LITIGATION/PERSONAL INJURY AND PROPERTY DAMAGE MATTERS RESULTING FROM AUTOMOBILE INCIDENTS
Mr. Gossels has tried hundreds of cases in the Massachusetts courts, the United States District for Massachusetts and the United States Court of Appeals. In May, 2004, for example, Mr. Gossels recovered $1,600,000.00 for a pedestrian who had been injured by a motorist. And in October, 2004, Mr. Gossels recovered a house worth one million dollars for the common law widow of a man who had neglected to add her name to his deed and failed to leave a will, despite the fact that he promised to do so and she had contributed more than her share to purchase and manage his house. Based on his experience, his skills as a litigator and his integrity, the judges of the Massachusetts Superior Court appointed him to serve as a Master in 1984, to hear evidence and to report his conclusions of law in cases that may be submitted to him by the Court.
Mr. Gossels serves the judges of the Superior Court from time to time as a Master/Receiver/Arbitrator and as a Guardian ad Litem to represent the interests of minors, persons unborn or unascertained, as well as persons who are under a physical or mental disability.
Among the cases that Mr. Gossels has tried or brought to a successful conclusion have been matters involving:
- Motorists and pedestrians for personal injuries and property damage that they have suffered;
- Customers injured by falling on ice or other slippery substances;
- The malpractice of physicians, lawyers and other professionals;
- Breaches of contract;
- Conversion or theft of property;
- Unfair or deceptive business practices;
- Products liability;
- Persons who have been severely damaged as a result of slander or libel;
- Persons who claimed that an insurance company did not pay them for losses or disabilities covered by their policy;
- Homeowners who claimed that their home had been built negligently;
- Foreign judgments;
- Claims under promissory notes and other negotiable instruments;
- Patents, copyrights and trademarks;
- The terms and conditions of mortgage notes;
- The foreclosure of mortgages;
- Disputes among principals in small or close corporations;
- Employee stockholders who have been frozen out of their jobs and deprived of their equity by majority stockholders;
- A corporation that was unfairly defaulted by a judge for failing to produce documents requested by the other side;
- Employees who have been victims of discrimination at work;
- Students who have been victims of discrimination;
- Students who have been unfairly disciplined by their school;
- Employees who have been wrongfully terminated;
- Employees who have been denied the compensation that they have lawfully earned;
- Persons who have not received their lawful portion from estates and trusts; After years of litigation, Mr. Gossels recently recovered multimillion dollar judgments for clients involved in will contests.
- Property taken by the Nazis;
- Landowners, developers and contractors engaged in disputes with planning boards, boards of zoning appeal, conservation commissions and historical commissions;
- Landowners who claimed that they had gained title to or an easement over some adjacent land by adverse possession;
- Municipalities which claimed that they had not received their lawful share of state aid from the Department of Education;
And many more.
Mr. Gossels has also served as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and as a hearing officer for the State-Boston Retirement Board.
Mr. Gossels is a member of the Academy of Massachusetts Trial Attorneys as well as the Section on Litigation of the Boston Bar Association.
After many years of effort, Mr. Gossels helped to persuade the General Court and Governor to enact Chapter 670 of the Acts of 1970, making Massachusetts the first state to adopt no fault insurance as a system to compensate those who are injured in automobile accidents.
You may also wish to read Mr. Gossels' article, "Why Should Probate Rule 16 Trump Rule 27B?" which was published in the December 5, 2005 issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and can be accessed on this website under Recent Publications by Attorney Gossels.
On May 30, 2006, the Supreme Judicial Court adopted the reasoning of
article reproduced under Recent Publications and overturned the judgment of the Appeals Court in O'Rourke v. Hunter, 446 Mass. 814 (2006).