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Allison D. Gaffen obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree from Grove City College, where she majored in Psychology and Political Science and minored in Family Studies. At Grove City, Allison was a representative for the Pan Hellenic Council and was also a member of a local sorority. While at Grove City, she was a member of The Law Society and interned at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for the Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman (who was since been promoted to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals).



Ms. Gaffen received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. She was a topics editor on the University of Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law. While at Pitt Law,Ms. Gaffen participated in the Murray S. Love Mock Trial Competition. She was also awarded theJohn P. Gismondi Civil Litigation Certificate from Pitt Law. At Pitt Law, Allison was a member of Phi Alpha Delta, Law Fraternity International.


During law school, Ms. Gaffen was a certified legal intern at Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services in Washington County, where she drafted divorce and custody complaints. She also negotiated and litigated Protection from Abuse cases at Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services. Ms. Gaffen also was a family law intern at Neighborhood Legal Services Association in Allegheny County, where she negotiated Protection from Abuse cases and Indirect Criminal Complaints, litigated Protection from Abuse Cases, drafted custody motions, presented custody motions, and did custody conciliations.



Ms. Gaffen has been admitted to practice before the state courts in Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA). Ms. Gaffen volunteers with ACBA’s Attorneys Against Hunger to do food distribution events. She also volunteers with the Neighborhood Legal Services Pro Bono PFA Program and represents victims of domestic violence at their PFA hearings. In addition, Ms. Gaffen also volunteers at Allegheny County’s Pro Se Assistance Program, and helps pro se litigants prepare motions that will be presented at family court.



Practice areas


  1. Family: 75%
  2. Estate Planning: 25%



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Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Law Office of Allison Gaffen

401 Wood Street
Suite 414
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of Advanced Study in Civil LitigationUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Law2011
Cum LaudeUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Law2011
Topics EditorPittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law2010
Honors in Political ScienceGrove City College2008
Dean's ListGrove City CollegeN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Allison Gaffen2012 - Present
Pro Bono PFA AttorneyNeighborhood Legal Services Association2011 - Present
PartnerGaffen & Stephenson, LLC2012 - 2012
Contact AttorneyOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP (through Special Counsel)2011 - 2012
Family Law InternNeighborhood Legal Services Association2010 - 2011
Certified Legal InternSouthwestern PA Legal Services2010 - 2010
Clinic InternSouthwestern PA Legal Services2009 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners SectionMember2012 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2011 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMember2011 - Present
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMember2011 - Present
U.S. District Court for the Western District of PAAdmitted to Practice2011 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Women in the Law DivisionMember2011 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMember2010 - Present
Attorneys Against HungerMember2010 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Phi Alpha DeltaMember2008 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
Grove City CollegePsychology and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2008