The law firm of Diamond and Robinson significantly expanded its utility, energy and environmental practice areas by adding attorneys Richard H. Saudek, former Chair of the Public Service Board, and Ronald A. Shems, former Chair of the Natural Resources Board. “Teaming up with Ron Shems and Dick Saudek adds enormous horsepower to our already robust law firm. Ron and Dick are very talented attorneys who can easily handle highly complex legal and regulatory issues,” said M. Jerome Diamond, founder of Diamond & Robinson and three-term Vermont Attorney General.

Diamond & Robinson provides the highest quality counsel, litigation and government relations services to businesses, individuals, municipalities, and non-profit organizations with expertise in several practice areas including: commercial, employment, environmental, energy, utility, development, zoning, family, personal injury, worker’s compensation, consumer fraud, advertising, professional licensing, civil rights, property valuation, and state and federal trial and appellate law. It serves clients throughout Vermont, the United States and Quebec.

Richard H. Saudek joined the firm in February 2015, after 30 years as a principal in the Montpelier law firm of Cheney, Brock & Saudek, P.C. Prior to that, he served as Chairman of the Vermont Public Service Board and as the first Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service where Saudek was involved in all aspects of utility regulation, from telephone and electric rates to power contract negotiations. He was primarily responsible for the successful negotiation of power contracts between the State of Vermont and Hydro-Quebec, Ontario Hydro and the New York Power Authority. Saudek also served as the first president of HQ Energy Services (US) Inc., the marketing subsidiary of Hydro Quebec.

Saudek’s current practice includes representation of Vermont towns in the siting of wind and transmission facilities, taxation of hydroelectric plants, power supply contracts, captive insurance companies, and a range of corporate, non-profit and personal matters. Saudek is a Trustee of Marlboro College, the Vermont College of Fine Arts and the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont. Saudek is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan School of Law.

Ronald A. Shems joined Diamond and Robinson after four years as Chair of the Vermont Natural Resources Board, the agency that administers and enforces Act 250. He specializes in environmental, energy, administrative and appellate law. Ron has extensive experience with complex state and federal permitting, trial, and appellate proceedings. Ron was a founding partner of the Burlington firm Shems Dunkiel Kassel & Saunders. Prior to that, he worked for 15 years at the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, where he split his time between special assignments managing complex constitutional and regulatory cases, and as the Environmental Unit’s senior Assistant Attorney General. He is a recipient of the prestigious “Best Brief Award” presented by the National Association of Attorneys General for excellence in brief writing in the United States Supreme Court.

Ron is admitted to the practice of law in Vermont and Maine. Ron is a member of the Moretown Elementary School Board of Directors, Moretown Board of Civil Authority, Mad River Glen Cooperative Board of Trustees, and Board of the Energy Action Network. He received a BA from Clark University in 1981, and a JD and Masters in Environmental Law in 1985 from Vermont Law School.

Saudek and Shems join attorneys M. Jerome Diamond, Joshua R. Diamond, Steven P. Robinson and Jennifer Ciarlo Pacholek.

(posted 5/27/15)

Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C., a full service law firm in Burlington serving national, regional, and Vermont-based business enterprises, non-profit organizations, and individuals, is pleased to announce that Craig S. Nolan and Arline P. Duffy have become directors and shareholders of the firm.

Craig S. Nolan focuses on complex civil litigation, defense of health care entities and professionals in malpractice actions and before administrative bodies, representation of businesses in employment actions, white collar and serious felony criminal defense, and internal investigations.  He 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.  Prior to joining the firm in April 2015, Mr. Nolan spent thirteen years an Assistant United States Attorney, Washington County State’s Attorney, and a Deputy State’s Attorney.  He is an honors graduate of William & Mary Law School and Dartmouth College.

