Mr. Gossels became an expert in the laws governing the education of children suffering from a handicap or disability, who are normally described as having special needs, while he was serving as counsel to the Wayland, Boxborough, Franklin and Needham school committees. During the twenty-three years that Mr. Gossels was involved in that capacity, he was involved in hundreds of such cases and successfully tried a great many before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Supreme Judicial Court, the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals: School Committee of Franklin v. Commissioner of Education, 17 Mass. App. Ct. 683 (1984) and 395 Mass. 800 (1985) is an example of some of the more complex cases tried by Mr. Gossels. See also Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee v. Department of Education, 376 Mass. 480 (1978).

Since that time, Mr. Gossels has successfully represented the parents of many children with special needs, who are not receiving the appropriate and adequate special education services to which they are entitled as a matter of law from the public schools that they attend.

In 2005 I was honored to be named and receive a plaque as a “Friend of Public Education” by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and the Wayland School Committee.


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