Michelle L. Kopnski’s practice is concentrated in corporate transactions, including negotiation, analysis, documentation and implementation of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures involving public and privately held companies; Federal, state and local taxation issues; wealth transfer and business succession planning; Federal and Pennsylvania taxation and appellate proceedings; and business and tax planning. Michelle also advises non-profit and tax-exempt entities on formation, governance and tax compliance. She is the co-author of Qualifying as a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Organization, published by Quorum Books, Inc.
Michelle began her legal career as a Judicial Law Clerk for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
Michelle graduated in 1980 magna cum laude from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Business Administration. She received her J.D. in 1985 from West Virginia University College of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review, and her LL.M. in Taxation in 1987 from New York University School of Law.
She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Memberships & Affiliations:
Allegheny County Bar Association
Taxation Section, Council Member
Finance Committee, Former Chairman
Audit Committee, Former Chairman
Allegheny Tax Society, Board Member
The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, Board Member
Allegheny Business Network – Business Referral Organization, Board Member
West Virginia University College of Law Development Council
West Virginia University College of Law Visiting Committee
West Virginia University College of Law Alumni Association, Board Member
West Virginia University College of Law Pittsburgh Alumni Association, Board Member
West Virginia University College of Law Class Agent
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Taxation Section