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Richard Gilardi


Rich Gallardi is a seasoned senior attorney with an unwavering dedication to the legal profession. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Rich maintains a deep connection to his roots while making significant contributions to the legal landscape in the Charlotte area.

Despite hailing from a family of lawyers, Rich's journey into law was not predetermined. With a father who was a trial lawyer, Rich understood the demanding nature of the profession. It was not until halfway through college that he discovered his own passion for the law and decided to embrace the family legacy.

Rich's legal education took place at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he developed a keen interest in personal injury law. His early exposure to the plaintiff's practice, coupled with a stint on the defense side during law school, provided him with a comprehensive understanding of the legal landscape. However, it was the direct impact of personal injury work, the client contact, and the opportunity to solve people's problems that drew him back to the plaintiff's side. Graduating in 1992, Rich embarked on his legal career by joining his father's firm. The experience was akin to a trial by fire, where he adopted a "cut your teeth" approach. This early exposure to a volume of work and a trial-focused environment laid the foundation for Rich's exceptional legal career spanning three decades.

Motivated by the desire to contribute to the vibrant community around Lake Norman, Rich and his family made the move and joined Shane Smith Law. The firm's commitment to excellence and its substantial caseload presented the perfect fit for Rich's wealth of experience and combative approach shaped by hard-earned lessons.

Beyond the courtroom, Rich is a devoted family man. With three daughters spread across the state and east coast, he treasures every moment spent with them. Whether engaging in outdoor activities, enjoying lake adventures, or playing hockey, Rich's spare time is a testament to his commitment to family and a balanced life.

To clients at Shane Smith Law, Rich offers more than legal expertise; he brings a genuine interest in your well-being. With a focus on physical and emotional recovery, Rich is committed to navigating the complexities of your case. Your trust is paramount, and Rich Gallardi stands ready to champion your cause in the pursuit of justice.


Our Promise To You

  • Providing Answers & Solutions
    We understand that this can be a scary and overwhelming time. We pride ourselves on providing you with the answers you need to make educated decisions about your case. Each step of the way we want to ensure you are fully aware and on board with the trajectory of your case.
  • Solely Focused on Personal Injury
    Unlike other firms, our ONLY focus is helping individuals and families who have been wrongfully injured. We dedicate all of our time, efforts, and resources to those who have been injured because of someone else's negligence.
  • No Case is too Big or Small

    When you have been injured, whether it's a small accident or a major one, our team dedicates the same amount of professionalism and commitment to maximize your result. Small or large we are committed to getting you a good and fair settlement.

  • Focused on Your Recovery
    At Shane Smith Law, we care about you, the individual. We genuinely want you to feel better and get good treatment. Thus, we not only help you obtain results, but we also help you obtain quality doctors and providers.


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