Nathan S. Catanese


At the core of Nathan Catanese’s practice is the belief that people and relationships matter, and there is no greater success for him than advising his clients through complex situations. He enjoys unpacking the details of complicated issues and devising solutions for the betterment of his clients and their goals.

Nathan focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, charitable giving, tax-exempt organizations, and other tax and corporate matters. Armed with a deep understanding of the practical needs of business owners, Nathan assists clients in wealth succession planning and advises nonprofits and religious organizations in formation and governance matters. He frequently counsels clients in their planned charitable giving and provides assistance in the creation of private foundations.

Representative Experience

  • Represented and counseled multiple families, couples, and individuals, including wealthy and ultra-wealthy families, in preparing wills, revocable trusts, various kinds of irrevocable trusts, financial powers of attorney, advance health care directives, livings wills, and marital agreements
  • Represented numerous executors in estate administration matters Represented trustees in trust administration matters
  • Successfully represented religious camp in challenge by local government to remove property tax exemptions
  • Counseled families in the creation of private foundations and during the application process for 501(c)(3) status
  • Counseled private foundations on ongoing governance matters
  • Counseled public charities on their creation and applications for federal and state tax exemptions and in governance matters
  • Counseled tax-exempt organizations on their internal governance matters
  • Counseled public charities and religious organizations in applications for exemption from various types of state taxes

Licensed In

  • Pennsylvania
  • Florida


  • J.D. Notre Dame Law School
  • LL.M. (Taxation) Villanova University School of Law
  • Certificate in Estate Planning, Villanova University School of Law
  • B.A. University of Notre Dame


  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pittsburgh Tax Club
  • Pittsburgh Legal Journal Orphans’ Court Opinions Committee
  • Co-Founder, Secretary, and Member of Board of Directors, Camp Catanese Foundation
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Notre Dame Alumni Association
  • Notre Dame Club of Pittsburgh
  • Treasurer and Member of Parish Council, St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Den Leader and Pack Committee Member, Cub Scout Pack 38, Mt. Lebanon, PA
  • Member of Development Committee, Laurel Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America


  • “2023 Trailblazer Award for Probate and Trust Law” by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section Fellow (2022 – 2024)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Ones to Watch – Tax Law (2022 – Present), Trusts and Estates (2022 – Present)
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers- Rising Star (2021 – Present)

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