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Lisa B. Shelkrot


Lisa is a trial lawyer who has successfully tried civil rights cases, construction disputes, family disputes, personal injury, insurance coverage, land use, and employment cases. She represents individuals from all walks of life charged with serious crimes in both state and federal court, and she has tried dozens of criminal and civil cases to verdict. She also helps her clients avoid trials when appropriate, whether through pre-trial motions practice or settlement negotiations.

Lisa joined Langrock Sperry & Wool in 1995 after three years as a public defender in New York City.  She previously clerked for the Hon. Stephanie K. Seymour of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She is a past president of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has served on a variety of other non-profit boards, including 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, and for Criminal Defense: General Practice in 2022. 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”.