Paul S. Gillies

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.


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)

Memberships and public offices
Vermont Bar Association
Vermont Institute for Government, Chair (1985-present)
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

Vermont Bar Association
            Columnist, Ruminations (1993-present)
A Place to Pass Through: Berlin, Vermont 1820-1991
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
“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)

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

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