Rich Godshall is an experienced trial attorney whose practice focuses on catastrophic injuries caused by car accidents, truck accidents, construction site accidents, unsafe conditions and defective products.
Rich comes to Ostroff Law with over ten years as a defense attorney and partner in a nationally recognized firm. He has extensive trial experience, including jury selection, lay and expert preparation, and cross-examination. He is also skilled in alternative dispute resolution methods, including meditations and binding arbitrations. His cases have totaled about $100M in settlements and verdicts.
In joining Ostroff Law, Rich brings his firsthand knowledge of defendants and their insurance companies to the representation of injury victims. His unique understanding of how insurance companies evaluate cases allows him to ensure that each of his clients receives a fair settlement.
Rich graduated from LaSalle University in 2001 and received his Juris Doctorate from Temple University Law School in 2004 where he achieved Dean’s List status and was awarded the Barrister Award for outstanding trial advocacy. Richard is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, state and federal courts.
Rich has lectured and authored articles on numerous topics including punitive damages, surveillance law, liability of owners and general contractors in third party personal injury cases, and contract indemnity risk in construction projects. Rich is also a contributing editor to the “LexisNexis Practice Guide: Pennsylvania Personal Injury Litigation” (2012 Edition, LexisNexis Matthew Bender).
Rich is a former Chairperson of the Construction Worksite Injury Subcommittee for the Defense Research Institute (DRI), a leading organization of defense attorneys with over 22,000 members.
Rich lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania with his wife Alice and two daughters, Adrienne and Riley.
While a defense attorney, after a serious construction injury case that resulted in a settlement of more than $15M, Rich received a letter from his client that read, in part:
“I can’t express enough my appreciation for your kindness, the respect I felt from you and your willingness to include me at every phase of the evolution of the process. At times I found the process exasperating, but your words of wisdom and management of the circumstances were always reassuring. I walk away with great respect for your ability and admiration for your composed demeanor under significant pressure.”