Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

Michael J. Visnosky

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Practice Areas


  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D.
  • Gannon College, B.A.

Admissions & Certifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association, Family Law Committee, Former Chairman
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section

Mr. Visnosky has been practicing law for more than 40 years, handling a variety of family law, real estate, civil litigation and personal injury matters. Early in his career, Mr. Visnosky clerked for judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Erie County and was solicitor to the sheriff of Erie County. He has been an instructor at Gannon University and Mercyhurst College. Mr. Visnosky is Co-Incorporator and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Millcreek Health System, Inc. and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), the largest medical school in the United States.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Regained and maintained primary residential custody for a father of 5 children and obtained a favorable support order including childcare and school tuition payments
  • Represented LECOM in the acquisition of prime real estate to expand its Erie campus, the extension of the campus to Seton Hill University, and all governmental activities related to these transactions in Harrisburg, PA and Tallahassee, FL
  • Represented a wife in a complex equitable division case involving the valuation of a closely held family corporation as a going concern, the sale of the family home, the division of corporate and personal assets which had been intermingled, and the preparation and filing of all tax returns for a 3 year period
  • Represents the Millcreek Township School District as special counsel in assessment appeals and holds a controlling opinion in this area
  • Represents a professional athlete in an ongoing child support case

Honors & Ratings

Speaking Engagements

  • Frequent speaker on child custody, child support and psychological evidence

Community & Professional Service

  • Millcreek Health Systems, Co-Incorporator, Board Chair
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Co-Incorporator, Board Chair
  • City of Erie Higher Education Building Authority, Board Member

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder
  • Family Law Group, Practice Group Leader