On Thursday, December 1, 2022, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered the transfer of Newton Attorney Vishal S. Petigara to inactive status for an indefinite period.

The case is styled Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Vishal S. Petigara with case no. 159 DB 2022.

According to the Order, Petigara’s immediate transfer to inactive status was in consideration of the Certificate of Admission to Disability, as provided in Pa. R.D.E. 301(e), which states:

 If, during the course of a disciplinary proceeding, the respondent contends that the respondent is suffering from a disability by reason of mental or physical infirmity or illness, or because of addiction to drugs or intoxicants, which makes it impossible for the respondent to prepare an adequate defense, the respondent shall complete and file with the Court a certificate of admission of disability. . .

Upon receipt of the certificate, the Court thereupon shall enter an order immediately transferring the respondent to inactive status until a determination is made of the respondent’s capacity to aid effectively in the preparation of a defense or to continue to practice law in a proceeding instituted in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (d) of this rule. . .

The Court, having considered the Certificate of Admission of Disability, ordered Petigara’s immediate transfer to inactive status for an indefinite period until further order of this Court.

Petigara was included in the list of attorneys ineligible to practice law in New Jersey pursuant to Attorney Ineligibility Order Pursuant to Rule 1:28-2 of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, dated June 20, 2022.

Mr. Vishal S. Petigara has practiced in Newton, Pennsylvania. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law. According to Avvo, he has been licensed in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. His info can also be found on LinkedIn.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.