Arline P. Duffy focuses on transactional and corporate matters, as well as estate planning and regulatory compliance.  Ms. Duffy has been with the firm since 2009.  Prior to returning to Vermont, she served as an attorney in the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel for the George Washington University and spent fourteen years in higher education administration prior to law school.  She is an honors graduate of the George Washington University Law School and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Maryland College Park and an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont.  

(posted 5/18/15)

Murphy Sullivan Kronk is pleased to announce that A.J. LaRosa has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney. Mr.  LaRosa is an experienced litigator focusing on all forms of commercial, environmental and land use disputes, including construction and contract disputes.

(posted 4/3/15)


PRIMMER, a full service regional law firm is pleased to announce that attorney Mark Scribner has become a Shareholder in the firm and attorney Alexandra Clauss has been promoted to Of Counsel.

Mark Scribner concentrates his practice in the areas of financial services, banking, business transactions, real estate and securities law.  Mark advises banking and non-banking financial institution clients on a broad range of legal issues, including commercial and consumer lending, financings, investment transactions and loan restructuring.  Mark represents developers, business owners, resorts, manufacturers and securities issuers in connection with economic development projects throughout the United States that rely on foreign investment pursuant to the EB-5 visa program overseen by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. He also advises a variety of business clients in connection with organizational, financing and transactional issues.

Alexandra Clauss practices in Primmer’s employment law group.  She regularly advises corporate clients on compliance with state and federal employment laws.  Alexa provides counseling, both before and after a lawsuit is commenced, on the following types of matters: wage-and-hour laws, audits, leave laws, the disability accommodation process, discrimination claims, performance management, discipline and termination processes, reductions in force, drug testing, employee privacy and social media issues.  She also routinely reviews and prepares policies, handbooks, employment agreements, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, severance agreements and other employment-related documents. 

About Primmer:

PRIMMER, a law firm with offices in the commercial centers of Vermont and New Hampshire, provides solution-based legal representation to a broad array of clients facing today’s legal and business challenges.  (posted 2/13/15)

The PRIMMER law firm announces that Michael Hill is joining the firm.

Michael Hill, who began his career as a law clerk for The Honorable Albert W. Coffrin, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in Burlington, is joining the Primmer firm, leading our office in Washington, DC while also practicing part-time from our Montpelier office.  Since moving to Washington in 1986, Michael served as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice where he received awards for Outstanding Service and Special Achievement; Partner in a large Washington law firm; and Chairman of the Environmental Practice in Marsh, Inc., the world’s largest insurance broker.  Following Michael’s nomination by the White House Council of Environmental Quality, Michael also served as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of the $800M Environmental Trust created by the U.S. Government, fourteen states and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe to remediate and redevelop the 89 industrial properties left behind in the GM bankruptcy.  The Trust is the largest such trust in U.S. history addressing what is also the U.S.’s largest industrial bankruptcy.  While continuing in private practice, from 2005 to 2015, Michael helped the U.S. Air Force remediate and transfer over 4,000 acres of property into private hands where over 13,000 jobs have been created.  His clients also include the world’s largest private redeveloper of contaminated lands and several other “brownfield” developers, industrial companies and non-profits that have remediated contaminated land and returned it to productive use, and two that have placed “solar parks” atop closed municipal landfills.  Michael practices in the areas of environmental law, insurance coverage placement and claims (environmental and D&O), and captive insurance and other alternative risk transfer mechanisms.

Primmer has offices in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Washington, DC.  It is a full service law firm employing experienced legal professionals who deliver legal guidance and solution based representation to its clients.  For more detailed information please visit Primmer’s website at   (posted 2/6/2015)

CentricPro Expands Insurance Product Line

Rocky Hill, CT, December 16, 2014:  CentricPro Management Services, Inc.™ is pleased to announce the expansion of its insurance product line to include, in addition to Lawyers Professional Liability coverage, tailored coverage for Crime/Fidelity, Cyber and Employment Practices Liability.

