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John Anthony D'Onofrio

Estate planning Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

5.0   15 reviews

also known as John A. D'Onofrio


Licensed for 40 years

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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 37 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 37 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 37 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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Licensed for 40 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 12/04/2022
State TX
Status Not Eligible to Practice - Administrative
Acquired 1982
Updated 10/23/2022

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D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C.
651 Holiday Drive
Foster Plaza 5, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA, 15220

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Client's Choice 2015
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John received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2015
Posted by Judi | June 1, 2014
A very competent attorney who cares for his clients.
Is always there when you need him, answers emails quickly, answers any questions you have, helped me through a very traumatic experience with patience, concern and knowledge in the law. Bottom line, John was there for me when I was at my lowest point and had absolutely no knowledge on what I had to do. John walked me through everything along with his knowledgable staff. I have already recommended John to people including my own daughter.
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Posted by Andrew | July 25, 2014
John Anthony D'Onofrio, Esquire is highly recommended
Attorney D'Onofrio is very knowledgeable about Wills/Living Wills, Special Needs Trusts and Guardianship Law. He has excellent people skills and provides legal services thoroughly and compassionately to his clients. As a parent of a special needs child, my wife and I know that our family is in good hands with Attorney D'Onofrio. I highly recommend him to others who may have legal challenges or concerns about estate planning for their loved ones.
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Posted by Daniel C. Dettorre, Jr. | January 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Experience
All I can say is that John D'Onofrio helped me in a time of great need. I am very appreciative of the way my case was handled and how quickly it was resolved. One of the most important things I can say is that Mr. D'Onofrio did not burden me with financial hardship with fees. I am not a person of financial means and he recognized that and helped me. I would highly recommend this lawyer to anyone who needs legal help. It is very hard to find someone with true compassion for others these days. Mr. D'Onofrio is one of these rare people. At the end of the day all I can really say to Mr. D'Onofrio is Thank You!
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Posted by Ann | September 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional and Thorough
My husband and I hired John D'Onofrio to do our estate planning. His initial consultation was free. We left that initial meeting feeling confident that John would do an excellent job for us. He explained everything clearly and thoroughly and really listened to our desires for our estate. We are so pleased with the job that John did for us! I would recommend his services to anyone.
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Posted by Mike | September 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent, Personable and knowledgeable
Set up 2 trusts for my special needs son, wills for both my wife and I as well as living directives. Also handled my mother in laws estate upon her passing.
Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent estate lawyer
John was very professional and knowledgeable from the first time that we met him. We initially met him in his office, but he also came to our home to finalize our estate plan. He takes the time to understand what you want from an estate plan, but has the knowledge and experience to recommend plans that you may not have considered. He was also very efficient and was able to quickly set up and finalize a trust for us under tight time constraints. We would highly recommend him for anyone wishing to set up estate plans, trusts, wills, etc.
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Posted by Jan | August 28, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I contacted John D'Onofrio based on reviews from Avvo. I was not disappointed. From the first conversation I felt that John would handle matters, answer my questions, and be accessible. And he did all of that and more! My requests were handled in a timely and professional manner.
Posted by Brent | August 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Attorney D'Onofrio did an excellent job with our estate planning. He was involved in the entire process and made it easy to understand. I would highly recommend talking with John, as he is very knowledgeable and great to work with.
Posted by GG | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Special needs trust
We highly recommend John D'Onofrio. His office was prompt and friendly in scheduling, in taking care of the documents. He asked us to collect all documents. In the personal interview he explained and gathered required information. The document was prepared in a timely manner. He answered our follow up questions. Very happy with his services
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Posted by Teresita | January 4, 2015
Estate Services Review
In my multiple dealings with Mr. D'Onofrio over an unfortunately short period of time, I have always found him and his staff to be conscientious, responsive, knowledgeable, and highly professional. I lost two family members in a relatively short period of time and really needed Mr. D'Onofrio to be hands on in settling matters. I have no qualms working with him and highly recommend him to others in search of honest legal counsel.
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Posted by Elmer | July 20, 2014
John D'Onofrio
John was a God-send to me in the handling of my sister's estate. I found John to be trustworthy, competent, knowledgeable, and helpful in this matter. He is a pleasant man who is very easy to work with. I would recommend him to anyone needing legal assistance in the handling of estate matters. Elmer
Posted by Kenneth | July 15, 2014
Experienced with Special Needs Trusts
Our family used John D'Onofrio to assist us with creating a Third-Party Special Needs Trust, Will, and Power of Attorney for our special needs daughter. We found him to be expert in this field, plus he showed great patience and compassion for our daughter. We've had a few occasions, since our initial meeting, to ask him questions about new situations that have risen, and he has always responded quickly and thoroughly. I would not hesitate to refer friends and acquaintances to him.
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Posted by Priscilla & Jerry | July 10, 2014
RECOMMENDATION
Preparing a Will and other end-of-life provisions can be a very harrowing experience. Thanks to Attorney John D'Onofrio, this task was completed with minimal stress and with legal advice that guaranteed our total satisfaction with the decisions we had made. We were very comfortable in Attorney D'Onofrio's presence. He was both professional and congenial. To anyone seeking a reputable attorney, we woul highly recommend Attorney John D'Onofrio.
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Posted by EP | July 8, 2014
Estate and long term planning resolved
I have counted on and not been disappointed with John D'onofrio's various estate planning and settlement and Trust services in the past and will not hesitate to again (including recommending to others) in the future.
Posted by Melanie | May 27, 2014
Wonderful experience!
We had a wonderful experience from start to finish. He is very knowledgable and patient when explaining everything. I highly recommend.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C.
  • 1982 - Present
  • President
  • Good Shepherd Legal Foundation
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Board Member
  • Miracle League of SW Pennsylvania
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Board Member
  • The Crafton Foundation
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Attorney - sole practitioner
  • John A. D'Onofrio, Attorney at Law
  • 1982 - 1983
  • Complimentary Special Needs Trusts - 150 per year
  • D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C.
  • 1982 - 2014
  • Legal Intern
  • Harris County Texas District Attorney's Office
  • 1980 - 1982
  • Volunteer
  • Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute
  • 1980 - 1985
  • Clerk
  • Fulbright & Jaworski
  • 1979 - 1980
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Education

