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We treat our clients the way we would expect to be treated. We are readily accessible, value our personal relationships with clients and believe that no one will worker harder to help you.
Our Pittsburgh law firm is a litigation law firm focused on personal injury and medical malpractice claims. The firm also has trial attorneys who focus on debt collection and property tax appeals. The practice is almost exclusively dedicated to litigation and trial law.
Our Pittsburgh firm routinely handles lawsuits throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania, in both the state and federal courts, and has obtained verdicts, settlements and/or awards in numerous Pennsylvania counties including, but not limited to: Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Westmoreland County, Washington County, Fayette County, Clearfield County, Mercer County, Elk County, Lawrence County and Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
Attorneys Shawn Flaherty and Noah Paul Fardo have been recognized for their ability to obtain million dollar and multi-million dollar settlements or awards for victims of personal injury and medical malpractice cases.
Our law firm is committed to the success of our clients, their families, and the community. We are proud of our continuing financial support for charities and youth sport organizations in particular. The firm is even more proud of the close relationships we have maintained with past clients over the years. We truly value the attorney client relationship.
Our domain name for our website is Pghfirm.com. This of course is the abbreviation for the "Pittsburgh Firm". We chose this name because of our deep historic ties, commitment and love for the City of Pittsburgh.
We believe Pittsburgh has a reputation and tradition of working hard, being honest, having integrity and treating people the way that you would expect to be treated. This is how we try to operate our Pittsburgh Law Firm.
Founded in 1997 by Dwayne D. Woodruff and Shawn T. Flaherty, both partner's names were highly recognizable in the city of Pittsburgh since the 1970’s. Dwayne as a former Pittsburgh Steeler who won a Super Bowl in 1979, while he was attending law school, and Shawn, as the son the late great Pittsburgh Mayor, Pete Flaherty. After becoming friends in law school, and both establishing careers at larger law firms, Shawn and Dwayne decided to start their own law firm, which former Mayor Pete Flaherty was also involved in. Once of their first hires in 1998 was Attorney Noah Fardo. The firm was changed to Woodruff, Flaherty and Fardo, LLC in 2004.
In 2006, partner Dwayne Woodruff, Esq. was elected as a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County where he currently works in the juvenile division, and the firm name was changed to in 2006 to Flaherty Fardo, LLC. This is about the same time Attorney William Rogel joined the firm. In 2010, the firm added Attorney Nicole Amick.
In 2013, the firm awarded partnership to Attorneys Amick and Rogel, and they both became named partners in 2019.
Over the last 20 years, our team of lawyers, has been recognized for numerous achievements including: Super lawyers, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Multi-MillionDollar Advocates Forum, Pittsburgh Magazine Top Attorneys, Tribune Reader Awards Recipient, Elite Lawyers of America, Top 100 Trial Attorneys, and has received an A+ from the Western Pennsylvania Better Business Bureau.
While the accolades are nice, more important to us, is that we would like to believe, that a vast majority of all of our thousands of clients have been satisfied with our legal services and would highly recommend us to their family and friends.
Meet Our Attorneys
Shawn Flaherty is the founding partner of the Pittsburgh law firm Flaherty Fardo. He has over thirty (30) years of experience in litigating cases in both the state and federal courts in Pennsylvania in a variety of civil litigation matters. He focuses on car accidents and personal injury lawsuits.
Attorney Noah Fardo is a top Pennsylvania trial lawyer with over 22 years experience handling personal injury, medical malpractice and tax appeal litigation. He is a life member of the multi-million dollar advocates forum which membership is limited to less than 1% of lawyers nationwide.
Attorney Bill Rogel is a Partner who focuses on medical malpractice and personal injury cases. Mr. Rogel was added a Partner in 2013, and added as a named Partner in 2019. He was recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 10 years in a row.
Attorney Nicole Hauptman Amick is a Partner who specializes in property tax appeals and general real estate matters. She has been recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 10 years in a row. Ms. Amick was added as a Partner in 2013, and added as a named Partner in 2019.
