Two Law Firms Merge to Create Second Largest Firmin Vermont The law firms of Primmer & Piper and Eggleston & Cramer will merge toform Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer, the directors of both firms announcedtoday. The new firm, with over 30 lawyers, will offer more comprehensiveservices to its regulatory and corporate clients.An 18-lawyer firm founded in 1982, Primmer & Piper has offices inBurlington, Montpelier, and St. Johnsbury. Eggleston & Cramer, a 13-lawyerfirm founded in 1983, is located in Burlington. Each firm brings business lawspecialties that complement each other. The combination, effective January 1,2006, will establish the second largest law firm in Vermont.”This merger greatly enhances the array of legal practice areas we can offerour clients,” said Bill Piper, Chairman of the Board of Primmer & Piper. “Bycombining our resources, talents, and efforts, we improve service to our clientsand create a better environment for our employees.”The new firms practice areas include banking, bankruptcy, captive andtraditional insurance, commercial transactions, general corporate practice,employment, environmental/land use, estate planning and probate, finance,government relations, health care, immigration, intellectual property andtechnology, international law, commercial litigation, mediation and arbitration,public utility law, commercial real estate, and taxation.”We are excited about the long-term advantages and opportunities this mergerwill provide,” said Anne Cramer, President of Eggleston & Cramer. “Bycombining the legal expertise and experience of both firms, we arewell-positioned to provide top-level services in the increasingly complexregulatory business environment in Vermont, as well as the New England market.”Integration will not involve any physical disruption; the Burlington officesof Primmer & Piper and Eggleston & Cramer are already colocated at 150South Champlain Street. The new firm will continue both firms commitment tovalue, responsiveness, and integrity in providing the highest level of legalservices and achieving excellent results for its clients.
FOLLOWING the demolition of their boxing gym, resulting from the devastating fire at the Camp Street prison, the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) yesterday received a quantity of boxing gear from the Ministry of Social Cohesion’s Department of Sport and the National Sports Commission (NSC).At the Prison Service’s Sports Bar on Camp and Bent Streets, officials from the Prison Services joined Director of Sport Christopher Jones, as well as Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton, at the handing-over of the equipment.“It’s good that the government can take this approach to persons incarcerated in the prison system,” Dr Norton said, adding, “I say this because we have to give the opportunity to those persons to adapt healthier lifestyles and to make better use of their lives. I congratulate the prison service for their recent graduation ceremony where several inmates were successful. The rehabilitation, the reorientation and the changes in values are important.”“We (Ministry of Social Cohesion) will not be left behind; we know there are many sportsmen out there who were inmates and we would be happy if we could help them to continue in their respective discipline. However there is something special about boxing. It is in boxing that Guyana landed the only Olympic medal, albeit bronze,” noted the minister who also holds the responsibility for sports.The boxing equipment that were handed over to the Guyana Prison Services.Gladwin Samuels, Director of Prisons, called the donation “timely” and reflected on the Republican Gym’s victory over the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) at the National championships.According to Samuels, “It would be a shame for the gym to just go down the drain,” as the Prison Director stated his dissatisfaction at seeing inmate Jason ‘AK 47’ Barker unable to defend his Caribbean title this year in St Lucia, after the gym was destroyed by fire.“I would like to thank Minister Norton and his team for items that have been donated today (Thursday). I also want to urge the public and private sectors to help us. We’ve seen change through boxing. Sometimes you have bad inmates, we put them in the ring and over time we see wholesale changes,” said Samuels.”Meanwhile, Jones told the gathering of prison officials and media that the NSC stands ready and willing to help the Guyana Prison Service in its efforts to rehabilitate the country’s incarcerated athletes.