Gravel & Shea PC

August 2018

Attorney Catherine Burke Joins Gravel & Shea Corporate Team

Gravel & Shea is delighted to welcome Catherine Burke to the firm. As an Associate Attorney on the corporate team, Catherine will serve clients on a range of issues, including taxation, business formation and representation as well as blockchain technology.

“I am pleased to join Gravel & Shea,” said Catherine. “I was drawn to the firm because of its reputation for excellence and dedication to providing the best outcomes for clients.  And of course it has an unparalleled location in my hometown of Burlington, Vermont.  I look forward to working alongside this accomplished group of attorneys and serving clients at Gravel & Shea.

”Prior to joining Gravel & Shea, Catherine worked for a large accounting firm, where she provided tax consulting services.  Catherine graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University Law School, where she was Student Bar Association President and served on the Law Review.

“We are very excited to have Catherine join our corporate department at Gravel & Shea,” said Partner Peter Erly.  “Catherine has substantial experience working on tax and other legal issues both inside and outside law firms in the DC area.  It is great that she has decided to return home to Vermont.  We expect that she will be an active member of our blockchain technology practice group as well as other business-related legal efforts.”

 

Legal Innovation Expert Oliver Goodenough Joins Gravel & Shea

Oliver Goodenough joins Gravel & Shea as Special Counsel, bringing with him decades of experience researching, writing and teaching at the intersection of law, economics, finance, and technology.  He specializes in corporate and financial matters, with a particular emphasis on the law of technological applications such as blockchain, FinTech, RegTech, and artificial intelligence.  He also advises on early stage business, entertainment law, intellectual property, nonprofits and social enterprise.

Goodenough is co-founder of Skopos Labs, Inc., which applies advanced AI to questions of law and policy, and a Professor of Law at Vermont Law School. He is also affiliated faculty at Stanford’s CodeX Center, a Research Fellow of the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, and an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering.  He recently stepped down as co-Director of the VLS Center for Legal Innovation and as a visiting IPA Researcher at the Office of Financial Research.

“I am excited to join Gravel & Shea,” said Goodenough. “The firm has excellent lawyers and a distinguished history — as well as a practice at the cutting edge of financial and legal technology, representing clients in blockchain and related fields.  I will bring my academic and practice skills in these areas to help grow the field in Vermont and around the world.”

Goodenough’s work in emerging areas of law — particularly in the field of contracts and business organizations — has impacted policy at both the state and national levels. He is a co-author of Vermont’s recent blockchain legislation and a participant in the state’s blockchain study committee. At the national level, he has collaborated with the Office of Financial Research at the Department of the Treasury on the possibility of automating financial instruments.

“I have known and worked with Oliver for many years on initiatives to improve and innovate business legislation here in Vermont,” said Gravel & Shea Shareholder Peter Erly.  “A number of these projects involved first-in-the-nation legislative initiatives, including recent blockchain legislation, for which Oliver was responsible.  Oliver provides a unique ability to identify legal issues affecting new developments in technology while also offering a deep background in a wide array of legal disciplines pertinent to businesses inside and outside of Vermont.  We are extremely fortunate to have him join Gravel & Shea.”

Goodenough is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He was formerly an IPA Researcher and Visiting Fellow at the Office of Financial Research of the Department of the Treasury, a partner and of counsel at the New York City law firm of Kay Collyer & Boose, and a Faculty Fellow and co-Director of the Law Lab project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

 

10 Gravel & Shea Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

Called “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice” by Corporate Counsel Magazine, Best Lawyers© has long recognized the talent and skill displayed by Gravel & Shea attorneys.

For their 2019 guide, Best Lawyers honors 10 Gravel & Shea partners. To choose the included attorneys, Best Lawyers analyzed 7.4 million votes made by 83,000 industry-leading attorneys from around the world. Within each region, Best Lawyers contacts leading lawyers and asks them to fill out anonymous ballots about nominated attorneys, voting on whether they would be likely to refer their own clients to the nominated lawyer. Those who receive high marks are recognized as exceptional in their field.

Best Lawyers also recognizes those attorneys who receive the highest votes for their practice area in their specific geographical location. Gravel & Shea congratulates Jerome F. O’Neill on his recognition as Lawyer of the Year in Burlington for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.

Gravel & Shea attorneys consistently rank highly in Best Lawyer’s peer reviewed process, and we are proud to have the following attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers for 2019:

Peter S. Erly

(10th Year of Recognition)

Corporate Law

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Securities / Capital Markets Law

Securities Regulation

Timothy M. Eustace 

(5th Year of Recognition)

Litigation – Real Estate

Michelle N. Farkas

(10th Year of Recognition)

Real Estate Law

Heather Rider Hammond

(5th Year of Recognition)

Employment Law – Management

Litigation – Labor and Employment

Robert B. Hemley

(30th Year of Recognition)

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Criminal Defense: General Practice

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

First Amendment Law

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs

Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

William A. Mason

(5th Year of Recognition)

Corporate Governance Law

Corporate Law

Jerome F. O’Neill

(25th Year of Recognition)

Commercial Litigation

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Robert F. O’Neill

(10th Year of Recognition)

Commercial Litigation

Criminal Defense: General Practice

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Robert H. Rushford

(10th Year of Recognition)

Real Estate Law

Norman Williams

(10th Year of Recognition)

Appellate Practice

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs