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Jennifer L. Gilliland-Vanasdale

Divorce and separation Attorney at Cranberry Township, PA

5.0   30 reviews

also known as Jen GV


Licensed for 21 years

About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    15%

    21 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    15%
    Election Law

    21 years

  3. Business
    10%
    To include business entity formation and business matters

    21 years

  4. Election campaigns and political law
    10%

  5. Family
    10%
    General Practice Domestic Law - custody, divorce, support, adoption and PFAs

    21 years

  6. General practice
    10%
    Enjoy working with clients on various legal matters with the utmost dedication to the client and their case

    21 years

  7. Personal injury
    10%
    Prior to the start of law practice, almost 10 years experience working for a Fortune 500 Insurance Company handling all types of personal injury and insurance claims

    21 years

  8. Real estate
    10%
    Licensed Title Agent and responsible for the closing and or oversight of thousands of real estate closings (both residential and commercial)

    21 years

  9. Wills and living wills
    10%
    Preparation of Estate Documentation to Serving as counsel to Estate and litigation in Orphans Court

    21 years

Attorney Jen GV Gilliland Vanasdale graduated from Butler High School and is a lifelong resident of Butler County.  She has earned the highest rating possible from her peers and her clients by obtaining the prestigious AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  

Jen is active in her community, and serves on boards and participates in numerous charitable events.  Jen is deeply committed to her community and her clients and seeking justice for all throughout the Commonwealth.  This is her passion, which began on February 8, 2002 when she founded the law office where she practices along with her dedicated law partner and husband, attorneys and staff.

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Licensed for 21 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 10/01/2022

