Former President Judge of the Court of Judicial Discipline Appointed Vice-Chair of Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA

(Harrisburg, Pa.) – Private practice lawyer and former President Judge of the Court of Judicial Discipline, Sal Cognetti, Jr., has been named the new Vice-Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for a one-year term. Cognetti has held the position of Board member since 2006. Cognetti is a partner at the law firm of Foley, Cognetti, Comerford, Cimini & Cummins, specializing in civil litigation.

Sal Cognetti, Jr.
Sal Cognetti, Jr.

"I feel deeply honored that my colleagues have shown their faith in me by this appointment. I look forward to utilizing my past experience as a Board member to assist Board Chair Carl Buchholz in fulfilling the duties of the Board," states Cognetti, a native of Scranton, Pa.

The Disciplinary Board is an independent agency funded by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, consisting of 11 attorneys and two 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.

In 2000, former Governor Tom Ridge appointed Cognetti to serve as a judge of the Court of Judicial Discipline. In 2003, Judge Cognetti was elected President Judge of the Court, becoming the first lawyer to ever hold that position.

After earning his law degree from Georgetown University of Law in 1973, Cognetti's professional career has been diverse. He started with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He was also an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.

Currently, Cognetti is a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts 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 Violence Prevention.

In addition, Cognetti has a background in the corporate world as former owner, vice-president and general counsel for Jos. Notarianni & Co., Inc., which was then one of the largest fresh fruit and produce wholesaler on the East Coast. Cognetti was also Chairman of the Board of First Family Bank in Clifton, N.J.

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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