Working for Two Firms Keeps Him Busy…
KRISTEN MOTT | STAFF REPORTER
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About Andrew Goldwasser
Ciano & Goldwasser
Name: Andrew Goldwasser
Position: Co-founder and partner of Ciano & Goldwasser and managing partner of Rumizen Weisman Co.
Noteworthy: Goldwasser has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2008. This year, he was included in the Top 50 Cleveland Super Lawyers and Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers lists.
CJN: Why did you decide to become an attorney?
AG: After graduating from the University of Akron in 1992, I enrolled in a master’s program to become a teacher. I had some time to kill so I started working at Reminger Co. as a legal investigator where I investigated truck accidents. I enjoyed what I saw and decided I would stop my master’s in education and instead focus on law.
CJN: Once you graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1997, where did you begin your career?
AG: I started working for a firm called Sindell Lowe Eklund and Wakefield in Cleveland. That firm subsequently split and I continued to work with one portion of that group before starting my own firm in 2000.
CJN: Why did you decide to start your own firm instead of joining another private firm?
AG: I’ve always wanted to try to do it on my own. I grew up in a family of lawyers and I wanted to try to experience something new and do it my way. That’s why I decided to go out on my own. I’m blessed to have selected a great law partner and I’m very proud of the firm we’ve built over the last 15 years.
CJN: What were some challenges you experienced along the way?
AG: I had some wonderful mentors but nonetheless I faced some challenges of not having someone there with more experience on a day-to-day basis. The other challenge was of course setting up the business and operational systems, growing the firm from a marketing perspective and then obtaining the capital that’s needed to run and operate a law firm.
CJN: As a trial lawyer, your specialties include complex civil litigation matters with an emphasis on serious injury and wrongful death claims. Why were you drawn to those areas of law?
AG: I enjoy helping people, I enjoy a contingent fee practice and I enjoy representing individuals. I also do quite a bit of securities litigation, which is helping people out who have had investment losses.
CJN: Is there a case you’ve been involved with that made a significant impact on you and your career?
AG: The most meaningful case for me was a case involving three Hiram College students who were tragically killed by a repeat drunk driver. We prosecuted a claim against the drunk driver but also went after the bar that served him when they knew he was intoxicated. That was a meaningful case for me because of the relationship that developed with the family as we walked through a very challenging and difficult process.
CJN: You’re a partner at two different law firms in Cleveland. How do you balance your time and your workload?
AG: I try to divide my time between the two firms. I maintain a relatively small case load and handle more complex cases, so that gives me the ability to focus on a smaller number of matters and devote the necessary time to both firms and my clients.
CJN: What’s the most rewarding aspect of your work?
AG: The people who I work with and the clients that I get to know.