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

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Gilliland Vanasdale Sinatra Law Office, LLC
Gilliland Vanasdale Sinatra Law Office, LLC
257 South Main Street
Butler, PA, 16001
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2019
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Outstanding Family Attorney
Jennifer is simply the best family attorney. She has a great deal of experience, she has extremely high values and integrity, and she is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. We were fortunate that Jennifer took our case. We had been drug through an endless cycle of corruption, favoritism, and nepotism for years is our county court. After Jennifer took our case, that all changed. The first thing Jennifer did was take an irresponsible ruling by a sitting judge and took it to the PA Superior Court. We won our case and The prior ruling was 100% vacated. This only happened because Jennifer was willing to stand up and fight for us, knowing the ruling was illegal and violated our rights. Jennifer went on to help us fight for 50% custody, and we feel we were finally heard in court due to Jennifer’s persistence and experience. We have recommended Jennifer to many friends and family that need a great family attorney because she is simply the best. She cares about people, she cares about following the law so it is fair for all people, and she gets results. Thank you, Jennifer, for giving us our family time back. Thank you for standing up against sitting judges where many attorneys will not. Thank you for being a kind, thoughtful, and dedicated attorney who worked over Christmas Day to help us win our case.
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Posted by Katherine | September 24, 2021
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Second to none - family attorney
Professional and direct, but kind and charismatic at the same time. Jill and Jenn fought for me and my family with the upmost dedication to my case. My questions were always answered with compassion and patience. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
Posted by Taunya | August 6, 2021
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Business law case
After being reluctant to start a court case to protect my business I was advised by Jennifer Gilliland-Vanasdale how I needed to protect my business, and employees. She not only won my case, but helped put my mind at ease. She helped me fight for what was right for my company. Each situation that came up with the case was dealt with immediately and professionally. This allowed me to focus on my business and not all of the legal stuff and that peace of mind is priceless.... I would highly recommend Jennifer Gilliland-Vanasdale and her team anytime I need legal advice. Their service is top notch and professional.
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Posted by Nicole | November 27, 2020
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Outstanding Attorney, Highly Recommend!
Jennifer is truly an amazing family attorney. She is highly knowledgeable and truly listened to my case and stood up for my family. My family and I had been through an endless cycle of favoritism, corruption, and unfairness for 2 years until Jennifer took our case. I am so grateful to her and John. She and the firm aren't afraid to take on hard cases and stand up for what is right. With them being on board for only 6 months we are already seeing results we never have before. I am confident with Jennifer's determination and expertise we will continue to succeed. With her, we finally have hope and can breathe again!
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Posted by Kathleen | November 25, 2020
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Experience with Gilliland Vanasdale Sinatra Law Offuce
My experience with Jennifer Vanasdale was that she was very professional, knowledgeable and extremely helpful when I needed help this past November year 2020
Posted by Michelle G | September 12, 2018
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Awesome
Jennifer handled my grandfathers’s will. She and her staff were more than I could have ever expected. Everything was handled in such a professional manner yet she made us feel like family. Her personality is very bubbly yet you know she’s driven and can be a person to be reckoned with if need be. She’s extremely smart and conveys that quite easily when you speak with her. We were so happy with how she handled the entire situation after my grandfathers passing that when we wanted to buy a new home we had her handle all the issues at hand. She was absolutely wonderful to deal with as well as her entire staff. I highly recommend working with Jennifer. I’m sure you would be as happy with your outcome as we have been.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2018
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Outstandingly Amazing Attorney and Selfless Human Being
We have used Jennifer and Gary for both personal and professional matters. They are 100% behind their clients at all times and work tirelessly for you. You can call them at 11 pm as we did for an urgent matter and we received a call back immediately with no hesitation on Jennifer's part. Both Jennifer and Gary are exceptionally knowledgeable. They will protect you, guide you through any/all situations, fight endlessly for you to get the best outcome and follow through to full complete resolution - no worry about that last detail that needed done, there is always complete follow through. They truly are amazing people not only professionally but personally also as they really care about their clients. We will always trust them implicitly for all of our needs we may have. I also have referred Jennifer and Gary to many people as we have the greatest faith in their abilities
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Posted by Doug | July 17, 2018
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Results Driven Attorney
As a current client of Jennifer’s, I can say I’ve had nothing but a great experience. Jennifer is an outstanding attorney that consistently achieves positive results for her clients. She helped me successfully navigate a very challenging divorce, support and complex custody situation, while always maintaining what was in the best interest of my children. She is extremely knowledgeable and has a tireless work ethic. If you are in need of a results driven attorney, I would highly recommend Jennifer and her firm.
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Posted by Nina | June 23, 2018
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Unbeatable skil, strategy & tenacity
Jen is and will continue to be an amazing lawyer in our lives. We just finished an incredibly long, difficult & exhausting custody trial. Our concerns for the children were high. A very delicate & troublesome situation which she completely brought out of the dark with her intense research, perfection, perseverance & diligence. You can’t ask for a better lawyer than her! I would highly recommend her to anyone in a difficult spot. We are so happy with the results and will be able to get the kids into a much better position in life for their futures.
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Posted by Andrew | June 20, 2018
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Trust her advice
Jennifer is a fantastic lawyer! Her experience and knowledge led me through a difficult child custody trial, which we ultimately won. Had it not been her strong will and ability to speak hard truths, we would have never gotten the desired outcome and my child would still be in danger. The whole process was (and will continue to be) a challenge, but it was worth it in the end. I am confident that with Jennifer's tenacity and skill we will continue to succeed.
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Posted by J & J | June 13, 2018
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Very Courteous - Thorough - Knowledgeable
Jennifer closed an estate that was unresolved for a number of years. Very pleased with her ability to provide results in a timely manner. "Thank you Jennifer"
Posted by Ernest Rothrock | April 30, 2018
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Exceptional Legal Help
