From 2006 to 2016, after being nominated by his peers, and following a rigorous balloting and research process, Rich Ogrodowski was listed as a “Pennsylvania Rising Star℠” and from 2017 through 2023 he has been listed as a “SuperLawyer℠” in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law and in Admiralty & Maritime Law by Philadelphia and Law & Politics and Pennsylvania & Delaware Super Lawyers magazines.
Rich grew up in the countryside, in Scenery Hill, 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.
Rich Ogrodowski graduated from Bentworth High School in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, winning the Best All Around Male Athlete Award his senior year. He then earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Westminster College in 1998, majoring in Economics and Political Science, followed by his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2001. Rich is also a graduate of the intensive National Trial Advocacy College held at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Since he and Fred Goldsmith sat down to discuss forming Goldsmith & Ogrodowski, Rich Ogrodowski has been determined to use his education and legal abilities to help individuals and families obtain justice.
Rich Ogrodowski is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, and Eastern District of Michigan.
Rich served as the elected President of the Western District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and a member of the FBA’s Chapter Activity Fund Committee from 2013 to 2014, and has stayed aboard as Third Vice President. He is also a member of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (and a member of its Board of Governors), the West Virginia Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice (Admiralty Law Section), the Allegheny County Bar Association, and a Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Annually since 2017, Rich has volunteered as a brief judge for the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition. Rich is a past President and past member of the board of directors of the Riverview Athletic Association, which organizes sports programs for children in kindergarten through 6th grade. He also served on Session at Oakmont Presbyterian Church from 2010 to 2016.
In August 2013, Rich launched the internet blog, PA & WV Accidental Death Lawyer Blog. The blog provides an informative accidental / wrongful death law source, with a personal touch, and covers new cases, statutes, and rules of civil procedure, and other news of interest to readers.
Rich Ogrodowski previously worked as a trial and appellate litigator with two mid-sized Pittsburgh law firms where, in addition to his current practice areas, he handled construction litigation and also gained significant experience handling asbestos and other toxic tort lawsuits for the major national (“Class I”) railroads and construction equipment manufacturers.