BARBARA R. BLACKMAN
Ms. Blackman’s practice focuses on insurance law, personal injury and family law matters. She has extensive experience litigating and trying cases in state and federal courts throughout Vermont. Ms. Blackman is Vice-Chair of the Vermont Judicial Conduct Board (and has served as its Special Counsel), and occasionally serves as a Small Claims Judge in Superior Court. Ms. Blackman is a founding member of the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association.
University of Vermont, B.A. (1989)
Vermont Law School, J.D., cum laude (1992)
Vermont (1993); United States District Court for the District of Vermont (1993)
Personal Injury, Family Law, Insurance Law and Employment Law
Mr. Christianson concentrates his practice on general civil and family litigation. He clerked for Judge Joan Azrack of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and for Justice Beth Robinson of the Vermont Supreme Court. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Christianson worked at a major Vermont nonprofit, representing survivors of domestic and sexual violence. He also worked at another well-known firm in Vermont, where he represented large universities in a number of hotly-contested disputes.
Western Washington University, B.A. (2010)
New York Law School, J.D., magna cum laude (2013)
Civil Litigation, Family Law, Insurance Defense, Employment Law, Education Law
Ms. Dailey is the firm’s business manager. She has worked in the legal profession since 2006 and as a litigation paralegal since 2014. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in community mental health agencies, providing therapy to individuals and families. Her background in clinical psychology has proven beneficial to the firm and its clients. Ms. Dailey is a member of the Vermont Paralegal Organization.
Saint Michael’s College, BA (2007)
Saint Michael’s College, Master’s in Clinical Psychology (2012)
BETSEY N. LEACH
Ms. Leach provides paralegal support to the firm’s busy litigation practice. She comes to our firm with over 18 years of experience in personal injury litigation. Her varied responsibilities include handling insurance defense files, personal injury cases, family law matters and complex litigation. She routinely manages large and complicated matters. Ms. Leach is a member of the Vermont Paralegal Organization.
Outside of the office, Ms. Leach spends time with her husband, Steve, and supporting her son at various sporting events and her daughter at dance competitions.
Champlain College, A.D. (1999)
Champlain College, Paralegal Certificate (2004)
Ms. Lydon focuses her practice on labor and employment law, education law, appellate law, and general civil litigation. She has extensive experience in research and writing, and has taught first-year writing courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
While in law school, Ms. Lydon interned at the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. She also served as an articles editor for the Penn Journal of International Law. Prior to working at the firm, Ms. Lydon clerked for the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Vermont Superior Courts.
Dartmouth College, B.A. in English, cum laude (2001)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.A. in English (2004)
Simmons College, M.S. in Library and Information Science (2008)
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. (2012)
Massachusetts (2013); Vermont (2018)
Employment Law, Education Law, Appellate Law, General Civil Litigation
HEATHER T. LYNN
Ms. Lynn counsels Vermont public school districts and supervisory unions, semi-independent schools and Vermont colleges and universities on a variety of issues including student discipline, student disability/special education law, and civil liability. She has extensive experience in the defense of school districts in cases brought under Vermont’s peer harassment statutes both before Vermont and federal courts as well as the Vermont Human Rights Commission and U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. She participated in the 2012 and 2015 updates to the Vermont Agency of Education Model Policies and Procedures related to hazing, harassment and bullying and provides training to school administrators and staff on those policies and procedures. Ms. Lynn presents at local sexual harassment, special education, and student discipline seminars. She also performs college level Title IX sexual harassment investigations.
Ms. Lynn also practices civil litigation in the state and federal courts. In addition to general civil litigation, Ms. Lynn's practice focuses on the defense of school districts for claims arising out of student-on-student harassment/violence, teacher/employee misconduct and special education claims.
Wellesley College, B.A., magna cum laude (1991)
American University Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude (1995)
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (1996); D.C. Court of Appeals (1998)
Vermont (1998); United States District Court, District of Vermont (1998)
Education Law, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Employment Law
PIETRO J. LYNN
Mr. Lynn has a statewide litigation and counseling practice. As one of Vermont’s most experienced trial attorneys, he has tried well over 100 jury trials, including catastrophic injury, wrongful death, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, brain injury and multi-million dollar contract claims. Mr. Lynn also has an extensive arbitration practice. Mr. Lynn is AV peer rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Mr. Lynn leads the firm’s labor and employment group, working with employers to draft policies, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, investigate misconduct, evaluate performance and assist them in administering employee discipline that can be sustained in arbitration or in court. He also counsels clients on how best to comply with the law and avoid disability or hostile environment discrimination claims.
Mr. Lynn is also a member of the firm’s education law practice, advising clients on employee discipline and collective bargaining matters as well as their obligations under Vermont’s Open Meeting Law and Public Records Act. He is a frequent lecturer on loss prevention issues for regional and state education groups.
Mr. Lynn has established a construction law practice which includes drafting and enforcing risk transfer provisions, collections, differing site conditions and other construction disputes.
Mr. Lynn has authored nationally published chapters on litigating and trying brain injury and psychological harm cases. He understands the importance of a detailed analysis of general methodology, psychometric testing and current literature in the field when examining expert witnesses. He works with clients on a regional basis to evaluate and defend traumatic brain injury claims.
When clients find that they are facing matters which generate media and public interest, it is important to communicate their message clearly and effectively. Mr. Lynn has successfully represented numerous clients in high-profile cases where a significant component of his work included media relations.
