Gravel & Shea PC

May 2013

Chambers USA Ranks Gravel & Shea #1 Among Vermont’s Law Firms







Gravel & Shea has once again been ranked as a leading law firm in Vermont by Chambers USA, an annual ranking of law firms and lawyers by areas of practice in each state. Gravel & Shea received a “Band 1” ranking, the highest possible, in Corporate/Commercial; Litigation: General Commercial and Real Estate. The firm also earned recognition as a leader in Vermont in Intellectual Property and Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use.

The practice areas in which the firm received a top-tier “Band 1” ranking in Vermont are described by Chambers USA as follows:

In Corporate/Commercial: “This agile team has considerable transactional experience covering deals of various sizes, and represents companies across the spectrum of industries. The group has seen particular activity in the alternative energy space, among others.”

In Litigation: General Commercial: “This four-partner team advises on high-profile matters in the energy sector, with considerable legislative and financial impact. It is as comfortable handling local disputes as it is arguing before the nation’s highest judicial authority, and has a justly earned reputation for its involvement in matters to which the State of Vermont is a party. The group is complemented by a set of able associates, so it can staff even complex litigation comfortably.”

In Real Estate: “Gravel and Shea has a compact and highly effective group of real estate professionals who are nearly all leading lights in the industry with considerable expertise. Its experience spans commercial, residential, utilities and retail matters, usually within Vermont, although its retail work is national in scope.”

Gravel & Shea attorneys included in the individual rankings are:

Corporate/Commercial (Band 1)

Intellectual Property (Band 2)

Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1)

Real Estate (Band 1)

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Chambers USA is widely used by firms and businesses for referral purposes and many utilize the rankings and profiles of firms to find appropriate legal counsel. Firms and individuals are ranked in bands, and the rankings are developed through research and thousands of in-depth interviews with clients and peers in order to assess their reputations and knowledge across the United States. The guide reflects a law firm’s high level of performance in key areas including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other various qualities stated as most valued by the client.

Gravel & Shea Participates in 25th Annual KeyBank Vermont City Marathon & Relay

Once again, Gravel & Shea participated in the Annual KeyBank Vermont City Marathon & Relay. The firm fielded two full relay teams this year. One team, with members Michelle Farkas, Matt Byrne, Jeanne Blackmore, Ethan McLaughlin, and Rachel Cairns, ran on behalf of Special Olympics Vermont, and the other, with members Kelly Mercure, Maddie Niemi, Bob Rushford, Matt Stern, and Heather Hammond, ran on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House. The teams finished with impressive times of 4:12:36 and 4:01:15, respectively. Tim Eustace, Flossie Miller, Kate Murphy and Emily Sanders also ran with teams of their own. In light of the recent tragic events at the Boston Marathon, Gravel & Shea is honored to have participated in this Burlington tradition in solidarity with the Boston community.