Meet Team Conti

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Michele Conti, Founder

Michele is a Tax and Estate Planning Attorney and Founder of Conti Law. She focuses her practice on estate and trust planning, administration of estates and trusts, preparation of financial and medical powers of attorney, living wills and drafting Pennsylvania inheritance tax returns and Federal estate and gift tax returns. Michele also focuses on advanced planning strategies for clients to shelter assets from long-term health care, potential tax matters, guardianship and gifting consequences.

Michele received her LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law, her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law, her B.A. in Political Science and Writing from Allegheny College and Oxford University.

As a western Pennsylvania Estate Planning Attorney, Michele can help you plan for your future by confirming that your documents are properly drafted and up to date with the most recent law changes; assist you with obtaining Medicaid and VA benefits, and walk a loved one through probating your will, settling your trust and filing the necessary tax returns. Michele has worked at Meyer, Unkovic, and Scott, as well as Shields and Boris in the past and in 2016, started her own practice, focusing solely on estate planning, tax and elder law.

She can be heard as a featured speaker and expert on Biz Burgh Radio channels FM 101.5, FM 96.5 and AM 730.

Michele is happily married to Jason Conti, has twins, Zachary and Zoey, and three dogs: Duke, Lola and Jasmine.

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Melissa Garzony, Director of Operations

Melissa Garzony’s body of work is impressive. A Strategic Project Manager with nearly a decade of progressive experience and demonstrated success meeting business project milestones makes her a great fit at Conti Law. Melissa is responsible for ensuring the business is well-coordinated and productive by managing its policies and procedures. She will safeguard and augment the efficiency of Conti Law’s operations to facilitate accelerating development and long-term success.

Melissa served as a Project Manager at a local credit union from 2013-2017 collaborating with executive sponsors, developing project schedules, coordinating Program Analyst/Business Analysts to deliver detailed project and financial/marketing objectives and requirements. While in her role she drove 4 mergers and 1 spinoff, translating into 11K+ new members and $98.5 M in increased revenue.

Melissa’s educational background includes a BA, Economics & Minors, Communication Arts & Political Science from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and Certifications: Project Manager Professional (PMP) from Project Management Institute, and Professional Human Resources (PHR) from Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

Melissa is happily married to Damian, has a daughter, Addison and a Boxer puppy, Sophie.

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Ashley Cesaratto, Legal Assistant

Ashley began her role as Legal Assistant at Conti Law in March of 2018.  New to the legal field, Ashley enjoys the challenge of learning new things, keeping office operations running smoothly, and assisting clients.

Ashley earner her Bachelor of Music Education degree with a concentration in voice from Westminster College, and her Master of Music Education degree from Kent State University.  She taught private voice, piano, and string lessons throughout the Pittsburgh area for several years until becoming the chorus and orchestra director at Trinity Middle School.  During her seven-year tenure there, she was responsible for teaching hundreds of students a day, putting on several concerts per year, and accompanying students to various festivals in Western Pennsylvania.  Ashley currently sings soprano in the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

Having recently become an entrepreneur, Ashley enjoys running an eclectic mix of businesses, which include makeup, skincare, and cupcakes.  She enjoys exploring the Pittsburgh food scene, singing, cooking, and baking, and spending time with her two cats, Carmella and Benito.

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Kelli Conti, Legal Assistant

Kelli grew up in Pittsburgh. She has over 20 years in Medical Recovery Industry. She enjoys meeting our clients and making them feel at ease upon their arrival at our firm for consultations. Kelli regularly assists our staff and attorneys with a variety of administrative needs.

Kelli’s outside interests are spending time with her family, including Rick, her husband of 40 years, and her 6 grandchildren. She also likes reading, gardening and watching football.