With the rapid adoption of new rules and regulations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and increased threats to data security from both onshore and offshore parties, CentricPro has worked with Smith Brothers Insurance, LLC, one of the largest insurance and financial service organizations in New England, and together they have created a suite of insurance products focusing on the unique interests of the law firm.  

“Our industry is facing a multitude of changes that will impact both the way in which work is performed and the assurances that need to be put in place,” said Colleen Capossela, President of CentricPro. “With this new suite of insurance products, CentricPro is providing its customers with trusted resources they need to protect their business.”

Information on the new suite of products can be found at or by contacting Colleen and her team at 860-513-3131.

About CentricPro Management Services, Inc.:

CentricPro, previously known as CATIC Exchange Solutions, Inc., and a subsidiary of CATIC Financial, Inc., was formed in January 2003 to manage the business operations of the 1031 like-kind exchange services originally handled by CATIC in the 1990’s. Since then CentricPro has grown into a diversified service company, supporting the needs of the legal profession with trusted solutions relative to 1031 like-kind exchanges, escrow management, bonding, and insurance. The company was voted “2014 Best 1031 Exchange Company” by the readers of The Commercial Record and “2014 Best Malpractice Insurance” by the readers of the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Media Contact:
Colleen M. Capossela, Esq., President



MacLean, Meehan and Rice Name Change

We are pleased today to announce a name change from MacLean, Meehan and Rice, LLC to MMR, LLC, and a website redesign - - highlighting our firm's diversified and dynamic client services. The rebrand comes at a time of growth for the firm and highlights our broad array of services, which range from communications and public relations to regulatory affairs, government relations and project management.

This is an exciting time for MMR as we grow to serve client needs in the State House here in Montpelier and the Hall of States in our nation’s capital. Over the last several years, MMR has added three talented partners in Heidi Tringe, Warren Coleman and Laura Pelosi, and one new associate in Matt McMahon, significantly enhancing the breadth and depth of the firm. From our base camp in Montpelier to our national reach through our dynamic multistate practice, we have a record of delivering results on a broad range of policy issues for a diverse client base.

The professionals at MMR have nearly 100 years of combined experience representing clients before legislatures and regulatory agencies. MMR is passionate about making sure the voices of our clients are heard, their arguments listened to, and, most importantly, their interests protected.

To learn more, visit

Fitts, Olson & Giddings, P.L.C., of Brattleboro, is proud to announce that Ian C. Sullivan and Jennifer Rowe have joined the firm as associate attorneys.

Ian C. Sullivan’s practice focuses on litigation in criminal, civil, and probate courts, family matters, estate planning, and transactional work.

Ian was raised in Jericho, Vermont and received a B.A. from the University of Vermont. He completed his J.D. at Vermont Law School in 2013. Before joining Fitts, Olson & Giddings, Ian was a law clerk in the Windsor and Windham County State’s Attorney’s Offices, where he gained trial and appellate experience. He is admitted to practice in Vermont and Massachusetts.

Jennifer Rowe joins Fitts, Olson & Giddings after practicing law with a New York trusts and estates firm. Her areas of practice include estate planning, Medicaid planning, taxation, probate, real estate, and student loan law. Jenny is a native Vermonter who grew up in Wells River. She is a 2011 honors graduate of Albany Law School and also holds a B.A. from Amherst College and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Jenny is admitted to practice in Vermont and New York.

Fitts, Olson & Giddings is a general practice law firm and the oldest continuously operating law firm in the Brattleboro area. While conducting an exemplary business as an efficient, modern legal office, the firm retains an old-fashioned dedication to personal service, attention to detail, and uncompromising integrity. Fitts, Olson & Giddings has served clients’ legal needs from its historic building at 16 High Street in downtown Brattleboro for the past sixty years.  (posted 11/17/14)


The current term of office of Federal Public Defender Michael L. Desautels, Federal Public Defender for the District of Vermont is due to expire on March 24, 2015. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is considering the reappointment of Mr. Desautels to a new four year term of office and has determined that he appears to merit reappointment subject to public notice and opportunity for public comment.

