Frederick B. Goldsmith
About Frederick B. GoldsmithBased in Pittsburgh, PA, our attorneys represent people and their families in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio who have been seriously injured or killed in accidents. We know what you are going through. We know how to win. Let us help you.
Pittsburgh, PA, WV & OH Admiralty & Maritime / Jones Act / River Accident Lawyers
We are experienced lawyers in towboat accidents, barge accidents, drownings, pleasure boat accidents, passenger boat accidents, and cruise line and excursion boat accidents. We handle cases on rivers, lakes, and oceans in admiralty and maritime lawsuits under the federal Jones Act for negligence, under the general maritime law for unseaworthiness, and maintenance and cure. We represent, among others, deckhands, captains, and pilots and their families.
Pittsburgh, PA, WV & OH Railroad / FELA Accident Lawyers
On the railroads in FELA (Federal Employers' Liability Act) claims, railroad track crossing collisions and accidents, and train derailments. We represent, among others, locomotive engineers, conductors, brakemen, signalmen, yardmasters, maintenance of way workers, and trainmen and their families.
Pittsburgh, PA, WV & OH Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
On and off the road in street bike / motorcycle accidents and dirt bike accidents, and also in scooter, Vespa, ATV, four-wheeler, or quad accidents. Attorney Fred Goldsmith rides both street motorcycles and dirt bikes and knows the hazards riders face.
Pittsburgh, PA, WV & OH Oilfield and Gas Drilling Rig Accident Lawyers
We know the hazardous work roughnecks, roustabouts, drillers, toolpushers and other rig hands perform and the dangers on oil and gas drilling rigs, including on the Marcellus Shale. We understand oil and gas drilling rigs, operations, and terminology.
Pittsburgh, PA, WV & OH Personal Injury / Wrongful Death / Product Liability Lawyers
We represent people in serious personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, such as automobile accidents, industrial accidents, mining accidents. When the cause of an injury or death is a defective product, we are experienced in researching the product and working with the right experts to investigate the product and how it may have been defectively marketed, designed, or manufactured.
Pittsburgh, PA, WV & OH Contingent Fee Commercial Litigation & Consumer Protection Lawyers
Individuals and companies, particularly in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, may be interested in our attorneys' willingness to accept contingent fee commercial litigation lawsuits. We represent plaintiffs in breach of contract, business torts (such as tortious interference with contract), and large judgment collection lawsuits. Our lawyers also represent individuals in consumer protection lawsuits involving defective products, violations of state unfair or deceptive trade practices acts, and federal antitrust laws.
Pittsburgh, PA, WV & OH Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Lawyers
We represent insurance policy holders in insurance coverage and bad faith lawsuits and individuals and small companies in business formation and contract negotiation. Fred Goldsmith has been asked to speak at seminars on the enforceability of indemnity and insurance clauses in contracts.
- Personal Injury
- Products Liability
Additional Practice Areas
- Insurance Bad Faith
- Motorcycle Law
- Oilfield - Drilling Rig Injuries
- Railroad - FELA
- Contingent Fees
- Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
|Proctor Member (Maritime Law Association of the United States)|
|Managing Member, Goldsmith & Ogrodowski, LLC|
|Partner, Blumling & Gusky, LLP|
|Admiralty & Maritime Law|
|Chair, Admiralty & Maritime Practice Group, Burns, White & Hickton, LLC|
|Vice President & General Counsel, The Great Lakes Towing Company|
|Owner, Frederick B. Goldsmith, Attorney at Law|
|Admiralty & Maritime, Personal Injury Practice|
|Senior Asociate, Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown, LLP|
|Admiralty & Maritime, Personal Injury Defense Practice|
|Associate Attorney, Bell & Murphy, PC|
|Admiralty & Maritime, Onshore & Offshore Oilfield Personal Injury, Product Liability|
|Law Clerk, Hon. Howell Cobb, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Texas|
|Tulane University Law School - Tulane University||J.D.|
|Appointed Member, Local Rules Advisory Committee||U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania||2014-Current|
|Member||Court Rules Committee, Allegheny County Bar Association||1997-Current|
