Amelia R. Brett

Associate
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Biography

Amelia R. Brett is a senior associate with Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky. Ms. Brett’s practice focuses on representing both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in a full spectrum of matters ranging from business acquisitions and sales, corporate formations, drafting and negotiating contracts, day-to-day  operations and long term planning, and real estate transactions including sales, acquisitions, leasing and financing.

Ms. Brett draws on her years of experience in the management of her family’s growing business to skillfully guide clients through the legal matters facing business and real estate owners. Ms. Brett recognizes the importance of having skillful and trusted counsel to handle legal matters in order to allow business and real estate owners to focus on what’s most important: the operation, growth and success of their business or real estate venture.

Ms. Brett has extensive experience in representing not-for-profit entities in a full range of matters, including formations, obtaining federal tax exemptions, mergers, and corporate governance. Through this work, Ms. Brett has developed a niche expertise in representing public charter schools.

Prior to joining Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, Ms. Brett attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. While in law school Ms. Brett worked with the Commercial Law Development Program of the U.S. Commerce Department to teach arbitration practice and international commercial law to students from universities in the Middle East and North Africa, and assisted these students in an international arbitration competition in Vienna, Austria.

Ms. Brett has the privilege of serving as a Board Member of the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh and as a Board Member of Sisters Place, a supportive housing community committed to assisting single parent families who are homeless in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Ms. Brett now lives with her husband Patrick in the heart of Lawrenceville.

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
    • Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section
    • Real Estate Section
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Urban Land Institute

Community Activities

  • Waldorf School of Pittsburgh Board of Directors
  • Sisters Place Board of Directors

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Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2013
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Gerald K. Gibson Memorial Award
      • o CALI awards in Commercial Transactions, Advanced Bankruptcy, Criminal Procedure, and International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
    • B.A., summa cum laude, political science/international relations, West Chester University, 2009

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Western District Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Pennsylvania