Trevor Handlovitch is an associate attorney at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, with a practice centered on real estate and business law.
Mr. Handlovitch handles primarily commercial real estate matters, including advising on the sale and purchase of mixed use developments, financing, commercial leasing, and real estate option agreements. He also represents landlords and property management companies in residential and commercial real estate transactions, and advises on ongoing operational issues.
Mr. Handlovitch’s business law practice encompasses all areas of business and corporate law from entity choice and formation, to debt and equity financing, and business restructuring, acquisition, and sale. For many of his clients, Mr. Handlovitch handles their legal issues in both real estate and business, providing comprehensive legal advice that appreciates the practical and legal considerations of both.
Outside the office, Mr. Handlovitch can usually be found playing, coaching, or watching ice hockey. As a Division 1 ice hockey player throughout his college career, he still eats, sleeps, and breathes hockey, but does take a break occasionally to go boating, skiing, or catch a movie.
Gilda M. Arroyo is a Senior Attorney at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky with a focus on litigation. She advises and represents individual and business clients in personal injury, products liability, bankruptcy, real estate, commercial, and immigration matters. Ms. Arroyo has extensive experience defending local and multinational companies in complex litigation matters.
Ms. Arroyo also assists individuals, families, and businesses with various immigration matters. She counsels employers and individuals on the ideal visa options for their specific circumstances and handles the application process from filing to approval.
Ms. Arroyo is active in the local, state, and national legal community. As a law student at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, she was a senior editor of the UDC Law Review, and completed over 600 hours of pro bono legal work for low income individuals. She is an active member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, a trustee of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, a former Delegate to the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates, and has been recognized nationally as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow.
When she is not in the office, Ms. Arroyo can usually be found exploring the outdoors or a new art exhibit, tending her bonsai trees, or volunteering in her local community.
Anthony Judice is a senior attorney at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky. Mr. Judice’s area of focus is real estate and labor/employment.
Prior to joining Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, Mr. Judice practiced for eight years in a law firm setting both in the Pittsburgh office of a national law firm as well as a top regional law firm. During this time, he developed unique ability to manage both litigation and transactional matters for numerous clients ranging from local businesses to national corporations.
Mr. Judice is a 2010 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, where he was a Public Interest Fellowship Awardee. His published article Mandatory COVID Vaccine for Healthcare Workers was a key piece of work for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for workers in institutional care settings.
Mr. Judice is active with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where he was honored as one of Pittsburgh’s Finest in 2015 and has served as a mentor for many years.
Jamie Drennen is an associate attorney at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky. Ms. Drennen’s area of focus is estate planning and administration. Ms. Drennen holds a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University, where she majored in finance. Ms. Drennen is also a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, where she was honored for outstanding oral argument. Her published article, An Analysis and Prediction of Federal Taxation as it Pertains to Crowdfunding, appears in the Duquesne Business Law Journal.
Prior to joining SMGG, Ms. Drennen focused on individual, estate, and trust taxation at a regional accounting firm. Ms. Drennen remains active with Duquesne University as a member of the Young Alumni Council. Ms. Drennen is also an active member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association, where she serves as council member of the Young Lawyers Division Council, and co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division Membership Outreach committee.
Lisa M. Henry is an associate attorney at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky. Ms. Henry’s area of focus is estate and wealth planning including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills, as well as estate administration, estate litigation, and guardianships.
Ms. Henry is a 2011 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she received the School of Law Tax Prize and served as the Senior Topics Editor for the school’s Law Review. Ms. Henry began her legal career practicing in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania as an attorney for the Pittsburgh Fraternal Order of Police where she drafted briefs on complex civil rights issues. She further honed her writing skills while serving as a law clerk for now Chief Judge of the Western District of Pennsylvania, Mark R. Hornak, during his inaugural year.
Ms. Henry spent nearly a decade litigating in state, federal, and appellate courts, including cases involving difficult and emotional family disputes arising from estates and guardianships. Her wide range of cases has given her experience in navigating multiple counties’ court systems, including Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Armstrong, Mercer, and Washington counties. Most recently, Ms. Henry has continued to refine her skills in the field of estates and trusts – administering estates, preparing wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, managing fiduciary litigation, and negotiating with Estate creditors to reduce claims. She takes pride in this work and finds satisfaction in helping individuals and families resolve the pressing questions that arise during the Estate planning process and in assisting clients through the often confusing probate and administration process. She understands the concerns of planning for the future, having a family with two small children of her own. As a lifelong resident of rural Western Pennsylvania, Ms. Henry enjoys hiking, fishing, and horseback riding with her children.
