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Karen is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), the certification specialty awarded by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF). She is a VA accredited attorney for veteran benefit claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Karen is a member of the Allegheny County Elder Law Committee, the Elder Law Section and the Probate, Trust and Real Property Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is a frequent author and speaker on various Elder Law topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute


Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 75%
    13 years
  2. Estate Planning: 15%
    13 years
  3. Wills & Living Wills: 5%
    13 years
  4. Power Of Attorney: 5%
    13 years



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Julian Gray Associates

954 Greentree Road
Pittsburgh, PA, 15220


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Elder Law AttorneyNational Elder Law Foundation2012
VA Accredited AttorenyDepartment of Veterans AffairsN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Certified Elder Law AttorneyJulian Gray Associates2011 - Present
Elder Law AttorneyPetrich & Sykes Elder Law2005 - 2011
Elder Law and Estates AttorneyLaw Firm of John Pillar2001 - 2005
AttorneyShadyside Hospital1987 - 1988
AttorneyKirkpatrick & Lockhart1984 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Elder Law Comittee of Allegheny County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysPA Chapter MemberN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Julian Gray Associates NewsletterSpring Cleaning For Your Estate Plan2015
Julian Gray Associates Newsletter"Maximizing Social Security"2014
Julian Gray Associates Newsletter"Is a Safe Deposit Box for You?"2014
Julian Gray Associates Newsletter"Financial Abuse of Seniors"2013
Julian Gray Associates Newsletter"Medicare Benefits Explained"2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State UniversityN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Youngstown State UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
What Every Attorney Needs to Know about Alzheimer's DiseaseMedicare and Medicaid: A Primer2014
Elder Law Update"Case Law Update"2014
41st Annual Western Pennsylvania Tax ConferenceElder Care Update2014
17th Annual Elder Law InstituteRevocable Trust Drafting Workshop2014
15th Annual Estate & Elder Law SymposiumCaring for the Elderly at Home and Through Community Based Services2014
Understanding The Basics of Elder LawUnderstanding the Basic Care options (In-Home Care, Assisted Living, Personal Care Homes and Nursing Homes; and Continuing Care Retirement Community Contracts) and Public Benefits for the Elderly2013
Elder Law UpdateCase Law Update2013
Caring for the Elderly at Home and Through Community Based Services16th Annual Elder Law Institute2013
West Virginia State BarVeterans Benefits Update2012
Elder Law UpdateCase Law and Legislative Updates2012
15th Annual Elder Law instituteWaiver Programs- Helping Seniors Stay at Home2012
13th Annual Estate & Elder Law Symposium"Irresistable Force Meets Immovable Object - When VA & Medicaid Benefits Collide"2012
Elder Law UpdateHealth Care Reform- Medicare, Long Term Care Insurance and Assisted Living Facilities & Regulations Update2011
14th Annual Elder Law Institute"Health Care Reform - Medicare, "Waiver Programs: Helping Your Clients Stay at Home2011