John C. Gravel
John is active in local theater and he was one of the firm’s most active courtroom lawyers. John included banking, bankruptcy, business/corporate, civil litigation, probate and estate planning within his areas of practice, but retired from active practice in December, 2017.
John earned a B.A. degree from St. Michael’s College in 1969 and after graduating from Boston College with a J.D. in 1972, John became a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army Reserves, serving from 1970 to 1978.
John has participated in the following law-related activities: chair of the VBA Committee on Specialization in 1981-82; chair of the VBA Business Law Committee 1989-90; member of the VBA Committee that drafted New For-Profit Corporation law with responsibility for drafting new section on close corporations; member of the committee that drafted new non-profit corporation law. Both have been enacted by the Vermont legislature. John was also a recipient of the VBA Pro Bono Award in 1992. John served as a member of the Vermont Statutory Revision Commission for over 20 years, having been appointed by the Governor of Vermont in 1979.
Civic accomplishments include being a member of the Board of Directors of Vermont Catholic Charities, Inc. during the 1980’s for six years, three of which he was President; Board of Trustees member (now a Trustee Emeritus) for Burlington College for three years in the 1980’s, Board of Directors member for the Chittenden County United Way for six years in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, and its Volunteer Of The Year in 1986; Board of Directors member and past president of Lyric Theatre for three year stints in the 1970’s, 1980’s & 1990’s. He was the first Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Ltd., and held that position for seven years (1979-1986), and is now Director Emeritus. While Chair, John negotiated the purchase of the Theater and was one of the community leaders involved in its successful revival and restoration. The Flynn Center is now one of the premier Performing Arts Centers in New England. He was member Adjunct Board of MCHV for two years in 1980’s; and a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary for the Burlington International Games, Inc. (1975-1988).
BA, Saint Michael’s College (1969); Juris Doctor, Boston College (1972)
Vermont, United States District Court, District of Vermont; Second Circuit Court of Appeals