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James D. Cullen

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Phone: (814) 870-7705
Fax: (814) 454-4647

100 State St #700
Erie, Pennsylvania 16507

Mr. Cullen is a senior partner with MacDonald Illig. He concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of estate and tax planning, charitable gifting techniques, estate and trust administration and elder law.

In his trust practice, Mr. Cullen prepares wills and trust documents, undertakes the administration of decedent's estates and serves as legal advisor to corporate fiduciaries. Working closely with local banks, securities brokers, accountants, insurance agents and financial planners, Mr. Cullen provides estate planning services suited to each client's objectives.

Jim has lectured on wills, trusts and estate planning for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, National Business Institute and for numerous schools, social clubs, community organizations and employee groups.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Cullen received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a degree in Accounting from John Carroll University in 1969 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, 1972. Currently a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Erie County Bar Associations, Mr. Cullen is also a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Sections of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, the Estate Planning Council of Erie and has served on the Boards of numerous charitable organizations in the community.


J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1972

B.S. Business Administration, John Carroll University - University Heights, Ohio, 1969

Bar & Court Admissions Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Western District of PA
U.S. Tax Court
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Erie County Bar Association


Selected for inclusion in the publication Best Lawyers in America for Trusts & Estates for 25 years (1993-2018)