Gravel & Shea PC

May 2015

Chambers USA 2015 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 practice areas in which the firm received a top-tier “Band 1” ranking in Vermont are described as follows:
The Corporate/Commercial group is a “Highly distinguished practice group that is noted for its representation of midsize companies and is increasingly active in the renewable energy market. Recognized for the strength of its expertise in a spectrum of areas, including M&A, regulatory compliance and tax matters.” Clients say: “They deliver on the quality. They see the totality of the situation.”

The Litigation: General Commercial team is a “Strong group of highly experienced trial lawyers.” The team represents “an impressive stable of clients including energy utilities, retailers, publishers and banks on a spectrum of complex commercial litigation matters.” They also have “Notable expertise in a number of areas including contract disputes and securities class actions.” Clients say: “Smart and capable: excellent local counsel.”

The Real Estate group has “a deep bench of experienced real estate attorneys and is highlighted for its representation of developers and renewable energy companies. It offers particular experience in utility permits, property acquisitions and leasing.” Clients say: “The firm is highly qualified and very professional”.

Gravel & Shea attorneys included in the individual rankings are:

Corporate/Commercial (Band 1)

Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1)

Real Estate (Band 1)

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 Co-hosts Vermont Women’s Fund

Vermont Women's Fund
In collaboration with the Vermont Community Foundation and Lucinda Bain of Morgan Stanley, Gravel & Shea hosted a gathering to honor the Vermont Women’s Fund. Gravel & Shea is a long-time supporter of the Vermont Women’s Fund, which is committed to supporting the advancement, self-sufficiency, and economic and social equality of Vermont women and girls. Over 70 Vermont women from various professional backgrounds attended to create networking opportunities with each other and raise awareness for the Vermont Women’s Fund and its program grant recipients.

Gravel & Shea Participates in 27th Annual Vermont City Marathon & Relay

Marathon 2015
Once again, Gravel & Shea participated in the Annual Vermont City Marathon & Relay. The firm’s team consisted of Matt Stern, Pat Happy, Jeanne Blackmore, Michelle Farkas and Candace McCarthy, and they finished with a time of 4:34:02. Tim Eustace and Matt Byrne also ran with relay teams of their own, and Kate Murphy ran her first half marathon.

$499,999.99 Settlement in Medical Malpractice Action Against Stowe Family Practice

Gravel & Shea attorney Robert Hemley successfully represented the estate of a woman who sought treatment from the Stowe Family Practice for headaches. The practice, which operated as a community health center protected by the Federal Tort Claims Act, failed to order the tests necessary to diagnose an underlying hemorrhage that ultimately resulted in the woman’s death. Defended by the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, the practice asserted that the failure to order the necessary test was the result of a “glitch” in its office software.

Settlement Reached in Low Impact Collision

Gravel & Shea attorney Robert Hemley successfully represented a woman who was rear ended by an inattentive taxi driver while waiting at a red light on Battery Street in Burlington. The defense contended that the damages caused by the 5 mph collision that caused no damage to either vehicle was minimal. The amount of the settlement is confidential.

Settlements Reached in North Avenue Collision Cases

A physician returning from his shift at the UVM Medical Center crossed the center line on North Avenue and struck head on a car in which Gravel & Shea’s clients, a grandmother and granddaughter, were traveling. The doctor claimed he had swerved to avoid an animal. The cases, handled by Gravel & Shea attorney Robert Hemley, settled for the policy limits.