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Experienced elder law attorneys form the foundation for our service to clients. Here is the latest news on our attorneys.

Frank A. Petrich, CFP, CELA

On March 31, 2007, Mr. Petrich will become “Of Counsel” to this firm, which means he will assume a more limited role than in the past and will not be serving new clients. This is to allow him to spend more time on other professional and personal activities, and to transition into retirement.

Mr. Petrich, a former chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee, was named one of Pennsylvania “Superlawyers – 2006” in elder law and was named for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” in 2007 in elder law. He extends his best wishes to his many clients, referral sources, friends and other individuals who have been instrumental in allowing him, over the past thirteen years, to serve elder law clients in one of the most exciting, chaotic and challenging areas of the law.

Andrew G. Sykes

Mr. Sykes currently chairs the Elder Law Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association. He previously served a four-year term as Program Chair.

On February 13, he will be a featured speaker at the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Eighth Annual Estate & Elder Law Symposium in downtown Pittsburgh, lecturing on the use of annuities in Medicaid planning.

Two additional attorneys are now bringing an extra range of knowledge and experience to our office:

Michael T. Siegert

Mr. Siegert combines an impressive knowledge of Pennsylvania healthcare regulations with years of courtroom experience.

Before going into private practice, Mr. Siegert served with the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General, eventually rising to the position of Senior Deputy Inspector General.

During his tenure with the OIG, Mr. Siegert investigated fraud and abuse cases in Pennsylvania’s medical assistance (Medicaid) program, among other high-level duties. He received the Outstanding Mentorship Award for guiding recovery of overpayments in the long-term care program to an unprecedented $14 million in one year.

Mr. Siegert’s service with the OIG followed an 11-year career as a prosecutor, with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, during which he tried hundreds of cases, including narcotics, organized crime, arson, robbery, and other crimes.

He is also a Vietnam War veteran who worked his way through college and law school as a journeyman tool and die maker.

Karen S. Timko

Ms. Timko brings a strong background in healthcare, having practiced as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She previously served as adjunct faculty to the School of Allied Health of The Ohio State University.

Upon graduation from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1984, Ms. Timko entered private practice with a major downtown Pittsburgh law firm. She subsequently served as associate counsel to Shadyside Hospital, and she has lectured to both health care providers and attorneys about legal issues in the practice of anesthesia.

Since 2001 Ms. Timko has concentrated her practice in elder law, including assistance with Medicaid qualification and asset protection, estate planning, guardianship, and estate administration. She is a member of the Allegheny County Elder Law Committee, the Elder Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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