On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania disbarred attorney Christopher Michael Manganello for his failure to respond to a Notice and Order requiring him to present arguments against reciprocal discipline.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Christopher M. Manganello,” with case number No.167 DB 2023.

On October 10, 2023, the New Jersey Supreme Court disbarred Manganello for a litany of egregious professional conduct violations. He had been under suspension since May 2022. The case centered on multiple breaches of professional ethics, including gross neglect, lack of diligence, and dishonesty.

The NJ Disciplinary Review Board’s thorough investigation revealed a pattern of misconduct in four client matters. In the Matthews case, Manganello’s negligence led to the dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit, with critical failures to inform the client. Similar scenarios unfolded in the Guarente, Siegel, and Calas matters, where Manganello not only neglected his duties but also engaged in dishonest practices, such as falsely claiming settlements and filing documents he never executed.

The Board’s findings detailed violations of numerous rules of professional conduct, including failure to cooperate with disciplinary authorities. With a history of similar infractions and no signs of reform, the Board recommended disbarment, a decision the Supreme Court endorsed. The court order permanently disbarred Manganello, restraining him from practicing law in New Jersey.

For his failure to respond to a Notice and Order requiring him to present arguments against reciprocal discipline, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court disbarred him from the practice of law in Pennsylvania.

The Disposition states that:

“AND NOW, this 7th day of February, 2024, having failed to respond to a Notice and Order directing him to provide reasons against the imposition of reciprocal discipline, Christopher M. Manganello, a/k/a Christopher Michael Manganello, is disbarred from the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

According to Avvo, Mr. Manganello practiced as an entertainment attorney in Pitman, New Jersey before his disbarment. He attended Rutgers University School of Law, graduating in 1998. He acquired his law license in Pennsylvania in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.