Melissa Dougherty

Adjunct Professor of Law


Melissa Dougherty is a director in the Estates & Trusts Group of the Pittsburgh firm, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.  Melissa focuses her practice in estate planning, estate and trust administration and estate, gift, and inheritance taxation of high net worth families.  Melissa provides sophisticated estate planning advice to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizen high-net-worth individuals.  Her practice emphasizes wealth preservation and business succession planning, representing corporate fiduciaries and individuals in estate and trust administration matters, and gift, tax, and charitable planning.

Melissa lectures frequently for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s continuing education program and serves as a featured speaker for client and professional groups.

Key/Recent Publications


  • “Better Late Than Never: Allocating to Partially GST-Exempt Trusts after The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017,” Pittsburgh Tax Review, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2018
  • “Opportunities Created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for Partially GST-Exempt Trusts,” The Legal Intelligencer Wealth Management/Trusts & Estates Special Section, February 2018