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G. Christopher Apessos

Christopher Apessos

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Phone: 412-561-4290
Fax: 412-561-4291

Chris is a southwestern Pennsylvania native, having been born and raised in Washington County. After graduation from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988, Chris began the first part of his professional journey working for various insurance companies and third party claims administrators in various roles centered around the processing and administration of workers’ compensation claims.

Shortly after obtaining his Economics degree, Chris started his insurance career as an entry level claim’s assistant and then became a claims adjuster. Ultimately, he was promoted to claims manager. In this role he would oversee the entire day to day operations of a claims team for a Pittsburgh office of a major commercial insurance company. During that time, Chris continued his educational path by obtaining an Associate in Claims designation through the Insurance Institute of America.

While working in the insurance and claims industries, Chris was able to recognize and empathize with those individuals who were injured on the job, in auto accidents or through some other accident type caused by the negligence of others. With this empathy Chris began wanting to fight for the injured after seeing how poorly they were treated by insurance carriers, employers, etc. It was during this time that Chris made a decision to enter law school with a commitment to depart from the insurance industry to dedicate the remaining years of his career to assist those who have been injured.

In 1999, Chris applied to, and was accepted by, the Duquesne University School of Law. While pursuing his Juris Doctor (J.D.), he accepted a law clerk position with a law firm that represented people who have been injured either through some fault of a third party or while on the job. In 2003, after graduating from law school in at the top of his class, Chris remained at the law firm where he was clerking, and accepted a position as an associate attorney. Chris was then armed with the knowledge and insight acquired during his run in the insurance field, which he now puts to good use advocating for the rights of those who have been injured.

If you have suffered an injury of any type you have rights that need to be protected. Please feel free to contact Chris to discuss any questions you may have regarding your injuries, legal rights and any benefits and financial compensation you may be entitled to.

Areas of Practice

Auto accidents
Medical malpractice
Nursing home abuse/injury
Personal injury
Premises liability
Workers’ compensation
Wrongful death

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas, 2003
U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 2003
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2020


Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
J.D. – 2003
University of Pittsburgh
B.S. – 1988
Major: Economics

Honors and Awards

Pennsylvania Rising Star 2008, 2011-2013
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2015-2020

Professional Associations and Memberships

Allegheny County Bar Association, 2003 – Present
American Association of Justice, 2003 – 2014
Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2003 – Present
Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2003 – Present
Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2003 – Present

Past Employment Positions

The Smith Apessos Law Firm, LLC, Partner, 2016
Ainsman Levine, LLC, Law Clerk: Associate Attorney, 2001 – 2016


“Dear Chris, Thank you so much for helping me through this very difficult time. Thank you for willingly stepping up and going well beyond. You got them to settle ‘out of court.’ I don’t know if could have handled this without you. Again, thank you for helping me and my family deal with a very difficult event.”

[S.M., current client, October 2020]

“Hi Chris –  I have always enjoyed a terrific working relationship with you. And it will always be that way, no doubt.  Chris, you are excellent in your work and in your professionalism. I appreciate that you reached out.  Thank you very much and looking forward to the next one. All my best and stay well.”

[L.S., opposing attorney, September 2020]

“Chris, thank you very much for being the best attorney and friend we could ask for.”

[D.F., former client, September 2020]

“Hi Chris. I received my check in the mail today. I just want to say thank you for your patience with me and thank you for all of your hard work on my case.  God bless you and your family! Take care Chris”

[R.N., former client, October 2019]

“Chris, Thanks again for everything. Thanks for taking this case when no one else would. I know I was a pain at times and I’m sorry about that. I’m so grateful for everything you’ve done.”

[M.B., 8/30/19, current client]

“Chris, I just wanted to thank you for all of the hard work you have been doing on my behalf for my compensation case yesterday and in the past.  You helped ease my wife’s fears about the unknown future.”

[S.M., current client, 8/2/18]

 “Chris,  I do appreciate you in all that you did, thanks again….”

 [D.W., 3/7/18, former client]

“Chris, you’ve done right by me. Hopefully what happened to me won’t happen to any of my friends or family but if it does I have your business card in my front pocket to give to them.”

