David E. Schwager, Esquire
David E. Schwager is a partner in the law firm of Chariton, Schwager & Malak of Wilkes-Barre, and a graduate of Lafayette College and The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. A past Assistant District Attorney for Luzerne County, Schwager is an Assistant Luzerne County Solicitor as well as Chairman of the Kingston Borough Zoning Hearing Board. He is a past Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, past Pennsylvania Bar Association Treasurer, and is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers with the highest rating by the largest rating service in the country. Schwager is a life fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He is a member of the Boards of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund, and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Growth Partnership and serves as Treasurer of Ecumenical Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Schwager was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April of 2012. On April 1, 2017 Mr. Schwager was appointed to serve as the Disciplinary Board’s Chair, and from April 1, 2016 until April 1, 2017, he served as Board Vice-Chair. His term will expire in April of 2018.
Douglas W. Leonard
Board Vice Chair
Douglas W. Leonard is currently the Director of Consulting Services for iMapSolutions and has more than 20 years of experience working with the executives of well-recognized domestic and global companies such as Boeing, Schlumberger, Cobham, NASA, United Launch Alliance, State Farm, Aramark and the Centers for Disease Control as well as many mid-size and smaller organizations. He has served as an executive in various organizations, including a hospital laboratory software development company, an industrial engineering firm and a Pittsburgh law firm. Leonard was also the Executive Administrator of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County for six years, serving five terms on the Board of Directors and one year as president of the Pennsylvania Association of Court Management. In 2016, he earned the prestigious designation of Conversational Intelligence® Coach, one of only 250 coaches worldwide to be certified in this emerging methodology based on neuroscience. Leonard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Economics from the University of Dayton in Ohio and a Master’s degree in business administration from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. Mr. Leonard was originally appointed to the Disciplinary Board in 2008 to fill one of its two non-attorney member positions. He was appointed again in August of 2012 and reappointed in 2015 for another three year term. He was appointed to serve as the Disciplinary Board’s Vice-Chair on April 1, 2107. His term will expire in August of 2018.
Brian J. Cali, Esquire
Brian J. Cali is the founding member of BRIAN J CALI AND ASSOCIATES. Attorney Cali concentrates his practice on all aspects of Family Law throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. He engages in all levels of the trial court and has successfully argued before Appellate Courts on Family Law matters. Attorney Cali is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a graduate of The Duquesne University School of Law and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board. He is a member of the Pennsylvania, American, and the Lackawanna County Bar Associations. Attorney Cali frequently lectures on various topics of Family Law matters on behalf of the Lackawanna County Family Law Rules Committee. In addition, he is a charter member of the Lackawanna County Library System and served as its Chairman for many years. He is general legal counsel and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank. He has been designated as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2007. Mr. Cali was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April of 2013 and reappointed in 2016. His term will expire in April of 2019.
John F. Cordisco, Esquire
John F. Cordisco is the founding partner of Cordisco & Saile LLC in Bucks County, PA. The firm’s primary focus is personal injury litigation. John has practiced law since 1987, graduating from Temple Law School in 1986. From 1981 to 1986, he served as the Representative from Bucks County in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. During his tenure, John served on the House Judiciary Committee, Labor Relations Committee, and served as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Health Care. He was appointed to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, after previously serving as a hearing committee member in Disciplinary District II. John is a member of the Bucks County Bar Association, where he served as a Trustee of its Charitable Foundation. John has three children and six grandchildren, and currently resides in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Cordisco was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April of 2015 and reappointed in 2018. His term will expire in April of 2021.
David A. Fitzsimons, Esquire
David A. Fitzsimons is a shareholder with the Martson Law Offices in Carlisle, Cumberland County and has practiced throughout Pennsylvania since graduation from the Dickinson School of Law in 1984. His practice includes all aspects of dispute resolution as counsel, mediator and arbitrator, in contract and business disputes, with an emphasis on construction, business operation/succession, estate-related litigation, employment, land use and personal injury. Over the past 17 years, Mr. Fitzsimons has served as a court-appointed and privately retained mediator in resolution of numerous disputes in the areas of commercial contract, construction, employment law, business succession and personal injury. He is a member of the Cumberland County, Dauphin County, American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations; Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility (Chair, [May 2014 – 2016]; Co-Chair [May 2016-May 2017]); Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He is admitted to all courts of Pennsylvania, the United States District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Fitzsimons was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in May of 2014 and reappointed in 2017. His term will expire in April of 2020.
John P. Goodrich, Esquire
John P. Goodrich is the principal of the law firm Goodrich & Associates, P.C., located in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Goodrich is a 1983 graduate of St. Francis University. He earned his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 1987. His primary practice areas include personal injury with a concentration on head trauma and vehicular accidents including wrongful death and complex civil personal injury litigation. He has also successfully represented and/or tried multiple dram shop, product liability, trucking, premises, medical malpractice, workers compensation cases and also practices in the areas of social security disability, wills and estates. Mr. Goodrich was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April of 2016. His term will expire in April of 2019.