Attorney Jaclyn M. DiPaola joined the firm as an attorney after becoming admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 2016. She became a partner at Flaherty Fardo Rogel & Amick in 2021. She specializes in debt collection cases, and also assists in personal injury and medical malpractice actions.
Nothing says more about the quality of our services than when our clients feel that they can trust us and want to work with us in the future. A significant portion of our practice is referrals from past clients. We work hard to keep our clients continuously updated and believe in the importance of client communication. Our attorneys take pride in being as immediately accessible as possible. Our clients should never have any difficulty reaching us or us responding typically the same day.
In short, we treat our clients in the same manner as we would want and expect to be treated. We believe the law is a service related industry and our goal is always to provide top service for our clients.
Preparation leads to positive results. We are prepared for every motion, hearing, meeting, deposition and trial. We believe that the best settlements can only happen when the defendants know and see our preparation. Therefore, we prepare and expect every single case to go to trial because often that is how you can obtain the best settlement or result for the client.
At the end of the lawsuit or settlement, the only question that matters is whether our clients were satisfied. In the end, our clients must be satisfied, and they will not be satisfied unless we are fair and produce results. We are always fair and our goal is to retain every single client we have. We believe we truly care about our clients and are proud of the client testimonials we have received to date.
Clients hire us for results, and meeting the expectations of our clients is an important measure of the results. We can only have satisfied clients if the clients are satisfied with the results. This is the bar by which we measure ourselves.
Pittsburgh is a small town, and we believe in the golden rule in treating others as you would like to be treated. This applies to everyone, including opposing attorneys. Handling cases in a professional ethical manner is at that foremost of our practice. Our goal is to be respected by the legal community, feared by opposing counsel, and appreciated by our clients, when it comes litigating lawsuits and resolving their legal problems.
"Noah's level of knowledge and professionalism in handling our property appeal clearly makes him a standout above the rest. It's a comfort to know that you are handing your concerns over to a trusted friend and advocate."
"I’ve been with Noah for over 10 years. His firm has represented myself and my three corporations over the last 10 years. He has been the best lawyer I’ve ever been a client of. The personal attention to each case I get from him and his colleagues is remarkable."
"Working with Noah I’ve appreciated his fair and practical approach to getting things done. He fears nothing and goes about his business professionally and effectively. His colleagues and staff are always caring and timely. I especially appreciated step by step explanations and details keeping me comfortable thru the legal events. Online documents are convenient and I will continue to call on Noah for my advice and legal needs. Thanks for all."
"Mr. Fardo is one of the few attorneys left who properly charges you for his time. He has never overcharged me, he stays focused even though he has many cases going on at one time. His staff is very professional and knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend Mr.Fardo to anybody."
"From start to finish Nicole was prompt returning emails and the whole process was seamless. She worked hard to get my property assessment down dramatically and when I asked her to try to get it a little lower she succeeded. Nicole is prompt, knowledgeable and not afraid to take a chance to rise above where others would not."
"My firm provides business consulting services to the healthcare space. I have referred Noah and members of his team to many clients over the years. He provides the type of personal service that my clients demand of me. I appreciate the personal services and look at his team as an extension of mine."
"We had such a positive experience. They were responsive, prompt, completely professional. They communicated clearly, gave us honest assessments, were 100% reliable and kept on top of everything over a long period of time. (They were the opposite of predatory, for what it's worth.) And...the outcome was very good. Highly recommend."
"Nicole was able to negotiate a settlement on my property taxes that exceeded my expectations. She diligently followed up on the appeal which expedited the process and clearly communicated throughout the process. I really appreciated her hard work."
"Noah and his team are the absolute best. They took a very painful time of my life and completely made it so much better. They are very respectful of your situation and always answered questions in a timely manner. I do not know what would have happened if it wasn't for Noah. I cannot express how thankful I am for Noah and his team. There cannot possibly be anyone better!!!"
