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Our Difference

Our Difference

We know how to win. We believe hard work wins and details matter.

In early 2006, Fred Goldsmith and Rich Ogrodowski formed their Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, law firm based on these principles. They learned, as they talked over lunch at the Union Grill — a burger joint in Pittsburgh, back when both were working at larger firms, that they shared a passion for helping people. While they had gained excellent experience working at large law firms, representing large corporations and insurance companies, they decided they could best serve their current and future clients, mostly individuals and small business owners, by practicing in a smaller, “boutique” law firm setting.

What makes G&O different:

  • When you call and ask for Fred or Rich, you get Fred or Rich, who are the lawyers who will actually be working on your case.
  • We take the time to carefully explain to our clients in plain English what their legal rights and options are.
  • We believe our clients deserve personalized, outstanding, and responsive representation.
  • We are known for the compassion we have for our clients and their families.
  • We do not engage in volume litigation. Instead, we prefer to devote our time and resources to a select group of significant cases.
  • While we are a relatively young firm, our lawyers have collectively practiced law for more than 45 years.
  • We are zealous and strategic advocates for our clients in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, at the trial and appellate levels, and before state and federal administrative agencies. We are also down-to-earth and approachable people.
  • Our investments in computer hardware and software, including Worldox document management and Westlaw online legal database access, have leveled the playing field with large firms and also allowed us to maintain a paperless office. Our attorneys and support staff can quickly and easily access client files and court records, perform legal research, draft briefs and pleadings, and paperlessly collaborate with one another from essentially any internet-connected iPhone, Android phone, PDA, iPad, laptop, or desktop computer in the world.
  • Whether we are in the office in Pittsburgh, on the road, in an airport, or aboard a vessel, we pride ourselves on being available to our clients when and where they need us.

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