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I have represented thousands of businesses and high net worth individuals during my career as a lawyer and CPA. I have helped plan hundreds of business successions for a diverse group of clients, including entrepreneurs engaged in manufacturing, oil & gas, timber, publishing and other industries in more than 15 states. I began my career as a CPA with Ernst & Young in Pittsburgh from 1990 to 1993.  I am AV(R) Preeminent Peer Review Rated (Martindale-Hubbell).


I often use atypical approaches seeking the best possible solution for clients’ complex ambitions and circumstances. I work closely as a team with clients’ accountants, bankers, insurance agents and wealth management advisors, aspiring to provide high quality, seamless client care. I also tap into my own working group of key strategic legal and tax advisors, including former IRS agents who bring an even broader base of knowledge and experience to bear on clients’ more unusual matters.


I concentrate my practice on closely held business planning, business succession planning, implementation of sophisticated estate and trust planning, administration of complex estates and trusts, and the tax consequences of these matters.


In business successions, I know how to ask tough, devil’s advocate questions on whether a successor to the business will have the right skills to replace the seller’s abilities and maintain a profitable business. I also know how to communicate difficult or thorny issues in clear, plain English. When needed, I have represented clients before the IRS in federal income, estate and gift tax cases.


I am the originator of the Knox Law Institute™, which provides valuable, relevant and practical education on legal matters to businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, insurance companies, financial institutions, individuals and families, as well as professional advisors. I am a major contributor for topics including business succession planning, estate planning, tax law, asset protection, shale energy planning, trusts, charitable giving and more.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
  2. Trusts: 20%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Wills: 10%
  5. Corporate: 10%

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NYCurrently registered 201003/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderKnox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, PC1993 - Present
AccountantErnst & Young1990 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Erie County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Community Foundation of Western PA and Eastern OHPlanned Giving AdvisorN/A
The Foundation for Sustainable ForestsBoard SecretaryN/A
Penn State Erie, The Behrend CollegeCouncil of Fellows MemberN/A
Penn State UniversityPlanned Giving Advisory Council MemberN/A
American Institute of Certified Public AccountantsTax Division MemberN/A
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public AccountantsMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Tax Section Member, Real Property & Probate Section MemberMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Estate Planning Council of EriePast PresidentN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Pennsylvania ForestsLandowners, Legacies and Legalities2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1991
Pennsylvania State UniversityAccountingB.S.1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Shale Energy Estate Planning & Business Succession PlanningKnox Law Institute(R)N/A
Brady Bunch Business Succession PlanningKnox Law Institute(R)N/A