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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Appoints Pittsburgh-area Attorney to Disciplinary Board

Harrisburg, Pa., (August 23, 2013) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces the appointment of attorney Lawrence M. Kelly, a partner at Luxenberg, Garbett, Kelly & George, P.C. in New Castle, Pa., to serve on the Board for a term expiring January 29, 2015.

Lawrence M. Kelly
Lawrence M. Kelly

“Sitting on the Disciplinary Board is an awesome responsibility. My goal is to provide a reasoned approach to attorney discipline so as to be fair to the attorney involved and to provide protection to the public,” said Kelly.

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.

In his new role on the Board, Kelly will review decisions involving discipline made by the hearing committees; sit with other members to hear oral arguments when requested by the respondent; and serve on Board committees. Previously, he served as a Board hearing committee member from 1992-1998 and as an alternate from 2000-2006.

“In my six years as a hearing committee member, I had the opportunity to listen to many cases. That experience will provide background that will benefit me in making decisions going forward,” said Kelly.

Serving the public as an attorney for 30 years, Kelly concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice and worker’s compensation.

Board certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1995, Kelly also has been recognized as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” seven times. Additionally, he holds an A-V rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics.

Kelly currently serves on the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. He also is the vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the president of Cray Youth and Family Services Inc.

Kelly earned his undergraduate degree from Slippery Rock University in 1975 and graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron in 1983.

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.

For more information regarding this press release, please contact Rebecca Porterfield at Rebecca@suasion.us or 717-432-2468.