[G.P., current client, 2/20/18]

“The best thing to come out of all this [workers’ compensation case] was meeting you guys.  Thank you and thanks to everyone at your firm for what you’ve done for me and my family.” 

[R.C., current client, 02/16/18]

“Jesse, I can tell you actually care about your clients, which isn’t something you see too often these days.” 

[N.S., current client, 02/12/18]

“Thank you Greg for all your wonderful support and work! You[’re] absolutely an amazing attorney!”

[L.K., current client, February 2018]

“You have been great at keeping me up to date and caring for my case!!!”

 [N.W., current client, February 2018]

“Christopher, I just wanted to thank you and your staff for everything that you have done for me. I really appreciate everything. I will let everyone I know what a great group of guys and gals you are. Thank you so much.”

[D.B., former client, December 2017]

“In the day where there are SO many attorneys to ‘represent your best interests,’ Chris definitely stands out among them. I hired him to represent me for an injury that has had an impact on my life, and not only has he been very professional, but also very sensitive to how I’ve been affected. It’s obvious he truly cares about his clients, and is always available to guide me through the legal process/answer questions. I highly recommend hiring Chris to represent you.”

[L.D., current client, April 2016]

“You are the best. Without you I don’t know what I would have done.”

[N.K., former client, January 2016]

“I endorse this lawyer. Chris takes the time to provide anyone who needs his help with personal service and compassion, whether it be his clients or fellow attorneys.

[L.P. colleague, 12/28/15]

“Chris is a great attorney. His grasp of the law, and his commitment to advising and guiding his clients in difficult situations is admirable. I would absolutely recommend him.”

[J.F., colleague, 12/23/15]

“I endorse this lawyer. Chris is one of the most caring and considerate lawyers I have ever met. He balances his kind demeanor with a deep knowledge of the law and insurance practices and procedures. He knows what the other side is going to do and can defuse their attack before it even begins. I highly recommend Chris to anyone injured on the job or injured in any type of incident.”

[E.R., colleague, 12/23/15]

“Thank you for all your efforts, it was a pleasure working with you. On our first meeting I think we clicked and I knew going forward it would be a good working relationship. I found you to be a real down to earth person and you had my respect from the start. Good luck in all you do.”

[L.F., former client, October 2015]

“Thanks again Chris…this was difficult for me for many reasons. I’m very glad its over now for us. Certainly I hope I never need an attorney again, but if I do I’ll be certain to call you first. Your approach with my son and I was exceptional and got us, me in particular, through this. I’ll be forever grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Take care.”

[D.N., former client, August 2015]

“Chris, I just want to thank you for what you’ve done for me.”

[LO., former client, May 2015]

“Thank you Chris for your continued work, efforts, and support in my case.

[C.O., former client, March 2015]

“Dear Partners, I would like to express my gratitude towards your associate, Christopher Apessos. He is a brilliant, loyal, and just attorney. Mr. Apessos has taken the fear out of the word ‘lawyer,’ and has renewed my trust in the law. I truly knew he cared about my case and was on my side. He stood by my side and gave me the help I needed as he promised. I will recommend Mr. Apessos highly to anyone in need of legal assistance. Mr. Apessos is a man of high integrity. There are many of us ignorant to the legal system and fearful of filing necessary law suits. Attorney Apessos puts that fear at ease.”

[N.Z., former client, October 2014]

“I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a soft-spoken, kind, legal genius. He is a hidden gem in the Western Pennsylvania legal community. I regularly pick Chris’ brain because his knowledge of personal injury lawsuits and how to get the best outcome for his clients on tough cases is about as good as it gets.”

[B.L., colleague, June 2014]

“Just a note to Thank You for your hard work on my case. It was a pleasure working with you, and though I hope that I never have to hire a lawyer again, your name will always be recommended.”

[S.M., former client, March 2014]

“You are a class act. It was a pleasure working with you on a couple of cases this past year. You are certainly at the top of my list for referrals!”

[M.H., opposing attorney, February 2014]

“Thank you for all of your help with my campaign. You are a hero!. You helped me so much. I can never thank you enough. You are the best!”

