Prominent Philadelphia Attorney Appointed Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA
Harrisburg, Pa., (April 12, 2013) – Gabriel L.I. Bevilacqua, General Counsel to The American Board of Surgery and to The American Board of Plastic Surgery; and, Of Counsel to the law firm Saul Ewing, LLP, has been appointed Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Formerly serving as the Vice-Chair, Bevilacqua assumed his new, one-year term on April 1, 2013.
The Disciplinary Board is an independent agency under the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction, consisting of thirteen members: eleven attorneys and two non-lawyers from across the Commonwealth. Funded by annual assessments paid by attorneys licensed to practice in the Commonwealth, it assists the Supreme Court in all matters involving attorney licensing and discipline in Pennsylvania.
“I felt both excited and determined to do my very best when I learned that the Supreme Court had chosen me to be its Chair,” said Bevilacqua. “In my new role, I look forward to continuing to work with the Board to protect the public and fairly resolve all matters that come before us.”
As Chair, Bevilacqua will have greater involvement in day-to-day functions of the Disciplinary Board and Office of Disciplinary Counsel, working to assure the public that attorney misconduct will not be tolerated. He also looks forward to continuing to digitize the disciplinary process in order to improve efficiencies that will better serve the profession.
In addition to his role on the Disciplinary Board, Bevilacqua concentrates his practice in the representation of medical specialty boards.
Prior to joining Saul Ewing, LLP in 1984, Bevilacqua served in the City of Philadelphia's Law Department, where he held positions including Chief Deputy City Solicitor, Chief of Major Trials, and Chairman of the Litigation Department.
Bevilacqua is a bilingual attorney and a founding member of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce. He was awarded the title Cavaliere by the Republic of Italy in 2005 in a decree by Italian President H.E. Azeglio Ciampi. He continues to serve as a volunteer advocate for senior citizens and was recently elected Vice President of The Cavaliere Society.
A graduate of St. Joseph's University, he earned his law degree from Temple University's James E. Beasley School of Law and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania.
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.
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