Nicolas J. Sasso

Attorney
P:(412) 281-5423   or   (412) 227-0278
F:(412) 281-8264
E:nsasso@smgglaw.com

Biography

Nicolas J. Sasso, an attorney with Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, joined the firm in 2019 after practicing in another Pittsburgh law firm.  Prior to practicing law in Pittsburgh, Mr. Sasso helped develop and build a thriving estate planning and elder law practice in the Northwest Arkansas area.  As a Westmoreland County native, Mr. Sasso is excited to bring his experience, work ethic and client-focused passion to his hometown.

Mr. Sasso counsels individual clients and business owners within the areas of Estate Planning; Tax Planning; Special Needs Planning; and Probate Administrations (including Guardianships, Estate Administrations and Orphans’ Court litigation).  He also focuses his practice in the area of Medicaid Planning, including Crisis Medicaid Planning and Medicaid Appeals.

Mr. Sasso received a music degree from Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music.  While majoring in music, Mr. Sasso performed his craft around the world, including such destinations as China, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic.  Mr. Sasso earned his J.D. from Ohio Northern University College of Law and thereafter had the unique opportunity to transiently study law at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  During Mr. Sasso’s last semester of law school, he took part in an externship with the Legal Aid of Arkansas as a Rule XV Student Attorney.

Mr. Sasso has always placed pro bono service as a priority within his law practice.  He received the Ohio Northern Pro Bono Service Recognition award in 2011 for his dedication to pro bono service with the Legal Aid of Arkansas. Then, in 2013, Mr. Sasso was named as the Volunteer Attorney of the Year for the 18th Judicial District of Arkansas for providing pro bono legal services to low-income clients.  Mr. Sasso was further recognized for his pro bono service when he received the Legal Aid of Arkansas Pro Bono Service Award in 2017.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Planning for Incapacity”
      >li>Washington Regional Medical Center. CEU Qualified Seminar – 2017
  • Speaker, “Elderly Abuse and Exploitation”
    • Washington Regional Medical Center. CEU Qualified Seminar – 2016
  • Speaker, “Arkansas Guardianships”
    • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. CLE Seminar – 2015
  • Speaker, “The Probate Code: What You Should Know”
    • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. CLE Seminar – 2014
  • Speaker, “Adult Guardianships in Arkansas”
    • University of Arkansas School of Law: Capstone Course – 2013
  • Speaker, “Guardianships and Special Needs Planning”
    • 99 Balloons. Engage Conference – 2017
  • Speaker, “Guardianships and Incapacity Planning”
    • SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Conference – 2016
  • Speaker, “Understanding Capacity and the World of Elder Law”
    • HCMA (Health Care Marketing Alliance) Conference – 2016
  • Speaker, “Guardianships and Special Needs Planning”
    • Arkansas Support Network. Bi-Annual Presentations – 2013-2017

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Westmoreland County Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court, W. B. Putnam Chapter (2012-2017)
  • The Legal Aid of Arkansas – Equal Access to Justice Panel (2012-2017)
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (2012-2017)

Community Activities

  • The Pittsburgh Foundation – Young Professional Advisors Committee
  • Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival, board member

Publications

  • Author, “Guardianships and Conservatorships.”
    • Sterling Education Services. Approved for CLE – 2015

Practice Areas

Education

  • J.D., Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law, 2011
  • J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law, 2011 (transient)
  • B.M., Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2017
  • Arkansas, 2012