On Monday, October 2, 2023, Attorney Megan Anne Kerrigan was disbarred by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania due to her failure to respond to a Rule to Show Cause why she should not be disbarred.
The case is entitled “Office of the Disciplinary Counsel v. Megan Anne Kerrigan,” with case no. 205 DB 2017.
The disciplinary action against Kerrigan began on July 26, 2017, when the Supreme Court directed her to be administratively suspended for failure to file her annual registration form. On January 3, 2018, the ODC filed a Petition for Temporary Suspension and Related Relief Pursuant to Pa.R.D.E. 208(f)(1) and (5), alleging that Kerrigan had failed to respond to inquiries from the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security concerning overdrafts in her IOLTA account and that she had improperly deposited retainer fees from clients directly into her operating account.
The petition states:
“Approximately 16 items, totaling $52,399.64, had been presented against Respondent’s IOLTA for which there were insufficient funds available.”
The Petition also alleged that Kerrigan had failed to produce records required to be maintained by Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15(c) and that her actions constituted manifest and continuing violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct and Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement.
Kerrigan was served with the Petition and Order to Show Cause on December 22, 2017, and December 29, 2017, respectively, but failed to respond. On January 11, 2018, the Supreme Court issued a Rule to Show Cause why Kerrigan should not be placed on temporary suspension, directing her to file a response within ten days and serve a copy of the response upon the ODC.
Kerrigan’s failure to respond resulted in her disbarment. The Supreme Court’s decision to disbar Kerrigan is a serious consequence for her failure to comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct and Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement and serves as a reminder to all attorneys of the importance of adhering to ethical standards and fulfilling their obligations to their clients and the legal system.
The Disposition states:
“AND NOW, on this 2nd day of October 2023, having failed to respond to a Rule to Show Cause why Respondent should not be disbarred, the Rule is made absolute, and Megan Anne Kerrigan is disbarred from the Bar of this Commonwealth.”
According to avvo.com, Ms. Kerrigan is a litigation attorney in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She attended the Widener University School of Law, graduating in 2009. She acquired her law license in Pennsylvania in 2009.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.