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Frederick Baer Goldsmith

Admiralty and maritime Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

5.0   2 reviews

About Frederick

Learn Frederick’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Admiralty and maritime
    45%
    We help people who have been seriously injured or killed in towboat and barge, pleasure boat, canoe, kayak, and passenger / excursion boat accidents on rivers and lakes in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, and all over the U.S.

    31 years, 200 cases

  2. Personal injury
    30%
    We help people in PA, WV, and OH who have been seriously injured or killed in all types of incidents (such as automobile crashes, industrial accidents, oilfield explosions, mining accidents, and dram shop/bar/liquor liability cases).

    31 years, 300 cases

  3. Mediation
    15%
    Having litigated and tried cases on both sides of the docket for 31 years, having represented Fortune 500 corporations, children, fathers, mothers, and grandparents, I am confident in my ability to appreciate both sides of a case.

    1 year

  4. Motorcycle accident
    10%
    We help people who have been seriously injured or killed in crashes while riding or passengers on motorcycles, dirt bikes, scooters, Vespas, ATVs, quads, side-by-sides, and four-wheelers.

    15 years, 20 cases

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Licensed for 32 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 11/10/2022
State WV
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 11/29/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 10/01/2022
State TX
Status MCLE Non-Practicing
Acquired 1990
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Frederick

Goldsmith & Ogrodowski LLC
247 Fort Pitt Blvd
Fl 5
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222-1510

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Christine | August 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable, trustworthy, respectful
We only consulted him when we didn't know where to turn, but found him to be the man we needed as our representative. He communicated on a regular basis. He called us. If we had any concerns or consternation, Fred gave us advice and answers. He handled the situation with tact and dignity, a true professional and a fine gentleman.
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Posted by Bob | January 13, 2010
A lawyer that thinks of you when he's NOT on the payroll
Fred goes above and beyond for his clients. He forwards items that effect your particular business, writes a VERY informative newsletter, and when you need an attorney to defend you interest, he is second to none. He has represented me several times and supplied me with several legal documents and opinions. All of these he has carried out throughly, completely, timely, and to my complete satisfaction.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 40%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Goldsmith & Ogrodowski, LLP
  • 2006 - Present
  • Partner
  • Blumling & Gusky, LLP
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Chair, Admiralty & Maritime Practice Group
  • Burns, White & Hickton, LLC
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Vice President & General Counsel
  • The Great Lakes Towing Company
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Owner
  • Frederick B. Goldsmith, Attorney at Law
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Senior Associate
  • Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown, LLP
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bell & Murphy, PC
  • 1991 - 1996
  • Law Clerk
  • The Hon. Howell Cobb, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Texas
  • 1990 - 1991
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Education

  • Tulane University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Tulane University
  • B.A.
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • Newill v. Campbell Transporation Co., 2015 WL 321618 (Jan, 23, 2015)
  • Buschmeier v. G & G Investments, Inc.

Associations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member, ADR Committee
  • 2022 - Present
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Appointed Member, Local Rules Advisory Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • West Virginia Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Legal Committee, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter
  • 2010 - Present
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Chair, Federal Court Section, 2011-2012
  • 2002 - Present
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Member, ADR Committee
  • 1999 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member, Court Rules Committee
  • 1997 - Present
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Proctor Member, Chair, Marine Torts & Casualties Committee
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Pennsylania Super Lawyer
  • Philadelphia and Law & Politics Magazines
  • 2006
  • AV-Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001

Publications

  • The Advocate, Vol. 34, No. 3 (Spring 2022) (published by The Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association)
  • “My Mediation Prep Checklist"
  • 2022
  • Lawyers Journal (Vol. 23, No. 1, Jan. 1, 2021) (published by the Allegheny County Bar Association)
  • “A Primer on Admiralty and Maritime Actions and the Federal Courts” (co-authored by Eric A. Iamurri)
  • 2021
  • 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 Magazine
  • When, Who & How to Test: USCG Post-Accident [Drug & Alcohol Testing] Regs Explained
  • 2011
  • MarineNews Magazine
  • U.S. Supreme Court to Scrutinize Statute on Seaman's Personal Injury & Death
  • 2011
  • The Advocate (published by the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association)
  • What’s New in (and What is) Admiralty & Maritime Practice?
  • 2011
  • MarineNews Magazine
  • Utmost Good Faith: Marine Insurance
  • 2011
  • Lawyers Journal, Vol. 12, No. 13 (June 18, 2010) (published by the Allegheny County Bar Association)
  • Third Circuit Court Practitioners Guide to Twombly and Iqbal
  • 2010
  • MarineNews
  • Indemnity Provisions in Contracts & Charters
  • 2010
  • MarineNews
  • Must-Haves for Vessel Repair Contracts
  • 2010
  • 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 Law
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Meeting and CLE of the Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • "Ethics in Mediation"
  • 2017
  • Admiralty & Maritime Law Update segment of Transportation Law Update
  • “Recent Developments in Personal Injury and Death Case Damages"
  • 2016
  • West Virginia Association for Justice 2011 Mid-Winter Seminar
  • How Not to Get Sunk When Representing Victims of Accidents on Navigable Waters: Admiralty Law for West Virginia Practitioners
  • 2011
  • 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 accident
  • 2010
  • 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 Committee
  • Choosing the Best Venue for Your Civil Case: Strategy Considerations Between Litigating in Federal Versus State Courts in Western Pennsylvania
  • 2009
  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse Frederick
Unknown Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Fred is an exceptional attorney. He is not only very knowledgeable, but he cares about his clients."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Fred for many years and have always been impressed by his knowledge and attention to details."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Goldsmith is one of the few lawyers in Pittsburgh that I would trust implicitly. No detail is too small and no project is too small to command Mr. Goldsmith's complete attention. Where other lawyers go through the motions, Mr. Goldsmith stands up and does the work required to get the results desired."
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