Meet the Attorneys

 Carl B. Zacharia 

Carl is a partner for Zacharia & Brown with offices in McKeesport and McMurray. His practice focuses on assisting families deal with the legal and financial issues associated with the costs of long term and nursing home care. He also has nearly 20 years of experience in sophisticated Estate Planning issues and strategies for both Pennsylvania and Florida residents.

In addition to Pennsylvania, Carl has been actively licensed to practice law in the State of Florida since 1994. He has many years of experience in both the state and federal court systems. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Jefferson College and his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law, where he was a published member of the Duquesne Law Review and where he served as an associate recent decisions editor. He is an extensive and frequent lecturer on estate planning and elder law topics. Carl also teaches on the subjects of Elder Law and Estate Planning for Penn State University and other area colleges. Carl is a member of NEALA, PAELA, the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Peters Township Chamber of Commerce.

Carl lives in Peters Township with his wife Gayle and their two children Jeremy and Gabrielle.

Areas of Practice: 

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration

Bar Admissions: 

  • Pennsylvania
  • Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education: 

  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1993 J.D.
  • Washington & Jefferson University, Washington, Pennsylvania, 1982 B.A.

 


 Christine Brown Murphy

 

Christine is a partner of Zacharia & Brown, and provides advice and counsel to clients and their families in the areas of Asset Protection planning and Medicaid Eligibility for nursing home care, Veterans' Benefits Eligibility and related Estate Planning and Estate Administration issues. Additionally, Zacharia & Brown is the only law firm in Western Pennsylvania that is recognized as a Life Care Planning Firm by the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association.

Christine is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her law degree from Duquesne University Law School, where she was a member of the Women's Law Association, as well as Secretary of the Health Care Law Society from which Christine received the Distinguished Service Award.

Christine can be heard every Saturday morning at 7:00 am on Pittsburgh Elder Law on WPGB, 104.7 FM. Christine is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys ("PAELA"), the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys ("NAELA"), the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association ("LCPLFA"), the Allegheny County Bar Association ("ACBA") and the Peters Township Chamber of Commerce.

Areas of Practice: 

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration

Bar Admissions: 

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

Education: 

  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2002 J.D.
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1999 B.A.

 


 Colleen D. Bratkovich

Colleen is an Associate at Zacharia & Brown and practices in the areas of Medicaid Planning and Eligibility, Veterans’ Benefits, and related Estate Planning and Estate Administration issues.

Colleen is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. She is also accredited by the Veteran’s Administration to represent Veterans in their claims before the Department. Colleen received her undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University and her law degree from Duquesne University where she was a member of the Women’s Law Association, a student member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, a member of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, and the recipient of the 2006 CALI award for excellence in the area of Estates and Trusts. Colleen is a member of NEALA and PAELA.

Prior to her legal education Colleen worked in the Cardiothoracic Services Unit at St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh and in the Member Services and Network Development departments at Three Rivers Health Plans in Monroeville, now part of United Health Plans.

Colleen resides in Harrison City with her husband David.

Areas of Practice: 

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration

Bar Admissions: 

  • Pennsylvania

Education 

  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2008 J.D.
  • The Pennsylvania State University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2000 B.S.

 


 Thomas A. McCaffrey

Tom is an associate of Zacharia & Brown, and provides advice and counsel to a variety of clients and their families in the areas of Estate Planning, Trusts and Estate Administration and all related areas of law. Tom is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Tom received his undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and his law degree from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He also received a Master of Science degree in taxation from Robert Morris University. His legal experience includes service as Estate and Gift Tax Attorney with the Internal Revenue Service in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and legal experience in the general law practice in both Detroit, Michigan and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with specialties in Wills, Trusts, Estates, Probate, Guardianships and Estate Planning with law firms in Detroit, Michigan and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Areas of Practice: 

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Trust Administration
  • Probate and Guardianships

Bar Admissions: 

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education 

  • Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1979-1981 - Master of Science in Taxation
  • Detroit College of Law (Michigan State Law School) Detroit, Michigan 1965-1969 J.D.
  • Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1961-1965 B.A.

 Carrie E. Conboy

Carrie is an attorney at Zacharia & Brown and provides assistance and counsel to individuals and families regarding Estate and Elder Care Planning issues including Asset Protection, Medicaid Eligibility for nursing home care, Veterans' Benefits and related issues.

Carrie is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and her law degree from Duquesne University School of Law.

Prior to joining Zacharia & Brown, Carrie served as a board member and volunteered for numerous non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh including Gilda's Club, Family House, Ladies Hospital Aid Society, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and American Heart Association. She currently resides in Mt. Lebanon with her husband, Mark, and their two children.

Areas of Practice: 

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration

Bar Admissions: 

  • Pennsylvania

Education 

  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1991 J.D.
  • University of Maryland,College Park, Maryland, 1988 B.A.

 


 

 Justin Ellis

Justin is an associate attorney at Zacharia & Brown counseling clients in the areas of Medicaid planning, eligibility, and asset protection, veterans' benefits, estate and trust planning and administration, and guardianship matters.

Justin is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he participated in the Sikov Elder Law Clinic, providing legal representation to indigent clients in Elder Law matters.

 

Areas of Practice: 

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration

Bar Admissions: 

  • Pennsylvania

Education 

  • University of Pittsburgh Law School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2013 J.D.
  • John Carroll University Cleveland, OH 1999 - B.S. Economics