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At GSK&G, the Focus is Always on You

Every law firm has a set of principles that guides its practice, but at Glickman, Sugarman, Kneeland & Gribouski, ours are integrated into the fabric of our work. We take our ethical duties to clients very seriously, always making certain that we bring our years of experience to bear in advocating for our clients’ best interests. In addition to our high ethical standards, we recognize that every case is unique, so we work hard to communicate with our clients clearly to ensure a positive experience. For more than 50 years, our clients have come to rely on this philosophy and the dedication and experience of our attorneys.  

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A Philosophy of Putting Your Legal Concerns Above All Else

When you enter a relationship with our firm, you'll quickly discover that your legal goals are our highest priority, every step of the way. We never lose track of the simple fact that a portion of your life is in our hands. That's why your concerns are placed above all else, so that we can move together toward a swift and satisfying resolution of your case.

A Legacy of Commitment to Individuals, Families, and Businesses

The client relationships we've developed in the past half century speak to our commitment to our principles. Backing up our commitment to our clients is a well-rounded, nationally-recognized legal team that will provide strong, informed advocacy for all types of legal issues.

We're a general practice firm, which means whatever your case demands, we've got a team to represent you anywhere in Massachusetts.
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Over 50 Years of Serving the Legal Needs of Central Massachusetts

For over half a century, the attorneys at Glickman, Sugarman, Kneeland & Gribouski have been there for residents of Worcester and the surrounding cities and towns in Central Massachusetts. We're in your neighborhood, so you'll never have to go far to meet with your attorney. And if you just have a quick question about your case, we're always a phone call away, ready to work for you.
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A Team of Recognized Leaders in Worcester


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Sugarman

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Our peers in the legal world have repeatedly recognized the outstanding, personalized service that our attorneys provide.

The attorneys at Glickman, Sugarman, Kneeland & Gribouski have earned accolades for service, ethics, and excellence. Peer Review Ratings by Martindale-Hubbell®, considered the gold standard of peer reviews in the legal world, awarded a number of GSK&G attorneys with the top AV® Preeminent™ ratings. In addition, our attorneys have been recognized in the Best Lawyers of America, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, and New England Super Lawyers publications and have been selected as fellows in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. GSK&G attorneys are also active members of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Worcester Bar Association and belong to numerous professional associations that help keep them up to speed on the latest developments in the law.

Transparency Designed to Keep You in the Loop at All Times

One way we ensure our clients receive the full benefit of our service philosophy is to provide transparency throughout the entire legal process. We won't leave you wondering about your case or where the next step will take you. Over 50 years of practicing law have shown that communication is a key building block of a good attorney-client relationship.

It All Starts With a Conversation

All of our work on your behalf begins with a meeting to better understand your legal needs. That's why we offer free consultations for most cases in our Worcester offices. Call us at 508-756-6206 or contact us online to schedule your visit, and let us take charge of your legal matters today.
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Read about the recent case results of our attorneys and stay up to date with the latest legal resources and news 

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By Darren Griffis 01 Dec, 2017

In a recent decision that promises to have substantial implications for Massachusetts criminal procedure, the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) limited the discretion given to judges in framing jury instructions in cases in which defendants have been charged with drunk driving (known as “OUI” in Massachusetts).

The decision in Commonwealth v. Wolfe overturns a 2001 Massachusetts Appeals Court case in which the lower court held that a jury instruction directing jurors to disregard the absence of evidence of a breathalyzer test did not violate the defendant’s Constitutional rights against self-incrimination. In Wolfe , the SJC held that a such an instruction should only be given if requested by the Defendant.

According to the SJC’s reasoning, the standard instruction that informs jurors that they should only consider evidence presented at trial provides a sufficient safeguard that will ensure that jurors do not dwell on the absence of certain testimony or evidence. The court also concluded that instructions that specifically mention absent evidence actually risk drawing jurors’ attention to evidence that has not been presented. Following this decision, trial court judges must now refrain from giving any instruction that specifically mentions the absence of breathalyzer or other alcohol test evidence unless the defendant specifically requests it or other facts are presented at trial that would draw attention to the lack of breathalyzer evidence.

