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Deborah A. L. Iwanyshyn

About me

My practice utilizes my  heavy financial background to get your case settled without drama and without having to go to court.  I practice out of the North Hills and have developed a paperless highly digital and sophisticated way of managing your case and analyzing your marital estate and your or your spouse's possible needs for alimony.  I can show you creative ways to divide your assets with the least amount of damage to each party.  I settle the majority of my cases without you ever having to see a courtroom or meet a judge.

 Because I am paperless you will receive everything through email providing you with digital files instead of reams of paper.  You receieve everything that comes in or goes out with respect to your case.

 I utilize sophisitcated software that analyzes various scenarios regarding equitable distribution and alimony.  I can project through 50 years in the future what your income and expenses will be based upon the distribution and can show if alimony is necessary and for how long.  Other attorneys have to hire outside consultants to do this which doubles your costs.

 I am an attorney as well as a CPA (license inactive) and a former member of the American Society of Appraisers having earned the designation of ASA, which is a Senior Member, specializing in business valuation. I am also an adjunct professor at Carlow University teaching Masters of Science in Fraud and Forensice students criminal evidence and utilizing the National Fraud Examiners Handbook.  I am also the Vice Chair of the Taxation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Family Law.

 My office is in the North Hills although if you want to meet downtown I can arrange that.  I utilize email, text, the telephone, Facetime and Skype so that you don't have to be bothered traveling to my office for meetings.  Generally we meet once in the beginnng of the case to ensure that you are comfortable with me.

 My background enables me to easily handle complex divorce and support cases, especially where closely-held family businesses are involved.   I have been hired by lawyers to be their outside consultant.  I have been qualified by the court to testify in court as an expert witness regarding the value of businesses and as to the income of a self-employed person.

 I have had over 100 hours of mediation training and have sponsored mediation training sessions with nationally renowned mediattrs.  I am also a trained collaborative lawyer.  I have mediated for the Allegheny County  Custody Program as well as privately in my practice.  I was a member of the Western Pennsylvania Mediation Counsel   I studied in a two year Gestault Training program for professionals with advanced degrees.  I can help you identify  what kind of counselng or therapy that might help you.

II was divorced for 15 years and was also a single mother and the sole breadwinner.  I can relate to your issues and your life.  

I also strenuously protect the business owner from harassment and burdensome requests for documents.  I can help you keep that at a minimum.  

 I have been asked by the American Bar Association to author a book for lawyers describing how to manage a divorce when there is a closely-held business involved.  The book should be published in the fall 2016.

 My website talks about my personal situation.  I have several videos on the site that will give you some insight into your situation.  You can view them at  I offer a free telephone consultation so feel free to call.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 75%
    30 years
  2. Alimony: 20%
    30 years
  3. Child Custody: 5%
    30 years



Hourly ($230/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joseph John Nash

    I worked with Ms. Iwanyshyn on a difficult divorce case. She always kept the lines of communication open and was a pleasure to deal with. She fights hard for her clients.


    Joseph Nash Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Cody N. Guarnieri

    I endorse this lawyer. A caring and compassionate voice for her clients.


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Contact info

Iwanyshyn @ Associates

2100 Legendary LN
Allison Park, PA, 15101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2016
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2015
10 Best Lawyers in Pennsylvania for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2015
Top LawyerThe Global Directory of Who’s Who2015
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2013
Former Senior Member of American Society of Appraisers (ASA)American Society of Appraisers1987
Certified Public Accountant (license inactive)Pennsylvania Licensing1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerIwanyshyn & Associates1985 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorCarlow University2016 - 2016
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar FoundationFellow2016 - Present
Taxation Committee of the Family Law section of the American Bar AssociationVice Chair2015 - Present
American Bar AssociationTaxation Chairperson2016 - 2017
Western Pennsylvania Mediation CounselBoard Member2005 - 2008
Animal FriendsBoard of Directors2000 - 2002
American Society of AppraisersBoard of Directors1990 - 1993
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kwarteng v. Taylor2 year old child returned to Belgium parents
Lentz v. MeyerI actually housed this young woman for a year and obtained joint custody. Both she and the father have co-parented and are engaged.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gestault Institute of New EnglandGestault Training For ProfessionalsGestault Therapy Certification2005
United States Bankruptcy CourtMediation trainingN/A2003
Allegheny County Family DivisionCustody Mediation TrainigN/A2002
United States Postal ServiceMediation trainingN/A2002
American Society of AppraisersBusiness valuationASA1987
Duquesne University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Commonwealth of Pa Dept of StateN/ACertified Public Account (license inactive)1979
Pennsylvania State UniversityAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Summer schoolSingle Parenting That Works! Raising Well-Balanced Children in an Off-Balance World2011