"Nicole helped us with our Allegheny County property tax appeal..She gave great front end advice on a strategy of how to proceed and executed the strategy in the face of an extremely flawed county system ..Nicole navigated of course through to a successful conclusion ..She was very competent , kept us informed and was a pleasure to deal with..I got the impression that she and her firm , really care about their clients..I would certainly use their services again , if needed."
"I cannot say enough good things about Mr. Fardo and his handling of my legal issues. He is in constant contact letting me know of any new developments. His professionalism and tireless preparation have made a difficult time much smoother to deal with. When you truly feel as if your attorney has your best interest at heart, it becomes very easy to step back and allow them to do their job. From very early on in my meetings with Mr. Fardo, he had my complete trust. He is trustworthy, has a great command of the law and is tenacious...in short, everything I had hoped for when I chose my lawyer."
"Jaclyn DiPaola Helped us with a tax issue, she was very helpful and always responded quickly. I would highly recommend her and her firm."
"Noah was referred by a long time friend. He responded quickly and made me feel supported. My personal injury case was pursued and settled to my great satisfaction. Everything about our interactions was exceptionally professional. His practice includes a team of dedicated professionals and state of the art facilities. Scheduling of depositions, record retrieval, and video conferencing went conveniently and smoothly. This was the first time I needed a lawyer; I’m glad I met Noah."
"I have known and worked with Noah Fardo for years. He has always been extremely professional and goes the extra mile for everyone. His work ethic and passion are second to none. His firm has always kept me well informed every step of the way. I couldn't be happier with his work and I highly recommend Noah and his firm."
I am an out of State client, over 1500 miles away, and through the 2 years of work on my case I never met anyone from the firm in person, yet they treated me like I lived down the street from the office.
I am very pleased with the professional teamwork, and their patience and timely responses to my requests and to the task at hand. They did all they could do to help with the difficult facts of my case, and I am pleased with the outcome. I would recommend this law firm to anyone with the assurance they would offer the same quality service to them as they did to me. Thank you Flaherty Fardo.
"'Highly Recommended' just isn't enough praise. They are by far the best I have ever worked with. Professional, but beyond that their personal touch is exactly what a medical malpractice client or personal injury client needs. Noah Fardo is amazing, but the entire firm were great to us. I honestly can't thank Bill Rogel, Nicole Hauptman Amick, and Jaclyn Gibson enough. Thank you all."
"Noah's level of knowledge and professionalism in handling our property appeal clearly makes him a standout above the rest. It's a comfort to know that you are handing your concerns over to a trusted friend and advocate."
"Attorney Fardo was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in regards to estate planning for my grandmother. He was able to assist my family with many complex issues and saved us a substantial amount of money. I would definitely retain his legal services for other issues that may arise in the future and would highly recommend him to anyone seeking legal counsel."
"I was shopping around to find a firm to handle property assessment appeals for two of my rentals. They were way too high. It was only Nicole that expressed confidence that she could get the assessments for both properties lowered. And she did! She kept me in the loop for the entire process and won both appeals."
"Couldn't have asked for a better experience. They are a wonderful group who are efficient, patient, communicative and do their job very well.They kept me in the loop the whole time and were extremely helpful. I have used a different firm in the past and this was like night and day. If you are considering using Flaherty Fardo for your assessment appeal (or likely anything else they practice) then you found what you are looking for. A special thank you to Nicole who spearheaded my case and answered my never-ending questions. Top notch!"
"I've had the pleasure of knowing Noah Fardo for more than ten years. Over time he has represented me on a number of matters. Noah is conspicuously bright and exceptionally knowledgeable. That said, his best asset is his moral compass. Noah is a genuinely good person and can always be relied upon to do the right thing for his client. I enthusiastically recommend and endorse Noah Fardo."
