Gravel & Shea PC

January 2013

Young Lawyer Admitted to the Bar in Style!

Pauline Law and Judge FowlerPauline Law is the most recent Gravel & Shea attorney to be admitted to the Vermont bar, and the first attorney in the state of Vermont to be sworn in by Judge Susan L. Fowler of the Probate Division of the Superior Court. Pauline joins Gravel & Shea associates David A. Boyd, Navah C. Spero and Matthew S. Stern, who were all recently admitted to the Vermont bar.

Andrew Manitsky Obtains Two Appellate Victories

Andrew Manitsky, a litigation partner at Gravel & Shea PC, recently obtained victories on appeal in two separate cases.  In both, other law firms were lead counsel at the trial level, and Andrew was hired to handle the appeal.

In the first case, a consumer class action against a bank alleging bait-and-switch tactics was proceeding in arbitration when the bank sought and obtained a ruling from the Vermont Superior Court dismissing the entire case.  Andrew briefed and argued the appeal before the Vermont Supreme Court, arguing that the lower court had no right to interfere in the arbitration since the bank, in seeking the court’s help, had failed to follow the proper procedure.  The Vermont Supreme Court agreed, and reversed and remanded.

In the second case, a designer and manufacturer of protective eyewear sued another manufacturer for patent infringement in federal court in Vermont and filed a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to stop further sales.  After the court denied the motion, Andrew briefed and argued the appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., arguing that the lower court applied the wrong legal standard for preliminary injunctions in patent cases.  The Federal Circuit Court agreed, and vacated and remanded.