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Robert Gould

The principal of Gould Injury Law, Robert Gould, has spent the last 20 years fighting hard to win cases for injured victims. He works fast and aggressively to maximize case values and resolve cases quickly. While some lawyers use a lot of words to describe their successes, Attorney Gould relies on his record of satisfied clients and significant results. Contact Gould Injury Law now to discuss your claim and find out just how responsive and aggressive Attorney Gould is.

For Robert Gould, working hard to obtain justice isn’t just a job for him, it’s in his blood. As the son of a retired law school professor and grandson of Samuel Gould, a prominent lawyer in Connecticut, Robert always knew that he wanted to be a lawyer.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Ithaca College in 1995, he attended New England Law and graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1999. While at law school, Robert earned the prestigious Cali Award for Excellence in Negotiating which really set him on his path to becoming a skilled negotiator.

Upon graduation from law school, he worked briefly for an insurance company before realizing that his calling was to help injured victims, not figure out how to take advantage of them. This realization brought him to a personal injury firm in New York where he worked as the senior litigation attorney spending his days representing injury victims in all 5 boroughs of New York City.

In 2006, Robert decided to return to his roots in Connecticut and began working as an associate at a large personal injury firm. Very quickly, Robert rose to take on a leadership role at the firm and began training younger associates on negotiating tactics; however, he grew frustrated with some of the ‘red tape’ that came with a large company.

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Jason T. Prueher

Jason T. Prueher is an experienced trial lawyer, who solely represents injured individuals. He provides a voice for the injured in need. He has been practicing law since 2002 and has an appreciation for how insurance companies view his clients. He is always willing to fight to get full value for his clients’ injuries.

Jason has a proven track record of resolving cases favorably for his clients. In 2016, he resolved a case for $2,100,000 against a medical institution for failing to properly recognize, diagnose and treat an elderly patient’s back fracture. Such a fracture rendered his client paralyzed for the rest of her life. Additionally, some of his recent results include:

v  $225,000 settlement, at mediation, against a medical institution for failing to properly administer breathing treatments to an elderly patient, leading to his death;

v  $95,000 settlement, pre-suit, for a slip and fall on a sidewalk;

v  $85,000 settlement, prior to jury selection, against a nursing home for improperly allowing a patient to fall out of bed; and

v  $77,500 settlement, pre-suit, for burns from a cleaning product.

Jason knows what it takes to persevere. His mother left her native Colombia to come to New York and, eventually, Connecticut. Jason was part of his family’s first generation to be born in the United States. He has grown up with an appreciation of what is fair, just and equitable.

Jason grew up in Ellington, CT. He graduated from Clark University and, in 2001, obtained his law degree from The University of Connecticut School of Law. At UConn, he was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Latino Law Students Association. After law school, he spent years practicing law in Manhattan and throughout Connecticut, concentrating on cases involving injured individuals.

Currently, Jason serves as the Vice President of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, an organization deeply devoted to advocating for underrepresented Latinos. Jason has been active in the community, volunteering to teach students at Fairfield Warde High School. Additionally, he has served as a judge for mock trial competitions.

Jason resides in Fairfield with his wife and two-boys. With the help of his wife, he strives to teach Spanish to his boys. In the past, Jason played soccer at Clark University and, now, he enjoys coaching his boys. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking and spending time with his dog, Messi.

Melissa Rua

Attorney Rua began her legal career in 2004 as a paralegal. She worked as a paralegal for over ten years before graduating law school, with honors, in 2015. She earned both her undergrad and law degrees while working full time as a paralegal and raising a family. Attorney Rua exclusively handles personal injury and workers’ compensation matters. She focuses primarily on negotiating cases and bringing them to settlement. In law school, she obtained a distinguished award for her negotiating skills. She has obtained many six-figure settlements for her clients without the need for lengthy litigation. She prides herself on being able to help her clients in a quick, efficient manner.

Melissa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University in 2009. She then earned her Juris Doctorate Degree and graduated cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law where she earned a distinguished academic achievement award in negotiating.

When she’s not fighting for her clients, Attorney Rua enjoys quiet movie nights at home, reading a good book, and spending time with her family.

Laura Share

Attorney Laura Share exclusively handles personal injury matters. Laura focuses on being fast and aggressive to maximize the settlement values for her clients as quickly as possible which is partially attributed to the 8 years of diverse litigation experience she brings to the firm. Prior to joining Gould Injury Law, Laura worked for a prestigious Boston-based law firm, where she represented insurance companies, individuals, and corporate clients in complex civil litigation matters. Prior to working there, Laura was appointed as a Special Education Impartial Hearing Officer, where she acted on behalf of the Connecticut State Board of Education concerning matters pertaining to special education due process hearings pursuant to The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Prior to her appointment as a Special Education Hearing Officer, Laura worked for a boutique New Haven-based law firm, where she represented clients in criminal and post-conviction matters.

Laura was born in Seoul and raised in an Italian family in Hamden, where she attended Sacred Heart Academy. Laura obtained her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Union College, where she studied Political Science. While at Union College, Laura lived in Barbados and taught English to low-income high school students.

Laura obtained her Juris Doctor, cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she was awarded with Excellence in Clinical Work. While in law school, Laura interned at the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center where she provided legal assistance to veterans who were recovering from homelessness and substance abuse. Additionally, Laura interned at the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services, where she provided legal aid to indigent clients facing criminal charges.

Laura loves training at the gym, practicing yoga, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and going on adventures with her rescue dog, Grace (who you can usually find playing in the halls of our New Haven office).

Phil Maddalena

Attorney Phil Maddalena handles both negotiation and litigation matters at Gould Injury Law. Phil joined the firm after practicing in a variety of areas. Phil has experience in criminal defense, probate, real estate and estate planning matters. He also has years of experience representing indigent clients as assigned counsel.Phil is a Connecticut native. He graduated from Quinnipiac University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2009. Knowing he always wanted to pursue law, he immediately enrolled in Quinnipiac Law School, obtaining his law degree in 2012.When Phil is not working, he spends most of his free time with family and friends. Phil loves music and sports. He is an avid golfer and guitar player.

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