Gravel & Shea PC

March 2019

Attorney Keith Roberts Joins Gravel & Shea Corporate Team

Gravel & Shea is happy to welcome Keith Roberts to the firm. As Special Counsel on the corporate team, Keith’s practice will focus on a wide range of corporate transactional and governance issues, including purchase and sale transactions, financing on both the borrower and lender sides, and representation of boards.

“Joining the team at Gravel & Shea was an opportunity that I couldn’t ignore,” says Keith. “The firm offers me the perfect opportunity to do more of the types of legal work that I really enjoy, and I’m looking forward to growing the firm’s representation of non-profits and participating in public finance transactions.”

Prior to joining Gravel & Shea, Keith was a shareholder at another prominent Vermont law firm for nearly 15 years. He began his law career clerking for the Honorable Nathaniel M. Gorton, United States District Judge, District of Massachusetts and then worked at Ropes & Gray in Boston before returning to Vermont in 2004.

“We are pleased to welcome Keith Roberts,” said Gravel & Shea Shareholder William Mason. “Keith brings significant experience working with municipalities and businesses on their governance, transactions and day-to-day legal affairs.”

ABA Journal Features Vermont Blockchain Laws and Gravel & Shea Special Counsel

In a recent article, the ABA Journal highlighted actions states like Wyoming and Vermont are taking to improve the legal landscape for blockchain companies.

While Wyoming has opted for a deregulation model, Gravel & Shea attorneys have been active in Vermont’s efforts to create a useful legal structure based on the needs of blockchain companies.

Oliver Goodenough, Gravel & Shea Special Counsel and a law professor at Vermont Law School, told the ABA Journal that the purpose of recently passed blockchain legislation was to “provide the ability to opt into a structure rather than wait for the courts to impose something on top of you.”

To that end, the 2018 law created blockchain-based limited liability companies (BBLLCs) and personal information protection companies (PIPCs).

To read the full article, click here.