Frank A. Petrich CFP, CELA

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Mr. Petrich, a Mt. Lebanon, PA resident was the first attorney certified as an Elder Law attorney in Western Pennsylvania. This certification was granted by the National Elder Law Foundation to him in 1999.  He is presently of counsel to Gray Elder Law.

Mr. Petrich has a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, which he obtained while working full time at Pitt's Health Law Center and a Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. He then received his Law Degree from Duquesne University while employed as Assistant Executive Director at West Penn Hospital, also serving as in-house counsel after obtaining his law degree. Mr. Petrich was then President and CEO of a 600 bed mid-western hospital, including a nursing home and psychiatric facility, before his return home to Pittsburgh.

He has been active in the Pittsburgh area community, including the Allegheny County Bar Association where he is a past Chair of the Elder Law Committee and a Council member of the Probate and Trust Section, Mt. Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce (past President), Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors (past President), and is a former Board Member of the Mt. Lebanon Hospital Authority. He is also a member of the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, a former Board Member of Mt. Lebanon Village and is a Board Member of the Baptist Homes Society which operates the Baptist Home, a Long - Term Care Community and Providence Point, both of which are Continuing Care Retirement Communities.

He has also been named each year since 2006, a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in elder law and for those same years,  for inclusion in the "The Best Lawyers in America" in elder law.

Mr. Petrich is also a Certified Financial Planner and a member of the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Pittsburgh Paddlefish Dragon Boat team and is a Penn State Master Gardener and a Certified Personal Trainer.

Mr. Petrich & Mr. Gray also co-author a monthly "Elder Law Column" in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Administration
  • Living Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Medicare and Medicaid

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation
  • Certified Financial Planner

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri


  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D.
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • M.S.
    • Major: Hospital Administration
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • B.S.
    • Major: Economics


  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute - Various seminars taught since 1999
  • Community Presentations - Various and numerous

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Past Chair, Elder Law Committee
  • Allegheny County Area Aging on Aging, Advisory Council
  • Mt. Lebanon Hospital Authority, Past Board Member & Chair
  • American Association of Individual Investors, Pgh. Chapter, Past President
  • Mt. Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce, Past President
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh