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Lisa B. Shelkrot


Lisa is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation. She represents corporate and individual clients in state and federal courts and frequently serves as local counsel for national law firms and boutique litigators. While she has been fortunate to have worked in many varied areas of the law, she maintains a focus in construction disputes, frauds, civil rights, land use, commercial litigation, Title 9 investigations, and serious crimes. Lisa is a zealous courtroom advocate and has tried dozens of criminal and civil jury cases to verdict and many more bench trials and evidentiary hearings.

Lisa joined Langrock Sperry & Wool in 1995 after three years as a public defender in New York City. She became a partner in 2000 and has served on the firm’s management committee since 2007. She represents the United States District Court of Vermont as the Criminal Justice Act Panel Representative and serves on several federal court committees. With her partner Erin Miller Heins, she is co-author of the Vermont chapter of Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law 2d. (Aspen Publishing 2000). She previously clerked for the Hon. Stephanie K. Seymour of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Lisa is active in a number of professional associations and non-profit boards of directors. She is the President of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, and past president of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She has served on the boards of the Vermont Bar Foundation, the Vermont Civil Liberties Union, Legal Services LawLine of Vermont, and the Green Mountain Chamber Festival.


Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1991); Yale College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1986)

Bar Admissions

Admitted to state and federal courts in Vermont; state courts in Massachusetts and New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit


Vermont Bar Association; Vermont Association for Justice; Vermont and National Associations for Criminal Defense Lawyers


Lisa has been annually recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® — the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession — as a leading attorney in Criminal Defense for both White-Collar and General Practice since 2007, as well as for Commercial Litigation and Construction Litigation since 2013. She was named by Best Lawyers as Vermont’s “Lawyer of the Year” for Construction Litigation in 2017. In addition, she was named Vermont’s “Lawyer of the Year” for Criminal Defense: General Practice in 2022, as well as 2024 edition, where she is also named for her work in Criminal Defense: White Collar. Lisa is also recognized by bestofus.com as a leading Criminal Defense Lawyer, and in New England Super Lawyers for her work in Criminal Defense, General Litigation and Civil Rights/First Amendment Law. Lisa’s numerable recognitions also include Vermont’s only state-wide business publication, Vermont Biz, which has repeatedly featured her in its yearly list of “Top Business Lawyers”.