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John Anthony D'Onofrio

also known as John A. D'Onofrio

About me

My name is John D'Onofrio, and as the founder of D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C., I have been providing clients with legal assistance for more than 32 years, always striving to professionally and timely serve my clients-the friendly residents of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.


Through years of experience working in the legal field, I have gained insight and knowledge on a wide variety of estate planning and probate matters including, but not limited to wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, estate settlement, trust settlement, special needs trusts, guardianship matters, asset protection, and elder care law matters. As such, I am here to provide the quality legal representation you need.


What sets me apart from the competition?

  • I have over 32 years of experience

  • I meet clients at my office, their residence, hospitals, or nursing homes

  • Academy of Special Needs Planners (member)

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (member)

  • I offer FREE services for special needs families

  • I am a regular speaker at special needs and estate planning seminars

In 2010, I was graciously awarded the Jefferson Award. Established by Jackie Kennedy, this is a national recognition system honoring community and public service. I have the expertise and education to handle almost any estate planning complication, working hard to find effective solutions.


Attorney John A. D’Onofrio has been practicing law for over 32 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania, and his Juris Doctorate degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston. Mr. D’Onofrio was an intern with the Harris County, Texas District Attorney’s Office in Houston where he served in the Misdemeanor Division presenting over 40 cases a day for plea bargains, hearings, and trials. He was then transferred to the Grand Jury Division where he presented over 850 cases to the Harris County Grand Jury. In 1985, Attorney D’Onofrio opened his own law office in Houston as a private practitioner. At first, he handled criminal cases, personal injury cases, bankruptcy cases, and estate and probate matters. After sustaining an accident in 1987, Attorney D’Onofrio moved his practice to Pennsylvania.


Currently Attorney D’Onofrio limits his practice to estate planning, asset protection, elder care law, special needs planning, trust administration, and probate administration. Mr. D’Onofrio is a regular speaker at Special Needs Planning and estate planning seminars. Attorney D’Onofrio maintains membership with the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Christian Legal Society, the Academy of Special Needs Planners, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce. He is licensed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. In 2010, Attorney D’Onofrio was honored with the Jefferson Award, which is a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in the United States. After receiving this honor, Attorney D’Onofrio was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. At D’Onofrio Law Office, P.C., Mr. D’Onofrio does everything in his power to provide Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania residents with trusted and affordable legal counsel. To find out about retaining the representation of Attorney D’Onofrio, do not hesitate to contact D’Onofrio Law Office, P.C. 


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Practice areas


  1. Power Of Attorney: 20%
  2. Trusts: 20%
  3. Wills: 20%
  4. Probate: 20%
  5. Estate Planning: 20%



Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Howard Marks

    I endorse this lawyer. John represented a client on the other side of a case and impressed me greatly. His preparation and comprehensive defense against the claim asserted was striking. Hats off to John D'Onofrio.


    Michael Marks Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Flora Sweeney

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Flora Sweeney Divorce and separation Attorney
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Contact info

D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C.

500 Commerce Drive
Suite 110
Moon Township, PA, 15108


TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative198208/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Jefferson AwardThe Pittsburgh Foundation2010
Certificate of AppreciationAmerican Association for Justice1981
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyD'Onofrio Law Office, P.C.1981 - Present
PresidentGood Shepherd Legal Foundation2007 - 2012
Board MemberMiracle League of SW Pennsylvania2007 - 2011
Board MemberThe Crafton Foundation1992 - 1995
Attorney - sole practitionerJohn A. D'Onofrio, Attorney at Law1982 - 1983
Complimentary Special Needs Trusts - 150 per yearD'Onofrio Law Office, P.C.1982 - 2014
Legal InternHarris County Texas District Attorney's Office1980 - 1982
ClerkFulbright & Jaworski1979 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Academy of Special Needs PlannersN/AN/A
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/AN/A
Christian Legal SocietyN/AN/A
Licensed - Pennsylvania Department of InsuranceN/AN/A
Licensed - Pennsylvania Supreme CourtN/AN/A
Good Shepherd Legal FoundationPresident2007 - 2013
Mercyhurst CollegeBoard of Directors1988 - 1991
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re Daniel FreedmanParents were appointed Joint Co-Guardians of the Plenary Estate and Person of Daniel Freedmn
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Publication nameTitleDate
Pittsburgh Legal Talk BackA Short Guide to Preparation and Presentation of Guardian Petition2014
Allegheny West MagazineA Good Shepherd for Special People2009
Los Angeles TimesOilman's Debt of $149 Million Is Discharged1987
American Association for Justice (AAJ)Environmental Law1980
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Mercyhurst CollegeCriminologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Barber National Institute Seminar on Special Needs TrustsSpecial Needs Trusts2013