|Chair||Federal Court Section, Allegheny County Bar Association||2011-2012|
|2006-2008, Pennsylvania Super Lawyer|
|Member, West Virginia Association for Justice|
|Member, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association|
|Member, Legal Committee, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania|
|Member, Court Rules Committee, Allegheny County Bar Association|
|Proctor Member, Maritime Law Associaton of the United States|
|Goldsmith & Ogrodowski, Admiralty, Maritime, Railroad, FELA, Motorcycle Lawyers - Pittsburgh, PA|
Goldsmith & Ogrodowski, LLC - Our Law Practice
We are River, Rail and Motorcycle Lawyers. Fred Goldsmith and Rich Ogrodowski represent people ...We are River, Rail and Motorcycle Lawyers. Fred Goldsmith and Rich Ogrodowski represent people injured in accidents on rivers and lakes in admiralty and maritime claims (Jones Act - towboat and barge, pleasure boat, passenger and excursion vessel accidents), on the railroads in FELA (Federal Employers' Liability Act) claims, and on and off the road in street motorcycle or dirt bike accidents (or on ATVs - 4-wheelers - quads). We also represent people in civil rights cases (such as excessive force claims) and consumer protection litigation (such as for defective products, violations of state unfair or deceptive trade practices acts and federal antitrust laws). Our office is in downtown Pittsburgh (Allegheny County), Pennsylvania, along the Monongahela River. We practice primarily in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. Hide
WEBSITES & BLOGS
Blog: Towboatlaw - Towboat and Barge Law
Court Invokes Flotilla Doctrine, Orders Vessel Owner to Increase Security in Limitation Act Case to Include Value of 2d Tug Involved in Accident Jury Properly Instructed “Assumption of the Risk” is No Defense, When Employer Injects Such Evidence and Argument Into Case Port Engineer Who Worked Mostly on Stationary Vessels Entitled to Jury Trial on Seaman Status Towboat Company’s One-Sided Review of, and Delay in Paying, Seaman’s Maintenance and Cure Claim Draws $300,000 Punitive Damages Judgment Federal Appeals Court Affirms Unseaworthiness Findings and $1.2 Million Pain & Suffering Damages to 52-Year-Old Tug Crewman Federal Judge Refuses to Enforce Release Deckhand Signed While Unrepresented by Counsel, Lacking Specialized Medical Advice, and Paid Only $860 for Serious Back Injury Tug Operator’s Lack of Training and Procedures Lead to Deckhand’s Crushing Death in Capstan and $1.6 Million Judgment Influential U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals: Jones Act Seaman Can Recover Punitive Damages In General Maritime Law Unseaworthiness Claim Louisiana Federal Court: Punitive Damages Recoverable Under the General Maritime Law in Longshoreman’s Section 905(b) Case
Court Invokes Flotilla Doctrine to Order Vessel Owner to Increase Security in Limitation Act Case to Add Value of… http://wp.me/p2TUgO-64— Frederick B. Goldsmith (@tuglaw) October 17, 2014
Jury Properly Instructed “Assumption of the Risk” is No Defense, When Employer Injects Such Evidence and Argument… http://wp.me/p2TUgO-5Z— Frederick B. Goldsmith (@tuglaw) August 30, 2014
Just completed Basic & Advanced Mediator Training...ready to mediate admiralty, personal injury, death, products cases in PA, WV, & OH.— Frederick B. Goldsmith (@tuglaw) July 18, 2014
Towboat Company's One-Sided Review of, and Delay in Paying, Seaman's Maintenance and Cure Claim Draws $300,000… http://wp.me/p2TUgO-5K— Frederick B. Goldsmith (@tuglaw) June 9, 2014
Federal Judge Refuses to Enforce Release Deckhand Signed While Unrepresented by Counsel, Lacking Specialized Medical… http://wp.me/p2TUgO-5v— Frederick B. Goldsmith (@tuglaw) December 23, 2013
Tug Operator's Lack of Training and Procedures Lead to Deckhand's Crushing Death in Captstan and $1.6 Million… http://wp.me/p2TUgO-5n— Frederick B. Goldsmith (@tuglaw) November 15, 2013
Louisiana Federal Court: Punitive Damages Recoverable Under the General Maritime Law in Longshoreman's Section… http://wp.me/p2TUgO-5a— Frederick B. Goldsmith (@tuglaw) September 23, 2013
Vessel Owner Not Entitled to Damages Cap of Limitation of Liability Act When it Fails to Properly Train its Captain… http://wp.me/p2TUgO-4N— Frederick B. Goldsmith (@tuglaw) September 13, 2013
In Vessel Owner's Limitation of Liability Act Case in Federal Court, Injured Claimant Need Not Stipulate to Owner's… http://wp.me/p2TUgO-4J— Frederick B. Goldsmith (@tuglaw) August 26, 2013
Employer Blocked in Attempt to Require Injured Seaman to Litigate Maintenance and Cure Claim in Federal Court http://wp.me/p2TUgO-4B— Frederick B. Goldsmith (@tuglaw) July 22, 2013