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     Mr. Petrich, a Mt. Lebanon, PA resident, was the first attorney certified as an Elder Law attorney in Western Pennsylvania. This certification was granted by the National Elder Law Foundation to him in 1999. He is presently Of Counsel to Gray Elder Law, a Pittsburgh, PA elder law firm (


Mr. Petrich has a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, which he obtained while working full time at Pitt’s Health Law Center and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. He then received his Law Degree from Duquesne University while employed as Assistant Executive Director at West Penn Hospital, also serving as in-house counsel after obtaining his law degree. Mr. Petrich was then President and CEO of a 600 bed mid-western hospital, including a nursing home and psychiatric facility, before his return home to Pittsburgh.


He has been active in the Pittsburgh area community, including the Allegheny County Bar Association where he is a past Chair of the Elder Law Committee and a Council member of the Probate and Trust Section, Mt. Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce (past President), Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors (past President), and is a former Board Member of the Mt. Lebanon Hospital Authority and Mt. Lebanon Village.


He is a member of the  Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council and is a Board Member of the Baptist Homes Society which operates a nursing facility and Continuing Care Retirement Community in Pittsburgh's South Hills.


 He has also been named, for each year since 2006, a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in elder law and as one of The Best Lawyers in America in elder law.



Mr. Petrich is also a Certified Financial Planner and a member of the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh, the Senior Action Coalition, the Pennsylvania Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Pittsburgh Paddlefish, a Dragon Boat team.


He also co-authors a monthly "Elder Law Column" in the Sunday edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Practice Areas


  1. Elder Law: 80%
    40 years
  2. Estate Planning: 20%



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Contact Info

Elder Law Offices of Frank A. Petrich

304 Arden Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA, 15216-1422


MOInactive voluntarily198201/08/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Department of Veterans AffairsVA Accredited Attorney2009
Certified Elder Law AttorneyNational Elder Law Foundation1999
Certified Financial PlannerCertified Financial Planning Board of Standards1999
PA Super Lawyer in Elder Law - 2006-2012Philadelphia MagazineN/A
Inclusion for Elder Law - 2006-2012Best Lawyers in America MagazineN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Of CounselGray Elder Law2008 - Present
PrincipalPetrich & Sykes Elder Law2003 - 2007
PrincipalElder Law Offices of Frank A. Petrich1993 - 2003
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Estate Planning Council of PittsburghMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMemberN/A
Senior Action CoalitionMemberN/A
Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging Advisory CouncilMemberN/A
Allegheny County Bar Association Probate & Trust CouncilFormer Council MemberN/A
PA Bar Association Elder Law CommitteeMemberN/A
Allegheny County Bar Association Elder Law CommitteeFormer ChairN/A
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMemberN/A
Financial Planning AssociationMemberN/A
Baptist Homes SocietyBoard MemberN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteMonthly Elder Law Column2012
Today's Attorney - Allegheny County Bar Assoc.Deficit Reduction Act '052006
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duquesne UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of Pittsburgh, PittsburghHealth Care AdministrationM.S.1969
University of Pittsburgh, PittsburghEconomicsB.S.1964
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
WQED (PBS) Television Panel DiscussionEnd of Life: Discussions on Dying & Dignity2011
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Internal Medicine ResidentsMedical Assistance2010
13th Annual Elder Law InstituteMedicaid 1012010
PA Bar InstituteRetirement Planning2009
PA Bar InstituteSaving Assets Post DRA2007
PA Bar InstituteRepresenting Individuals Entering a Nursing Home2007
10th Annual Elder Law InstituteMedicaid - Just The Basics2007
Seminar for Nurising Home PersonnelPA Medicaid Law2006
Estate & Elder Law SymposiumLong Term Care Insurance2006
Allegheny County Bar AssociationFrom Cruzan to Schiavo2006
Allegheny County Bar AssociationDRA '052006
9th Annual Elder Law InstituteMedicaid - Just the Basics2006
Thrivent Financial GroupMedicaid Law2005
Tandem Health CarePowers of Attorney & Health Care Directives2005
St. Clair Memorial HospitalLegal Issues Facing Older Adults2005
Pittsburgh Paralegal ConferenceMedicaid Law2005
PA Bar InstituteMedical Assistance Eligibility Rules2005
Older & Wiser Seminar - Neighborhood Legal ServicesPowers of Attorney & Health Care Directives2005
Mt. Lebanon, PA Senior ProgramMedical Assistance2005
Estate Planning Council of WPAMedical Assistance & Long Term Care2005
Estate & Elder Law InstituteLong Term Care Insurance2005
8th Annual Elder Law InstituteMedicaid Basics2005