Melanie is a member of the firm’s Tax, Trusts, and Estates Group. Her primary practice focus is estate planning and estate administration for a variety of clients ranging from young parents seeking a core estate plan to high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals and families regarding intergenerational wealth transfers and asset protection.

Melanie recognizes that every client is different, implementing an individualized approach to the development of an estate and tax plan – avoiding a one-size-fits-all design – and emphasizing the importance of working alongside other professional advisors to ensure all aspects of a well-developed plan are considered.

Melanie specializes in the development and execution of strategies related to the federal gift/estate tax and generation-skipping transfer tax. In addition to the area of trusts and estates, she assists her clients in preparation of pre-marital agreements and creation of non-profit organizations.

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Representative Matters

  • Develop and implement lifetime and testamentary estate planning strategies to maximize use of the federal gift/estate tax exemption and generation-skipping transfer tax exemption.
  • Administer Pennsylvania and Florida estates and trusts, including federal taxable estates and nontaxable estates.
  • Reform irrevocable trusts through nonjudicial settlement agreements, decanting, severance, merger, amendment by trust protector, and judicial modification.
  • Transfer of trust situs/principal place of administration of irrevocable trusts.
  • Advise high net worth and ultra-high net worth families on generational wealth transfers, emphasizing the importance of integrating younger generations to ensure tax planning strategies are properly implemented.
  • Advise on pre-transaction gift/estate tax planning strategies for closely held businesses to leverage tax exemptions and valuation discounting.
  • Advise family offices on multi-generational estate planning and wealth transfer matters.
  • Develop core estate planning documents for individuals projected to be subject to the federal estate tax.


  • “Pennsylvania Trusts 101 – Trusts Used for Tax Reduction,” National Business Institute (2023)
  • “General Estate Planning Update,” Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh, 14th Annual Financial Planning Four’um (2022)
  • “Special Needs Trusts,” A Regional Bank (2022)
  • Trusts from A to Z – Special Needs Trusts (SNTs) and Generation Skipping/Dynasty Trusts,” National Business Institute, (2021)
  • “The Impact of the Federal Election on Existing Estate Plans,” Thomson Reuters, Celesq AttorneysEd Center (2021)
  • “Trusts 101 – Trusts Used for Tax Reduction,” National Business Institute (2020)

Core Strengths

  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Planning
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Irrevocable Trust Reformation
  • Charitable Planning

Professional Affiliations & Honors

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh
  • Allegheny County Bar Association Probate and Trust Law Section
  • The Pittsburgh Foundation Young Professional Advisors Committee Member


  • Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, LLC
  • Goehring, Rutter & Boehm


  • 2018 J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • 2015 B.S. in Early Childhood Education, magna cum laude, Duquesne University


  • Pennsylvania
  • Florida
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