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William A. Mason, IV

Chip Mason has been a partner in the Corporate Department of Gravel & Shea since 2006 and a managing partner since 2020. He joined the firm in 2003 after practicing at another prominent law firm in Burlington, Vermont, where he worked primarily on debt and equity financings.

At Gravel & Shea, Chip’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisition transactions and other investment activities, including representing private equity funds and companies in debt and equity financings. Chip also handles other corporate engagements, including structuring agreements among investors, structuring shareholder, partnership and LLC agreements among and on behalf of various investor groups and representing issuers and purchasers in the structuring, issuance and sale of securities.

Practice Areas


  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D. 1996, cum laude
    • Notes Editor, Maine Law Review
  • University of Vermont, B.A. 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Maine (1996)
  • Vermont (1996)
  • Massachusetts (1997)

Members & Affiliations

  • Member, Chittenden County, Vermont, Maine and American Bar Associations
  • Councilor, City of Burlington (2012-2022)


  • Named 2023 Burlington Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Law in The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Named 2016 Burlington Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Law in The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2013
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2008
  • Listed in New England Super Lawyers
  • BV Distinguished rating in Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Matters

  • Represented sellers in $75 million sale of franchised fitness centers
  • Represented borrower in $100 million line of credit financing in sporting gear industry
  • Represented sellers in $65 million sale of insurance business