Matthew Morella is an associate attorney at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky. Mr. Morella’s practice focuses in Education Law and Municipal Law.
Mr. Morella graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in May 2020 with a concentration in tax law. As part of his work with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, he wrote a section of an amicus brief to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the case of General Motors Corp. v. Commonwealth. In law school, he also served as a research assistant for Professor Gerald Dickinson, helping establish a Community Land Trust in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood. Additionally, he gained valuable experience clerking for Judge John L. Musmanno in the summer of 2018. Prior to law school, Mr. Morella graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Certificate in Public and Professional Writing.
Prior to joining SMGG, Mr. Morella worked at the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and most recently as a tax associate at KPMG. He formerly served as a Board Member for the Ellwood City Area School District.
Mr. Morella currently resides in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.
Patrick T. Sherry is an Associate Attorney at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky.
Mr. Sherry started with SMGG as a Summer Law Clerk in 2019 and was asked to join the firm as an Associate after graduation. While at SMGG, Mr. Sherry has assisted with a wide variety of litigation matters including commercial contracts, real estate, and business disputes.
Mr. Sherry graduated from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law in May 2020. While at Pitt, he worked as a judicial intern for the Hon. Lisa Pupo Lenihan of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of PA. Additionally, Patrick served as Lead Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law & Policy and Managing Editor of JURIST, the world’s only law-school based news and commentary service.
Prior to law school, Mr. Sherry graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Physics where he played on the Men’s Golf Team.
Outside his practice of law, Mr. Sherry was a professional caddie on the PGA Tour. He appeared in over 150 events including the 2010 PGA Championship, 2012 British Open, and 2018 John Deere Classic. Patrick is also an avid guitar player.
Mr. Sherry is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and resides in the Shady Side area of Pittsburgh.
Kathleen M. Mannard is an Associate Attorney at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky. Ms. Mannard practices in the areas of municipal law, land use law and litigation.
Ms. Mannard is an advocate for her clients, including non-profits, townships, zoning hearing boards, individual developers, and residents. Ms. Mannard is experienced with the Right to Know Law, the drafting and interpretation of ordinances, land development matters, and administrative law and procedure.
In the area of civil litigation, Ms. Mannard has experience in federal and state court with landlord-tenant disputes, employment law, and land use matters.
Ms. Mannard graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in May 2020 with a specialized area of study in Environmental & Energy Law. Ms. Mannard started with SMGG as a summer associate and joined the firm full-time upon graduation. Prior to her summer position, Ms. Mannard interned for a semester in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
As part of her commitment to environmental and municipal law, Ms. Mannard was selected for publication in the Buffalo Environmental Law Journal Volume 28 with her article the “Lake Erie Bill of Rights Struck Down: Why the Rights of Nature Movement is a Nonviable Legislative Strategy for Municipalities Plagued by Pollution.”
In her spare time, Ms. Mannard enjoys traveling, cooking, and exploring museums with family and friends.
Michael Nicolella is a senior attorney at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky.
He represents and advises private companies, not-for-profit organizations and entrepreneurs in:
Before joining SMGG, he practiced these matters with an international law firm. He earned his J.D., with a concentration in business law and regulation, from Cornell Law School in 2006, and interned with a Judge in the Federal Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Nicolella is proud to volunteer with the Board of Directors of the Pace School, and the Boy Scouts of America, and enjoys raising three children with his wife Marie, an educator.
James Norris is Of Counsel with Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky (SMGG). An experienced commercial litigator, Mr. Norris has represented clients in contract fraud, insurance coverage, construction and racketeer influenced and corrupt organization matters. He also advises clients in business and employment matters, including hiring and discharge practices and discrimination prevention and defense.
Born and raised in the Pittsburgh region, Mr. Norris is a seasoned attorney with a solid reputation amongst local businesses and government organizations.