Melissa H. Shirey

Melissa was raised in the community of North East, Pennsylvania and completed the majority of her education in Erie County. She received her bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University, Behrend College and her Master’s degree from Gannon University. She then attended The Ohio State University for law school and upon completion of her degree, returned to live and work in Erie County. Since completing law school, Melissa has concentrated her practice in the area of family law.

In addition to divorce, support and child custody cases, Melissa also handles adoptions, surrogacy matters and guardianships. She has successfully litigated cases at both the trial court level in Pennsylvania, as well as before the Pennsylvania Superior Court. One of Melissa’s cases received national media attention and established law in Pennsylvania regarding the custody rights of a biological parent versus that of a surrogate.

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Melissa L. Pagliari

After graduating from the Pennsylvania State Dickinson School of Law, Attorney Pagliari returned to Erie to begin her legal career. She has spent her entire career helping families in Erie and surrounding counties with their legal matters.

Attorney Pagliari concentrates in all matters related to divorce, custody and support. Additionally, she routinely represents parties involved in legal matters with the Office of Children and Youth and other Orphan’s Court litigation.

In addition to representing biological parents in custody and support matters, Attorney Pagliari also assists adoptive and foster parents, grandparents, guardians, and same-sex couples in all family law matters.

“One of the most important things an attorney must remember when representing clients in family law matters is to listen carefully to their needs and concerns, and to maintain open and thorough communication throughout the process. Whether I am meeting with my clients or representing them in Court, I pride myself on my ability to communicate effectively with them, regardless of the issues we are facing. It is only then that I can be the best advocate for my client. ”

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Catherine M. Doyle

Catherine Doyle graduated from The Duquesne University School of Law in 1997 and began her legal career as a judicial clerk with the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Catherine’s practice is concentrated in the areas of Collaborative Practice, Mediation,  Divorce, Support and Custody and related matters.

Attorney Doyle has over 15 years of litigation experience.  She has also received advanced training in Collaborative Law and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Collaborative Professionals of Northwest Pennsylvania.  Attorney Doyle is also a certified mediator by the Association for Conflict Resolution.

“At the end of the day, many individuals who go through litigation are exhausted and confused by the process. The collaborative law model empowers divorcing couples and enables these individuals to actually contribute to the resolution of important issues such as custody, support and finances without court intervention.”


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