David S. Gould
76 Reid Avenue
Port Washington, New York 11050
(516) 883-8776


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David and Laurie wed, Sol Wachtler officiates
David and Laurie wed,
Sol Wachtler officiates
David is the son of Morton Gould, a child prodigy who composed scores for Broadway shows, ballet, films and television, and conducted all the major American symphony orchestras. He won numerous prestigious awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Music, The Kennedy Center Honor, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which impressed others more than it did him.

David became a first generation lawyer in his family because his father’s musical genes proved to be extremely recessive. In 1987 he married Lauretta (Laurie) Murdock who clerked for Judge Wachtler seven years after David ended his clerkship. The former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals performed their marriage in September 1987.

Laurie worked as a litigator for the major Wall Street firm Sullivan & Cromwell for eight years and then left to become a law professor at Touro Law. She graduated first in her class and was Editor-in-Chief of the Albany Law Review. She is also an invaluable sounding board to David's law practice.

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Bryan and Connor
David and Laurie have two sons: Bryan Murdock-Gould born in 1991, and Connor Murdock-Gould born in 1994. Both children are autistic, which has motivated David and Laurie to become activists - educating the public about autism. Laurie left private practice to start The Mosaic School in Wantagh, Long Island, a private school for children with autism, where she currently serves as executive director.

Autism has forged an unbreakable bond between David and Laurie, and their children – one that has grown stronger during Bryan's and Connor’s adolescence. "Unlike most teenagers, autistic teens are not embarrassed to have parents," says David.