“My secret to success has been my ability to see both sides of every issue and work towards a solution.” – David T. Gay
For over 75 years, Gay & Gay P.C. located in Taunton, MA has been dedicated to meeting the legal needs of individuals and businesses throughout Bristol and Plymouth counties in legal matters involving personal injury, business, real estate, divorce, criminal, administrative, municipal law, and land use planning. With a distinguished pool of legal talent, Gay & Gay, P.C. provides unsurpassed high-quality legal services, working tirelessly creating strategies to respond to all your legal goals. As an established firm, they are proud of their reputation for excellence in achieving success for their clients.
David T. Gay, Esquire, is the managing partner in the firm. He has practiced law for over 50 years specializing in municipal law, school law and administrative law including arbitration cases involving construction of public buildings and grievances of public employees. He has appeared before the U.S. District Court, First Circuit; Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Military Court System and the Commonwealth’s Superior, District, Probate and Land Courts together with numerous administrative bodies.
He has represented and continues to represent a number of cities and towns within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts serving as Town Counsel or Special Town Council/City Solicitor. He also served as General Legal Counsel to the Roman Catholic Bishop of Fall River, a corporation sole for eight (8) years and continuing as Special Counsel. He is now the City Solicitor for the City of Taunton—a position he previously held from 1976-1983.
Mr. Gay is a native of Taunton, Massachusetts. He graduated from Monsignor James Coyle High School, Magna Cum Laude; Boston College Cum Laude; and Boston College Law School Cum Laude. He served in the United States Navy August 1968 to 1985 (active duty February 1, 1971 through October 24, 1974) as Base Legal Officer, NAS Jax Florida and as trial/defense counsel for the Navy in the Military Court System. Nominated to serve as a Military Judge, he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal by Commander Naval Air Forces Atlantic Fleet for Outstanding Professional Achievement in service as Legal Officer, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy Reserve in 1978.
Mr. Gay has been a member of many civil and professional committees serving as Executive Chairman of the March of Dimes, Massachusetts Bay Chapter in 1986. He is presently a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association; Bristol County Bar Association; Taunton Bar Association; and Massachusetts Municipal Attorneys Association. He is also a fellow at the Massachusetts Bar Association Foundation and a volunteer Judge in the Massachusetts Bar Association, Mock Trial Competition for the past fifteen (15) years. He is a former member of the Old Colony YMCA, Taunton Division, Board of Management; a coach and officer in the Taunton Western Little League and Taunton Area Babe Ruth League; serving as District 6 Commissioner for the Eastern Massachusetts Babe Ruth League for five (5) years. He has served as a member of the alumni volunteer admissions department, Boston College and member of the Boston College Law School Alumni Council. A past President of the Taunton Bar Association and the Bristol County Bar Association, he is currently the Treasurer of the Peter B. Gay Lodge #540, Order Sons of Italy in America; present Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Columbia Cultural Trust and the Trust/Lodge Scholarship Committee Chairman. He is a past Clerk for the Morton Hospital and Medical Center Board of Trustees and also served as Chairman of the Morton Health Foundation, Inc. For the past thirty (30) years he has served on the Board of Directors of Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., a non-profit corporation providing equine-related activities for the therapy of young children with physical, developmental and emotional differences.
Mr. Gay received the Massachusetts Bar Association distinguished attorney award and in September of 2011 was awarded the St. Thomas More medal by the Diocese of Fall River. In the fall of 2014 he was recognized by Boys Scouts of America with the Good Scout Award for his dedicated service to the children in the community of Greater Taunton, Massachusetts. He has also been recognized by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Board of Bar Overseers for his work as a member of the Board of Bar Overseers Hearing Committee for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the promotion and management of highest standards of ethical conduct within the legal profession.
In addition to his practice of law Mr. Gay spends as much as possible with his six (6) grandchildren. He and his wife, Patricia, have enjoyed quality time in Florida each year for the past 20 years. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Italy. Their two sons, both graduates of Boston College, reside in the Greater Taunton area.
Their grandchildren have brought much joy to the family with high academic achievements and success as student athletes. Their grandchildren range in age from 20 to 12.
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