Michelle L. Kopnski is Of Counsel to Jordon Voytek. Her practice is concentrated in corporate transactions, including negotiation, analysis, documentation, and implementation of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures involving public and privately held companies; Federal, state, and local taxation issues; wealth transfer and business succession planning; Federal and Pennsylvania taxation and appellate proceedings; and business and tax planning. Michelle also advises non-profit and tax-exempt entities on formation, governance, and tax compliance. She is the co-author of Qualifying as a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Organization, published by Quorum Books, Inc.
Michelle began her legal career as a Judicial Law Clerk for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
Michelle graduated in 1980 magna cum laude from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Business Administration. She received her J.D. in 1985 from West Virginia University College of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review, and her LLM in Taxation in 1987 from New York University School of Law.
She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Taxation Section. She has also served with the Allegheny County Bar Association Taxation Section as a Council Member, has served as Treasurer (2008-2010), is a Former Chairman of its Finance Committee, and is a Former Chairman of its Audit Committee. In addition, Michelle is a Board Member of multiple organizations, including the Allegheny Tax Society, The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, and the Allegheny Business Network – Business Referral Organization.
She has served on the West Virginia University College of Law Development Council, the West Virginia University College of Law Visiting Committee, has been a Board Member of the West Virginia University College of Law Alumni Association and the West Virginia University College of Law Pittsburgh Alumni Association, and has acted as West Virginia University College of Law Class Agent.