Michelle N. Farkas


Michelle Farkas joined Gravel & Shea in 1999 after practicing at Goodwin Procter in Boston. At Gravel & Shea, Michelle focuses on complex commercial real estate transactions, representing developers and non-institutional investors in real estate acquisition, development, financing, zoning and land use matters. Michelle has extensive experience in assisting developers with establishing and managing condominium and planned unit developments, assisting both local and national landlords and tenants with commercial and retail leasing, and assisting a major wireless service provider with its site acquisition activities throughout the state, including complex title work, leasing activities, and permitting efforts and strategy.  Michelle is a member of the emerging technology group focusing on applying blockchain technology to real estate transactions.


  • Boston College Law School, J.D. 1996, cum laude
    • Note Editor, Third World Law Journal
  • Cornell University, B.A. 1993, with distinction in all subjects; Phi Beta Kappa


  • Named 2012 and 2020 Burlington Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate Law in The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2007
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2003

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Board Member, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Vermont
  • Member, Chittenden County, Vermont, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts (1996)
  • Vermont (1999)