Robert B. Hemley

rhemley@gravelshea.com

Bob Hemley was admitted to the bar in 1971 in New York. After working for a Wall Street firm and serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, he joined the firm in 1976.

Education

  • New York University, J.D. 1970
  • Amherst College, B.A. 1967

Honors

  • Named 2013 Burlington Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense: White-Collar in Best Lawyers in America
  • Named 2012 Burlington Lawyer of the Year for Commercial Litigation in Best Lawyers in America
  • Named 2011 Burlington Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar in Best Lawyers in America
  • Named 2009 Burlington Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation in Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than 25 consecutive years (1989-2014)
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2003-2013)
  • Listed in New England Super Lawyers (2007-2013)
  • Named as one of the Top 100 New England attorneys in New England Super Lawyers (2007-2011, 2013)
  • Named as a Vermont “litigation star” in Benchmark’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (2008-2012)
  • Received Matthew Lyon Award by the Vermont Press Association for lifetime achievement in First Amendment work

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Chair, District Court Advisory Committee (formally Civil Justice Reform Act Task Force) for Vermont, 1993-Present
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Chittenden County, Vermont and American Bar Associations
  • Member, Vermont Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (Charter member, Vermont Chapter; President, 1993-1994)

Selected Reported Cases

  • Browning-Ferris Indus. of Vermont, Inc. v. Kelco Disposal, Inc., 492 U.S. 257 (1989)
  • Travelers Ins. Co. v. Henry, 2007 WL 1448072 (D. Vt. May 14, 2007)
  • Austin v. Downs, Rachlin & Martin, 2006 WL 2585102 (D. Vt. Aug. 24, 2006)
  • Dwight v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, 2005 WL 756517 (D. Conn. Mar. 31, 2005)
  • In re Inquest Subpoena (WCAX), 2005 VT 103, 179 Vt. 12, 890 A.2d 1240 (2005)
  • State v. Whitney, 2005 VT 102, 178 Vt. 435, 885 A.2d 1200 (2005)
  • Austin v. Downs, Rachlin & Martin, 114 Fed. Appx. 21 (2d Cir. 2004)
  • Blanchard v. Eli Lilly & Co., 207 F. Supp. 2d 308 (D. Vt. 2002)
  • Soutiere v. Betzdearborn, Inc., 189 F. Supp. 2d 183 (D. Vt. 2002)
  • Herald Ass’n v. Dean, 174 Vt. 350, 816 A.2d 469 (2002)
  • Andrew C. & Margaret R. Sigler Found., Inc. v. Town of Norwich, 174 Vt. 129, 807 A.2d 442 (2002)
  • Needham v. Coordinated Apparel Group, Inc., 174 Vt. 263, 811 A.2d 124 (2002)
  • Vermont Mobile Home Owners’; Ass’n v. Lapierre, 131 F. Supp. 2d 553 (D. Vt. 2001)
  • In re Sealed Documents, 172 Vt. 152, 772 A.2d 518 (2001)
  • Vermont Soc’y of Ass’n Executives v. Milne, 172 Vt. 375, 779 A.2d 20 (2001)
  • Savoie v. Merchants Bank, 166 F.3d 456 (2d Cir. 1999)
  • Lupien v. Citizens Utils. Co., 159 F.3d 102 (2d Cir. 1998)
  • Boston & Maine Corp. v. Canadian Nat’l Ry., 152 F.3d 917 (2d Cir. 1998)
  • Ray v. Doughboy Recreational, Inc., 122 F.3d 1057 (2d Cir. 1997)
  • Costello v. Gannett Satellite Info. Network, Inc., 939 F. Supp. 313 (D. Vt. 1996), aff’d, 112 F.3d 503 (2d Cir. 1997)
  • Shaw v. Agri-Mark, Inc., 67 F.3d 18 (2d Cir. 1995)
  • Ross v. Times Mirror, Inc., 164 Vt. 13, 665 A.2d 580 (1995)
  • Beauchemin v. Blodgett Corp., 163 Vt. 175, 656 A.2d 984 (1995)
  • State v. Gundlah ex rel. Smallheer, 160 Vt. 193, 624 A.2d 368 (1993)
  • Downs v. Downs, 159 Vt. 467, 621 A.2d 229 (1993)
  • David L. Threlkeld & Co. v. Metallgesellschaft Ltd. (London), 923 F.2d 245 (2d Cir. 1991)
  • State v. Schaefer, 157 Vt. 339, 599 A.2d 337 (1991)
  • Mobbs v. Cent. Vermont Pub. Ry., 155 Vt. 210, 583 A.2d 566 (1990)
  • U.S. v. Starr, 816 F.2d 94 (2d Cir.1987)
  • Schaafsma v. Morin Vermont Corp., 802 F.2d 629 (2d Cir. 1986)

Bar Admissions

  • New York (1971)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1972)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (1972)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont (1976)
  • Vermont (1977)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York (1977)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1989)

Languages

  • French
  • Spanish