I’ve been using Ms. Vanasdale for fifteen years and by far the best lawyer that I have ever trusted and depended on for my legal issues. The last problem I had with a large corporation. I run a small business, and this company used predatory agreement practices. After trying to negotiate reasonably, we ended up at an arbitration hearing. Ms. Vanasdale grilled the company’s representative and presented evidence that I didn’t even know that she had. She got the company’s representative to admit that this was their predatory practice and that they threatened clients with penalties and fines if they do not adhere to the terms of the agreement. This was the first time that I’ve seen Ms. Vanasdale in a hearing situation. I was very impressed. Not only with her knowledge of the law, but all the hard work she put into handling my case. If you need a lawyer for anything, I highly recommend her and guarantee you will not be disappointed with her knowledge, skills, and her determination to solve your case.
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Posted by Greg | February 25, 2018
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Awesome an amazing !
Jennifer got me fifty fifty custody of my son. Having several lawyers in the past not believe in me, she trusted me an got to the truth. Doing what seemed to be the impossible I trusted her an her advice. She is the absolute best at what she does an I couldn't have ask for anything more . Much praise an thanks to her from me an my family I have recommended her to all I talk to in similar situations. I will continue to use her for any future situations I have.
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Posted by Andrea | December 28, 2017
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Highly Recommended
I highly recommend Jennifer as a lawyer and her law office! Jennifer has helped me in various legal matters, to include forming my business, litigating and winning a breach of contract dispute and now with my complex divorce and related custody and support matters. While divorce is a very hard process to go through personally and for families, do not give up! Many times I wanted to give up and walk away due to the stress and anxiety of the legal process. Jennifer would always remind me to let the process work, and to not give up! I am so glad I listened to her, she fought for everything I wanted and deserved and the bottom line is that it does take time, but she is one of the best lawyers in the Pittsburgh area hands down! She has your best interests through the entire process and advocates with passion for you!
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Posted by Michele | November 19, 2017
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Outstanding!
Gilliland Vanasdale Law Office will offer a professional, comprehensive experience that will expertly meet your legal needs, questions and future concerns. The office environment and staff exhibit a welcoming, on time meeting experience. Jennifer's knowledge and insight guided me through a difficult time with a professional while personable attorney/client understanding. I heartily recommend Jennifer and staff as a qualified, skillful legal choice. Thank you all!
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Posted by Kathy | August 24, 2017
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"Shark with a Heart"
I HIGHLY recommend Jennifer Vanasdale to ANYONE seeking Legal assistance. My case was very unique in many ways, I was going thru divorce using another lawyer who made many mistakes and I had to strategize and do much of the work myself. I left him, and upon high recommendation, found Jennifer. She has an amazing mind, which I could see immediately as she could read a document and add large figures simultaneously. Her experience, intuition (which is amazing), and strategizing difficult waters makes her a 'natural' in the field. I let her have full control. With her strategies, we moved forward quickly. In deposition, she was able to find lies my x held, and the alimony I was paying him (from previous lawyer) was dropped! She could move us forward in the progress quickly, which was time and money-saving. She is 'spot on' with everything possible, that would close the case expediently. Why do I refer to her as a "Shark with a Heart"? Because she always had a was a warm smile and friendly, professional demeanor, could immediately put me at ease in stressful situations and built in me a high level of confidence. She was ALWAYS accessible to me, even giving me her cell phone number. It is important to her, to be in touch with her clients, offering customized service. A shark, because, when needed, she could 'cut to the quick', strategize on the spot, and pull the necessary information from opposition and gain advantage, and come out fighting, when needed, using her intuition, divergent and calculating mind. She is a WINNER! She saved me hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement, pushing separation date back, in deposition, and as I said, ended Alimony that was ill-sought. She won me over, and she will win you over! In the long run, her strategies will save you money by expediting the case, for whatever you need. I recommend her to people I meet and will definitely utilize her varied services in the future. As you can see, I can't say enough about her and her amazing Firm of wonderful, highly professional people, she oversees everything about my case to make sure it is to her approval, Amazing person with an amazing mind!
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Posted by Sam and DIANNE Verdi | August 19, 2017
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Family law
Jennifer was the consummate professional at all times. She displayed compassion, expertise and tactical brilliance. She exhibited a clear logical thought progression. She cared for our grandchilds well-being as if he was her own. She alleviated all our fears real or imagined. She explained all things in the greatest of detail and were clearly understood at the end of each meeting. I have since recommended her to two additional people. My wife and I will forever be grateful and indebted to JENNIFER Vanasdale. It is of great comfort to know such a person has devoted her talents and experience to such a noble endeavor.
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Posted by Patty Hay | August 19, 2017
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Thank You!
I am the chairperson of an organization that needed some legal advice. Jennifer’s expertise and knowledge about nonprofit organizations helped us to find a quick solution to our situation. She worked tirelessly to make sure that we were able to have our annual convention, even working during vacation and handling our overnighted documents immediately to make sure we got paperwork submitted as quickly as possible. She definitely goes above and beyond for her clients!
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Posted by James | August 14, 2017
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The Best in the Business
Jen and Gary lived up to every bit of their award winning and results driven reputation. They proved themselves to be highly knowledgeable of all facets of our company's employment related matter, tenacious in their fight for a winning outcome, and exceedingly skillful in the art of negotiating with attorneys and insurance companies. From the start, via their professionalism and diligence they infused a confidence and assurance necessary for us to continue in our work while under the stress of a lawsuit. In short, they represented our business every step of the way as if it was their very own! I will never nor will I let anyone else I know be represented by anyone else!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2017
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Our Guardian Angel!
My family and I moved to America to live in the Pittsburgh region not knowing any lawyers in the area. We were blessed to find Attorney Jennifer Gilliland Vanasdale and her law office when confronted with a legal matter. She was tenacious and passionate and prevailed on our matter. We continue to rely on her for all of our legal matters and I believe she is our guardian angel!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Duquense University School of Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Founding Member
  • Gilliland Vanasdale Law Office, LLC
  • 2001 - Present
  • Casualty Claims
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • 1993 - 2001

