Dutchcot, Leslie A.
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At Marks Elder Law we remain committed to serving you and meeting your legal needs promptly – more than ever in these demanding times. Our office is again open for any work that can’t be effectively done remotely, including meeting with clients (though we still use videoconferencing, phone and email as well)

Having up to date estate planning arrangements in the form of Powers of Attorney and Wills, at least, is crucial to peace of mind as well as actual preparedness. Use your Will and Powers of Attorney to specify who you want to help you if you need help – either while you are alive or after you’re gone – and what you want others to do to assist you when necessary.

You get to name your “Agent under Power of Attorney” and your “Health Care Agent” as well as your beneficiaries, Executor and Trustees under your Will – and their substitutes or backups - and say how you want events to unfold when you can no longer be in charge yourself. If you have plans in place, now is a good time to review.

Leslie A. Dutchcot

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Leslie A. Dutchcot has been a practicing attorney since 2000.  After graduating from the Duquesne University School of Law Evening program in 2000, she began her legal career in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, first as a law clerk to the President Judge, Hon. Ronald E. Vican, then as an assistant district attorney until 2003.  Upon relocating to Centre County, Pennsylvania, Leslie focused on her private practice and was elected as a Magisterial District Judge in 2007.  In 2015, Leslie returned to Allegheny County where she worked as a fiduciary advisor with PNC Wealth Management until returning to private practice with our firm.



  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Juris Doctor - 2000
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1996
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admission

  • Pennsylvania, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2007


  • Patton Township Business Association Excellence Award, 2011
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Everyday Leader Award, 2006
  • State College Jaycees Lawyer of the Year, 2005

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Neighborhood Legal Services, Board
  • Duquesne University Law Alumni Association, Board of Governors
  • Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, 2017 to present
  • Senior Pet and Animal Rescue, (SPAAR) Volunteer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2016 to Present
  • Leadership Centre County, Class of 2005

Professional Associations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association Women in the Law Division, Council Member 2016 to present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association Arts and Law Committee, Vice-Chair 2018-2020
  • Allegheny County Bar Association Probate and Trust Section, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association