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About Me

Carla Schiff Donnelly joined the Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C., in 2013 where she focuses her practice on divorce litigation, with a concentration on high asset financial and complex custody issues, including grandparent rights matters. She also specializes in preparing and negotiating prenuptial agreements.

Prior to joining the firm, Carla practiced family law for 11 years at Stern and Edlin, P.C., a leading domestic relations firm in Atlanta, Georgia, where she handled all aspects of divorce and post-divorce cases.

Carla is a founding member of the Smart Divorce Institute, LLC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is an active participant in the Children's Issues Sub-Committee of the Family Law Section of the Allegheny County bar Association and the Women in the Profession section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Carla previously served as a law clerk to Chief Judge G. Alan Blackburn of the Georgia Court of Appeals and as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals. She holds a bachelor of arts from Lehigh University and her law degree from Emory University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in both Georgia and Pennsylvania. Carla was named a Rising Star by Georgia Super Lawyers and one of "Georgia's Legal Elite" by Georgia Trend Magazine and selected for inclusion into the 2013 Edition of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She was also a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia and served on the board of the Visions Anew Institute, a nonprofit organization in the Atlanta area whose mission is to assist individual through the divorce process with information, integrity, and dignity.

She has authored several family law articles, which have been published in the Huffington Post and other periodicals and has been a frequent presenter at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars on a variety of family law topics.


Practice Areas


  1. Family: 34%
  2. Child Custody: 33%
  3. Divorce & Separation: 33%

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Carla. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Andrew Charles Matteson

    Highly Recommended!


    Andrew Matteson Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C.

310 Grant St Ste 1000
Gentile Horoho & Avalli Pc
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219-2276


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199509/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2007
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2006
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Family Law AttorneyStern & Edlin, PC2001 - 2012
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Smart Divorce Institue, LLCFounding Member2013 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2012 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Lehigh UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990