Charles C. Goetsch has over 40 years’ experience helping injured workers recover under the FELA and protecting employees who blow the whistle on safety or fraud in the workplace. He has tried over 60 federal trials and argued over a dozen federal appeals, including a landmark case before the United States Supreme Court.  In a published decision upholding the first FRSA jury verdict in the nation, United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton recognized Attorney Goetsch’s “nationally recognized specialization in train law” and “exceptional performance in being the first attorney to try a FRSA case to a successful verdict,” and stated for the record: “Attorney Goetsch is undeniably a leading specialist in the law governing railroad employees’ rights, and his longstanding and highly developed practice makes him more efficient, creative, and effective for his railroad employee clients than an attorney of similar trial experience in federal litigation but without the benefits of his specialization.” Barati v. Metro North Railroad Co., 939 F.Supp.2d 153 (D.Conn. 2013).*  More than a dozen of his cases have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements, and he created the leading resources for FRSA matters, this Train Law Blog and the Rail Whistleblower Library at his web site  He was selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyer’s (R) 2013 list for Plaintiff Employment Litigation.  Charlie has offices in New York City and Washington D.C. as well as New Haven, Connecticut, and can be reached anytime at

Practice Areas
  • Railroad Worker Injuries
  • Whistleblower Protection From Retaliation
  • False Claims Act and qui tam actions


  • LLM, Harvard Law School (1977)
  • JD, University of Connecticut School of Law (1976)
  • BA, Brown University (1973)

*Disclaimer: Railroad law is not a certified specialty in Connecticut.