"I'd never been involved in a lawsuit concerning a death before. But, when my uncle died unexpectedly in his apartment after the local utility company shut off his heat, I decided to ask several lawyers if they felt that the company was negligent. Attorney Noah Fardo was the only one who looked deeply into the details of the case and then decided a wrong had indeed occurred. Hands down, I'm glad that he was so thorough in his investigations. Attorney Fardo walked me through the entire case, basically, hand-in-hand. He'd call to update me through every stage of litigation, and when he had any news at all to report. I was never in the dark... or lost and confused about anything. I appreciated, so much, the personal touch he had with my case. I have to say, if there was an attorney who was ever-so determined, and unrelenting, it's Noah Fardo. Now my case has been successfully won and the estate received a large settlement. I can leave the trauma in the past."
"I’ve worked with Noah for over two decades and he has represented me in multiple cases, from civil litigation, tax issues, small business matters, to my divorce. He and his staff are very approachable and provide updates throughout the process. I have always felt very comfortable and at ease knowing that Noah is a simple phone call away for any of my legal needs."
"I currently reside in NC, and every time I require an attorney, I find myself comparing them to Noah. PA is lucky to have him. In terms of litigation, you can't find anyone better."
"Nicole Hauptman Amick went above and beyond for my husband and I to get a very reasonable settlement on our school taxes on our new house. Her and the company went above and beyond for us. She was very easy to get a hold of, answered in a timely manner, and was not over priced like other places I got quotes from. She did all the leg work for us and represented us in person without us needing to go. I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who needs an attorney."
"Had a small employment case, and Noah handled it with tenacity. He gave me updates about twice a week and what he said would happen in the beginning is exactly what played out. He acted as a true advocate and was worth every penny."
"NOAH HAS BEEN A GREAT ATTORNEY AND FRIEND FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS. HE ALWAYS LISTENS AND IS EASY TO TALK TO. HE TREATS MY FAMILY AND I LIKE WE ARE APART OF HIS FAMILY. THE STAFF AS WELL IS ALWAYS HELPFUL AND KIND."
"Nicole did a superb job in appealing my real estate assessment case. She has excellent listening skills, is very well organized, knows how to evaluate the key facts in a situation, and how to successfully negotiate solutions in difficult situations, The bottom line is that Nicole knows how to get results."
"I required Noah's services for a property tax appeal as well as a shareholder labor dispute with a former company. I found Noah to be well accessible, sensitive to my needs and concerns and focused on doing what is best for me - the client. I found Noah to be very aggressive with my case while staying ethical in the process. I would highly recommend Noah Fardo and his firm."
"I have used Attorney Fardo as an attorney for over 10 years for personal and professional matters. In my professional career I have had dealings with dozens of attorneys. I chose to use Noah Fardo because of his accessibility and common sense attitude. Noah advises me on many issues and is always willing to listen, understand and recommend a course of action. It's a comfort to know that I can pick up the phone and talk to noah in person whenever the need arises unlike many law firms."
"A process that can be very painful, Nicole Hauptman and the Law office of FlahertyFardo made it fast, easy and simple. Exceeded our expectations in winning our appeal case to reduce our tax assessment. She kept us well informed throughout the process and handled everything for us. We did not even need to attend any of the hearings. Althought the appeal process was lenghty it was worth the wait."
"I can not thank Noah, Stephanie, Bill and the rest of the firm enough!!! Every time we had to go to the office, or meet with them they were very understanding and willing to work around our schedules and appointments. When we went to their office they made us feel very welcome as well. I don't believe anyone can work as hard as these people can. They truly have a heart for the people they are working for and will work diligently and closely with their clients. They explained everything to us, being two 20 year olds injured extremely bad, and they helped us tremendously by getting us back on our feet with every tool and resource they had available after our wreck. I absolutely recommend Noah, Stephanie, and the rest of the firm all together!! They are just wonderful people and they are the up-most professionals you will meet. Thank you again Noah and Stephanie, and everyone else in the firm!!"