This case resulted from a 2015 traffic stop in which the defendant, Michael Wolfe, was pulled over by a police officer after being observed driving with a broken taillight and crossing the double yellow line twice in a short amount of time. The officer arrested Wolfe for driving under the influence based on his observations of Wolfe's driving and based on Wolfe's bloodshot eyes and slurred speech and his use of his car to balance as he walked back to the police cruiser. However, the defendant declined to take a breathalyzer test back at the station.

In the lower court, despite Wolfe’s objections, a judge instructed the jury to not consider the absence of breathalyzer or other alcohol test evidence in reaching its decision. After the jury returned a guilty verdict, Wolfe appealed, claiming that the instruction unduly focused the jury’s attention on the absent evidence, violating his rights against self-incrimination. Wolfe claimed that the instruction must have significantly impacted the jury’s consideration because the other evidence presented by the prosecution was fairly weak. The defendant attributed crossing the yellow lines to avoiding a snow bank and to his tires slipping when he was turning and explained his use of his car for balance as a standard precaution on a cold, icy February night.

On appeal, the SJC found that, when the evidence of a defendant’s impairment is scant, jurors may be more likely to engage in speculation, and jury instructions about specific evidence that was not presented may actually draw jurors’ attention to the lack of breathalyzer evidence, thereby encroaching upon a defendant’s rights against self-incrimination. The court decided that the “simpler and safer approach [in such cases] is to leave such an instruction to the defendant’s choice” and to rely on a more general instruction that tells jurors to only consider the evidence presented at trial.

If you are facing criminal charges, you need an attorney who knows how to use legal developments like this case to reach the best possible result. Please contact James Gribouski and Darren Griffis at Glickman, Sugarman, Kneeland & Gribouski for more information about how they can put their experience to work for you.
By Darren Griffis 30 Nov, 2017
Anyone who has been involved in a car accident knows that it can be a terrifying experience that can leave you shaken for days or weeks following the event. Even after the immediate physical and emotional trauma of the accident begins to wane, the legal implications of the accident can linger for an extended period of time that can leave you feeling frustrated. If you’re involved in a car accident, hiring a lawyer is a sound decision that will ensure you receive the proper compensation so that you can put every aspect of the incident in the past as soon as possible. 

Massachusetts is a "no-fault" insurance state, which means that you must file a claim with your own insurer to cover any lost wages, medical bills, or other expenses that are related to the car accident. Your insurer is responsible for covering up to $8,000 of those types of expenses. If the other party is at fault in the accident, you may recover additional compensation, including any expenses not covered by your insurer and compensation for any pain and suffering you may have experienced as a result of the accident.  

However, you can only receive this additional compensation if there are certain criteria that you can meet, such as proof that you suffered a serious or permanent injury or that you have unreimbursed medical expenses greater than $2,000. If you have been involved in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver, hiring a lawyer is incredibly important because:
  1. There’s a time limit for filing a claim: In Massachusetts, you only have three years from the date of the accident to bring a claim against a negligent driver. When that time limit is up, your ability to recover ends. Hiring a lawyer will ensure that the process of receiving the monetary compensation to which you are entitled will move as quickly as possible.
  2. They help you navigate: The insurance claims process and legal system can be incredibly complex and difficult to understand. An experienced attorney can provide guidance and explain your options so that you can make the best decisions during each step of the legal process.
  3. They Give You the Competitive Edge: An experienced lawyer will assist you in building a case to help you reach the best possible outcome. This means filing the appropriate paperwork with insurance companies or with the court, collecting any physical or documentary evidence or speaking to any witnesses who may have information about what led to the accident, and negotiating a settlement on your behalf.  
For over 50 years, we have provided our clients with the best in legal advice and guidance. Though the above content shouldn’t be considered legal advice, you can contact the team at  Glickman, Sugarman, Kneeland & Gribouski  to discuss your options together.

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