History of Goss & Fentress
The Law Offices 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.
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.
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.
J. Russell Fentress IV
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 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, focusing 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.
John S. O'Neil
Robert H. Silberman
Since 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.
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.
Robert H. Silberman
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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.
Megan started working for the firm over six years ago and is currently a paralegal in our Norfolk, VA office. Her experience includes working with all phases of Social Security disability, SSI claims, and applications. Megan enjoys studying theology, baking delicious desserts, and spending time with her pets during her spare time.
Amy started working for the firm two years ago and is currently a paralegal in our Norfolk, VA office. Her experience includes working with all phases of Social Security disability, SSI claims, and appeals. In her spare time, Amy enjoys seeing live music with friends and spending time with her sons, grandbaby, and poodle, Kammi.