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Josef Arthur Hirschmann III

Divorce and separation Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

4.1   14 reviews

also known as Joe Hirschmann

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Learn Josef’s areas of practice.

I am the sole attorney at the Law Offices of Josef A. Hirschmann III, Esquire .  I focus my practice on family law, including but not limited to, divorce, equitable distribution, spousal support, alimony pendente lite, final alimony, custody, child support and exclusive possession of marital property.  I also do a significant portion of work in the Orphans' Court, including adoptions and guardianships.


The other focus of my practice is in Estates and Trusts.  I prepare both simple and complex estates and probate both simple and complex estates as well.


While, I focus my practice on family law, I have a vast network of colleagues who are able to assist clients with any issue they are facing, if I am unable to do so.


Our firm offers free consultations; so, if you are in need of an attorney's services, please call today!


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State PA
Status Administrative Suspension
Acquired 2011
Updated 02/26/2023

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

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Law Offices of Josef A. Hirschmann III
P.O. Box 7972
Pittsburgh, PA, 15216


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Posted by cindy | October 17, 2014
Mr. Hirschman Superior Attorney
From the first time I spoke with Mr. Hirschman I knew that I would be hiring him to represent me in my divorce. Our first meeting was in a comfortable setting and I felt at ease. Joe had gone well and beyond with his help getting me through this tough time. He has a compassion for people that I am sorry to say most lawyers do not. His professionalism and knowledge is superior ! He returns calls and answers e-mails in a timely manner. At one time my soon-to-be-ex left a scathing review for Joe which was totally unfair, disrespectful and completely untrue. He is not my estranged husbands attorney, but mine. He left the review out of anger, not the truth. I could not be more pleased with Mr. Hirschman's performance. His legal advise is top-notch from the Quit-claim Deed he helped me with to the divorce he is now helping me proceed with. I would highly recommend Joe to anyone and feel comfortable in doing so. Please if you are looking for a top of the line attorney, look no further, Mr. Hirschman is the one you need and want. Thank you Joe for all your hard work and compassion, I for one do so appreciate it more than I can put into words.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2013
Highly Recommended
I would absolutely recommend Joe Hirschmann to anyone looking for legal advice. He doesn't miss a beat and made what could have been an uncomfortable situation for me extremely easy. He was quick to respond to any questions I had and the biggest difference I found between him and other lawyers I had previously looked into is that he took the time to explain things in depth to me as this was my first time working with a lawyer. Very knowledgeable and showed compassion. I will continue to work with him in the future.
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Posted by Joe G | August 11, 2013
Excellent lawyer - trustworthy, honest and fair
Mr. Hirschmann has been my attorney for the past year, and he has done an excellent job. He has helped me with several legal matters, from drafting a will and a power of attorney to helping me with tax concerns and providing overall legal advice. Specifically, Mr. Hirschmann helped me sort through various legal concerns while I was deployed to Kuwait with the military. Mr. Hirschmann was always professional, responsive and kind. The work he performed on my behalf was excellent - he provided top notch legal advice and services in a timely manner. Additionally, he conducts himself with integrity and displays true character - I never once had to worry about any legal concerns while I was deployed, as I knew that Mr. Hirchmann was handling my affairs in an ethical, professional and efficient manner. I recommend Mr. Hirschmann to anyone who needs legal assistance. His is fair, honest and hard working. I couldn't ask for a better attorney, and will continue to use him as my lawyer for years to come.
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Posted by abbatwo | August 6, 2013
Knowledgeable and Straightforward
Joe was very knowledgeable and straightforward with my husband and me. He thoroughly explained our rights and the potential risks of proceeding with a Pro Se divorce. I was also extremely impressed by how upfront Joe was concerning fees. Most of the attorneys we reached out to were very vague regarding the fees. Our divorce cost exactly the amount Joe said that it would. We are completely satisfied.
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Posted by Kelly | June 11, 2013
Divorce and Child Custody
Josef Hirshmann managed my custody case 2 years ago. He is with out a doubt excellent in all of the above categories. Joe mad us feel as if we where his only clinet. He was accessible, kind, patient and knowledgable. He has a wonderful ability to connect with children. He was able to uncover what concerns my children had, what they desired and what was in their best interest. Joe has made a difference in our lives. If you are looking for a custody attorney I highly recommend you and your kids give him a few moments of your time. I am certain you will be impressed. Best of Luck.
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2013
Best Experience
Joe was so personable and straight forward. I was turned down by so many other lawyers who told me my legal desires were impossible. Joe analyzed my case thoroughly and told me the facts. I always knew what to expect and with his help my husband was able to adopt my oldest child and complete our family. I tell everyone in similar situations my experience with him!
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Posted by KimberlyHaneyAlonso | May 29, 2013
Extremely trustworthy
I contacted joe about a year ago for a child custody case that could of became very complicated. Because of Joe's knowledge of the laws and his persistence the custody case has continued in my favor. In fact, Joe worked things out with the other attorney so that we never even went to court. Joe still continuously gives me updates and sends me emails almost on a weekly basis to check in. I will continue to do all of my child custody business with Joe and would definitely recommend him to my friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2013
Overall Great Review
This being the first time I have ever hired an attorney I must say I was definitely impressed. He was more than prompt with everything he did. Even months later, once my divorce was final, I had a question and he responded within the same the day. He was very friendly and easy to work with. He answered every question I had and made me feel very at ease in a difficult situation. I am very thankful for his help and very happy that I chose him to represent me.
