Langrock Sperry & Wool Attorneys Christopher L. Davis, Eric M. Knudsen, and Lisa B. Shelkrot  Named 2017 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year”


BURLINGTON, August 15, 2016:

Christopher L. Davis, Eric M. Knudsen, and Lisa B. Shelkrot— partners at Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP — were recently recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® as the 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" for Family Law, Corporate Law, and Construction Litigation, respectively.

In addition to the Lawyer of the Year awards, Christopher L. Davis was listed in Best Lawyers in the practice areas of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Family Law, and Family Law Mediation; Eric M. Knudsen in the practice areas of Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Law, and Real Estate Law; and Lisa B. Shelkrot in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense - General Practice, Criminal Defense -  White-Collar, and Construction Litigation.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments.

Please click on the attorney’s name below for their biography.

Christopher L. Davis

Eric M. Knudsen

Lisa B. Shelkrot




Murphy Sullivan Kronk is pleased to announce that it has been ranked in the top tier of Vermont law firms practicing real estate law by Chambers USA in its 2016 law firm rankings, identifying the firm as a “[d]eep bench of talented practitioners handling a variety of matters, from office building acquisitions to leasing of telecommunications facilities.  Additional capacity in the land use and environmental law spaces.” Chambers and Partners contact lawyers and clients direct by telephone and email as part of their investigation and ranking methodology.


(posted 5/31/2016)



American Board of Certification Welcomes New Members

Congratulations to Heather Cooper, Esq. – Vermont Bankruptcy Law Section Chair, and now a Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney by the American Board of Certification.

(posted 4/8/16)

Stitzel Page & Fletcher, P.C. is pleased to announce that
David W. Rugh has become an owner of the Firm. 


David joined the Firm in 2010 and since that time has represented the Firm’s municipal, institutional and educational clients in addressing real estate, environmental, and zoning and land use permitting issues and in litigating commercial, land development and real estate disputes in Vermont’s state and federal courts.  David also serves the Firm’s public clients by managing complex financial, real estate and environmental permitting transactions, including low-income and senior housing projects funded with community development block grants; flood hazard mitigation property acquisitions; “brownfield” and contaminated property redevelopment; road, stormwater and other infrastructure improvement projects; agricultural, forest and open space conservation ventures; and recreational trail and land trust acquisitions.

Stitzel, Page & Fletcher, P.C. is located in Burlington, Vermont, and provides comprehensive legal services to governmental entities, large and small.  The Firm represents a wide variety of municipal, educational and other public and quasi-public institutions.  With a focus on timely, focused and knowledgeable counsel, the Firm has a wide range of capabilities, including the ability to address matters of general governance, land use, human resources and labor relations, general and special education, municipal and school district infrastructure, taxation and finance, and contracts and agreements.  With  over 25 years in business, Stitzel, Page & Fletcher, P.C. enjoys a well-earned reputation for providing focused, knowledgeable counsel, and advocacy to our clients. 

(posted 3/4/16)


PRIMMER is pleased to announce that Clara Conklin, Stacey Pawlik and Brendan O’Brien have joined the firm as our newest associates. 

Clara Conklin joined the firm as an associate after graduating from Boston College Law School. During law school, she externed at the Massachusetts Land Court and worked as a student attorney in Boston College’s Civil Litigation Clinic. She continues her civil litigation work at Primmer, primarily serving clients in New Hampshire’s North Country. Clara grew up on a family dairy farm in Haverhill, New Hampshire and remains passionate about agriculture and maintaining the vitality of the North Country communities.

Brendan O’Brien focuses his practice on commercial and insurance litigation.  His experience includes premises liability, products liability, professional liability, complex tort, and general commercial matters.  Before joining Primmer, Brendan worked as an associate at two national law firms and also served as a law clerk to the Vermont Superior Court.

Stacey Pawlik brings extensive litigation experience to her practice as a domestic relations and criminal defense attorney in Primmer’s Manchester and Portsmouth offices.  Prior to joining Primmer, Stacey investigated and litigated complex and emotional homicide and financial crime cases in every county in New Hampshire as an Assistant Attorney General.  Before that, she prosecuted felony-level jury trials and district court bench trials as an Assistant County Attorney in Rockingham County.  Her advocacy and writing skills paved the way to success before the Supreme Court of New Hampshire in both the civil and criminal realms.  She draws from her experience working with individuals in emotional, high-stakes and often financially complex court cases to provide effective, patient and reassuring counsel to Primmer clients faced with domestic relations litigation or criminal charges.

Primmer, with offices in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Washington, DC, is 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 1/25/16)

PRIMMER is pleased to announce that Benjamin L. Palkowski has joined the firm as a Government Relations Specialist. 


Ben Palkowski serves as one of Primmer’s Government Relations Specialists, representing clients in connection with a host of issues in Montpelier.

Ben is no stranger to the Vermont State House and Vermont politics. Prior to joining Primmer, he served as Legislative Director for one of Vermont’s largest labor unions. He began his political career as a Field Coordinator for the Welch for Congress campaign in 2006, and in subsequent years was the Executive Director of the Vermont Democratic House Campaign. Ben graduated from Champlain College, and earned his JD from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Primmer, with offices in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Washington, DC, is 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 1/25/16)

PRIMMER is pleased to announce that Jesse D. Crary and Adam R. Mordecai have become shareholders of the firm effective January 1, 2016.

One the firm’s shareholders, Jeff Johnson, comments: “Jesse is a key member of the firm’s captive insurance practice.  He is licensed and practices law in Washington D.C. as well as Vermont.   Jesse has an established reputation for working very hard to produce great client outcomes.”

Jesse Crary concentrates his practice on captive insurance, commercial transactions, regulatory compliance and general corporate matters. Through his extensive work representing and advising captive insurance companies and risk retention groups, he has developed strong relationships with insurance regulators and leading captive service providers. Jesse is a specialist and leading attorney in the area of group medical stop loss captives.

Jesse helps clients develop integrated benefit programs that combine the administration of employee benefit plans with access to captive medical stop loss coverage, and provides valuable assistance navigating the complexities of insurance and benefits-related laws and regulations. Jesse has extensive experience forming and providing ongoing corporate and regulatory counsel to single parent, group, sponsored and protected cell captive insurance entities, as well as risk retention groups.

One the firm’s top litigators and shareholders, Gary Burt comments: “Adam is a first rate trial attorney, respected by his peers, and appreciated by his clients.  He treats the practice of law not as a job, but a profession.”

Adam Mordecai is a civil trial lawyer with a diverse practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in all manner of state and federal forums, including jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, administrative hearings and mediations. Adam represents businesses large and small, insurers and individuals, with a particular emphasis on defending personal injury claims, resolving employment matters, handling insurance coverage issues, and litigating construction disputes on behalf of contractors, subcontractors and project owners. Adam works closely with clients to understand their priorities and find a resolution that best serves the client’s business or personal interests, whether through mediation, arbitration, trial or other means. 

When the best or only course is trial, Adam works with clients throughout the adversarial process as your advocate, guide and counselor. Adam has successfully represented clients in trials throughout the state and draws upon his considerable courtroom experience to efficiently resolve legal problems.

Primmer, with offices in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Washington, DC, is 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 1/18/16)