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • 303 WDA 2014 (non precedential)
  • No common law marriage - resulted in favor of our client.
  • 1715 WDA 2013 (non-precedential)
  • Custody as client desired.
  • In re: TL (sealed juvenile court)
  • Successful reunification of children with client.

Associations

  • PA Land Title Institute
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Butler County Bar Association
  • Member, (also former Mock Court, to include Regional, Director)
  • 2002 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member (and former Treasurer YLD)
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (formerly known as)
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Resident Title Agent (2 year term)
  • PA Department of Insurance
  • 2017
  • Client Rating 5.0 GVLO
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best by State
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Law Firms
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Rating 5.0 GVLO
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Resident Title Agent (2 year term)
  • PA Department of Insurance
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys in PA
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Client Rating 5.0 GVLO
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Notary Commission (4 year term)
  • PA Department of State
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • The Legal Network
  • 2013
  • Client Rating 5.0 GVLO
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Resident Title Agent (2 year term)
  • PA Department of Insurance
  • 2013
  • Resident Title Agent (2 year term recalculated)
  • PA Department of Insurance
  • 2011
  • Pittsburgh 100
  • Pittsburgh Business Times
  • 2010
  • Notary Commission (4 year term)
  • PA Department of State
  • 2010
  • Resident Title Agent (2 year term)
  • PA Department of Insurance
  • 2010
  • Best Attorney
  • Cranberry Choice Awards - Cranberry Butler Eagle
  • 2010
  • Pittsburgh 100
  • Pittsburgh Business Times
  • 2009
  • Resident Title Agent (2 year term)
  • PA Department of Insurance
  • 2008
  • Pittsburgh 100
  • Pittsburgh Business Times
  • 2008
  • Notary Commission ( 4 year term)
  • PA Department of State
  • 2006
  • Resident Title Agent (2 year term)
  • PA Department of Insurance
  • 2006
  • Resident Title Agent (2 year term)
  • PA Department of Insurance
  • 2004
  • Notary Commission (4 year term)
  • PA Department of State
  • 2002
  • Order of Barristers
  • Duquense University School of Law
  • 2001
  • Duquesne Chapter Graduate of the Year
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • 2001
  • Insurance Institute
  • Pepperdine Negotiations Certification, AIC designation, & various Insurance awards from 1993-2001 working at Fortune 500 Company
  • 1994
  • State System Higher Education Scholarship
  • Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
  • 2014
  • Practice in the Minor Judiciary Law Class
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • 2010
  • Ask the Lawyer - WISR radio program
  • General Practice
  • 2010
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • 2009
  • Practice in the Minor Judiciary Law Class
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • 2008
  • Ask the Lawyer - WISR radio program
  • General Practice
  • 2008
  • CLE Instructor
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (5)
Business Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jennifer is results driven - and her passion drives her to find ways to improve her practice - and in turn allows her to obtain good results for her client. She is dedicated, energetic and passionate about the law - I endorse her without reservation."
General practice Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jennifer is far and away the best lawyer I have ever worked with. Innovative, caring, hardworking, smart, excellent in the courtroom, a great negotiator, and an amazing business person."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Jennifer is a wonderful lawyer who is professional, caring , thorough and ethical in all her cases. I highly recommend her and her husband, Gary."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer. My wife is the hardest working lawyer I know and is always there for her clients. I have been proud to observe her in and out of the courtroom and see the results that she obtains for her clients."
General practice Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jennifer for five years and I have had the privilege of working with her for about one year. From the beginning, I have been impressed with her aggressive representation of her clients and her dedication and commitment to the practice of law."
General practice Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I work closely with Jennifer on her cases. She distinguishes herself from many other lawyers by maintaining superior availability to clients and by crafting creative solutions and strategies to resolve her clients' problems."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is a very bright and hard working attorney. She has enormous concern for her clients and her legal ethics are of the highest."
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General practice
Wills and living wills
Litigation
General practice
Personal injury

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Cranberry Township Divorce and separation Lawyer Jennifer L. Gilliland-Vanasdale
Jennifer L. Gilliland-Vanasdale
Divorce and separation Attorney
Cranberry Township, PA
Licensed for 21 years