James C. Haggerty, Esquire
James C. Haggerty is one of the founding partners of Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, with offices in Philadelphia, Holland, Reading, Lancaster and Allentown. He focuses his practice on plaintiff’s personal injury, bad faith, UM/UIM and insurance coverage matters, having previously represented the insurance industry for over thirty years. He previously served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. Currently, he is on the Board of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Attorney Haggerty has been consistently ranked in the Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. He is a frequent lecturer throughout Pennsylvania and has argued numerous cases before the Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Previously, Jim Haggerty served for six years on the Appellate Rules Committee of the Supreme Court. He has been a member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court since 2015. Mr. Haggerty was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April of 2015 and reappointed in 2018. His term will expire in April of 2021.
P. Brennan Hart, Esquire
P. Brennan Hart currently serves as Co-Chair of the Professional Liability Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Litigation Defense Practice Group at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP. He has represented a wide variety of corporations and professionals during his more than 30 years as a civil litigator and currently serves as a Board Member of the Professional Liability Attorney Network. Attorney Hart has been a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County for more than 20 years, and he is a past President of the Board of Governors of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association. He also serves on the Judiciary Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Additionally, he has been a member of the Board of the National Kidney Foundation of the Alleghenies for more than 20 years and was elected in March of 2014 to the Board of the National Kidney Foundation in New York. He received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctorate from Duquesne Law School. Mr. Hart was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April of 2014 and reappointed in 2017. His term will expire in April of 2020.
Jerry M. Lehocky, Esquire
Jerry M. Lehocky is a founding partner of Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano. Mr. Lehocky has litigated workers’ compensation and Social Security since being admitted to practice in 1985. Initially, his practice involved representing employers and insurance companies, but in 1991, Mr. Lehocky began representing claimants exclusively. A former chairman of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Workers’ Compensation Section for 12 consecutive years, Mr. Lehocky has served as a consultant to several Pennsylvania governors and numerous state senators and representatives on workers’ compensation issues. He co-authored “House Bill 2738,” which created the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund and was signed into law on November 9, 2006. It represented the first piece of workers’ compensation legislation in favor of injured workers to become law in over 30 years. Mr. Lehocky is a former president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ), the first workers’ compensation attorney in the organization’s history to hold that position. In 2017, he received the PAJ Milton D. Rosenberg Award. Mr. Lehocky continues to serve on the PAJ’s Board of Governors and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, after having previously served on the Board of Directors of the Volunteers for the Indigent Program. Mr. Lehocky is also a member of the Workplace Injury Litigation Group and has been interviewed by National Public Radio to address the crisis of injuries to healthcare workers in America. Mr. Lehocky served the Disciplinary Board as a Hearing Committee Member from 2000 to 2006, 2008 to 2014, and 2016 to 2018. Mr. Lehocky was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in February 2018. His term will expire in February 2021.
Tracey McCants Lewis, Esquire
Tracey McCants is Lewis the interim co-director of the Duquesne University School of Law Department of Clinical Legal Education. She is Associate Clinical Professor and Pro Bono Program Coordinator. She teaches in the Civil Rights and Unemployment Compensation Clinics. McCants Lewis was appointed to the City of Pittsburgh’s Equal Opportunity Review Commission, and the Allegheny County Government Review Commission. She was named recipient of the 2012 NAACP Pittsburgh - Homer S. Brown Award for Legal Service, the 2012 Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh – Decade of Dedication Award, the 2015 Duquesne Law School Woman of the Year Award, the 2015 Pro Bono Achievement - Lorraine M. Bittner Public Interest Attorney Award from the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, the 2015 YWCA Racial Justice Award (Legal Category), and the 2016 Duquesne Law School Alumni Association Outstanding Achievement Award. She was also featured as a speaker at the 2016 TEDx Pittsburgh conference. McCants Lewis has also worked as a consultant for the award-winning television series, How To Get Away with Murder. A member of the Pennsylvania State Bar, McCants Lewis was an associate with K&L Gates LLP and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Max Baer of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. degree from Gannon University in political science and her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law, where she served on the Duquesne Law Review Board. Ms. Lewis was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in November of 2013 and reappointed in 2015. Her term will expire in November of 2018.
Jane G. Penny, Esquire
As an attorney with close to 40 years of experience, Jane Penny’s practice has taken her to many nuclear power plants throughout the United States, representing both individuals and utilities during Nuclear Regulatory Commission or other federal investigations. In addition, Jane regularly defends clients subpoenaed to testify during federal or state grand jury investigations. She relies on this insight when conducting regulatory compliance or whistleblower investigations for her corporate clients. Jane has long maintained her AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell and, in addition to the Pennsylvania Bar, she is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Penny was appointed to the Disciplinary in August of 2012. From April 1, 2016 through April 1, 2017, she was honored to serve as the Disciplinary Board’s Chair, and from April 1, 2015 until April 1, 2016, she served as Board Vice-Chair. Her term will expire in August of 2018.
Stefanie B. Porges, M.D.