"I had the good fortune of hiring Jaclyn DiPaola to recover a $7,000 deposit that did not services as promised to my firm. She recovered the full amount. She was professional as to the law as the proper sets that we needed to follow, knowledgeable as to the process that we needed to follow. Jaclyn was responsive in the fact when the other party did not send the check as promised, she followed and demanded same day wire. I would hire her again without hesitation."
"I have had three lawyers prior to hiring Mr. Fardo. He has out done each and every other lawyer I have ever had. Great knowledge and very responsive. I have been with this Lawfirm for 15 years and they have helped me with all of my business and personal legal issues. Thanks Mr. Fardo"
"My family used Flaherty Fardo after my husband was injured in an accident. This was our first experience with a law suit and we were very apprehensive. The entire process could not have gone smoother. We were kept up to date with every step of our case - and our outcome was much better than expected. I hope we never need a lawyer again, but if we do we would use them every day of the week!"
"Noah has not only represented me in the past, but, as a fellow attorney, I never hesitate to make referrals to Noah. He is very professional, does an excellent job, cares about his clients, and responds promptly to calls and concerns of both current clients and prospective clients."
"I sought the assistance of Attorney Bill Rogel to help me with a long-standing easement dispute with a utility company. When I received the utility's notice that they were once again returning to my property I contacted Attorney Rogel. In the past the utility's personnel and contractors acted in a fashion I can only describe as bullying and intimidating. This was a matter of "David and Goliath" but I was determined to fully enforce my rights. I suggested that the utility communicate with Attorney Rogel. Thereafter the utility contacted me and asked my permission to enter my property to explain what they wanted to do and hear my concerns. Supervisors from the utility and the contractor met with me. Their bullying tactics disappeared. They acted like gentlemen this time. We agreed upon a reasonable resolution without having to go to court. I don't know what "magic" Attorney Rogel employed, but it worked for now, saving me considerable expense. Thank you, Bill."
"Attorney Fardo and his staff were responsive, available and walked me through the complex legal process in a simple and compassionate way. Incredible team!"
"After a building permit for a small exterior repair triggered a crazy hike in the tax assessment of my properties, I hired a different legal firm to make the initial appeal to the Board of Property Assessment. After receiving a denial on the appeal, I turned to Attorney Nicole Hauptman Amick of Flaherty Fardo, LLC for our last recourse, a Common Pleas hearing in front of the Allegheny County Board of Viewers (BOV). Since this was our final shot at appeal my husband and myself were leery about turning this over to another law firm rather than attempting representation ourselves. However, after meeting with Nicole, we were so deeply impressed with her demeanor and knowledge of the process, we agreed to let her handle the appeal. What a good decision! Within WEEKs she met with the representatives of the taxing bodies and worked out a very fair settlement. We were delighted! I cannot recommend Nicole and Flaherty Fardo, LLC enough."
"We were referred to Noah of which became a blessing for us. It's sometimes an uneasy feeling working with someone you don't know. Noah made us feel very comfortable and yet held that professionalism needed to give us the confidence we needed in him. He kept us informed of every aspect of the case and at times we would have never expected we would receive Emails from him. He is extremely considerate of not only the party he is representing but others as well. All of the Ratings above do not fulfill the feelings we have for Noah. If you need an Attorney, this is the Man you WANT."
"Nicole did an excellent job in handling my assessment appeal. I found out they were raising my assessment late and only had a few days left to file. I hired her immediately and she filed everything quickly and kept me informed of the whole process. Basically it only took about ten weeks to get everything done successfully.I got a $150,000 reduction in my assessment. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of assessment appeals."
"Amazing! The last thing I ever wanted to do was contact an attorney - have a bad image of them. That all changed after the not at fault accident with 5 kids in the car. We needed someone to fight for our rights. The other insurance company was arrogant and obstinate. I talked with attorney Fardo and realized we needed his help. Noah took over our case and began fighting for the rights of our kids. He accomplished what I never would have been able to - very happy with his communication, work ethic, and attitude. Keep us involved and most importantly, provided expert advice. I would definitely use him again and have referred many people to him for a variety of issues. A+++"
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