Heather is an experienced trial lawyer and civil litigator who represents clients in a diverse range of industries, including insurance, railroads, trucking, construction, and health care. She routinely handles cases involving catastrophic injuries, property damage, construction defects, professional liability, contribution and indemnification claims, and contract disputes.
In addition to her litigation practice, Heather has performed independent investigations for a local university as well as for the Board of Bar Overseers.
Prior to joining Prince Lobel, Heather practiced in the litigation group at Adler Pollock & Sheehan, P.C. Before that, she represented transportation clients in Federal Employers’ Liability Act claims throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast at Flynn Wirkus Young, PC. She also served as a staff attorney at the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii and in the medical malpractice group at the Pennsylvania law firm Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP.
- Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 2004
- University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.A., cum laude, 2001
- New Hampshire
- United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Board member, Women’s Bar Association
- Boston Bar Association
- USA 500 Club, NE500 Chapter
- Board member, Friends of the Lyndon
- 2016- present: Named a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” in the area of Civil Litigation Defense
- April 2015: Named a “Top Woman Attorney” and “Rising Star” by Boston Magazine
- 2012-2013: Named a “Rising Star” by “Pennsylvania Super Lawyers”
- 2014: Named a “Rising Star” by “Massachusetts Super Lawyers” in the area of Civil Litigation Defense
- June 2017: Panelist, “The Next Generation of Women Trial Lawyers,” Women Lawyers Leading Cases in the Courtroom, Women’s Bar Association
- Secured summary judgment in favor of a prominent horse farm against negligence claims brought by a former student who fell off a horse during a riding lesson and successfully defended the plaintiff’s appeal. In August 2016, the Appeals Court affirmed the trial court’s order granting summary judgment.
- Obtained summary judgment in a negligence action involving a student injured while taking horseback riding lessons. Heather successfully argued that prior to taking horseback riding lessons the plaintiff executed a release entitling the defendants to immunity from suit. Heather also successfully argued that the defendants were entitled to statutory immunity pursuant to G.L. c. 128 § 2D, the Massachusetts Equine Statute. Markovitz v. Chrislar Corp., et al., Essex Superior Court, ESCV2013 – 1507.
- Secured a defense verdict in favor of a landlord client in a premises liability action involving alleged personal injuries to a visitor on the landlord’s property as a result of falling down an outdoor staircase.
- Secured a defense verdict in favor of a railroad client in a FELA action pending in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas involving a personal injury to a railroad employee.
- Obtained summary judgment in a case involving a truck driver injured when he fell from his truck at a local transloading facility. Heather argued that her client, an out-of-possession landowner, had no duty to provide safety equipment or training to the truck driver. Smith v. CSXT, et al., Middlesex Superior Court, MICV2006-0332.
- Obtained summary judgment in a FELA case pending in the U.S.D.C. for the Northern District of New York. Heather successfully argued that the plaintiff failed to present any evidence of the railroad’s negligence, that the plaintiff’s own failure to act reasonably caused his injuries, and that the railroad provided the plaintiff with a reasonably safe place to work. Monington v. CSXT, No. 10CV1553GLS, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29351 (N.D.N.Y. Mar. 6, 2012)
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a railroad client in a multi-party, multi-million dollar wrongful death action pending in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. Heather successfully argued that the plaintiffs had no standing to file suit under the FELA.
- Drafted successful directed verdict motion in a complex consolidated occupational and traumatic injury case in the U.S.D.C for the District of Massachusetts. Crowther v. CSXT, et al., 763 F. Supp. 2d 262 (D. Mass. 2011)
Heather M. Gamache