E. Richard Ogrodowski

E. Richard Ogrodowski

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

Goldsmith & Ogrodowski, LLC
 | 247 Fort Pitt Boulevard, 5th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412-281-4340
Fax: 412-281-4347
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Transportation/Maritime (40%)
Attorney Profile

The son and grandson of coal miners from Washington County, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh attorney Rich Ogrodowski represents individuals and families in Pennsylvania and West Virginia in admiralty & maritime, railroad - FELA, oilfield and gas explosions, serious personal injury and wrongful death, and product liability lawsuits.

Rich grew up in Scenery Hill, Washington County, Pennsylvania.  From the time he was a fifth grader until he went to college, he helped his mother clean offices in nearby Washington, Pennsylvania, including those of law firms.  He helped make his way through college with part time work as a warehouseman — unloading tractor trailers and sweeping floors. Rich’s father was a coal miner for Beth Energy at the Mariana Mine until it caught fire and closed in the late 1980s, when he became an electrician. His maternal grandfather and his three great uncles spent their entire worklives at the Mariana Mine. Rich’s grandfather contracted black lung disease working there. At one point, Rich recalls having eight relatives working the mine. His paternal grandfather worked in a mill in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, which produced steel for bridges.

As a father and husband, I know the preciousness of life. As the son and grandson of former coal miners in Washington County, Pennsylvania, I know the danger encountered everyday when a loved one leaves the house. When I first started practicing law, I mainly defended companies in personal injury lawsuits. But, my practice now focuses on representing individuals when they have been hurt or they have lost a loved one.  That focus includes serious personal injury and wrongful death, admiralty & maritime, railroad - FELA, oilfield and gas explosions, motorcylce and car accidents, and product liability lawsuits.

Check out the firm's two Blogs:

Admiralty & Maritime Law Blog

PA & WV Accidental Death Blog

About Richard Ogrodowski

Admitted: 2001, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.golawllc.com/e-richard-ogrodowski/

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2018
  • Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Member, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice, 2016
  • Former President of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2014
  • West Virginia Association for Justice
  • Former Member, Federal Bar Association Chapter Activity Fund Committee, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member of Riverview Athletic Association, 2018
  • Elder and member of Session at Oakmont Presbyterian Church, 2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker at Admirality Law Section CLE Program, Speaker, Speaker, American Association For Justice, 2017
  • Article regarding snap removal and the forum defendant rule. , Co-Author, Snap Removal and the Erosion of the Forum Defendant Rule, The Advocate - The Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Winter 2019, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2019
  • Moderator, "Outside Counsel, Corporate Counsel, and E-Discovery Consultant: Roles and Responsibilities of Each - Working Together to Solve the E-Discovery Puzzle,", Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 2009
  • Article titled "U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Plaintiff-Friendly Causation Standard for Railroad and Maritime Worker Injury Claims" in the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Associations' The Advocate. , U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Plaintiff-Friendly Causation Standard for Railroad and Maritime Worker Injury Claims, The Advocate, 2012
  • Covers preparing statements of fact witnesses., When and How to Take a Written Statement, Trial Tactics Committee Of The Defense Research Institute
  • Discusses the difference regarding the discoverability between Pennsylvania state versus federal court litigation., co-author with Frederick B. Goldsmith, The Discoverability of Written Witness Statements in Pennsylvania State Versus Federal Court Litigation, The Advocate, The Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Article titled "Law Firm Billing on Trial," which discusses various various billing methods used by law firms., co-author with Frederick B. Goldsmith, Law Firm Billing on Trial, MarineNews, 2009
  • Moderator, "Social Media in Employment & Personal Injury Litigation," Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 2013
  • Moderator, "The Role of e-Mediation in Resolving ESI Disputes in Federal Court,", Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 2012
  • Moderator, "E-Discovery: Can You Ever Afford It In Small Cases?,", Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 2011
  • Moderator, "Answering the Most Current and the Most Common E-Discovery Questions,", Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 2010
  • Moderator, "Review and Analysis of the 'Top ESI Cases,'", Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 2009
  • Moderator, "The New Local Rule's Duty to Investigate and the Top 10 Things that You and Your Client Must Do to Comply With This New Duty", Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 2009
  • Moderator, "Judicial Views on the Use of E-Discovery Experts at the Rule 16 and Rule 26(f) Conferences and as Court-Appointed 'Special Masters,'", Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 2008
  • Moderator, "One Year Later-–Revisiting E-Discovery and Pretrial Conferences: Expectations of a Federal Judge-and How They Can Be Met,", Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 2008
  • Moderator, "E-Discovery and Pretrial Conferences: Expectations of a Federal Judge–and How They Can Be Met,", Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 2007

Representative Clients:

  • Individuals, families, and personal representatives. 

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Distinguished Alumni Lecturer, "Reflections on Law School and a Career in the Law," Westminster College,, 2009

Newsletters:

  • This blog focuses on the law in Pennsylvania and West Virginia (and other practical issues that arise) when a family member or friend is unfortunately lost due to an accidental death. , PA & WV Accidental Death Lawyer Blog

Educational Background:

  • Earned my B.A., magna cum laude, from Westminster College in 1998, majoring in Economics and Political Science., 1998
  • Earned my law degree, cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2001., 2001

Industry Groups

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association--Western Pennsylvania Chapter
  • Maritime Law Association Of The United States
  • West Virginia Association For Justice
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association

Articles about E. Richard Ogrodowski appearing in Super Lawyers

Office Location for E. Richard Ogrodowski

247 Fort Pitt Boulevard
5th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Last Updated: 1/14/2019

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