Prince Lobel mourns the loss of Hugh Gorman, the Chair of our Construction Law Group and our dear friend.
Hugh will be remembered as an excellent lawyer, a great partner, the proudest of dads, and a loving husband, son, and brother. “Larger than life,” “100% genuine,” “caring and loyal” are words from his colleagues at Prince Lobel.
As Chair of Prince Lobel’s Construction Law Group, Hugh worked with general contractors, developers, owners, subcontractors, and suppliers—all who depended on his expertise and advice in all aspects of private and public construction law and claims. He led the prosecution and defense of many different types of disputes and claims, including those involving inefficiency, defects, extra work, changed conditions, mechanic’s liens, bonds, and contracts, as well as advising on the wide variety of issues that arise on construction projects from contract negotiation to project wrap-up.
Hugh also represented banks and lending institutions in connection with commercial collection matters, creditors’ rights, and related bankruptcy and lender liability issues. Hugh tried cases in Massachusetts state and federal courts, the United States Bankruptcy Court, and in various alternative dispute resolution forums. He also argued before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
He was a proud graduate of Bowdoin College, having earned a degree in English, cum laude. He then attended Suffolk University Law School, earning a J.D. He was also Comment Editor of the Suffolk Law Transnational Law Journal.
Hugh received many accolades throughout his career. A capstone honor was being named “Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year” in 2016. He was ranked “AV Preeminent” by the peer-reviewed Martindale Hubbell rankings, and was a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” since 2001.
His professional memberships included the Real Estate Bar Association, where he was a member of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Construction Law Committee; the Boston Bar Association where he was Chair, Construction Law Committee (Emeritus); the Massachusetts Bar Association; and the AAA Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators.
Hugh is an irreplaceable part of our firm and our thoughts are with his family.