After 45 years of practicing law, Paul R. Gosselin retired from Skelton Taintor & Abbott in Lewiston, Maine, on August 31, 2021.
After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, Paul earned his J.D. cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law. Paul began his career in 1976 as associate to the late Robert Couturier, a former probate judge and sole practitioner in Lewiston who concentrated his practice in real estate and elder law. Paul spent the next ten years with the general practice firm of Marshall, Raymond and Beliveau (now Isaacson & Raymond) with whom he served as the sole associate to five partners until his appointment as the firm’s managing partner. While there, Paul assumed responsibility for the firm’s title and residential real estate transactional practice, while also developing a practice in commercial lending and business organizations.
In 1987, together with Paul Dionne and Normand Croteau, Paul formed the firm of Dionne, Croteau & Gosselin in downtown Lewiston. Mssrs. Dionne and Croteau subsequently left the firm for a change in careers, and in 1992 Paul was joined by his partner David Dubord and his creditor’s rights practice. Dave and Paul practiced together while expanding their respective practices considerably. Gosselin & Dubord joined Skelton Taintor & Abbot on April 1, 2020.
Paul has been actively engaged with civic and charitable organizations throughout his career. These include past service as a member of the City of Lewiston Zoning Board of Appeals, Chairman of the Lewiston Housing Task Force, Chairman of the Lewiston Planning Board, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Androscoggin Home Health Services. Paul also served as the Chairman and first citizen member of the Lewiston Mill Redevelopment Corporation, which was tasked with the revitalization of the renowned Bates Mill Complex in Lewiston and for which Paul was recognized with the Community Service Leadership Award from the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as Chairman of the Androscoggin County Bar Association and as past counsel for the Androscoggin Land Trust and the Lewiston-Auburn Railroad Company. He is currently the corporate clerk of Androscoggin Home HealthCare & Hospice.
Paul lives in Lewiston with his wife, Joanne, to whom he has been married for 44 years. They are proud parents of two sons and recently welcomed the arrival of their first grandchild.