Areas of Practice:
Appellate Division, Social Security Disability (Federal Court)
Pennsylvania – 2007
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania – 2007
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude – 2007
The Pennsylvania State University, B.A. – 1998
Natalie graduated a semester early from high school and started working immediately at a law firm with a thriving social security practice. In the years that followed, she worked summers at the firm, handling the occasional social security claim intake, and it was during those years that she became acquainted with Karl Osterhout, now managing partner of Osterhout Disability Law. However, despite this early foray into legal work, it wasn’t until several years after graduating from college that she decided to pursue a career in the law. Natalie elected to continue working while attaining her law degree, and was fortunate to work during law school in the Appellate Division at the Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
After graduating at the top of her class, Natalie accepted a job Reed Smith, LLP, representing policy holders in insurance recovery matters. But she consistently made time for pro bono assignments, utilizing such opportunities to provide free legal services to individuals in need. Her pro bono work included volunteering for National Adoption Day, helping members of the transgender community obtain legal name changes, and representing two individuals in landlord tenant disputes. It was the pro bono work that Natalie found most gratifying.
After practicing for seven years, Natalie decided to take time off from a thriving insurance recovery practice to raise her three young children. But Karl presented her with an opportunity to take a different path. Recognizing that she could finally fulfill her desire to provide legal representation to individuals who truly needed her assistance (and to work with Karl again!), Natalie jumped at the chance to join Osterhout Disability Law. She is humbled by the struggles that the firm’s clients face, and, grateful to be able to use her education and training to provide them with the representation they need and deserve.
In her free time, Natalie enjoys running, travelling, sampling the wealth of new restaurants that seem to pop up overnight in Pittsburgh, and sampling new wines…not necessarily in that order. On any given day, you might spot Natalie with one of her kids at the zoo, in a museum, on the river trail, at the Highland Park Super Playground, at Pittsburgh Musical Theater, on the soccer field, or in a gymnasium.