[J.S., Common Pleas Court Judge, November 2013]

“Chris, I would like to thank you helping me with my case. I really appreciate it. You made it seem easy.”

[D.S., former client, November 2013]

“Thank you for handling my case and also your patience.”

[J.M., former client, September 2013]

“I’m very impressed with your handling of my case, and I will be sure to recommend you if the occasion ever arises.”

[J.H., August 2013]

“Thank you again for introducing me to Chris. He is the nicest guy ever.”

[K.K., former client, August 2013]

“We are very happy and satisfied with the outcome. Thank you very much for all your hard work and efforts in getting this settled so quickly.”

[V.B., former client, August 2013]

“Thank you for the excellent job you are doing.”

[J.H., former client, August 2013]

“I just wanted to take a minute and express my gratitude and appreciation for everything you did to resolve my case. You were a pleasure to work with and always responded to my questions or concerns. You are a great representative of your law firm. I hope the need never arises again, but I would not hesitate contacting you in the future if I ever need legal representation.”

[D.P., former client, June 2013]

“Thank you for your representation in this matter. I am truly grateful for all that you have done. I will definitely keep you in mind for any other legal matters, and would not hesitate to refer you to others.”

[D.P., former client, May 2013]

“I just wanted to say thanks again for meeting with my sister and taking her case. I appreciate your concern and honesty.”

[D.H, brother of former client, December 2011]

“Thank you, Chris, for a job well done.”

[F.C., former client, December 11]

“Chris, I truly appreciate everything you have done for me. I know this is your job, but your kindness is beyond words. Thank you so very much for everything.”

[D.G., former client, October 2011]

“Chris – I would like to thank you for helping me with my case. You made it seem easy.”

[D.S., former client, November 2011]

” I truly appreciate everything you have done for me. I know this is your job, but your kindness is beyond words.”

[D.G., former client, October 2011]

“Just so you know, all of us comment on how professional and friendly you are to work with. It is always a pleasure working with you. P.S. I am still glowing about that settlement this morning! Thanks again!”

[K.B., corporate client, September 2011]

“I just want to thank you for taking on M. J.’s case and assigning Chris to represent Mary Jean. Chris handled the case in a diligent professional manner and Mary Jean is very happy with the outcome. It was a pleasure dealing with Chris. He was responsive and very efficient in his communication process and the possible outcomes. Chris did a great job.”

[M.P., power of attorney for M.J., former client, August 2011]

“Thank you very much for your help and support on the workers’ comp case.”

[J.C., referring attorney, July 2011]

“I enjoyed working with you. I wish more attorneys would share information along the way about how the client is doing. It makes such a difference when time comes to evaluate and settle a claim because you have appropriate reserves in place and no one is shocked by unanticipated news. I really hope your clients bounce back from this! They are lucky to have a very good lawyer!”

[V.F., claims adjuster for Defendant]

“I like the way you get stuff done! We were marveling over here about how many payments we have received from settlements on accounts that you have worked. You deserve a GOLD STAR!!! :)”

[K.L., corporate client, February 2011]

“Chris you’re a good man.”

[V.B., opposing attorney, February 2011]

“Chris, I received my settlement check yesterday. I wanted to tell you how absolutely pleased I am with the service I had from you and your firm. One of my family members is a partner and shareholder with [a very large law firm in Pittsburgh] and I had a lot of conversations with him in the beginning with attempts to hire a referral from their firm. I thought about it at first, however after our meeting I felt very comfortable with you and the firms service. I am certainly pleased that I stuck with my decision. The process went smooth with you, it was worth it in my opinion. I would be more than happy to refer friends and family to you if the situation ever presents itself. Thanks again for all of your work Chris. Best Regards.”

[J,M,, former client, March 2011]

“Chris, I want to thank you once again for giving me the comfort of knowing true justice would prevail. Your kindness meant a lot. Thanks.”

[R.M., former client, March 2011]

“Thank you so much for your time and attention to this case.”

[K.R., former client, December 2010]

“Good job – it was a tough case.”

[S.E., opposing attorney, December 2010]

“Thank you so much for your help throughout the case and for your understanding with our situation.”

