David M. Gottesman

David GottesmanEmail – dgottesman@nh-lawyers.com
Attorney David Gottesman has been practicing law since 1973. He founded the Nashua-based firm Gottesman & Hollis, P.A. with attorney Morgan A Hollis in 1978 and currently focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, and catastrophic injury cases. In addition to his contributions to the legal community, Gottesman also served as a New Hampshire state senator for District 12, which covers a portion of Nashua, along with Hollis, Brookline and Mason, from 2004-2008.

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Notable Political Accomplishments

Former state Sen. David Gottesman along with nine other senators and four state representatives sponsored New Hampshire’s senate bill 42-FN. Passed in 2007, SB-42 prohibits public smoking indoors or in enclosed areas. Previous efforts to prohibit public smoking indoors had failed, this bill encourages a smoke free environment for the public in New Hampshire.

An Award-Winning Personal Injury Lawyer

Throughout the years, Gottesman has received numerous honors for his work as an attorney. He has been:

  • Awarded a 20/20 Legacy Business Leaders Award for 2014
  • Rated an AV-rated lawyer by his peers through Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest ranking possible with that group;
  • Cited as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for personal injury litigation by the national polling firm Woodward/White Inc. every year since 2003;
  • Inducted in 2012 into the International Society of Barristers, a well-respected organization of trial lawyers, because he was found to be “outstanding in the field of advocacy”. With limited membership numbers, he is the newest member from New Hampshire;
  • Honored by the NH Trial Lawyers Association in 2004 with a Special Recognition Award for his pro bono efforts in support of a New Hampshire man who was killed in one of the September 11, 2001, plane crashes;
  • The recipient of the 2003 NH Trial Lawyers’ Special Recognition Award for establishing privacy standards for information brokers through his work with Remsburg v. Docusearch, Inc. ;
  • Recognized by the National Crime Victim Bar Association in October 2004 with the prestigious Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award, an honor that is presented each year to the one attorney in the nation who best exemplifies a commitment to helping crime victims obtain justice through the civil courts. Gottesman was selected from hundreds of other attorneys for his work in the case of Remsburg v. Docusearch, Inc., in which he represented the estate of 20-year-old Amy Boyer in a lawsuit against an Internet-based information broker who acquired her personal information under false pretenses, and then sold that information to her stalker who later killed her;
  • Honored with the 2003 “Excellence in Law” award by New Hampshire Business Review
  • Given the NH Trial Lawyers’ 2002 President’s Award for service and assistance;
  • The recipient of the 1999 NH Trial Lawyers’ Board of Governors Award for dedication and service;
  • Given a Certificate of Appreciation from the Civil Justice Foundation for outstanding and dedicated service.

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He has served as a trustee and president of the Civil Justice Foundation, which is based in Washington D.C. Gottesman has also achieved the level of Advocate in the education programs offered by the American Association for Justice.

 

A Dedicated Nashua, New Hampshire Community Member

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Gottesman is extremely dedicated to the Greater Nashua community. He is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and past president of the Nashua Rotary West Club. He served as an incorporator, director and chair of the Greater Nashua Division of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. He has also worked with the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, having served as local affairs chairman, a member of the board of directors and a member of the Downtown Planning Committee. He is the past director of the Boys Club, former trustee for the Nashua Center for the Arts, and was on the Advisory Board for the Care Center. As a legislator, Gottesman sponsored and, played an integral role in the passage of SB42, a state-wide smoking ban in bars and restaurants. He was also a vocal advocate for consumer rights. David is also a member of the International Society of Barristers(ISOB), both an honor society for the best trial attorneys and a group dedicated to helping poor people who may have been wrongfully convicted.

Professional Committees and Associations

  • New Hampshire Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Civil Justice Foundation
  • Nashua Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Public Justice
  • Past chair of subcommittee for cooperation with Nashua District Court
  • Private Mediator and Arbitrator
  • International Society of Barristers

Academics

  • Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1973)
  • University of New Hampshire (B.A., 1970)

Admitted to Practice

  • New Hampshire State Bar
  • Massachusetts State Bar
  • U.S. District Court New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court Massachusetts
  • United States Supreme Court

Important Cases

Speaking Engagements, Seminars and Panel Appearances

  • End Distracted Driving speaking engagements Summer 2014
  • Commencement speaker for New Hampshire Vocational Technical College in May 2007
  • ATLA Winter Convention in Orlando at Litigation at Sunrise. Presented a program entitled “Discovery in Cybertimes,” February 17, 2004
  • Faculty of New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association Seminar entitled “Here Come the Judges,” 2000-2004
  • Guest lecturer at Franklin Pierce Law Center in cyber crime course, 2003
  • Panelist at NHTLA Seminar entitled “Discovery and Evidence,” presented Discovery in Cybertimes, 2003
  • Panelist for Mastering Voir Dire Seminar for NHTLA, December 13, 2002
  • Coordinator and Moderator for NHTLA CLE entitled “Voir Dire 101,” October 26, 2001
  • ANLIR insurance seminar entitled “Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethical Complaints,” October 4, 2000
  • Faculty of New Hampshire Bar Association seminar entitled “Negotiation Skills for the Advocate,” November 5, 1999
  • Panelist for Probate Court mini-seminar on “Minor’s Settlements Under the New Probate Rules,” 1994
  • Moderator and Organizer of NHTLA seminar entitled “Sex, Lies and Conflicts, Professional Misconduct in the 90s,” November 10, 1993
  • Moderator for “Physical Therapy and the Law,” January 26, 1993

Media Appearances

  • Appearance on E! Television Channel for Amy Boyer segment on “Stalkers” September, 2009
  • WMUR with Fred Kocher
  • WNDS Channel 50 “Capital Ideas” with Arnie Arnesen to discuss medical malpractice issues and pending legislation, February 29, 2004
  • Channel 11 “Invasion of Privacy, the Amy Boyer Story,” May 27, 2003
  • Channel 9 “Ask the Expert” as representative of NHTLA on topic of personal injury, March 24, 2003
  • Channel 9 “Ask the Expert” as representative of NHTLA on topic of Products Liability and Toy Safety, December 15, 2000
  • Jack Jackson Show, WMAY, Springfield, Ill., regarding murder of Amy Boyer by a cyberstalker, May 23, 2000
  • Channel 9 “Ask the Expert” as representative of NHTLA on topic of personal injury, April 7, 2000
  • The Leeza Show, Hollywood, regarding the murder of Amy Boyer by Liam Youens, February 25, 2000
  • KTSA radio, San Antonio, guest of Eliza Sonneland, regarding the murder of Amy Boyer by a cyberstalker, December 7, 1999
  • CNN’s “Burden of Proof” regarding the murder of Amy Boyer by a cyberstalker, December 6, 1999

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