If you live in Western Pennsylvania, you most likely know Attorney Edgar Snyder's face from television commercials or billboards, pointing his finger and saying, "There's never a fee, unless we get money for you!" But what you probably don't know is how he became the most recognizable injury lawyer in the region.
Attorney Snyder's father, a Russian immigrant, and his mother, a Pittsburgh native, stressed the importance of hard work and a good education. They gave him and his siblings two options for their future employment, asking, "Are you going to be a doctor or a lawyer?" Because of his knack for winning arguments and his success on his college debate team, Attorney Snyder felt the legal profession was a good fit for him. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, he enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
After graduating from law school, Attorney Snyder opened his own storefront office in Duquesne, PA, setting up shop across the street from the steel mill so the workers would see his light on after their shifts. At the time he was also serving as an Allegheny County assistant public defender and rose quickly among the ranks of criminal defense attorneys. He represented several high-profile clients, including Stanley Hoss, in what many consider to be Western Pennsylvania's trial of the century.
Despite his success, Attorney Snyder's passion was helping injury victims and people with disabilities. Through his storefront operation he got to know many of these clients well, and Attorney Snyder was determined to expand his personal injury practice.
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In 1982, Attorney Snyder discovered the power of advertising. Soon, Attorney Snyder's television ads about a free legal consultation were making him a household name across the region. As Attorney Snyder's reputation as a caring but tough injury attorney grew, so did the law firm. Today, Edgar Snyder & Associates has five offices across Western Pennsylvania and is recognized as a top-rated personal injury law firm.
Attorney Snyder says, "I believe that if you are fortunate enough to be successful in business, you have a responsibility to give back to the community."
The law firm represents many victims of alcohol-related accidents and sees firsthand the devastation they can cause. Attorney Snyder airs public service announcements on TV, radio, billboards, and the Web to help prevent drunk driving. The firm also sponsors a variety of community outreach efforts that spread the "Safe & Sober" message.
Attorney Snyder has received numerous awards honoring his philanthropic efforts in the local and international community. He has received PNC's Community Builders Award and the Emanuel Spector Memorial Award, which recognizes exemplary service to the community. In addition, he was named a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Attorney Snyder earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pennsylvania State University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in all Pennsylvania State and Federal Courts.
Attorney Snyder is highly respected in the legal community and is often interviewed by the media on a variety of topics related to injury law, as well as other news relating to Western PA. A sampling follows:
"No Fee TV"
Get to Know Attorney Snyder
Bicycle Safety & Accident Prevention
Slip and Fall Accidents
Summer Vacation Accidents