Our mission: provide unparalleled legal services

We carry out this mission by upholding the highest ethical standards, providing real value to our clients and offering advice informed by experience, intelligence and good judgment. We are committed to maintaining honesty, integrity and fairness with our clients, the courts and our adversaries, providing a rewarding work environment for our employees, and supporting and improving our community.

Our history:


Clarke Albert Gravel (1916-2002) opened his private practice. Prior to opening his practice, Mr. Gravel was Chittenden County State’s Attorney until he became Judge of Probate Court for the District of Chittenden in 1947.


Charles T. Shea joined Mr. Gravel in 1967. After earning his J.D. from Georgetown University and then an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University, Mr. Shea served as an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service in Boston from 1956-1961. He subsequently returned to Vermont and served as the Vermont Commissioner of Taxes until 1967.


Gravel & Shea is proud to provide its clients legal services in a wide variety of disciplines, including commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate, intellectual property, energy, land use and environmental regulation, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, personal injury litigation, employment law, and family law. We hire attorneys only with top credentials, including former judicial clerks, Assistant U.S. Attorneys and practitioners who worked at law firms in major U.S. cities.

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We are the Vermont representative member of TAGLaw

TAGLaw, a global alliance of high quality, independent law firms with 150 member firms based in 90 countries, providing our clients with access to an international 7,500-lawyer network dedicated to 100% client satisfaction.

The culture at Gravel & Shea fosters innovative, collaborative, and client-centric work. The depth of experience and variety of expertise at Gravel & Shea allows us to navigate complex legal issues from all angles, with authority.

Heather Hammond, Managing Partner

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Community commitment and social responsibility

Giving back to the community that has supported us for over 65 years is a core value of Gravel & Shea. We seek to make a meaningful difference, not only through intentional giving but with our time and leadership as well.

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