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History of Goss & Fentress

The law firm of Goss and Fentress was founded by attorney John O. Goss in 1982 in Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Goss began his private practice in the general practice of law with an emphasis in the field of SSI claims. Attorney J. Russell Fentress, IV joined the firm in 1994, at that time practicing primarily in the field of personal injury litigation. Since that time, the law firm has represented thousands of clients with cases in both of these areas of practice in Virginia and in northeastern North Carolina. Mr. Fentress opened the law firm’s first offices in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

In 2008 and 2010, respectively, Attorneys Erick A. Bowman and John E. Basilone joined the law firm, bringing additional and substantial legal experience to the practice. Mr. Bowman’s experience included representing Social Security disability claimants throughout the States of Virginia and North Carolina, and in Washington DC. Mr. Bowman also brought experience to Goss & Fentress as a representative of veterans in disability claims filed with the Veterans Administration. Mr. Basilone added to the firm his years of experience representing victims of accidental injuries. Mr. Basilone in particular represented injured railroad employees in a variety of cases and courts in state and federal courts all over the eastern United States.

The addition of these two attorneys made it possible for Goss & Fentress to open its offices in Richmond, Virginia.

Our Attorneys

Managing Partner

John Goss

Managing Partner
Biography

Mr. Goss began his legal career in 1977 with the Tidewater Legal Aid Society in Norfolk, Virginia. For four years, he represented disability claimants living in the Tidewater region of Virginia in Social Security Administrative courts, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and in the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He continued to represent disability claimants when he entered private practice in 1982, and has successfully represented thousands of claimants over the years of his legal career. When Mr. Goss entered private practice in 1982, he also began representing victims of accidental injuries caused by the negligence of others. He founded the law firm of Goss & Fentress that same year of 1982, and has welcomed additional attorneys to the firm over the years.

Whether he is presenting his case to an administrative law judge or to a jury, John Goss takes great pride in being the most prepared and the most forceful advocate he can be in advancing the cause of justice for his client.

Biography

Russ Fentress began his legal career in 1987, representing injured victims of personal injury accidents. In 1994 he joined with John Goss to form the firm now known as Goss & Fentress, and at that time began representing disability claimants in Social Security Administrative courts in Virginia and North Carolina, and in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. After he became licensed to practice law in North Carolina, the firm’s practice expanded to include representing accident victims in that state as well. He continues to represent disability claimants, injured accident victims and disabled veterans.

Russ Fentress takes great pride as a lawyer in being able to help people fight the giant insurance companies and fight through the federal government’s red tape. His passion is winning benefits & monetary awards that fairly compensate his clients for what they rightfully deserve.

Partner

J. Russel Fentress IV

Partner
Partner

Robert H. Silberman

Partner
Biography

Founding his own law practice in 1980, Robert H. Silberman has become one of Maryland’s most prominent lawyers, providing clients a complete range of legal services, but with an emphasis on Social Security Disability claims and personal injury litigation. His firm has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and has received the highest rating (AV) for professional and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell. He brings to the firm a rare combination of experience, talent, enthusiasm, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.

Achievements:
Outstanding Services Award – Law Foundation of Prince George’s County, Inc. 1993
President’s Award – Prince George’s County Bar Association, 1986 and 1990
Served as arbitrator or mediator for more than fifty cases involving personal injury issues
Has served as an expert witness in fee disputes and with Social Security issues.

Affiliated Attorneys

A longtime advocate for the rights of the disabled, Attorney John O’Neil now practices exclusively in obtaining Social Security Disability benefits for his clients. He has represented clients in thousands of hearings across the Mid-Atlantic.

Mr. O’Neil received his Juris Doctor from the University Of Maryland School Of Law after completing his Bachelor of Science degree at Syracuse University where he double majored in finance and marketing. Mr. O’Neil is admitted to the New York State Bar, and to practice before the Social Security Administration, a Federal agency.  

Mr. O’Neil began his legal career in 2006 when he entered law school. During law school, he was committed to experiential education and public service. He participated in the University of Maryland Low Income Taxpayer’s Clinic for two years, representing low income taxpayers who couldn’t afford traditional legal representation. Additionally, Mr. O’Neil also obtained internships with both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York State Attorney General’s office, Investor Protection Bureau, during his second and third years of law school.

After graduating from law school, Mr. O’Neil made a natural transition to the field of Social Security disability. He incorporated the Law Offices of John S. O’Neil in 2010, and has been running his own Law Practice since that time which focuses exclusively on Social Security Disability. He has developed an enviable record representing thousands of disabled Claimants in a multi-state region throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

Attorney At Law

John S. O'Neil

Attorney At Law

Our Staff

Vicki

Vicki Bachman

Vicki started working for the firm as a receptionist over fifteen years ago. She is currently a paralegal in our Richmond/Petersburg VA office. Her experience includes working with all phases of Social Security disability and SSI claims and appeals, including appellate cases in federal court. In her spare time, Vicki enjoys cooking, scrapbooking, and spending time with her husband and four-legged friends

Nancy

Nancy Fox

Social Security Disability Paralegal

Nancy started working for the firm over ten years ago. She is currently a paralegal in our Norfolk, VA office. Her experience includes working with all phases of Social Security disability and SSI claims and appeals, as well as criminal defense and personal injury. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys bowling, fishing, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Vicki Bachman

Social Security Disability Paralegal

Vicki

Vicki started working for the firm as a receptionist over fifteen years ago. She is currently a paralegal in our Richmond/Petersburg VA office. Her experience includes working with all phases of Social Security disability and SSI claims and appeals, including appellate cases in federal court. In her spare time, Vicki enjoys cooking, scrapbooking, and spending time with her husband and four-legged friends

Nancy Fox

Social Security Disability Paralegal

Nancy

Nancy started working for the firm over ten years ago. She is currently a paralegal in our Norfolk, VA office. Her experience includes working with all phases of Social Security disability and SSI claims and appeals, as well as criminal defense and personal injury. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys bowling, fishing, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Danielle Kidwell

Firm Administrator

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Megan Mickle

Paralegal

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