The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has selected Pittsburgh estate planning and litigation attorney Charles J. Avalli to be the Vice-Chairman of the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee, which manages the rules that govern matters in Orphans’ Court.
Avalli is a member of the Pittsburgh-based family and estate law firm Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C. (GHA).
The Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee is one of seven such committees established by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to provide advice and make recommendations for rules governing substantive areas of the law. Avalli has served on this committee since 2014.
Rules committees are made up of judges and attorneys appointed by the Supreme Court. They are not paid for their work and typically serve a three-year term with a maximum of two terms.
Committees typically meet quarterly to consider issues brought forward by the Supreme Court, judges, attorneys, employees of the Unified Judicial System, members of the legislative and executive branches of government, and citizens.
Mr. Avalli has a long and distinguished reputation in Orphan’s Court law in Pennsylvania based on his extensive experience in all aspects of estate litigation, estate planning and estate/trust administration. He has represented and sued all the major banks of Pittsburgh in estate litigation matters and has created estate plans for some of the wealthiest families in Western Pennsylvania. He has successfully litigated surcharge actions that recovered as much as $1.4 million for the estate’s beneficiaries. He was counsel in a landmark case of trustee removal and regularly lectures on estate and tax planning to civic and professional groups. Also, he has had articles published in Financial Advisor on estate and trust litigation matters.
Mr. Avalli also has a substantial practice in the area of family law. He has worked on and litigated some of the biggest divorce cases in Western Pennsylvania.
Mr. Avalli is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Probate and Trust Law Section and Family Law Section. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the areas of Estates and Trusts Litigation and in the area of Family Law for the past several years. He has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Trusts and Estates-Litigation, Family Law and Trusts and Estates for the past several years.
Mr. Avalli previously served as a Hearing Officer of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Avalli also served on the Board of Directors of Auberle, a non-profit agency helping troubled children and families in Western Pennsylvania and assists them in planned giving matters.
About Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C.
Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C., is recognized as a well-respected family and estate/trust administration and litigation law firm. The firm serves clients from every walk of life – from high profile business leaders and sports figures to small-business owners, professionals and homemakers and was instrumental in the original framing of the Divorce Code for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The lawyers of GHA are currently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and have also been designated as “Super Lawyers.” The firm also holds the highest ranking of a law firm by Martindale-Hubbell.
The firm includes shareholders and associate attorneys with tax, accounting, estate, trust and business experience in order to accommodate the escalating complexity of financial issues in family law and estate/trust matters. Firm members are past and present officers in the Family Law sections of the local Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and frequently write and lecture on matrimonial law as well as estate/trust issues.