Stefanie B. Porges, MD is one of the two non-lawyers on the Board. Dr. Porges serves patients and educates medical students as Medical Director, Emergency Medicine Department Observation Unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and as an Attending Physician in Emergency Medicine. She is also Medical Command Physician for PENNSTAR medical Helicopter Flight Program, and Director of Physician Scheduling, Emergency Medicine, for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Dr. Porges is a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Porges earned her undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta and her medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She also completed her internship and residency at Hahnemann and a fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Porges was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April of 2014 and reappointed in 2017. Her term will expire in April of 2020.
Andrew J. Trevelise, Esquire
Andrew J. Trevelise is a litigator with more than 35 years of experience. He practiced for nearly 30 years with Reed Smith LLP and now practices with the O’Brien firm in Philadelphia. He has extensive experience representing corporations in complex litigation involving mass torts and product liability. He has represented corporations in the asbestos litigation at the national, regional and local level since 1978. He has represented corporations in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation in Philadelphia and has also represented financial institutions in financial services litigation. He has been named a Best Lawyer in America in the area of Product Liability Defense every year since 2008. Mr. Trevelise was appointed to the Disciplinary Board in April of 2014 and reappointed in 2017. His term will expire in April of 2020.
Office of Disciplinary Counsel
Paul J. Killion, Esquire
Chief Disciplinary Counsel
Mr. Killion has been the Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania since 2002. In this role he oversees the disciplinary counsel and other staff throughout the four disciplinary districts in the Commonwealth. Prior to his selection as Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Mr. Killion maintained an active private practice in Harrisburg for 17 years, primarily in white-collar criminal defense work and healthcare issues. He also served as Director of the Medicaid Fraud Unit for the Office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, the Economic Crime Coordinator for the United States Department of Justice, Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations. Mr. Killion received his J.D. and B.A. degrees from Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Paul J. Burgoyne, Esquire
Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel
Paul J. Burgoyne began his work with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel on December 7, 1981, and has been the Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel since January 1993. He had served as a staff counsel and Counsel-in-Charge of the District I (Philadelphia) Office. He is a 1970 graduate of La Salle University and received his legal education at Rutgers Law School. Mr. Burgoyne has been a member of the National Organization of Bar Counsel since 1982, served on its Board of Directors for more than 10 years and as its President in 2015-2016. He is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Julia M. Frankston-Morris, Esquire
Secretary of the Board
Following graduation from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, Ms. Frankston-Morris earned her Juris Doctorate from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, NY. Julia returned to Central Pennsylvania, where she was raised, to clerk for the Honorable Justice (now Chief Justice) Thomas G. Saylor, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Following her clerkship, she prosecuted for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, Department of State, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2013, she joined the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, serving as Disciplinary Counsel, working in Districts I, II, and III. As Secretary, Ms. Frankston-Morris’ duties include oversight of the Office of the Secretary, Attorney Registration, and Board Counsel.
Jesse G. Hereda
Director of Finance
Mr. Hereda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the California University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA in International Finance from the Keller Graduate School of Management. After a successful stint in real estate and casino finance in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mr. Hereda moved home to his native Central Pennsylvania in 2009 to be closer to family. In his personal life, Mr. Hereda enjoys serving as a board member and advisor to numerous non-profit organizations and foundations. As Director of Finance for the Disciplinary Board, Jesse oversees the finance, human resources, and technology aspects of the organization.
Marcee D. Sloan
Board Prothonotary and Hearing Coordinator
Marcee D. Sloan is the Prothonotary and Hearing Coordinator for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In this capacity, on behalf of the Office of the Secretary, Ms. Sloan, among many other duties, accepts filings and maintains the record in disciplinary matters. This role provides the opportunity for Ms. Sloan to maintain effective working relationships with court officials, Board Members, Hearing Committee Members, and Pennsylvania attorneys, which is naturally her strong suit. She has more than 26 years of case management experience. Before joining the Disciplinary Board in 2006, she worked as a legal clerk for Magisterial District 12-02-01 in Dauphin County. She graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. Ms. Sloan volunteers in her community by serving the homeless at Downtown Daily Bread and assisting in recreational youth sports programs.
Laura K. Mohney, Esquire
Laura K. Mohney, Esquire, is Counsel to the Board. Ms. Mohney has provided legal support and continuity to the Board since 1995. She is a graduate of Albright College and The Dickinson School of Law. Ms. Mohney’s duties include, among other things, providing support to the Board in drafting rule amendments and reports and recommendations.
Suzanne E. Price
Suzanne E. Price is the Attorney Registrar for the Disciplinary Board. Ms. Price is a graduate of Central Penn Business School. Prior to her employment with the Board, she was a Central Services Secretary for the Pennsylvania Bar Association where she was the sole support staff for the bar association membership department which handled attorney registration renewal and bar admission updates. Ms. Price was hired by the Disciplinary Board in 1985 as the Administrative Assistant to the Board Secretary. She was promoted to Attorney Registration Assistant in 1987 and again in 1995 to her current role as Attorney Registrar. The Attorney Registration Office handles the annual Attorney Registration and maintaining and updating the database of attorneys admitted in the Commonwealth.