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Carla Schiff Donnelly

Divorce and separation Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

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Carla Schiff Donnelly joined Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C. in 2013 and was named a Principal of the firm in 2016.  She focuses her practice on divorce litigation, with a concentration on high asset financial and complex custody issues, including grandparent rights matters. She also specializes in preparing and negotiating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.  Ms. Donnelly is committed to protecting children in custody cases and has served as a Guardian ad Litem. She is a participant in the Children’s Issues Sub-Committee of the Family Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Children’s Rights Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA).

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Donnelly practiced family law for more than 11 years at Stern and Edlin, P.C., a leading domestic relations firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Donnelly was named a Rising Star by Georgia Super Lawyers and one of “Georgia’s Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend Magazine and selected for inclusion into the 2013 Edition of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She was also a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia and served on the board of the Visions Anew Institute, a nonprofit organization in the Atlanta area whose mission is to assist individual through the divorce process with information, integrity, and dignity.

Ms. Donnelly is a founding member of the Smart Divorce Institute, LLC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is on the Council of the Commission on Women in the Profession of the PBA and has served on the PBA House of Delegates.

Ms. Donnelly believes in approaching family law cases with a win-win mindset and has represented clients in more than 100 mediations.  That said, when an amicable resolution is not possible, she is an experienced litigator.  Ms. Donnelly prides herself on being caring, creative, thorough and tenacious.

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Licensed for 27 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 12/04/2022
State GA
Status Inactive Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/03/2022

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Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C.
310 Grant St Ste 1000
Gentile Horoho & Avalli Pc
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219-2276


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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2011
Five star lawyer!
I've been using Carla Schiff for years through my very contentious divorce. She has always been very responsive and is up to date with all of the child support guidelines. I would recommend her for any type of family matter.


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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Gentile, Horoho & Avali
  • 2013 - Present
  • Family Law Attorney
  • Stern & Edlin, PC
  • 2001 - 2012
  • Staff Attorney
  • 11th Circuit Court Of Appeals
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Attorney
  • King & Spalding
  • 1995 - 1997
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  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Lehigh University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • M.A. v. M.G., 17 WAP 2016 PA Supreme Court
  • Appeal dismissed


  • Butler County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Smart Divorce Institue, LLC
  • Founding Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Endorse Carla
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Whether representing clients in high net worth divorces or contentious custody matters, Carla uses her skills as both a litigator and shrewd negotiator to help her clients navigate these difficult issues to resolution. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Carla. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Highly Recommended!"
Divorce and separation