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Former President Judge of the Court of Judicial Conduct Appointed Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA

(Harrisburg, Pa.) – Sal Cognetti, Jr., a partner at Foley, Cognetti, Comerford, Cimini, & Cummins in Scranton, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Cognetti, a civil practitioner specializing in personal injury litigation, has served as a member of the Board since 2006.

Sal Cognetti, Jr.
Sal Cognetti, Jr.

In 2000, former Governor Tom Ridge appointed Cognetti to serve as a judge of the Court of Judicial Conduct, and, in 2003, Cognetti was elected President Judge of the Court. With his recent appointment as Chair of the Disciplinary Board, Cognetti becomes the first lawyer to have led the two highest disciplinary bodies in Pennsylvania.

"My predecessors have set a high standard, and I am committed to maintaining the Board's reputation for excellence as I continue the outstanding work they have initiated," states Cognetti. "I also hope to address the technological changes that are happening in the legal profession, working toward a paperless method of communication within the Board and addressing the effects of technology on legal practices to ensure ethical standards are maintained."

As an independent agency funded by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Disciplinary Board assists the Supreme Court in executing its exclusive jurisdiction over the licensing and discipline of attorneys in Pennsylvania. The Board consists of 11 attorneys and two non-lawyers from across the state and meets regularly to decide cases, policies and board administrative matters.

Cognetti has had a full and diverse career since graduating from Fordham University and Georgetown University Law. Cognetti began his career in the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., eventually becoming the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Cognetti is the former owner, vice-president and general counsel of Jos. Notarianni & Co., Inc., and is also a former Chairman of the Board of First Family Bank in Clifton, N.J. Cognetti presently serves as a Trustee for Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.

A number of organizations have recognized Cognetti's excellence as a lawyer; the American Trial Lawyers Association named him among the top 100 trial lawyers, and he has been continually listed as a Super Lawyer.

Currently, Cognetti holds membership in the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, American Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association. He has also served on the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Policy Council for Violence Prevention.

Cognetti, a Scranton native, and his wife, Susan, are the parents of nine children.

About the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA
The Disciplinary Board's goals are to protect the general public, maintain a high standard of integrity in the legal profession, and safeguard the reputation of the courts of Pennsylvania. The Disciplinary Board was created by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to review conduct and assure compliance by all attorneys to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct. For more information about the Disciplinary Board, please visit www.padb.us.

For more information regarding this press release, please contact Debbie Rozelle at 717-432-2468 or via email at debbie@suasion.us.