Leif J. Ocheltree
Attorney Leif Ocheltree is a shareholder at Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C., and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He has dedicated his entire legal career to fighting for the rights of injured parties and their families. Leif coordinates the firm’s asbestos litigation practice on a firm- wide basis in all jurisdictions and also manages the firm’s benzene and chemical exposure litigation. He has extensive litigation experience, has prepared hundreds of cases for trial, and routinely obtains multi-million dollar awards on behalf of his clients.
Mr. Ocheltree is intimately familiar with the steel mills, power stations, chemical plants, refineries, foundries, glass plants, aluminum plants, paper mills, military facilities, shipyards, coal mines and other industrial facilities in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and elsewhere. This institutional knowledge of the working conditions and asbestos containing products used in these facilities gives our clients a distinct advantage in the litigation process.
Mr. Ocheltree provides individual care and attention to his clients to ensure they receive the maximum compensation possible for their injuries. Some of Leif’s recent case results include a $4.5 million award for a Millwright, $4.5 million award for a boilermaker, a $4.2 million award for a Local 2 asbestos worker, a $4.1 million award for a Chemical Plant worker, a $3.3 million award for a Local 80 asbestos worker, a $3.3 million award for a Weirton Steel electrician, and a $3.3 million award for a foundry worker.
Leif attributes his unique ability to personally relate to the hard working men and women he represents to his upbringing. Many of his family members were dedicated blue collar workers in industry. His mother was a union production worker in a glass plant, his uncle a welder, his grandfather a union steelworker, and his grandmother, a steelworker at J&L Steel in the early 1940s during WWII. His brother is currently a construction worker and his uncle is an auto mechanic.
“What satisfies me most about the practice of law is having the opportunity to seek justice on behalf of real people whose lives have been devastated by corporate greed and misconduct. When I look into the eyes of our mesothelioma clients I realize that any one of my family members could someday be in the same position. I am deeply driven and motivated to level the playing field by aggressively representing my clients in all facets of their cases against large corporations who knowingly put profits over safety.”
Please feel free to call or email Leif today if you would like to discuss your legal rights or have questions concerning asbestos or benzene related diseases.
Awarded on behalf of a Local 833 Laborer who worked in various steel mills and other industrial facilities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Awarded on behalf of a journeyman pipefitter who worked at various industrial facilities in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania out of the Cambridge, OH / Steubenville, OH Pipefitters Union Local 495 and the Wheeling, WV Pipefitters Union Local 83.
Lung Cancer: $3,000,000
Awarded on behalf of a lung cancer client who worked with asbestos fiber at a West Virginia plant.
Awarded on behalf of a DuPont chemical plant worker.
Awarded on behalf of an Allied Chemical chemical plant worker.
Awarded on behalf of a 70 year old journeyman millwright who worked in various steel mills, chemical plants and power stations in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio including Cardinal Power Station, J&L Steel, Koppers, Quaker State, Sammis Power Station, Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Weirton Steel, and US Steel.
Awarded on behalf of a 65 year old boilermaker who worked in various power stations and chemical plants in the Charleston, WV area including Ashland Chemical, FMC, E.I. DuPont, Ft Martin Power Station, Gavin Power Station, Phillip Sporn Power Station, Harrison Power Station, John Amos Power Station, Kaiser Aluminum, Kammer Power Station, Kanawha River Power Station, Mitchel Power Station l, Monsanto, Mt Storm Power Station, Beverly Power Station, PPG, Shell, Union Carbide and Willow Island Power Station.
Awarded on behalf of a Local 2 asbestos worker who worked in various chemical plants and power stations including National Analine, Solvay, Cardinal Power Station, Columbia Carbon Black, Conemaugh Power Station, J&L Steel, Mitchell Power Station, Mobay Chemical, PPG, Quaker State, Sammis Power Station, and US Steel.
Awarded on behalf of a chemical plant worker.
Awarded on behalf of a Local 80 asbestos worker whose primary asbestos exposure occurred in chemical plants and power stations including FMC, Willow Island Power Station, E.I. DuPont, Cabot, Union Carbide, Gavin Power Station, Phillip Sporn Power Station, Kyger Creek Power Station, Beverly Power Station, John Amos Power Station, Mountaineer Power Station, Ashland Oil, and Shell Chemical.
Awarded on behalf of a Weirton Steel electrician.
Awarded on behalf of a Union Carbide insulator.
Awarded on behalf of a 74 year old foundry worker.
Awarded on behalf of a local Pittsburgh shipyard worker.
Awarded on behalf of a maintenance mechanic and electrician who worked at Philip Sporn Powerhouse in West Virginia.
We have a long history of litigation for mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and related cancers caused by asbestos exposure.
Typically a by-product of coke and oil production, benzine is a known carcinogen. If you or a loved one has been affected by this toxic compound, please contact us today.
For more than 30 years, our attorneys, paralegals, and other support staff have been pioneers in toxic tort lawsuits. We have helped many people who have been injured themselves, but also many families who’ve lost loved ones to toxic exposures, and also to those who have suffered as a result of second-hand exposure.
Much has been done to improve the safety of those whose occupations put them at greater risk, but there are still times when safety takes a hit, whether through carelessness or outright negligence. Our occupational disease lawyers are familiar with the types of disease, cancers, and injuries caused by various exposures and understand the industries typically involved.
Whether through traffic accidents, slips and falls, or defective products, if you have been injured through no fault of your own, let us evaluate your case.
Asbestos, benzine, lead, and other substances are known causes of occupational diseases. Contact us if you think you are suffering as a result of these hazards.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Washington and Jefferson College, B.A. – 2001
University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, J.D. – 2004
West Virginia, 2007
U. S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, 2007
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2018
MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS
Pennsylvania Bar Association, American Bar Association, Allegheny County Bar Association, West Virginia Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, West Virginia Association for Justice, Public Justice
Also of Note…
Leif Ocheltree was named one of Pennsylvania’s Rising Stars by SuperLawyers.