Don Formoso, a partner with Peacock Keller, concentrates his practice in the areas of business law, estate planning, estate administration, and real estate. Mr. Formoso provides counsel to business owners with respect to start-up, sales and purchases of existing businesses, commercial transactions, corporate governance, and shareholder agreements.
In addition, Mr. Formoso prepares Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney documents, and Living Wills, and advises clients with respect to estate administration, Estate and Gift Tax planning, Special Needs planning, and business succession planning. Mr. Formoso also prepares real estate sales agreements, deeds, mortgages, easements, and has represented landowners in the negotiation of Marcellus Shale gas leases.
Mr. Formoso earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh, where he competed in moot court and served as the graduate student representative to the University’s Board of Trustees Committee for Academic Affairs and Libraries. Mr. Formoso is also a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Honors College’s Politics and Philosophy program. While studying at the University of Pittsburgh, he was selected as a Brackenridge Research fellow, served as an undergraduate teaching assistant, and was elected to several honor societies.
Prior to joining Peacock Keller, Mr. Formoso served as a law clerk to the General Counsel of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. and a legal extern to the Honorable Robert J. Colville in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Mr. Formoso is a member of the Allegheny County, Washington County, Pennsylvania, and American Bar Associations. He is a past president of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust section of the Washington County Bar, and has spoken at a number of continuing legal education and public seminars on the topics of estate planning and tax law. Additionally, Mr. Formoso has authored articles on estate planning and business law for a number of publications, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Washington County Habitat for Humanity, the Olivia Scott Foundation, the Peters Township Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Bridgeville/Holy Child Knights of Columbus. He is admitted to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.