David M. Gottesman

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Nashua, NH

Gottesman & Hollis, PA
 | 39 East Pearl Street, Nashua, NH 03060
Phone: 603-296-4922
Fax: 603-886-0380
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2014, 2017 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    The co-founder of Gottesman & Hollis. P.A., David M. Gottesman focuses his practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. From the firm's offices in Nashua, New Hampshire, he represents clients throughout the state. Admitted to practice in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, Mr. Gottesman is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Mr. Gottesman provides advice and counsel to people who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties. The types of cases that he has handled in this regard have involved motor vehicle crashes, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, defective products, premises liability, workplace accidents and auto-pedestrian knockdowns. Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Gottesman has been able to obtain significant compensation for his clients through jury awards and negotiated settlements, and his colleagues have taken note of both his successful track record and high degree of ethics. The recipient of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo, he has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2003, and in 2012, he was inducted into the International Society of Barristers.

    Mr. Gottesman is frequently asked to deliver presentations to groups of fellow professionals on topics related to his practice area, and he has appeared on local and national media outlets. A 1970 recipient of a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of New Hampshire, he obtained his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1973. A member of the New Hampshire Association for Justice and several other legal groups, Mr. Gottesman is active in his community as well, including having served as a New Hampshire State Senator for District 12 from 2004-2008.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 10%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Wrongful Death


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    About David Gottesman

    Admitted: 1973, New Hampshire

    Professional Webpage: https://www.nh-lawyers.com/about-us/david-gottesman/


    • Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Association of Justice, 2019
    • 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
    • Awarded a 20/20 Legacy Business Leaders Award for 2014
    • Throughout the years, Gottesman has received numerous honors for his work as an attorney. He has been rated an AV-rated lawyer by his peers through Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest ranking possible with that group, and has been 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. The National Crime Victim Bar Association recognized Gottesman 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. In June 2004, the NH Trial Lawyers Association honored Gottesman 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. This award followed Gottesman's 2003 NH Trial Lawyers' Special Recognition Award for establishing privacy standards for information brokers through his work with Remsburg v. Docusearch, Inc. Gottesman has also been honored with the 2003 "Excellence in Law" award by New Hampshire Business Review; the NH Trial Lawyers' 2002 President's Award for service and assistance; the 1999 NH Trial Lawyers' Board of Governors Award for dedication and service; and has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Civil Justice Foundation for outstanding and dedicated service. 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
    • The recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nashua Bar Association

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • 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. 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

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Gottesman is extremely dedicated to the Greater Nashua community. He is a multiple 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.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, SEMINARS AND PANEL APPEARANCES: 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. PUBLICATIONS: "Toy Safety for Children," www.NewHampshire.com, December 2000; "Safety for Seniors in Nursing Homes," www.NewHampshire.com, August 2000; "Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage . Is It a Mystery?" www.NewHampshire.com, May 2000; "Jury Duty in New Hampshire," www.NewHampshire.com, April 2000; "Consortium - A Change for the Better," NH Editions, July 1998; "Punitive Damages," NH Edition,. May 1997; "Getting a Kick out of Lawyers," NH Editions, July 1996.
    • Faculty of New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association Seminar entitled “Here Come the Judges,” 2000-2004
    • End Distracted Driving speaking engagements Summer 2014


    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Gottesman 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.

    Educational Background:

    • University of New Hampshire, B.A., 1970, 1970

    Industry Groups

    • American Association Of Justice
    • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • National Crime Victim Bar Association
    • NH Assoc. Of Justice
    • NH Bar Association
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    39 East Pearl Street
    Nashua, NH 03060

    Phone: 603-296-4922

    Fax: 603-886-0380

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