Former Vice-Chair Appointed to Chair of Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

(Harrisburg, Pa.) -- Carl D. Buchholz, III, who has served as Vice-Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania since September 2009, was named Board Chair on April 1st. Currently, he is fulfilling his second three-year term as a Board member.

Carl D. Buchholz, III
Carl D. Buchholz, III

The Disciplinary Board is an independent agency funded by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and consists of 13 members, of whom 11 are attorneys and two are non-lawyers, from across the state. The Board assists the Supreme Court in carrying out its exclusive jurisdiction over the licensing and discipline of attorneys in Pennsylvania. The members meet regularly to decide cases, policies and board administrative matters.

As Chair, Buchholz will have greater involvement in day-to-day functions of the Disciplinary Board and Office of Disciplinary Counsel that he did not have as Vice-Chair. Buchholz states that he will concentrate on disciplining attorney misconduct that involves the practice of law, and work to assure the public that attorney misconduct will not be tolerated.

"It is an honor and privilege to be appointed Chair and to know that the Justices of the Court have the confidence in me to perform the duties of Chair,” says Buchholz. “I look forward to continuing the excellent work of former Board Chair Bill Pietragallo and attempt to make more of the discipline imposed on lawyers “public discipline” as opposed to “private discipline.”

Buchholz has prior experience in addressing ethical issues involving lawyers, having served on the Supreme Court’s Client Security Fund Committee as both Board member and Chairman. The Client Security Fund reimburses clients whose lawyers embezzled their clients’ funds.

Buchholz is a partner at Rawle & Henderson LLP, which has seven offices located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, in addition to its main office in Philadelphia, Pa. With over 40 years of experience in law, Buchholz has substantial background in representing clients in appellate, insurance coverage, maritime, and casualty and premises liability matters.

As head of Rawle & Henderson’s Appellate and Maritime departments, Buchholz has appeared before the Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth Courts, as well as the United States Supreme Court. Buchholz also provides legal guidance in litigating insurance coverage and indemnity disputes related to commercial contracts and insurance policies.

Receiving his law degree from Villanova Law School in 1970, Buchholz was a member of the Villanova Law Review and graduated with honors. He is a Proctor in Admiralty, and a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

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

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