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Posted by Christine | May 29, 2013
Superior Family Law Attorney
Throughout the divorce and custody process, I have hired a number of attorneys in the past 10 years. Joe has, without doubt, been the most trustworthy and determined attorney I have met. He not only dove into our case, but he went above and beyond in making sure that my pre-teen children were comfortable and understood the process. He made what would normally be a stressful and scary process for my children, a very bearable process with positive results. (The first attorney to produce a positive court order in 10 years). My trust in him is important, but my children's trust in him is without measure. He truly put his heart into our case and worked hard to make sure every step has been successful. All of this was done not only with amazing professionalism, but unparalleled commitment to our case. I would absolutely recommend Joe to anyone in need of family law.
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Posted by Clifford | May 29, 2013
Josef Hirschman Review
Joe went above and beyond to help us with our case and I am grateful to have worked with him on our situation He was upfront with us front the beginning and was in contact with us constantly. I am extremely excited to have the right to officially call my stepdaughter my daughter now and wouldn't have been able to it without Joe. He worked extremely hard with us in achieving me and my wife goal with the adoption. He will definitely be our lawyer in the future for anything we need.
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Posted by Stephanie | February 7, 2012
Great divorce lawyer
Josef took over my divorce and handled it with great care. He was timely in answering all of my questions as well as explaining them in a way that was easy for me to understand a very complex process. He worked quickly to get issues resolved and was honest and forthright throughout the process. I would recommend Josef for any legal needs.
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Posted by Jackie | January 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Josef almost cost my my son that I had FT for the first 10 years of his life
I spent months fighting in court because my ex-husband said that he never ok'ed me moving out of the county when we agreed to it and had communication between our lawyers. Joe never filed the paperwork, assuring me that time was on my side since my ex-husband didn't say anything in the months after I moved. Nine months later, a judge disagreed with my lawyer, and I am now stuck with Allegheny County jurisdiction, even though I live in Mercer and my ex-husband lives in New Hampshire. The first six months of 2017 were spent in court trying to undo the mess that was caused from loose ends created from Josef not filing the proper paperwork when I moved. I spent so many nights in tears, afraid I would have to split my family and move back to Allegheny County or lose my son. My ex-husband found a loop hole. He knew he agreed. But he knew it wasn't in writing anywhere. We spent all of 2017 battling for a child he didn't really want, and I spent upwards of $20,000 I didn't have to end up with what we should have had custody wise without all the drama that preceded.
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Posted by Tony | December 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Hirschman has disappeared after not finishing divorce work I have paid for
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2014
Very disappointed
Hired this attorney 8 months ago. In that time this attorney managed to lose my child support. Lose my joint custody ( at a masters that didn't involve custody )that I had for 8 years. On the verge of losing my apl. When this attorney got court responses it took him 2 weeks to pass that info to me, limiting my actions. I got this attorney through avvo, and I am sorry I did. I am in the process of equitable distribution and have numerous violations of a court order because this attorney failed to pass info to the other attorney in a timely matter.
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Response from Josef Hirschmann February 24, 2014
Unfortunately, this review does not tell the whole story. I did not lose this client's custody nor APL; and, the child support issue is directly affected by custody issues. The client's spouse is violating an Order of Court for custody, for which a contempt hearing is currently scheduled as of today's date to attempt to correct the problem. The client does not currently receive child support because the Master hearing the complex support case determined that the child support should be awarded based upon the current practice of the custody schedule, as opposed to the Custody Order to which I objected. I also appealed the Master's decision arguing to the Judge that this is an error of law, as well as other errors that I believed the Master committed. The Judge did not agree and sided with the Master. The client is not on the verge of losing APL. There has been a request by the other party that APL be paid in to an escrow account because there are some significant issues for equitable distribution and how monies owed will be paid. However, that issue has yet to be decided. I never sat on paperwork that was delivered by the Court. As soon as an envelope is on my desk, it is immediately opened and the information contained therein is forwarded to the Client. There was an issue with an Order being entered and it not being delivered to my office for a significant period; but, I am unsure if that was an issue with the Court, the Post Office, the mail carrier for the building, or the office staff for misplacing the letter. When it comes to violations of Court Orders for not passing along information, this Client's statements could not be more incorrect. The Client had previously been unable to provide information to the Client's former counsel, which caused a Petition for Contempt to be brought against the Client. When I entered my appearance, I attempted to obtain the information requested by opposing counsel, and forward a detailed letter to the Client requesting the information. While some information was provided to me, I was informed by the Client that a significant portion of the information was unavailable. I immediately forwarded the information provided to opposing counsel; but, I am unable to forward information that was not provided. The opposing attorney was seeking contempt for not providing the information that the Client claims in unavailable, not because the information that was provided to me was not forwarded in a timely manner.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 185-200 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Josef A. Hirschmann III, Esquire
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Weisman Goldman Bowen &Grzywinski LLP
  • 2011 - 2014


