Chris A. Stachtiaris

Chris A. Stachtiaris

Bridgeville, Pennsylvania

Chris Stachtiaris received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic Technology Engineering from the University of Akron in 1986 and obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1998. Mr. Stachtiaris put his undergraduate engineering degree to work at Hewlett-Packard. During his career at Hewlett-Packard he received several awards for outstanding sales and customer satisfaction performance. Mr. Stachtiaris was accepted into the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's flex-time program and began his legal studies while continuing his sales career with Hewlett-Packard; he was admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in September of 1999. Prior to joining Raphael Ramsden & Behers, P.C., Mr. Stachtiaris was a shareholder with the firm of Mohajery & Stachtiaris, PC. Mr. Stachtiaris concentrates his practice in the area of Family Law and brings a unique perspective to his practice. Embarking on a career in law after a successful career as a business professional, Mr. Stachtiaris brings a diverse background to the profession and his practice, giving him a special appreciation for the law and an understanding of its impact on clients dealing with family law issues.

Mr. Stachtiaris has an active practice in the Collaborative Practice of conflict resolution. Collaborative Practice is a process of conflict resolutions that exists outside of, and apart from, the traditional litigation process and offers participants the opportunity to negotiate based on their interests and goals, taking into account the things that are most important to them, like their children. Collaboration allows participants to create their own solutions to their conflicts, control how they get there, and ultimately their own future, thus empowering those experiencing divorce or related issues such as custody, child support, equitable distribution and alimony to be in control of what is a very difficult and challenging time in their lives. Mr. Stachtiaris is committed to making this the process of choice in Southwestern Pennsylvania for those experiencing conflict of all types. He currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP) as an At-Large Officer, and is a former Secretary and a founding member of CLASP. Mr. Stachtiaris is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (ICAP), and has attended numerous seminars, training events, and recently the 11th Annual ICAP International Forum in Washington, D. C. in the area of Collaborative Practice (Collaborative Profile).

Mr. Stachtiaris teaches Community Education classes at the Community College of Allegheny County on Pennsylvania Divorce Law and the Collaborative Divorce Process. He has also been an instructor for the National Business Institute; presenting continuing legal education seminars on various topics of Pennsylvania divorce law to attorneys in the Pittsburgh area. He is also a frequent speaker at "A Prudent Approach to Divorce" and "Second Saturday" financial seminars for women going through the divorce process.

Mr. Stachtiaris is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Family Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association, and was elected to a three-year term on the Family Law Section Council in 2005. Mr. Stachtiaris served as co-chair of the section's Professionalism Committee, providing the section with regular reports on ethical issues that effect lawyers practicing family law. As co-chair he also co-developed and presented a seminar on motions practice in the Family Court. Mr. Stachtiaris has been elected to another three year term to serve on the Council of the ACBA Family Law Section, beginning September, 2010. Mr. Stachtiaris is an active member of the Matrimonial Inns of Court, an organization of Judges and lawyers dedicated to promoting ethics and professionalism in the legal system.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1999


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1998
  • University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
    • B.S. - 1986
    • Major: Electronic Technology Engineering


  • Pennsylvania Divorce Law and the Collaborative Process, Community College of Allegheny County
  • Collaborative Divorce Process, Community College of Allegheny County
  • Pennsylvania Divorce Law and Practices, National Business Institute
  • Equitable Distribution: What is it, Community College of Allegheny County
  • Successful Financial Settlements for your Divorce Clients, National Business Institute
  • Second Saturday, Divorce Workshop for Women
  • A Prudent Approach to Divorce, Sanker Financial Seminar
  • Continuing Legal Education Instructor, National Business Institute
  • Continuing Legal Education Instructor, Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Member, 2001 - Present
  • Family Section Council, Member
  • Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP), Officer
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
  • Pennsylvania County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Matrimonial Inn of Court, Member
  • Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP), Founding Member
  • Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP), Secretary
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Collaborative Law Committee, Chair
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Chair

Past Employment Positions

  • Mohajery & Stachtiaris, PC, Shareholder
  • Agilent Technologies, Sales Engineer
  • Hewlett - Packard, Sales Engineer
  • Hewlett - Packard, Customer Service Engineer