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Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Announces New Leadership

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania today announced the appointment of Philadelphia County Andrew J. Trevelise as Board Chair and Philadelphia-based James C. Haggerty as Vice-Chair.

The appointments are effective April 1, 2019.

Created in 1972, the 13-member Disciplinary Board is an independent agency under the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction. Its members include 11 attorneys and two non-lawyers from across the state. Funded by annual assessments paid by attorneys licensed to practice in the Commonwealth, the Board assists the Supreme Court in all matters involving attorney licensing and discipline.

Andrew J. Trevelise

Trevelise was appointed to the Board in 2014, reappointed in 2017 and first appointed as vice chair in 2018. Prior to being named to the Board he served multiple terms as a Hearing Committee Member. Trevelise also served for three years as Chair of the Rules Committee of the Disciplinary Board.

A graduate of Villanova University School of Law, Trevelise has more than 35 years of experience as a litigator representing corporations in complex litigation involving mass torts and product liability, asbestos, pharmaceutical, medical device and financial services litigation. He has been named annually as a “Best Lawyer in America” in the area of product liability defense since 2008.

Trevelise currently practices with the O’Brien firm in Philadelphia. Prior to joining O’Brien, he spent nearly three decades in practice in the Philadelphia office of Reed Smith LLP.

James C. Haggerty

Haggerty was first appointed to the Board in April 2015 and reappointed in 2018.

A founding partner of Haggerty, Goldberg & Kupersmith, Haggerty’s practice focuses on bad faith, insurance coverage, uninsured/Underinsured, personal injury and appellate litigation. 

He is a frequent lecturer throughout Pennsylvania on insurance and litigation matters. Mr. Haggerty also is often called upon to serve as an expert witness in insurance cases.

Haggerty has a long history of public service, having served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and as a member of the Appellate Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Currently, he serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.

Attorney Haggerty has consistently been ranked in the Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia.

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