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Legal Cases

  • In re: A. D. S.
  • Step-father adoption was granted.
  • B.M. v. D.M.
  • Divorce granted within 3 months of entering appearance.
  • In re: R.B.F.
  • Step-father adoption was granted.


  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Avvo Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor - Divorce
  • Avvo
  • 2013


Speaking Engagements

  • New Brighton Career Day
  • Tips and Tricks to Gain Admission to Law School
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (40)
Endorse Josef
Adoption Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Josef. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Adoption Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Adoption Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to annyone needing legal representation."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Other
"Attorney Hirschmann has a strong knowledge of the law as reflected by his Avvo posts. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Josef Arthur Hirshmann. Not only does he demonstrate a command of the law within his area of practice, but he is able to communicate the law in an understandable fashion to those of us who may not be as familiar with it."
Probate Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hirschmann and I practice in several of the same areas of the law and his responses to questions demonstrate excellent knowledge and a knack for explaining legal concepts in plain terms. He is an asset to the profession."
Family Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hirschmann has a very good rating on AVVO and a credit to the legal profession and community as a volunteer."
Family Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Hirshmann is one of the finest family law/Divorce attorneys in his state. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Josef Hirschmann. He is a rising star in the field of family law. I give Josef all five stars."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Hirschmann III demonstrates wisdom and compassion in his responses to difficult legal questions. If you want excellent legal service and caring representation, then you do well to choose him as your attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hirschmann is an asset to the Avvo community and the legal community at large. His contributions are sound and well reasoned. I highly recommend and endorse Mr. Hirschmann."
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Pittsburgh Divorce and separation Lawyer Josef Arthur Hirschmann III
Josef Arthur Hirschmann III
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Pittsburgh, PA
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