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11Joseph J. Cirilano

Joseph J. Cirilano

Shareholder / Attorney

Phone 800.799.2234


Joseph Cirilano has been an attorney with Goldberg, Persky, and White since being licensed in 1992 and as a shareholder, he practices in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Maine.

Joe was born and raised in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania and his upbringing in this blue collar section of Pittsburgh has given him a special appreciation for, and a keen understanding of, the working men and women he represents.  Joe considers it a point of personal pride to enforce the legal rights of his clients against the large corporations who routinely put profits before people.

Joe is a graduate of Allegheny College where he majored in Psychology with a minor in Communication Arts.  He later went to night school at Duquesne University School of Law – putting himself through law school by working as a stock by in a local grocery store and then as a law clerk for the Allegheny County District Attorney and his current employer, Goldberg, Persky, and White.

Joe is licensed in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Michigan and has been involved in asbestos litigation for the entirety of his thirty-year legal career.  As a result, he has developed extensive knowledge regarding asbestos defendants and the asbestos-containing products and equipment they manufactured.  However, vast experience is worthless if an attorney does not have the ability to work well with their clients and Joe’s blue collar upbringing has made him especially well-suited to do just that.  His ability to relate to clients as well as the knowledge and experience he has gained since 1992 preparing thousands of cases for trial have resulted in many millions of dollars in compensation for his clients.

Joe lives in Edgewood with his wife of 21 years, Jeanne, and their children Joseph and Mia.  In his spare time, Joe is an avid mountain biker and can be found almost every day in the woods of Frick Park or on the basketball courts of Edgewood and Forest Hills.

Pratice Areas


ust because a trial verdict is reached, it doesn’t mean the case is closed. Parties involved may appeal the verdict if they truly believe the court or jury made the wrong decision. A skilled appellate attorney will help you file an appeal to make sure justice is fair on all counts

Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawsuits

We have a long history of litigation for mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and related cancers caused by asbestos exposure.

Occupational Disease

Much has been done to improve the safety of those whose occupations put them at greater risk, but there are still times when safety takes a hit, whether through carelessness or outright negligence. Our occupational disease lawyers are familiar with the types of disease, cancers, and injuries caused by various exposures and understand the industries typically involved.

Personal Injury

Whether through traffic accidents, slips and falls, or defective products, if you have been injured through no fault of your own, let us evaluate your case.

Premises Liability

If you have sustained injuries at a hotel, restaurant, parking lot, school, mall or in some other building where you were entitled to be, you may be entitled to compensation.

Product Liability Claims

Serious injury or even death can result from poorly-designed or risky products. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation.

Toxic Torts/Harmful Chemical Exposures

For more than 30 years, our attorneys, paralegals, and other support staff have been pioneers in toxic tort lawsuits. We have helped many people who have been injured themselves, but also many families who’ve lost loved ones to toxic exposures, and also to those who have suffered as a result of second-hand exposure.

Education & Training

  • Allegheny College, B.A. – 1988
  • Duquesne University, J.D. – 1992

Job Experience

  • Law Clerk for the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office – 1989 to 1990
  • Law Clerk for Henderson & Goldberg – 1990-1992
  • Attorney for Goldberg, Persky, and White – 1992 to present

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1992
  • Michigan, 1999
  • Ohio, 2006
  • West Virginia, 2013

Memberships & Associations

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Michigan Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, West Virginia Bar Association, Public Justice Foundation