Chambers & Partners issued its annual rankings of law firms and lawyers by state, with Gravel & Shea once again recognized as one of the top firms in Vermont. As a credible source of guidance for more than 25 years, Chambers & Partners assesses law firms on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by clients. Individual lawyers are ranked (in their practice area(s)) on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness and their client-service. The Chambers USA guide is widely used by firms and businesses to provide quality counsel and to provide referrals.
Gravel & Shea received the top ranking (Band 1) in three areas in the Chambers USA Guide and one in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide. In Chambers USA, the featured practice areas are: Corporate/Commercial, Real Estate and Litigation: General Commercial. Partner Heather Rider Hammond was also recognized for her labor and employment practice.
“With an impressive track record across a broad range of business law matters, areas of excellence include M&A, finance, taxation and construction law.”
Litigation: General Commercial
Gravel & Shea has “a top-tier litigation practice covering an impressive range of contentious commercial matters, including intellectual property disputes, trust litigation and general business disputes.”
Gravel & Shea has a “prominent practice covering a broad range of real estate matters, including transactional matters and development work with respect to residential, commercial or mixed-use properties.”
Chambers & Partners also recognized Gravel & Shea Partner Jeanne C. Blackmore as a leading Vermont attorney in its inaugural High Net Worth Guide, aimed at providing recommendations on the world’s best lawyers to the international private wealth market. Both Jeanne Blackmore as an individual attorney and Gravel & Shea as a firm are featured in the Guide.
Jeanne Blackmore joined Gravel & Shea in 2009 after practicing for over ten years in Ernst & Young’s National Office tax practice. Jeanne focuses her practice on tax and estate planning, probate and trust administration, and general business taxation.
In recognizing Gravel & Shea as a Band 1 firm, the High Net Worth Guide states, “Gravel & Shea guides clients in estate planning matters, drafting wills and trusts, estate and gift tax minimization and charitable planning. The firm also handles trust and estate litigation, representing beneficiaries, executors and administrators.” In addition, the firm has a Family Business Succession Planning Group, which represents families in the sale of businesses, buy-sell and life insurance planning, defective trust planning and other multi-generational business succession planning.