Mr. Gossler has litigated jury and non-jury trials throughout Washington state, as well as in other states throughout the country. Mr. Gossler also advises and represent clients on debtor-creditor matters both in state court receivership and other proceedings, and in the bankruptcy courts in Washington and elsewhere.
When did you start practicing law as a licensed attorney?
I began practicing in the fall of 1980, when I was admitted to practice in the state of Washington. It has been a great forty year run that is ongoing.
What drew you to the idea of practicing law?
Starting with a speech class in eight grade, through high school and college debate and speaking competitions, I have always enjoyed research, analysis, and oral presentations and advocacy. The legal profession seemed a natural fit, and that has proven to be the case. I cannot think of another career that would have been more satisfying and rewarding.
What do you like about your work?
I have had the privilege of representing clients in litigation and insolvency proceedings that span virtually every sector of business and commerce -- from real estate disputes, to corporate and partnership disputes, to insurance coverage disputes, to construction disputes, and many others. Learning about a multiplicity of industries, including timber, maritime, construction, manufacturing, retail, banking, insurance, - to mention a few - has been an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.
What skills and experiences have you acquired that make you comfortable and qualified in your practice?
I have had the privilege of learning how to prepare and litigate commercial disputes from some extremely able lawyers here at Montgomery Purdue, including Jack Blankinship, Jerry Spoonemore, George Akers, Scott Easter, and others, beginning the day I walked in the door as a summer associate in 1979. Having learned from these fine litigators, and having tried many civil cases, jury and non-jury, for nearly 40 years, in courts throughout the state of Washington, as well as Alaska, Oregon, California, and elsewhere, makes me comfortable in preparing and trying all manner of civil disputes, in whatever venue the dispute takes me.
Are you an active member in any local, state, national, international or legal organizations?
Yes. Since the early 2000s, I have been a board member and president of the Mudville Youth Baseball Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which sponsors select baseball teams and provides young men with the opportunity to learn teamwork and sportsmanship by playing high level competitive baseball and related life skills. One of the highlights was a three week instructional tour to Australia with a team of fourteen year olds in 2005.