  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Mercyhurst Univesity
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • In Re Charles Marvin Hall
  • all debts were successfully discharged

Associations

  • The Miracle League of Southwestern PA
  • Legal Advisor
  • 2008 - Present
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Crafton Foundation
  • Legal Adviser
  • 1992 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Licensed - Pennsylvania Department of Insurance
  • Insurance Agent
  • 1990 - Present
  • Licensed - Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Attorney at Law
  • 1988 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Good Shepherd Legal Foundation
  • President
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Board of Directors
  • 1987 - 1991
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Attorney at Law
  • 1982 - 1987
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyers
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Honored Business
  • 2017 Pittsburgh City Paper
  • 2017
  • Jefferson Award
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • American Association for Justice
  • 1981
  • Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 1981
  • McMannus Educational Trust Sholarship
  • McMannus Educational Trust Foundation
  • 1981
  • Environmental Law Essay Contest - Winner
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • 1980
  • The Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Trammel Scholarship Award
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 1980
  • McMannus Educational Trust Scholarship
  • McMannus Educational Trust Foundation
  • 1980
  • The Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Trammel Scholarship Award
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 1979
  • Garland Walker Mock Trial Quarter Finalist
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 1979
  • Spurgeon Bell Moot Court - Best Brief
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 1979
  • Spurgeon Bell Moot Court - 3rd Place Best Argument
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 1979
  • McMannanus Educational Trust Scholarship
  • McMannus Educational Trust Foundation
  • 1979
  • Gordon Kennedy Law Enforcement Award Scholarship
  • Mercyhurst University
  • 1976
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Publications

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Environmental Law
  • 1980
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Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning Workshop
  • Estates, Probate & Trusts
  • 2018
  • Barber National Institute Seminar on Special Needs Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Given (59)
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Estate planning Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John has an excellent reputation in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this individual as a highly respected and knowledgable lawyer in their practice."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. Highly respected in the legal community. Strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is very compassionate and knowledgeable in the area of estate planning."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He cares deeply for his clients and gives them his full attention."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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Pittsburgh Estate planning Lawyer John Anthony D'Onofrio
John Anthony D'Onofrio
Estate planning Attorney
Pittsburgh, PA
Licensed for 40 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available