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Barbara J. Shah

Probate Attorney at Bethel Park, PA

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1982
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Originally from Western Illinois. Father a union organizer, Mother a homemaker. Began writing poetry in grade school, enjoyed spelling, hated math. Voracious reader. Zero athletic skills, took forever to learn to ride bicycle. Attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where I met my husband, a native of India. Married before graduation, worked for the telephone company while he graduated, then worked in office jobs until I returned to the U of I and graduated with a BA in the Teaching of Social Studies, minors in German and Philosophy, in 1968; taught high school social studies, active in politics in Illinois. Mother of 3 children, oldest son deceased. After moving to Pittsburgh area in 1976, attended Duquesne Law School, evening program, while working full time during the day as outside salesperson. Lucky to have had a supportive husband, now deceased. Began practicing law sharing office space with established Bethel Park lawyer, doing real estate closings. Found satisfaction in becoming a trial lawyer and have years of experience in divorce, support, custody, wills, and estate cases. Learned that it is necessary to educate clients on the law and their options and help them to set goals and work with them to achieve them. Communication is key; have learned how to use modern technological tools to assist in client-centered approach to practicing law.

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Barbara J. Shah
5824 Library Road
Bethel Park, PA, 15102


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Posted by Aaron | December 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Did what she promised and began to work on my case immediately. No "pie in the sky" promises.
Posted by Stephen Primrose | November 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
I would recommend and refer potiential clients for family law to Shah Law Firm .The staff is excellent they're always prompt and on top of everything . Kristen A. Bojarski is a top notched family law Esquire that really helped me resolve my family legal matters with favorable results .


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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Shah Law Group
  • 1982 - Present


  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Illinois
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1968

Legal Cases

  • Boback v. Ross, 126 A.3d 1281 (PA 2016)
  • Won on appeal


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member of the House of Delegates
  • 2015 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania
  • Founding Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association (the Family Law Section )
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • American Bar Association (the Family Law Section )
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2014 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018


  • Pittsburgh Lawyers Journal
  • Don't Invite your Client to Micromanage; be the Boss
  • 2017
  • Pittsburgh Legal Journal
  • Show Some Respect; Otherwise You're Just Making Things Difficult for Yourself
  • 2016
  • Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume 31, Issue 4
  • Hayward v. OPM- Qualifying Orders on Civil Service Retirement System Pensions
  • 2009
  • Pennsylvania Family Lawyer
  • Domestic Relations Orders on Civil Service Pensions
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Gerrymandering
  • 2018
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute- Continuing Legal Education
  • Client Engagement- Ethics of Fee Agreements
  • 2017
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute- Continuing Legal Education Course
  • Client Engagement- Ethics of Fee Agreements
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Other
"After reading her pithy and witty advice on Avvo,com, endorsing Barbara J. Shah is an easy decision. She provides practical, solid, and programmatic advice and provides clients with viable options."
Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Barbara is savvy, professional, practical and dedicated. She knows the courts very well. She has practiced a long time, but stays on top of new developments in the law and beyond. I recommend Barbara wholeheartedly."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barbara is wonderful lawyer as well as a wonderful person who has practiced family law forever and now focuses on estate planning."
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice
Child custody