Michelle A. Ross is an associate attorney and member of the Estates and Trusts, Litigation, and Municipal Services Practice Groups. Michelle focuses her areas of practice on estates and trusts planning and administration, elder law and guardianships, Orphans’ Court litigation, and municipal law.
Michelle has tried cases regarding power of attorney accountings and will contests. She has extensive experience in elder law with crisis Medicaid planning and with obtaining emergency, plenary, and limited guardianship over an incapacitated individual, and modifying or terminating the guardianship status upon a change in condition. Michelle served as corporate counsel for a non-profit corporate fiduciary that provides guardianship services and management of special needs and pooled trusts for disabled individuals. She has additionally served as solicitor for various townships, boroughs, schools, and zoning hearing boards.
In addition to litigation, Michelle assists numerous families with their estate planning needs by preparing wills and living wills, financial and healthcare powers of attorney, and trusts (including special needs, revocable, irrevocable, and testamentary), as well as by obtaining medical assistance and social security benefits for those in need. Michelle has extensive knowledge of the trust and estate administration process, often navigating probate channels on behalf of her clients by completing all procedural steps to open and close an estate, including preparation of the inheritance tax return and presenting final accounts in audit.
Prior to joining The Lynch Law Group, Michelle served as an assistant public defender in Beaver County and worked at various firms throughout Pittsburgh practicing in elder law, estates and trusts, Orphans’ Court litigation, personal injury defense and general civil litigation, workers’ compensation defense, family law, and municipal and school law. She also ran a successful campaign for a sitting judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County.
Michelle graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a double minor in Legal Studies and Italian. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law in 2013. While in law school, Ms. Ross was inducted into the Louis L. Manderino Honor Society for her participation in various trial advocacy competitions and received the Pro Bono Certificate for volunteer work with Christian Legal Aid. She has clerked for two sitting Judges of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
Michelle is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, as well as the State of New Jersey. She is a member of the Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, and Washington Bar Associations, and was inducted into the PBA Bar Leadership Institute class of 2018-2019. She currently serves as the Zone 12 Co-Chair to the Young Lawyers Division of the PBA and is a member of the Duquesne University Alumni Association.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys traveling, hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, and rock climbing.