Paul S. Gillies

University of Maine School of Law (J.D., 1978)

University of Vermont (M.A., English, 1975)

Case-Western Reserve University (B.A., English, 1970)

Bar Admission
Vermont (1979)

Vermont Bar Association
Columnist, Ruminations (1993-present)

A Place to Pass Through: Berlin, Vermont 1820-1991 (1993)

A Book of Opinions, with James H. Douglas (1993)

The Records of the Vermont Council of Censors, with D. Gregory Sanford (1991)

Confronting Statehood: A Series of Bicentennial Essays (1992)
“Not Quite a State of Nature,” Vermont Law Review 23:1 (Fall 1998)

“And If There Be No Choice Made: A Meditation on Section 47 of the

Vermont Constitution,” with D. Gregory Sanford, Vermont Law Review 28:* (Fall 2003)
Edited by Daniel Richardson

Uncommon Law, Ancient Roads, and Other Ruminations on Vermont Legal History (2013)

The Law of the Hills: A Judicial History of Vermont (2019)

Memberships and public offices

Vermont Bar Association

Vermont Institute for Government, Chair (1993-2015)

Vermont Judicial History Society, Chair (1993-present)

Moderator, Town and Town School District of Berlin (2003-present)

Chair and member, Berlin Selectboard (1993-1999)

Board member, Vermont Historical Society (1995-2001)

Honorary member, Vermont Clerks and Treasurers Association

Honorary member, Vermont Surveyors Association

Personal interests
Vermont history, including judicial and legal history; old roads; family (wife, two sons, four grandsons).

About Paul

Paul joined the firm in January of 1993 after 12 years as Deputy Secretary of State for Vermont.

Paul’s practice involves most of the usual civil areas of law, including municipal, zoning and land use, property, appellate, and trial work. He has a special fascination for old roads, boundary lines, rights-of-way and other easements, and that special land where history collides with law.

Leading Reported Cases

Gade v. Chittenden Solid Waste District, 2009 VT 107, 187 Vt. 7

Rowe v. Lavanway, 180 Vt. 505 (2006)

Cassani v. Northfield Savings Bank, 179 Vt. 204 (2005)

Trickett v. Ochs, 176 Vt. 89 (2003)

Herrick v. Town of Marlboro, 173 Vt. 170 (2001)

In re Taft Corners Associates, Inc., 171 Vt. 135 (2000)

City of St. Albans v. Northwest Regional Planning Com’n, 167 Vt. 466 (1998)

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