Gravel & Shea PC

August 2019

11 Gravel & Shea Attorneys Honored by The Best Lawyers in America 2020

Gravel & Shea is proud to congratulate eleven of its attorneys who will be recognized in the legal publication The Best Lawyers in America© 2020.

Best Lawyers has been in publication since 1983, and its rankings are created through peer-review evaluation. They receive more than seven million votes each year. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Best Lawyers also recognizes those attorneys that rank highest for their practice area in their geographic area. We congratulate Partner Peter S. Erly for his 2020 Corporate Lawyer of the Year recognition and  Partner Michelle N. Farkas for her recognition as 2020 Real Estate Lawyer of the Year for Burlington.

Gravel & Shea attorneys rank in Best Lawyers year after year, and we are proud to congratulate the following members of our team:

Peter S. Erly, recognized since 2007

Corporate Law

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Securities / Capital Markets Law

Securities Regulation

Timothy M. Eustace, recognized since 2013

Litigation – Real Estate

Michelle N. Farkas, recognized since 2007

Real Estate Law

Heather Rider Hammond, recognized since 2015

Employment Law – Management

Litigation – Labor and Employment

Robert B. Hemley, recognized since 1989

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, recognized since 2013

Corporate Governance Law

Corporate Law

Jerome F. O’Neill, recognized since 1993

Commercial Litigation

Criminal Defense: General Practice

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Robert F. O’Neill, recognized since 2006

Commercial Litigation

Criminal Defense: General Practice

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Keith A. Roberts, recognized since 2013

Corporate Law

Robert H. Rushford, recognized since 2007

Real Estate Law

Norman Williams, recognized since 2009

Appellate Practice

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs

 

Gravel & Shea Wins Dismissal of Libel Suit Against The Brattleboro Reformer

Gravel & Shea’s First Amendment practice group secured another victory on August 12, 2019 when the Windham Unit of Vermont’s Superior Court dismissed a libel action brought against The Brattleboro Reformer and one of its reporters.  The suit grew out of reporting about the efforts of Kimberly Crosson to acquire an interest in a derelict building in Bellows Falls, Vermont that was formerly operated as The Hetty Green Motel.  In dismissing the action, the Court also accepted Gravel & Shea’s argument that the suit was subject to Vermont’s anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) statute, which protects publishers from lawsuits that are intended to burden them with legal costs as a tactic to discourage them from commenting on matters of public interest.  Under Vermont’s anti-SLAPP suit, the Brattleboro Reformer and its reporter are entitled to recover their legal fees from the Plaintiff.  Bob Hemley handled the case for Gravel & Shea.  A link to the decision is here.