Call Today for a Complimentary Initial Consultation 412-928-2068

John D'Onofrio

Attorney John A. D'Onofrio has been a licensed attorney for 39-plus years and is currently licensed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

At the onset of his career, John A. D'Onofrio was a law clerk at the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in the firm's Houston, Texas, headquarters.

Following his clerkship with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Mr. D'Onofrio was an intern with the Harris County District Attorney's Office in Houston, where he served first in the Misdemeanor Division - presenting more than 40 cases per day for plea bargains, hearings and trials. Eventually Mr. D'Onofrio was transferred to the Grand Jury Division, where he presented 850-plus cases to the Harris County Grand Jury.

When he first commenced the private practice of law in 1985, John A. D'Onofrio handled criminal cases, personal injury cases, bankruptcy cases, and estate and probate matters. While practicing in Houston, Mr. D'Onofrio had the distinction of being the attorney of record for Charles M. Hall in the then largest individual bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Upon moving to Pennsylvania in 1987, Mr. D'Onofrio became licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Attorney D'Onofrio is also licensed to practice in U.S. Federal Court. Additionally, Attorney D'Onofrio is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance.

John was the president of Good Shepard Legal Foundation which provided complimentary legal services to the special needs community. John and Good Shepard Legal Foundation were featured in the May 2009 edition of Allegheny West Magazine.

In 2010, Mr. D'Onofrio was graciously awarded the Jefferson Award, a prestigious honor established by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, honoring community and public service in America. He was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for achieving this honor.

John also served as President of Special Needs Legal Foundation, a former 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that provided legal services to the special needs community.

Mr. D'Onofrio is an active member of the Pittsburgh community. He is currently a member of the following organizations:

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Christian Legal Society

Academy of Special Needs Planners

Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce

John A. D'Onofrio graduated in 1976 with a B.A. from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and in 1981 J.D. from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.


  • A very competent attorney who cares for his clients.

    Is always there when you need him, answers emails quickly, answers any questions you have, helped me through a very traumatic experience with patience, concern and knowledge in the law. Bottom line, John was there for me when I was at my lowest point and had absolutely no knowledge on what I had ...
  • Highly Recommended

    Attorney D'Onofrio is very knowledgeable about Wills/Living Wills, Special Needs Trusts and Guardianship Law. He has excellent people skills and provides legal services thoroughly and compassionately to his clients. As a parent of a special needs child, my wife and I know that our family is in go...
  • Excellent Experience

    All I can say is that John D'Onofrio helped me in a time of great need. I am very appreciative of the way my case was handled and how quickly it was resolved. One of the most important things I can say is that Mr. D'Onofrio did not burden me with financial hardship with fees. I am not a person of...
  • Very Professional and Thorough

    My husband and I hired John D'Onofrio to do our estate planning. His initial consultation was free. We left that initial meeting feeling confident that John would do an excellent job for us. He explained everything clearly and thoroughly and really listened to our desires for our estate. We are s...
  • Excellent Estate Lawyer

    John was very professional and knowledgeable from the first time that we met him. We initially met him in his office, but he also came to our home to finalize our estate plan. He takes the time to understand what you want from an estate plan, but has the knowledge and experience to recommend plan...
  • Excellent Attorney

    I contacted John D'Onofrio based on reviews from Avvo. I was not disappointed. From the first conversation I felt that John would handle matters, answer my questions, and be accessible. And he did all of that and more! My requests were handled in a timely and professional manner. 5...
  • Estate Planning

    Attorney D'Onofrio did an excellent job with our estate planning. He was involved in the entire process and made it easy to understand. I would highly recommend talking with John, as he is very knowledgeable and great to work with. 5.0 stars
  • Estate Services Review

    In my multiple dealings with Mr. D'Onofrio over an unfortunately short period of time, I have always found him and his staff to be conscientious, responsive, knowledgeable, and highly professional. I lost two family members in a relatively short period of time and really needed Mr. D'Onofrio to b...
  • John D'Onofrio

    John was a God-send to me in the handling of my sister's estate. I found John to be trustworthy, competent, knowledgeable, and helpful in this matter. He is a pleasant man who is very easy to work with. I would recommend him to anyone needing legal assistance in the handling of estate matters. El...
  • Recommendation

    Preparing a Will and other end-of-life provisions can be a very harrowing experience. Thanks to Attorney John D'Onofrio, this task was completed with minimal stress and with legal advice that guaranteed our total satisfaction with the decisions we had made. We were very comfortable in Attorney D'...
  • Estate and Long-Term Planning Resolved

    I have counted on and not been disappointed with John D'onofrio's various estate planning and settlement and Trust services in the past and will not hesitate to again (including recommending to others) in the future. 5.0 stars
  • Wonderful Experience!

    We had a wonderful experience from start to finish. He is very knowledgable and patient when explaining everything. I highly recommend. 5.0 stars
  • Peer Endorsements From Pittsburgh Area Attorneys

    I endorse this lawyer. John represented a client on the other side of a case and impressed me greatly. His preparation and comprehensive defense against the claim asserted was striking. Hats off to John D'Onofrio.
  • Peer Endorsements From Pittsburgh Area Attorneys

    I endorse this lawyer. John has an excellent reputation in the legal community.
  • Peer Endorsements From Pittsburgh Area Attorneys

    I endorse this individual as a highly respected and knowledgable lawyer in their practice.
  • Peer Endorsements From Pittsburgh Area Attorneys

    I endorse John. Highly respected in the legal community. Strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication.
  • Peer Endorsements From Pittsburgh Area Attorneys

    I endorse this lawyer. John is very compassionate and knowledgeable in the area of estate planning.
  • Peer Endorsements From Pittsburgh Area Attorneys

    I endorse this lawyer. He cares deeply for his clients and gives them his full attention.
  • Peer Endorsements From Pittsburgh Area Attorneys

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.

    John was extremely helpful to us when we established a 3rd party special needs trust for our son with Down Syndrome. It was so comforting and reassuring to know that we were using someone very compassionate and knowledgeable in this area. John was very inclusive of our family when he explained th...

    I am writing to thank you for your help in planning for our daughter's future. Trying to plan for the future of a child or young adult with special needs is a very important and emotional endeavor. Thank you for making us feel at ease with the process of creating the Third Party Special Needs Tru...

    I was extremely grateful to find Attorney D'Onofrio. Being a single mother of a disabled child, I had no clue where to even begin with preparing a Will and all a document like that entails, but I needed to have peace of mind in knowing my daughter would be cared for should something ever happen t...

    Knowledgeable, understanding and passionate when it comes to helping families with special needs children. John speaks to you in a way that makes a complex situation understandable. John is truly dedicated to helping the special needs community. My wife and I are extremely satisfied and blessed t...

    When my wife passed away I became concerned about what would happen to my disabled daughter in the event of my death. I wanted to be sure that what little I have in the way of funds would go to her with minimal impact on any government funds (i.e. Social Security, Medicare) that might become avai...

    My wife and I have known for many years our special-needs daughter needed a Third Party Special-Needs Trust to help meet her financial needs after our passing. Procrastination and available funding were our excuse for not getting this vital work completed for our loved one. "After our daughter ha...

    Thank you, John, for everything you have done for us in getting legal guardianship of our daughter. From help with all the paperwork to the court hearing, your professionalism and knowledge of the legal system made the process extremely easy for us. Thank you! Client's rating: 5 of 5 STARS


Thank you to all of my wonderful clients for the many referrals you have already sent to me and I am most thankful for your continued referrals.

The highest compliment you can pay us is a referral:

Review Us Here