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.
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
Miss Koenemann-Warren joined the firm in 2017 and focuses her practice on labor relations (including collective bargaining), employment, and education law. Before joining the firm, she spent 16 years working in schools in the areas of labor relations, human resources, school board policy and education law for Chittenden South Supervisory Union and Lamoille North Supervisory Union. She is also a former chair and member of the Montpelier School Board. She brings over 18 years of working experience in school law on both the student and employee side with the perspectives of an advisor, administrator and school board member. In addition, she has past experiences working in insurance defense, life insurance claims examination, and general practice.
She holds certifications as a School Business Manager in the state of Vermont and as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She is a former Associate Examiner for the Board of Bar Examiners and a graduate of the Snelling Center for Government Vermont School Leadership Project.
Elmira College, B.A. (1995) magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Vermont Law School, J.D. (1998)
Education Law, Labor and Employment Law
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 some of the firm’s 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 in Vermont in a wide variety of complex civil matters, including breach of contract, business torts, employment litigation, professional malpractice, personal injury, family law, product liability, and intellectual property. He is the Chair of the Vermont Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, and litigates and provides counseling on trademark, unfair competition, copyright, trade secrets, and domain name disputes.
Mr. Manitsky has given seminars on trademark infringement, copyright law, legal ethics, and mediation techniques. He is a Professional Responsibility Board hearing panel member, and a member of the Early Neutral Evaluation (Mediation) Panel and the Civil Jury Instructions Committee for the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. Mr. Manitsky is listed in Best Lawyers in America (since 2009) (Burlington "Lawyer of the Year" (2016) Litigation - Intellectual Property ); New England Super Lawyers (since 2010); Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (since 2005); and Benchmark’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (since 2013.) He previously practiced at a boutique firm in New York City, then at Gravel & Shea in Burlington for 15 years (12 as a partner).
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, Intellectual Property, Employment Litigation, Personal Injury, Family Law
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)
Insurance Defense, 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 complex 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. Mr. Weimer also has trial experience in employment law defense and First Amendment freedom of religion issues, as well as extensive experience in defending 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)
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
Ms. Welsh is the firm's Office Manager. Prior to joining LLBM in 2009, she had worked for six years as a legal secretary at another Burlington law firm.
Champlain College, A.D. (1994)