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Boston Latin School, 1948
Harvard College, 1951, A.B., cum laude
Harvard Law School, 1954, LL.B.
University of California at Berkeley, Summer 1956

1955   Supreme Judicial Court (Massachusetts)
1957 U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
1957   U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
1965   U.S. Supreme Court


Mr. Gossels is a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Sections on Litigation, Family Law and the Administration of Justice and served as Chair of the Fee Disputes Committee from 2000 to 2010.  He served as a hearing officer for the Board of Bar Overseers from 2007 to 2012.  He is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.

2000-Present   Guardian ad Litem and Conservator of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court
1984-Present Master of the Massachusetts Superior Court
1977-Present   Examiner of Titles of the Massachusetts Land Court
1968-1979   Town Counsel of the Town of Wayland
1982-1991   Special Counsel to the Burlington Town Meeting
1979-1982   Special Counsel to the Town of Wayland
1974-1983   Town Counsel to the Town of Boxborough
1978-1991   Special Counsel to the School Committee of the Town of Needham
1976-1984   Special Counsel to the School Committee of Franklin
1965-1970   Adjunct Professor of International Business Law, Boston University
1962-1967   Moderator, New England Conference on Legal Problems of Doing Business Abroad
1961-1972   General Counsel, Charles Playhouse, 77 Warrenton Street, Boston, MA
1961-Present   Real Estate Broker
1957-Present   Notary Public of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


1997-Present   Director, Friends and Alumni of OSE-USA, which helps to support OSE (Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants), a French charitable organization headquartered in Paris that provides charitable and medical services to people of modest income and other disabilities in France and elsewhere
1997-Present   Host: Meet the Candidates, Live! on Channel 9, Wayland
1982-2011 Moderator of the Town of Wayland
1966-1968   Finance Committee of the Town of Wayland
1977-1979   President of Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley, Sudbury, Massachusetts


"Altruism in Government: Exemptions from the Tax on Owners of Real Estate in Massachusetts," 1954, limited publication by the Massachusetts Special Commission on Taxation.

"Gifts to Minors: Income Tax Consequences of Massachusetts Support Law," Boston Bar Journal, February, 1960.

"Assessments of Perpetual Rights and Easements," Newsletter of the Association of Massachusetts Assessors, December, 1972.

Co-Editor, (with Nancy Lee Gossels and Joan S. Kaye), Vetaher Libenu, the first egalitarian Jewish siddur (1980). Vether Libenu is also the first Jewish siddur that includes the matriarchs, Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel in the Jewish liturgy, a formulation that has been adopted by all Conservative and Reform congregations and published in their prayer books.  Vetaher Libenu also revised the traditional English invocation to read “Holy One of blessing, Your Presence fills creation”, which was composed by Nancy Lee Gossels and Joan S. Kaye.

"The Perfect Mate", © 1987 by Nancy Lee Gossels and C. Peter R. Gossels.

Co-Editor, (with Harry Abadi, Gary Bean, Nancy Lee Gossels and Ellen Zellner), Chadesh Yamenu, an egalitarian machzor for Rosh Hashanah (1997).

Co-Editor, (with Harry Abadi, Velda Adams, Gary Bean, Nancy Lee Gossels and Michael Mirman), Canfey Hashachar, a siddur for weekday mornings (2003).

"Know the Law Before Starting a Small Business," Banker & Tradesman (July 2, 2001).

"Delaware: The Black Hole of Corporate Reform," New England In-House, by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (April 2003).

Co-Author and Co-Editor of Enhancing Cost and Time Efficiencies in the Commonwealth's Courts Through Effective Judicial and Attorney Practices adopted and published by the Council of the Boston Bar Association on November 15, 2005

"Why should Probate Rule 16 Trump Rule 27B?", Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (December 5, 2005).

"The Moderator's Handbook for Wayland Town Meetings," (December, 2006).

"Problems with Electronic Voting," Wayland Town Crier (January 11, 2007).

"Have the Courts Overlooked the Problem of the Predator Spouse?", Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (February 5, 2007)

"Town Meeting process is hardly 'outdated'," The Wayland/West Town Crier (April 30, 2009).

"Moderator's Handbook for Wayland's Town Meeting," (Revised May 2009).

"Is the SJC Ready to Authorize the Bifurcation of Divorce Proceedings?" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (October 4, 2010, 39 M.L.W. 287).

"Flaw in criminal justice system needs to be fixed", Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 17, 2013 41 MLW 1807).


Martindale-Hubbell: "a.v." rating  superb rating

Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers”, 2014 Edition, supplement distributed by the Boston Globe (February 28, 2014)

Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers”, 2012 Edition, supplement distributed by the Boston Globe (April 26, 2012)

See the biography of C. Peter R. Gossels at

Named a “Friend of Public Education” by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and the Wayland School Committee (2005)

Who's Who in America: since 2001

Who's Who in American Law: Listed since the First Edition

Who's Who in the East: Listed since the 1993-1994 Edition

Who's Who in the World: Listed since the 12th Edition

International Who's Who of Intellectuals: Volume IV and thereafter

Appeared as an "expert" on school law on Miller's Court, a television program produced in Boston, Massachusetts: 1980 and as an "expert" on pre-nuptial agreements on Channel 4's Live on Four on October 12, 1988.


French, German and Spanish


Intelligence Section, Psychological Warfare Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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