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Nathan S. Catanese

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Nathan S. Catanese counsels individuals and families in estate planning, estate and trust administration, charitable giving, and tax matters. He advises nonprofits and religious organizations in formation and governance matters.

Nathan assists clients with wealth succession goals and tax planning by drafting estate planning documents including wills, trust agreements, marital agreements, and financial and health care powers of attorney. He also assists in the creation of private foundations and counsels clients with regard to planned charitable giving. He advises fiduciaries during estate and trust administration and represents clients in probate and trust matters, tax disputes, and fiduciary litigation in both federal and state courts. Nathan also assists nonprofit and religious organizations with their creation and governance and tax matters.

Prior to going into private practice, Nathan served as a law clerk to the Hon. Nora Barry Fischer of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. A former legislative assistant to Congressman John P. Murtha and Congressman Mark S. Critz in the United States House of Representatives, Nathan also has tax and business public policy experience.


J.D., cum laude, Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana, Research assistant for Justice Amy Coney Barrett of the Supreme Court of the United States, prior to her becoming a judge, and for Dean Patricia A. O'Hara; Editor in Chief of the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy.
LL.M., Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, Taxation; Certificate in Estate Planning
B.A., cum laude, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana


Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Star – Estate Planning & Probate

2022 Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch -Tax Law; Trusts and Estates


Allegheny County Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

American Bar Association

Member of Executive Committee, Hay-Sell Pittsburgh American Inn of Court

Co-founder, Secretary & Member of Board of Directors, Camp Catanese Foundation

National Eagle Scout Association

Allegheny County Bar Association Probate and Trust Law Section Council

Pittsburgh Legal Journal Orphans’ Court Opinions Committee

State Bar Licenses

Pennsylvania, Florida

Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Pennsylvania
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • Co-author, “No Restitution? No Tax Problem,” For the Defense (Volume 4, Issue 3), September 2019
  • Co-author, “Tax-planning opportunities exist after Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017,” Allegheny County Bar Association Lawyers Journal, May 2019
  • Co-author, “Deducting Success: Congressional Policy Goals and The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017,” Pittsburgh Tax Review, (Volume 16), 2018
  • “Gerrymandered Gridlock: Addressing the Hazardous Impact of Partisan Redistricting,” Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy (Volume 28, Issue 1), May 2014