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Alfred Gemma Set the Bar High for Client Care

Alfred Gemma, founder of Gemma Law Associates in Providence Rhode Island, sitting at his desk.
Alfred Gemma, the founder of Gemma Law Associates, Inc. working at his desk.

There is something special and different about Gemma Law Associates, Inc. People come to Gemma Law for help after having their lives turned upside down because of an accident. Despite the incredible amount of stress clients are going through, they only have positive things to say about their experience. These are examples of reviews from Gemma Law clients:  

“Made my experience after my accident stress free and easy! Was attentive to every detail that you need to know. Very informative!”

—Kelsey Tudino

There are a few common themes in Gemma Law’s client reviews: in addition to having great lawyers, Gemma Law is kind, professional, detail-oriented, and has excellent communication with clients. They genuinely care about their clients and live and work by the golden rule—treat others the way you want to be treated.

“Gemma law associates best law firm I ever worked with!! They are very empathic and go above and beyond for their clients… If you need lawyers that hear you out and don’t stop working for you… Gemma is THE ONLY PLACE TO GO!!”

—Lindsey Dilorenz

Alfred’s Influence on His Son Mark

Mark Gemma goes above and beyond for his clients. He empathizes with what they’re going through and wants to help them. He expects the same thing from everyone who works at Gemma Law Associates, Inc. Mark said:

“My father treated clients in a very special way because they meant everything to him. My dad had a genuine interest in his clients, and he loved getting to know them and hearing their stories, not just stories about their case, but stories about their families and who they are as individuals. He is a real people person. I think my father and I have that in common and I will always hold clients in the highest regard because they have trusted our firm with a legal matter that is so near and dear to them, and I must respect and honor that responsibility. I learned that from my dad.” 

Alfred Gemma’s Backstory

So, who is Alfred Gemma? At a young age, Alfred’s father emigrated from Italy and opened a market called Gemma’s Market in Providence. The market is still there.

Gemma's Market in Providence, Rhode island. The market was owned by Alfred Gemma's father, also Alfred, and is still there today.
Gemma’s Market as it appears today on Cranston St. in Providence, RI.

His father (Mark and Peter’s great-grandfather), also named Alfred, was a very generous, humble, industrious, and hardworking man. He eventually became the owner of a sausage factory and ran that for many years. Alfred tells his family stories of working in both businesses as a young boy and teen. Seeing firsthand how physically hard and demanding the work was, he opted to focus on school.

Alfred’s father also appreciated the importance of education as he left school after the 7th grade when he came to America. With his parents’ support and encouragement Alfred attended an elite boys’ high school in Providence and obtained an Ivy League college education. He graduated from one of the top law schools in the country, the University of Chicago, in 1959. 

Alfred spent six months working for a law firm before striking out on his own. He remained a solo practitioner for five years before adding a second lawyer to the operation. He started his firm in Providence and raised his family there. Alfred spent his law career helping people receive compensation for other people’s negligence. He helped people become whole after suffering from negligence and wrongdoing. His sons, Mark and Peter, run the personal injury law firm now and continue to help people in the same way.

Peter Gemma Exemplifies His Father’s Strong Values 

When you have a conversation with Peter Gemma, you can tell he is someone who is always going to do the right thing. He has strong ethics and wins by doing things the right way. He is always available to answer client questions and treats everyone in his office with dignity and respect. Like his brother Mark, Peter learned from watching his dad interact with clients and employees. Peter states:

“Although my father took a very different path from my grandfather, he adopted my grandfather’s work ethic and loyalty to our community.  My father is very humble and generous. He treated clients like family and would take the time to speak with anyone who would call with a question or concern.” 

Alfred’s example left a strong impression on Peter. So, it’s no surprise that Peter’s clients use words like professional, excellent and respectful to describe him.

Community Is Important 

Rhode Island has been home to the Gemma family for several generations. It’s where they’ve raised their families and established their professional careers. Alfred set an example of volunteering at organizations like the McAuley House to give back to the community as much as possible. Gemma Law has sponsored an Elmwood Little League team for the past 21 years.

In addition, Gemma Law supports SquashBusters, an urban squash program promoting college, character, and health. Mark Gemma also volunteers at a charter school in Central Falls, RI. He recruited several of his friends and together they support the school financially and go on outings with some of the most at-risk kids without a father figure at home. They have taken the kids bowling, race car driving, and to a Celtics game. Gemma Law also contributes to many other local charities.

Gemma Law Is Here for RI and MA, and We’ll Treat You Right 

(that’s how we were raised)

Gemma Law Associates, Inc. is here if you need us. We never charge legal fees unless we win compensation for you. This means you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by having our firm on your case. Alfred Gemma set the standards of client care, and we will continue to honor him by consistently providing excellent care to everyone who walks through our door.

  • Mark Gemma

    Mark Gemma is a Rhode Island personal injury lawyer, and is a Principal of Gemma Law Associates, Inc. With 25 years of legal experience, Mark is nationally recognized for his legal ethics, receiving an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell in 2009. Some of his legal specialties include auto accidents, wrongful death, and slip and fall cases. You can reach him at mark@gemmalaw.com.

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