The Federal Public Defender provides federal criminal defense services to individuals unable to afford counsel pursuant to 18  U.S.C. §3006A(g)(2)(A) and, upon reappointment, the incumbent would continue to exercise his authority.

Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit comments for consideration by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit  regarding the reappointment of Federal Public Defender Michael L. Desautels to a  new term of office.  All comments will be kept confidential and should be directed to:


Karen Greve Milton
Circuit Executive
U.S. Courts for the Second Circuit
40 Foley Square, Room 2904
New York, NY 10007


Comments must be received not later than November 28, 2014



PRIMMER attorney Jeffrey P. Johnson is a co-chair of the 2014-2015
Vermont Bar Foundation Access to Justice Campaign.

This campaign is the sole source of funding for the Vermont Poverty Law Fellow, who for the next two years will work with Vermont’s veterans on their health, housing and work-related challenges.  The Campaign also provides essential supplemental funding for critical direct service programs providing legal services to low-income Vermonters.  Last year’s 2013-2014 Campaign collected over $140,000 from contributions by the legal community.  This year’s fundraising goal will be $200,000.

The Vermont Bar Foundation Access to Justice Campaign believes that every member of the legal profession has a responsibility to help create a system of justice that is available to all.  For more information, please see the Vermont Bar Foundation website at



Six PRIMMER Attorneys Named to the 2015 Vermont Super Lawyers® List and Five Attorneys are Rising Stars®

PRIMMER would like to congratulate the following six lawyers who have been named to the 2015 Vermont Super Lawyers list and the lawyers who have been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. 

Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Doreen F. Connor, Appellate Practice

Anne E. Cramer, Health Care Law
Gregory S. Clayton, Commercial Litigation
Jon R. Eggleston, Tax Law and Trusts and Estates
Gary L. Franklin, Commercial Litigation

Douglas J. Wolinsky, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Bankruptcy Litigation

Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive the Rising Stars honor.

Jennifer Turco Beaudet, Business Litigation

Alexandra H. Clauss, Employment and Labor

Alexandra E. Edelman, Business Litigation

Eli D. Emerson, Energy & Resources

Adam R. Mordecai, Personal Injury Defense

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a

statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

PRIMMER is a full service law regional firm with experienced professionals that deliver practical guidance and solution-based representation in an increasingly complex business and legal environment.  For more information, please visit Primmer’s website at



Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont, is authored by Superior Court judge Robert Mello

Montpelier, VT – Superior Court judge, Robert A. Mello restores Moses Robinson to his rightful place as one of the most significant figures in the founding of Vermont. The newest publication from the Vermont Historical Society, Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont, invokes new thoughts about Vermont’s complicated beginnings. Author Robert A. Mello will tell the Moses Robinson story at a book signing on Wednesday, October 1, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the Vermont History Museum at 109 State Street in Montpelier. He will also present his new book at Bennington Museum in Bennington on September 30 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

This full-length biography shows Robinson as a leader of the revolt against New York, one of Vermont’s agents to Congress in charge of negotiating statehood, architect of Vermont’s legal system, and first chief justice, governor for a year, and then Vermont’s first senator. This is a clear and precise discussion of the tangled events leading to Vermont’s statehood, offering a fresh perspective on early Vermont history for new generations.

Robert Mello is a former trustee of the Vermont Historical Society and a current Superior Court judge. He has had a life-long fascination with American history and the law, especially the early history of Vermont.

The public is welcome to attend these book signing events free of charge. Call Julie Nelson at (802) 479-8519 for more information or check online:

The Vermont Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, the Leahy Library, the Vermont Heritage Galleries in Barre, and programming throughout the state. Established in 1838, its purpose is to reach a broad audience through outstanding collections and statewide outreach. The Vermont Historical Society believes that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities. Visit the Society’s website at