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John M. Schaffranek

Senior Associate Attorney


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Practice areas

  • Family law
  • Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Administration
  • Real Estate and Civil cases
  • Orphans Court cases
  • Litigation
  • Appellate Cases
  • Civil Rights
  • General Practice


  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Denison University with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. He also graduated from the Richard G. Lugar Program in Politics and Public Service at Denison University


  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, where he sits on the GLBT Rights Committee, Appellate Advocacy Committee, and Law-Related Education Committee. He is a former editor of “Open Court,” the newsletter of the GLBT Rights Committee, and was the Vice-Chair of the Law-Related Education Committee.


Attorney John M. Schaffranek joined Gilliland Vanasdale Sinatra Law Office, LLC in 2018.  Since 2004, John has diligently worked in various roles for some of the best Pittsburgh law firms, beginning as a paralegal for a number of years, then as a law clerk while attending law school, and as an attorney after graduation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2012. During law school, John also served in the Family Law Clinic where he represented impoverished clients in custody disputes. He has experience in diverse areas of the law and always focuses on the client and how to best advance the client’s needs.

His family law experience ranges from uncontested divorce cases with agreed upon distribution of assets, to highly contested matters with large estates and complex issues. His practice includes custody and support cases, as well as any and all matters in the area of family law. John handles conciliation and settlement conferences and negotiation, and trial work as the case may dictate, with equal passion and competence. He has tried numerous cases.

John is also well-versed in appellate practice, having successfully argued many cases before the Superior and Commonwealth Courts of Pennsylvania. In addition, John builds upon his experience and passion for research to analyze constitutional related arguments arising from the United States and Pennsylvania Constitution. He has represented media clients in disputes with government bodies, and also government bodies in drafting municipal ordinances and otherwise counseling municipalities in their legal responsibilities.

John also enjoys general practice, having successfully represented clients in criminal, traffic, business, civil and orphan’s court matters.

John has lived in Pittsburgh since 2009. He moved from Columbus, Ohio after graduating from college. John enjoys living near downtown Pittsburgh with his husband and their dogs.