Hamilton College, B.A., magna cum laude (1987)
Boston College, J.D. (1990)
Vermont (1990); United States District Court, District of Vermont (1990);
Second Circuit Court of Appeals (1993); United States Supreme Court (1995)
Personal Injury, Labor and Employment Law, Education Law, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law,
Insurance Law, Civil Rights
ANDREW D. MANITSKY
Mr. Manitsky represents clients in state and federal courts, and other tribunals, throughout Vermont and New York in a wide variety of complex civil matters, including breach of contract, business torts, employment-related disputes, professional malpractice, personal injury, product liability, family law and intellectual property (litigating and counseling on trademark, unfair competition, copyright, and trade secrets). He is on the Board of Managers of the Vermont Bar Association, and is the Chair of the VBA’s Intellectual Property Section.
Mr. Manitsky is also a member of the Probable Cause Panel for the Vermont Professional Responsibility Board, the Early Neutral Evaluation (Mediation) Panel for the United States District Court in Vermont, and the American Law Institute (ALI). He frequently gives seminars on trial evidence, intellectual property, and legal ethics.
Mr. Manitsky is listed in Best Lawyers in America; New England Super Lawyers; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; and Benchmark’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. Before moving to Vermont in 2000, he practiced at a boutique firm in New York City.
Oberlin College, B.A. with high honors in Philosophy (1988)
University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (1992)
New York (1993); U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (1993); U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (1993); Vermont (2000); U.S. District Court, District of Vermont (2000); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2002); U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York (2006); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2011); U.S. Tax Court (2013)
Commercial Litigation, Appellate Law, Intellectual Property, Employment Litigation, Personal Injury, Family Law, General Civil Litigation, Professional Malpractice
JENNIFER G. MIHALICH
Ms. Mihalich is of counsel at the firm, and focuses on the defense of commercial and municipal clients in litigation involving civil rights, personal injury defense, municipal law, insurance law, contract claims, and products liability. She has particular experience with coverage and other insurance issues, including tortious bad faith and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
Ms. Mihalich also has an active appellate practice, handling matters of first impression before the Vermont Supreme Court.
University of Vermont, B.A., cum laude (1993)
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude (1997)
Massachusetts (1997); United States District Court, District of Massachusetts (1998); Vermont (2001); United States District Court, District of Vermont (2001)
Civil Rights, Personal Injury Defense, Municipal Law, and Insurance Law
Ms. Shea joined the firm in 2013, and focuses her practice on labor and employment and education law. She counsels clients on a wide variety of educational matters, including special education and disabilities law, peer harassment, and discrimination. She also regularly advises clients on general labor and employment issues, such as wage and hour law, parental and family leave, and employment discrimination. She represents clients before administrative bodies and in state and federal courts.
Ms. Shea also has a background in general civil litigation, and represents clients at all phases of litigation.
Wesleyan University, B.A. (2008)
Villanova University School of Law, J.D., cum laude (2012)
Massachusetts (2012); Vermont (2013); United States District Court, District of Vermont (2015)
Employment Law, Education Law, General Civil Litigation
SEAN M. TOOHEY
Mr. Toohey became a partner of the firm in 2017 and focuses his practice on civil litigation and education law. In addition to an active trial and appellate practice in the state and federal courts, Mr. Toohey regularly defends public entities following administrative complaints made to agencies including the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Vermont Human Rights Commission, and the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Toohey served as a law clerk to the Honorable R. Marc Kantrowitz of the Massachusetts Appeals Court and served on the Executive Committee for the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence. While in law school, Mr. Toohey served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Harry M. Grossman of the Massachusetts Land Court.
University of Vermont, B.A. (1994)
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D. (2009)
Massachusetts (2009); Vermont (2011), United States District Court, District of Vermont (2012)
Civil Litigation, Education Law, Civil Rights/First Amendment, Public Records, Employment Law, Personal Injury, Administrative and Municipal Law, Zoning and Property Law
GREGORY A. WEIMER
Mr. Weimer joined the firm as of counsel in 2010. He was formerly a shareholder at Hoff Curtis in Burlington, Vermont. He focuses his practice on litigation. Mr. Weimer has represented Fortune 500 companies in federal court and served as local counsel for several national corporations. His federal court experience ranges from the removal of actions from state court to federal court for consolidation in multidistrict litigation to serving as local enforcement counsel assisting large brokerage houses in securing restraining orders against departing brokers. He has tried cases in the state courts of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Mr. Weimer also has trial experience in employment law defense and First Amendment freedom of religion issues, as well as extensive experience representing defendants and plaintiffs in personal injury litigation.
Mr. Weimer is an active member of the Vermont Bar Association, serving as Chair of the Practice and Procedure Committee. He is also a member of the Vermont Supreme Court Civil Rules Advisory Committee. He is a former Vermont State Representative of the Defense Research Institute. In his spare time he enjoys bird hunting with his English Setter, "Addie."
University of Vermont, B.A. (1984)
Vermont Law School, J.D., cum laude (1988)
Research Editor of the Vermont Law Review
Vermont (1989); United States District Court, District of Vermont; Maine (1991); United States District Court, District of Maine (1991); New Hampshire (1993); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2018)
Complex Litigation, Personal Injury, Employment Law
"Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. v. United States: The Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Arranger Liability and Apportionment," The Vermont Bar Journal (Summer 2009);"UM/UIM Coverage Issues," The Vermont Bar Journal (March 2000);"Expert Evidence: What You Don't Know About Daubert Can Hurt You," The Vermont Bar Journal & Law Digest, June 1998