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John M. Schaffranek

Family Attorney at Wexford, PA

4.7   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    This includes divorce, custody, and child support.

    12 years

  2. Wills and living wills

    11 years

  3. Appeals

    12 years

  4. Contracts and agreements

    12 years

My main areas of practice are family law and civil litigation, although I also have considerable experience in First Amendment issues, particularly those that relate to the rights of the media.  I have an interest in family law issues as they relate to members of the GLBT community, as well.  My practice involves both litigation and appellate practice.

I am licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, the United Stated District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

On a personal note, I moved to Pittsburgh in 2009 and fell in love with it.  I enjoy spending time exploring the city and attending cultural events such as theatre shows, Pirates games, and festivals like Pride and the Italian Festival.


Law office of John M. Schaffranek
10475 Perry Highway
Suite 212C
Wexford, PA, 15090

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4.7 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Amber | August 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly would recommend
When I first found out I was getting a divorce I panicked since I had never dealt with a lawyer before. John made this first interaction flawless and made me feel confident in going forward. John is very professional yet is easy to talk to about your needs. I highly recommend John to anyone needing help in the future!
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable and put my concerns at ease
I was referred to John through a friend. The work, planning, and all the information online was extremely overwhelming. John took care of my concerns and I would be happy to use his services again.
Posted by Robert | December 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
My wife and I hired John to help and guide us through the process of adopting a sweet 10 year old girl. The process went extremely well ,in spite of the Covid set-backs! John kept us informed at every step, always calling us to keep us up to date. would not hesitate to call on him again for any legal advice.
Posted by Scott | November 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job!
Had to defend myself against a powerful political family. John did not back down, he took on the challenge. Superb strategy from day one and powerful arguments that resulted in a complete dismissal in court and a resounding victory. Fantastic job!!!
Posted by Randy | January 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
After months of searching for a solid professional attorney that would make the time available to assist me with a divorce settlement issue, John was definitely the right choice. I am not surprised that he has so many 5 star ratings because that was level of service I received from him and his team. John was very responsive by phone and Email and achieved excellent results for me, literally within days of my request. I would highly recommend him to my peers and I will be utilizing his services going forward for any of my family law matters.
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
John is a master
I highly recommend John if you are looking for an answer. He’s absolutely the most professional and elaborate speaker I’ve encountered. He knows the legal system like the back of his hand . Straight to the point and gets the job done . John and Lisa represented me for Feldstein I’m a John and Lisa represented me for Feldstein and McKee. I can’t think of how many good things I could say about John but I absolutely consider him to be one of the greatest attorneys I’ve come across .
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Posted by Ashley | December 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pure excellence and professionalism
John is the absolute best. In trying times during a custody case, he has proved so compassionate and dedicated. His attention to detail is unmatched, hence, such positive outcomes. The comfort in knowing I will always get a prompt reply is reassuring. His diligence in my entire case proves his professionalism and offers affirmation that I could not have a better team by my side.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Attorney Shaffranek and his firm's representation of our custody case displayed his great professionalism, performance, support and determination that we needed legally. John has represented our family with the utmost compassion and legal knowledge to win every case that we had to endure through this legal battle. We highly recommend John for any legal service that is needed.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attentive and Efficient
Attorney Schaffranek was very helpful and honest in handling my divorce case. His proactive measures resulted in a resolution I am happy with considering my priorities.
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable and helpful!
From taking on our case, until the final decision, John worked very hard to get to know our family and understand the importance of our case and the issues at hand. When there were any grey areas he was sure to explain them fully to us. John worked with our hectic schedule, setting up meetings with us on the weekend to guarantee that we were ready when we needed to go to court. He worked diligently to ensure that all information needed in preparation for court was obtained while working very closely with us to provide the best outcome possible for our family. John is a highly professional individual with a substantial knowledge of family law. I would highly recommend John for those needing an attorney for a family case.
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Posted by keith | March 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent work for our case
John was excellent in our case explaining the in's and out's of every detail as we approached them. We would highly recommend him in any custody case as was ours. John is the one to go to with the answer to the solution.
Posted by Daniel | June 24, 2015
Excellent result in traffic case
I received a very serious traffic citation that would have resulted in points, a license suspension, and a huge fine, but John managed to get it reduced just to a very small fine. A really fantastic result, well beyond what I had hoped for. Definitely would recommend.
Posted by Ryan | June 9, 2015
Excellent Defense Work
John handled my case very professionally and at a reasonable price. When I failed to notice a detail of my case that held the legal process up he was very patient and understanding. I would definitely recommend John to anyone in need of a defense attorney. He knows what he is doing and gets results. John's legal work resulted in a best case scenario for me and I know that he will do whatever he can to ensure the law works for you and not against you.
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Dashed hopes....
Had a half hour consultation,I had to fill an extensive mandatory questionare on the background and facts of my case. This needed to be done and emailed back to him a day prior to the consult. The day of my consult, we spoke and he ended up asking questions that I had already answered in my questionare,the lack of being prepared on his part ate up a lot of my consult time. When I mentioned why he was asking questions I already answered in the questionare,he simply stated he was with a client previously before speaking to me and hadn't had time to read my case.
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Response from John Schaffranek November 30, 2016
I'm sorry you had a bad experience with my firm. This matter does not sound familiar, and we strive for the utmost client satisfaction in every case. While our firm does request that a questionnaire be completed prior to our consultations, it is not mandatory, nor is it a substitute for the consultation itself, when we discuss the particulars of a case in detail. Most potential clients, in fact, do not return the questionnaire at all prior to the consultation. Additionally, owing to the constrained nature of a half-hour consultation and my desire to provide as full a picture of the legal landscape as possible, virtually all of my half-hour consultations exceed 30 minutes, at no additional charge, to ensure we have covered all relevant bases. Please contact me directly to discuss your specific concerns.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Gilliland Vanasdale Law Office, LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate
  • Feldstein Grinberg Lang & McKee, P.C.
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • Sean Logue & Assoc.
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Lisa Marie Vari & Associates
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Solo Practitioner
  • John M. Schaffranek, Esq.
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Frank, Gale, Bails, Murcko & Pocrass
  • 2011 - 2014
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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • JD
  • 2012
  • Denison University
  • BA
  • 2009
  • Denison University
  • BA
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • West Penn v. UPMC
  • Mostly successful


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, Law-related Education Committee
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Editor, Open Court, GLBT Rights Committee Newsletter
  • 2014 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • GLBT Rights Committee Newsletter Summer 2015
  • Open Court
  • 2015
  • GLBT Rights Committee Newsletter December 2015
  • Open Court
  • 2015
  • GLBT Rights Committee Newsletter
  • Open Court
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"John is a very conscientious, ethical and punctual attorney. I highly recommend him."
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