Voelker & Kairys is an established and accomplished Pittsburgh law firm that specializes in family law and estate planning and administration. We have been in the industry for over two decades now, having started out as Voelker & Associates way back in 1998 by founding partner Charles P. Voelker.The firm’s practice and expertise are focused on cases and legal matters that affect families such as relationship agreements, divorce, annulment, child custody, child support, father’s rights, estate planning and administration, etc. Because our team of attorneys have diverse backgrounds and experiences, they can offer a variety of perspectives and approaches that are extremely useful in the cases that we work on. Voelker & Kairys takes pride in being able to cater to the needs of various clients and circumstances. We are committed to being the competent, diligent, principled, legal help that you need.
CHARLES P. VOELKER
Charles P. Voelker obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Notre Dame University in 1973 and his Juris Doctorate Degree from Duquesne University School of Law 1976. He was admitted in 1976 to the Pennsylvania Bar.
Attorney Voelker began his career as a tax attorney at Touche Ross & Co. and Arthur Young & Co., both international accounting firms. He then practiced Business law and Family law at Voelker, Finnerty & Wojdowski and Voelker, Schiffman, Parise & Wojdowski.
In 1991, he was a founding partner at the well-known family law firm of Goldberg, Gruener, Gentile, Voelker & Horoho. In 1998, he expanded his practice into the area of Estate Planning and Administration by forming the law firm of Voelker & Associates (which is now Voelker & Kairys, LLC). Attorney Voelker is as a mediator and collaborative law attorney.
Attorney Voelker is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and its Family Law Section. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He was appointed to be a member of the ACBA Fee Dispute panel. Attorney Voelker taught Family Law at Duquesne University School of Law as an adjunct professor for six years and has lectured on various family law issues for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
Attorney Voelker was selected as one of the Top Rated Lawyers in 2012 for Western Pennsylvania – Family Law.
He has served on the Board of Directors for a variety of charities including Epilepsy Foundation of Western PA and Parent & Child Guidance Center. Attorney Voelker also served over 20 years on the Board of Governors at the South Hills Country Club, including several terms as President of the Club.
NICOLE BOYLE KAIRYS
Ms. Kairys is an attorney who has practiced family law in Western Pennsylvania for over 21 years. Prior to that time, she practiced family law in Eastern Pennsylvania. Ms. Kairys is highly-skilled at representing clients in all aspects of support, divorce and custody matters, with extensive experience in complex divorce matters including equitable distribution and support matters that involve high net worth estates. Ms. Kairys is experienced in the practice of collaborative law, is a trained mediator, and has extensive appellate practice experience.
Ms. Kairys is an active member of the Family Law Sections of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations, the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP), and the Allegheny County Bar Association Collaborative Law Committee.
Ms. Kairys currently serves on the Rules Committee and the Support Guidelines Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, and is past chair and continues to serve on the Programming Committee of the Allegheny Bar Association Family Law Section. She is also was past Vice-Chair of the Policy & Procedures committee for the Collaborative Law Association and has served on the nominating committee for the Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law Section. Ms. Kairys has participated in the Mock Trial Programs for Family Law Advocacy students at both the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University. Ms. Kairys is a member of the Matrimonial Inns of Court and has volunteered her professional services in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Pro Bono Clinic.
In addition to her involvement in the legal community and through the courts, Ms. Kairys services as Secretary on the Board of Crisis Center North, a nonprofit organization that provides support and services for victims of domestic violence in the Northern and Western suburbs of Pittsburgh. Ms. Kairys also volunteers her time with Second Saturday a program through Wife.org that provides individuals contemplating or going through a divorce with legal, financial and psychological information and advice.
While attending law school, Ms. Kairys was a law clerk in the Family Law Division of the Chester County Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania and practiced in the pro bono Family Law Clinic in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She has been involved in the preparation and presentation of numerous educational programs on various issues related to family law through her work on the programming committee. These are programs presented to attorneys that provide them with continuing education credits.
Ms. Kairys resides in the North Hills of Pittsburgh with her husband and two sons.
JONATHAN C. VOELKER
Jonathan C. Voelker obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007 from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctorate Degree in 2011 from Duquesne University School of law. He was admitted in 2012 to the Pennsylvania Bar and the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Attorney Voelker began his legal career in 2012 with Voelker & Kairys, LLC. Prior to becoming a lawyer with the firm, Attorney Voelker has worked for the firm since it was established in 1998. Attorney Voelker’s work with the firm has allowed him to become familiar with the Family Court and Orphan’s Court which has prepared him for his practice. Attorney Voelker focuses his practice in probate, estates, wills, and family law.
Attorney Voelker is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division, as well as a member of the Allegheny County Chapter of the Matrimonial Inns of Court.
As a team, we offer a commitment to the highest standards of service and we dedicate ourselves to being responsive to your needs.
JOHN FRANKLIN MORRIS
John F. Morris obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986 and his Juris Doctorate Degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 1990. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1990. He was also admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1990, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in 1995.
Attorney Morris is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Lackawanna Bar Association (Scranton), and past member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.
Attorney Morris began his career in private practice. He also served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Allegheny County Common Pleas Judges Timothy Patrick O’Reilly and Susan Evashavik DiLucente from January 1996 through February 2015.
Attorney Morris joined the Voelker & Kairys firm in March 2018. He brings a background in Family Law, Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Probate, Real Property Law and General Civil Litigation. He has been a past presenter for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s courses on dog bite laws and the National Business Institute’s courses on probate.
In his local community of Carnegie, he serves as the vice-president and advisor of the Historical Society of Carnegie; and is a member of the Board of Trustees, and national conference delegate for the Carnegie Primitive Methodist Church. He also served as Treasurer on the board of the Carnegie Youth Athletic Association.
ANA LISA PETRELLA
Ana Lisa Petrella focuses her practice in all areas of family law in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Business Administration from Duquesne University. She then went on to obtain a Juris Doctorate from the Duquesne University School of Law. Attorney Petrella was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 2016.
During her time at Duquesne Law, Attorney Petrella concentrated in family law studies and was a certified intern in the Duquesne Family Law Clinic. She clerked for the Honorable Jill E. Rangos of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, along with several other internships.
Super Lawyers Magazine named Attorney Petrella a family law “Rising Star” in the years 2018, 2019, and 2020. Currently, she serves as the legislation committee chair for the Allegheny County Bar Association- Family Law Section. She also serves as a volunteer for the Allegheny County pro se motions program, which provides free legal assistance to individuals representing themselves in Allegheny County.
KATHERINE L. W. NORTON
Katherine L.W. Norton joined the firm as of Counsel in 2015. Attorney Norton practices in all areas of family law at both the Common Pleas and Appellate level. Super Lawyers magazine has named her a “Rising Star” in the area of Family Law for the years 2010 through 2016.
Attorney Norton is also Acting Co-Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law. At Duquesne she currently teaches the Family Law Clinic where she supervised students practicing the Family Court. She is also the Director of the Externship Program. Attorney Norton received the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award from Duquesne University School of Law Student Bar Association. The award is for exceptional performance in the education of students and is selected by the students.
She received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law and received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Allegheny College.
Attorney Norton is very active in the Allegheny County Bar Association Public Service Committee and Family Law Section.
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