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Michael Ian Werner

Michael Ian Werner

Practice areas:

Landlord & Tenant, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Elder Law, General Practice

About Me


On several occasions I've tried explaining to my young children what exactly I do for a living.  The legal profession can be difficult for a child to understand, so I started telling them, "I help people understand the rules”.  Simply stated, that is all I do.


When a client comes to me for help, it is usually because they don’t know how to solve their own problem.  I explain the rules, regulations or laws and help them on their way, sometimes with my continued hand holding and sometimes without.


I take great pride in my ability to help people understand the laws (a.k.a. "rules") which we are all required to live by.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2001

  1. Landlord & Tenant: 30%
    14 years
  2. Real Estate: 25%
    14 years
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
    14 years
  4. General Practice: 10%
    14 years
  5. Elder Law: 10%
    14 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

17 total 

  • Michael Vincent Quatrini

    As an attorney myself, I was very pleased with Attorney Werner's work on my real estate assessment appeal. I will certainly recommend him to any of my family or friends.


    Michael Quatrini Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • David M. Manes

    I endorse this lawyer.


    David Manes Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

ZunderWerner, LLP

1301 Grandview Avenue
Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA, 15211-4204




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Wechsler Leadership InstituteUnited Jewish Federation2004

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Participating AttorneyHyatt Legal Plans2007 - Present
PartnerZunderWerner, LLP2006 - Present
N/AArbitrator on Allegheny County's Special Landlord/Tenant Arbitration Panel2005 - Present
N/AParticipating Attorney with AARP Legal Services Network By GE2004 - 2008
AssociateAbernethy, Auld & Young, P.C.2000 - 2006


Association NamePosition NameDuration
BNI, Pittsburgh City ChapterMember2007 - 2010
JCC of Greater Pittsburgh, Camp CommitteeMember2005 - 2010
UJF Lunch and Learn SeriesChair2004 - 2005
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Hundreds of Alleghney County Assessment AppealsLowered Property Taxes

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Publication NameTitleDate
SMC Business Councils Government NewsA Primer on Alleghney County Property Assessment Appeals2010
Lost in Law?Designation of a Standby Guardian (The piece missing from most Estate Plans)2004
Lost in Law?Planning Your Exit From Your Business2004
Lost in Law?Plan Your Estate So The State Doesn't Plan For You2004
Lost in Law?Not Everyone Needs A Will2004


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duquesne University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of VermontBiology and GeologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1997

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Planning for RetirementEstate Planning for Retirement2014
Association of Municipal and School SolicitorsAllegheny County Reassessment: Preparing Your Case2012
Stock Shoppers2012 Allegheny County Reassessment2011
Peters Township Howard Hanna2012 Allegheny County Reassessment2011
Introduction to Estate PlanningEstate Planning2011
Explaining Allegheny County Assessment AppealsAllegheny County Assessment Appeals2011
Coldwell Banker Real Estate South Hills Office2012 Allegheny County Reassessment2011
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Commercial Division2012 Allegheny County Reassessment2011
Bedford County Taxpayers AssociationBedford County Property Assessments2011
Alleghney County Bar Association Real Property Section2012 Allegheny County Reassessment2011
How an Assessment Appeal can impact the sale or purchase of real estateProperty Assessment Appeals2010
Appealing your Bedford County Property Assessment to the Court of Common PleasProperty Assessment Appeals2010
Estate Planning 101Estate Planning2007
Estate Planning 101Estate Planning2006
Howard Hanna Seniors SeminarEstate Planning for Seniors2005
Estate Planning 101Estate Planning2005
Estate Planning 101Estate Planning2004
Estate Planning 101Estate Planning2003