Houston Veterans’ Attorney Robert B. Goss Named CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Advocate of the Year
Washington, D.C. – Two of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for veterans – the Center for Veterans Advancement (CVA) and the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) – awarded the CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Advocate of the Year Award to Robert B. Goss, a Houston veterans’ law attorney and NOVA board member. Bob accepted the honor on March 12 at NOVA’s Spring Conference in Las Vegas. Read full press realease.
Robert B. Goss Designated "Master Advocate" by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy
January 5, 2016
Bob Goss, founder of the Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C., has been designated as a “Master Advocate” by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). NITA’s “Master Advocate” award represents serious commitment to trial advocacy and requires completion of at least five intensive NITA trial-advocacy programs.
Bob Goss Recognized By Avvo With The "Avvo 2015 Clients' Choice Award"!
December 19, 2015
Bob Goss, founder of the Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C., has been recognized by Avvo, the well-known attorney rating and review site, with Avvo's "Clients' Choice 2015."
Avvo's attorney rating system identifies rankings of 10.0 - 9.0 as "Superb." Based on Avvo's mathematical model, which includes input from hundreds of attorneys, thousands of consumers, and legal professionals who understand the work attorneys perform, Bob received a perfect Avvo "10.0" score. This is the second year in a row that Bob has been recognized by Avvo as a "Clients' Choice" attorney.
Robert B. Goss Named One of Houstonia Magazine's "Top Lawyers of 2015"
December 3, 2015
Bob Goss, founder of the Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C., is being honored this month in the December 2015 edition of Houstonia Magazine as one of Houstonia's "Top Lawyers of 2015."
Houstonia Magazine partners with Avvo, the well-known attorney rating and review site, to identify lawyers who merit inclusion in the Houstonia "Top Lawyers" list. Avvo uses a proprietary algorithm which factors in professionalism variables such as peer endorsement, attorney experience, education, training, public speaking, publishing, and awards.
Reader nominations and Houstonia Magazine's own editorial review of nominee's accomplishments are important additional considerations.
Bob Goss elected to National Organization of Veterans’ Advocate’s (NOVA) Board of Directors
September 28, 2013, San Diego, CA
During the NOVA annual meeting, Bob Goss was elected to the Board of Directors. Bob’s term will run from January 2014 to January 2017.
The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) is a not-for-profit educational membership organization incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1993. NOVA is a national organization of attorneys and other qualified members who act as advocates for disabled veterans.
Bob rose from Chair-elect to Chair of the Military Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (SBOT)
June 21, 2013, Dallas, TX
Bob proposed and with the now Immediate Past Chair, Gary Manuele they proposed a name change to the SBOT section to Military and Veterans Law Section. This name change better represents the evolving and new area of federal law – Veterans Benefits, and those members of the State Bar who represent veterans.
Michael W. Lamb, Sr., has joined the Firm as the Legal Operations Manager
August 1, 2013
The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. is pleased to announce Michael W. Lamb, Sr., has joined the Firm as the Legal Operations Manager. Mike spent 36.5 year on active duty with the USAF, originally enlisting and rising from an E-1 to O-6, where he retired as the Vice Commander of Los Angeles AFB, CA. Mike is a fellow aviator who flew with Bob, and also a disabled veteran.
Terise M. Bransford has joined the Firm as the Executive Assistant to the President
October 1, 2013
The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. is pleased to announce Terise M. Bransford has joined the Firm as the Executive Assistant to the President. Terise is married to her high school sweetheart Ronald Bransford, a retired USAF Officer. The Bransfords spent over 20 years serving our country with their dedicated service.
August 8-14, 2008
- Stop the Music, I Want My Royalty -- The Public Playing of Music in Restaurants and Businesses:
In 1790, the founding fathers originally did not provide specific copyright protection in the United States to musical works, musical compositions, or sound recordings. However, as the technological and political developments occurred in the United States the original copyright protection provided in Article I, S 8, cl. 8 expanded to include music.
The first protection for music occurred with the enactment of the 1831 Act. Over time, Congress and the Courts supplied additional factors for copyright protection of musical compositions culminating in the 1976 Copyright Act. The Fairness in Music Licensing Act made further revisions in 1998.
The passage of the Fairness in Music Licensing Act drew an immediate attack from both United States musical composition and sound recording copyright owners and a unified European Community. At stake was the copyright owners' individual exclusive right for a royalty and their ability to collect royalties. The Fairness in Music Licensing Act created a business exception that provided the exemption for any business under 2,000 square feet and any restaurant under 3,750 square feet when copyrighted works were played as a public performance over a sound system connected to a radio.
This paper examines the conflict between the U.S. Copyright Act with its homestyle and business exceptions and the obligations created between the European Community and other international trading partners through the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) agreement.
Further, the U.S. copyright law has to catch up to the technological changes in the music industry. Inclusion of these changes may provide a solution to the U.S. liability imposed by the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding the present U.S. Copyright Act.
- A Case Study for a Recommended Informed Consent for Eye Surgeries
Thesis statement: a comprehensive informed consent standard for eye surgeries can be developed by analyzing emergency surgeries, court decisions, analytical recommendations for informed consent, and practical applications of it.
Using the checklist developed in this paper, ophthalmologists, and vitreous and retina surgeons (in this paper surgeons, physicians, and doctor all refer to a retina and vitreous surgeon) will save time and protect themselves legally by getting detailed informed consent for complex eye surgeries. My real-life experiences with two emergency surgeries, my analysis of court cases, and my research on recommended and required elements of informed consent are presented to provide a workable and efficient informed consent procedure for eye surgeries or any complex surgery. Additionally the checklist will protect patients by providing them with sufficient information required to make an informed decision. Providing the physicians with a legally sound and comprehensive informed consent checklist encourages and expedites the physician-patient dialogue, fully documents patient's informed consent and protects physicians against claims of incomplete or inadequate disclosure of information.