[J.S., former client, September 2010]

“Dear Chris, Thank you so much for everything. Even though I never said it, I want you to know that I thought your representation, mannerism, and professionalism were outstanding!”

[C.F., former client, May 2010]

“Dear Chris, Thank you so very much for your willingness and the work you had to put into my case on such short notice, You must have had to bend over backwards at times. You are in my prayers for God to bless you and your business abundantly.”

[B.H., former client, March 2010]

“Thank you so very much! Can we clone you?”

[V.F., Sr. Liability Adjuster, February 2010]

“Thank you Chris. As always, you have been wonderful.”

[S.H., former client, February 2010]

“The saga has finally come to an end. You helped make the best out of a bad situation and I thank you for that.”

[K.F., former client, January 2010]

“I will tell you, you have a very dedicated lawyer.”

[J.S., opposing attorney statement to client during deposition, August 2009]

“Hey Chris, just a quick email to thank you again for all of your efforts on my uncle’s case. You did a great job and we are both very appreciative. My parents delivered the check to my uncle on Wednesday. Case closed. Keep up the good work, and I wish you continued success!

[L.G., former client, June 2009]

“I appreciate all you have done – and your honesty! I wanted to thank you for all your help and guidance throughout this case. I appreciate your expertise and I am glad to put this behind me. Thanks so much!”

[S.V., former client, February 2009]

“Thanks, Chris. You consistently do good work for us.”

[C.K., corporate client, November 2008]

“Thank you so very much. I just can’t thank you enough.”

[V.B., former client, September 2008]

“I wanted to tell you that I was very impressed with you at the hearing. It really gave me a lot of confidence in your capabilities, not that I ever questioned them. I’ve had 3 personal experiences with attorneys in my life and if I ever had to make a choice over who I would want to speak for me it definitely would be you. Those other guys talked a good game, but when it came time to ‘put your money where your mouth is,’ they didn’t impress me. It was absolutely brilliant and I couldn’t have asked for a better person for the job! Kudos to you Chris, You are the Man!”

[M.D., former client, August 2008]

“Great job so far. You are doing awesome work for us.”

[S.T., corporate client, June 2008]

“Chris Apessos is great.”

[M.B., corporate client, April 2008]

“I trust Chris’ judgment.”

[C.K., corporate client, May 2008]

“Thank you so much for all your work on my case! I am very happy with the outcome! Best wishes to you and your family.”

[J.T., former client, December 2007]

“Thank you for your hard work.”

[W.V., former client, May 2007]

“Dear Chris, I appreciate all you have done for me!”

[M.K., former client, December 2006]

“You’re lucky to have an advocate like this. Chris certainly is zealous.”

[D.B.M., Referee to former client during a hearing, August 2006]

“Chris, Nice job, real nice!! You are my hero and savior. Not to sound cheesy but it has made my day that it is finally coming to light! Thank you.”

[M.D., former client, April 2006]

“While I disagree with the District Court’s decision, I trust your client is aware that your skill obtained an extraordinary result which will benefit that and other similarly situated clients. While my client and I both believe that ERISA plans and third party administrators have unfairly been denied federal protection, you most certainly have prevailed in this round!”

[M.L., opposing counsel in federal litigation, December 2005]

“Dear Chris, I just wanted to express my gratitude to you for all the help you offered me…all of your wisdom…and most especially all of your kindness. You took my case when most people definitely didn’t. My case was not a multi-million dollar case, but it meant a lot to me to square away the wrong done to me. Take care Chris. I wish you and your family the best.”

[M.P., former client, April 2005]

“Please thank Chris for all his help and speediness in this episode.”

[N&P, former client]

“Thank you for all of your help. It was a pleasure getting to know you.”

[R.P., former client]

“Thanks again for everything! I truly appreciate your guidance.”

[J.B., former client]

“thank you so much for all the hard work you have done and continue to do! Just wanted you to know, I would never be able to handle this amount of physical pain and emotional stress if I did not have such a great attorney fighting for me!”

[K.K., former client]

“I really appreciate all of your hard work. You helped me get through that challenging time of my life.”

[A.M., former client]