Andrew G. Sykes

Managing Attorney, Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)*

The founder of Sykes Elder Law, Andrew Sykes is recognized as a leading elder law authority in Western Pennsylvania. Mr. Sykes is the past chair of the Elder Law Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association. He lectures frequently on elder law topics to legal, professional, and community groups. His comments on elder law topics have been quoted on WTAE-TV and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Town and Country Magazine, Pittsburgh Senior News, and other publications. Mr. Sykes was recognized by Pittsburgh magazine as a 2010 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager in the area of Estate Planning. He was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1989, following graduation (with honors) from Ohio State University’s College of Law.

 

*Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation under authorization of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Michael A. Holtzman

Paralegal

Michael “Mick” Holtzman brings an impressive background to his work as a paralegal at Sykes Elder Law. Mick holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Penn State University and an MBA from Duquesne University. After a long career in industry, Mick fulfilled a life-long interest in the law by gaining his paralegal certificate (with a concentration in estates practice) from Duquesne University, which offers the Pittsburgh area’s only American Bar Association-approved paralegal program. Mick came recommended by his instructors as one of the most promising paralegal candidates. Their kudos proved right – Mick is appreciated by clients and co-workers for his ability to steer each case to its proper conclusion. Mick’s skills, education, and life experience make him a valued addition to the Sykes Elder Law team.

Dusty Sluka

Client Services Coordinator

That friendly voice you hear when you call our office these days belongs to Dusty Sluka. Her background in customer service, and her strong people skills, make her a valuable addition as the firm’s Client Services Coordinator. Dusty enjoys going out into the community to represent the firm at senior fairs and consumer events. When you call our office, count on Dusty to give your concerns her full, caring attention.

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