. Michaels College in Colchester, Vermont.

Portsmouth office:

Jaime Gillis centers her practice around insightful counsel for clients and families who are often anticipating or undergoing a transition in their lives. Gillis blends her focus in elder law, estate planning, probate and business issues with an understanding that the discussions to her field of expertise are difficult for many clients. When clients have an existing advisory structure in place, she collaborates with CPAs, insurance professionals, financial advisors, corporate counsel and other trusted family advisors to provide integrated approaches. She often works with other attorneys to provide specialized expertise on Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs). Gillis received her J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law and her B.S. from Simmons College.

Polly L. Hall concentrates her practice around client-centered counsel to resolve a wide range of family matters, with an emphasis on complex divorce cases for high net-worth individuals. Certified as a collaborative law attorney, Hall places a priority on resolving issues through mediation, negotiation and direct settlement workouts. She has extensive experience involving the valuation of businesses, professional practices, trust interests and diverse real estate holdings. She handles a variety of disputes relating to parenting rights, support, and modification matters. She received her J.D. from the University of Denver College Of Law and her B.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Primmer, Piper, Eggleston & Cramer PC is a full service law firm with offices in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Washington, DC, employing experienced legal professionals who deliver insightful legal guidance and solution-based representation to its clients.  For more detailed information, please visit our website at

(posted 2/23/17)