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  1. Maritime: 45%
    25 years, 200 cases
  2. Litigation: 25%
    25 years, 300 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 15%
    25 years, 300 cases
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
    7 years
  5. Commercial Real Estate: 5%
    25 years, 50 cases



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  • Chad S. Lovejoy

    Fred is a tenacious advocate. He is known as a leading expert in his field and tireless in fighting for his clients. He leaves no stone unturned and goes above and beyond in pursuing justice for those who are in his care.


    Chad Lovejoy Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Joseph Regis Froetschel

    I have known Fred for many years and have always been impressed by his knowledge and attention to details.


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Goldsmith & Ogrodowski LLC

247 Fort Pitt Blvd
Fl 5
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222-1510


WVAuthorized to practice law199907/13/2016
TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative199007/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pennsylania Super LawyerPhiladelphia and Law & Politics Magazines2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBlumling & Gusky, LLP2005 - 2006
Chair, Admiralty & Maritime Practice GroupBurns, White & Hickton, LLC2002 - 2005
Vice President & General CounselThe Great Lakes Towing Company2000 - 2002
OwnerFrederick B. Goldsmith, Attorney at Law1997 - 2000
Senior AssociateLegge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown, LLP1996 - 1997
Associate AttorneyBell & Murphy, PC1991 - 1996
Law ClerkThe Hon. Howell Cobb, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Texas1990 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. District Court for the Western District of PennsylvaniaAppointed Member, Local Rules Advisory Committee2014 - Present
West Virginia Association for JusticeMember2010 - Present
American Civil Liberties Union of PennsylvaniaMember, Legal Committee, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter2010 - Present
Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationChair, Federal Court Section, 2011-20122002 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMember, Court Rules Committee1997 - Present
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesProctor Member1992 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Buschmeier v. G & G Investments, Inc.N/A
Newill v. Campbell Transporation Co., 2015 WL 321618 (Jan, 23, 2015)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Internet blogTowboatlaw - Towboat & Barge Lawyer - Admiralty & Maritime Law on the Rivers2012
MarineNews magazine"The U.S. Supreme Court Weighs-In on the Consequences of Being a 'Vessel in Navigation'"2012
MarineNews magazine"Vessel Crewing: Operators Face Liability for Numerical, Task Assignment, Competency, Training, and Demeanor Deficiencies"2012
MarineNews Magazine"U.S. Supreme Court to Scrutinize Statute on Seaman's Personal Injury & Death"2011
MarineNews Magazine"Utmost Good Faith: Marine Insurance"2011
MarineNews Magazine"Seaman's Maintenance Rate Must Reflect Current Costs"2011
MarineNews Magazine"The Vessel Owners' Limitation of Liability Act -- An Anachronism that Persists, For Now"2011
MarineNews MagazineWhen, Who & How to Test: USCG Post-Accident [Drug & Alcohol Testing] Regs Explained2011
MarineNews MagazineU.S. Supreme Court to Scrutinize Statute on Seaman's Personal Injury & Death2011
The Advocate (published by the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association)What’s New in (and What is) Admiralty & Maritime Practice?2011
MarineNews MagazineUtmost Good Faith: Marine Insurance2011
MarineNews MagazineWhen, Who & How to Test: USCG Post-Accident Regs Explained2011
NakedLaw by Avvo"Be Safe on the Water this Summer"2010
Lawyers Journal, Vol. 12, No. 13 (June 18, 2010) (published by the Allegheny County Bar Association)Third Circuit Court Practitioners Guide to Twombly and Iqbal2010
MarineNews"'Immediately' Means Now! - U.S. Coast Guard Marine Casualty Reporting Regulations"2010
MarineNewsIndemnity Provisions in Contracts & Charters2010
MarineNewsMust-Haves for Vessel Repair Contracts2010
Marine News Magazine"Foreseeable Emergencies: Operators Liable for Training Crews"2010
Marine News Magazine"A Vessel Owner's Warranty of Seaworthiness"2010
MarineNews magazine (2007 to present)Regular Columnist on Maritime Law2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Tulane UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
West Virginia Association for Justice 2011 Mid-Winter SeminarHow Not to Get Sunk When Representing Victims of Accidents on Navigable Waters: Admiralty Law for West Virginia Practitioners2011
Continuing Legal Education Seminar"Drafting and Challenging Federal Court Complaints: Three Federal Judges and a Law School Professor Outline Pleading and Motion to Dismiss Practice Post Twombly and Iqbal"2010
"On the Road with Rocky"Proper insurance coverages for motorcycle riders and what to do after a motorcycle accident2010
Continuing Legal Education Seminar"Plain Talk on Depositions: Four Judges Speak to State and Federal Court Deposition Practice and Strategy in Discovery and Trial in Western Pennsylvania"2009
Allegheny County Bar Association, U.S. District Court, PA Bar Association's Federal Practice CommitteeChoosing the Best Venue for Your Civil Case: Strategy Considerations Between Litigating in Federal Versus State Courts in Western Pennsylvania2009
Federal Court Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association & U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania"Improving Your Trial Advocacy: How to Effectively Navigate the New Electronic Courtrooms"2007