Ethics Hearing Board Members
*All Board members are required to be residents of the City of Pittsburgh.
Chair Jeanette H. Ho
Jeanette H. Ho, Esquire was first appointed to the City of Pittsburgh Ethics Hearing Board in May of 2016.
Ms. Ho is a partner at Thomas, Thomas & Hafer, LLP. Her practice concentrates in the areas of general litigation, insurance coverage interpretation, litigation and handling appeals before state and federal courts.
Ms. Ho earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and European studies from Carnegie Mellon University and her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Ms. Ho is currently a member of Pennsylvania’s Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness. She is a past member of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners and a past Chair of the Third Circuit Lawyer’s Advisory Committee.
Vice Chair Lynn Williams Davenport
Lynn Williams Davenport was appointed to the City of Pittsburgh Ethics Hearing Board by Mayor William Peduto in May of 2016.
Ms. Davenport teaches economics at the Community College of Allegheny County. Ms. Davenport is also an attorney licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New York and Washington, D.C. Ms. Davenport began her career in New York as an attorney with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before moving to Pittsburgh with her family. She received a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, an M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. in Economics from Smith College.
Ms. Davenport has been very active in the Pittsburgh philanthropic community and served on numerous boards and committees. She currently serves on the boards of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Bridgeway Capital and Carnegie Museum of Art.
Secretary Orlando G. Portela-Valentín
Dr. Orlando G. Portela-Valentín is both an academic and a lawyer with more than twenty years of experience in conflict resolution. He has been a lawyer since 1989, and a certified mediator since 2000.
He also holds a PhD in Philosophy of Law. Dr. Portela-Valentín has served as a mediator and arbiter in many controversies, including health care, community relations, family matters, court-appointed civil and criminal matters, and employment-related and corporate controversies. He has served as a consultant on cultural competency and mediation for the Judicial Academy of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, the Puerto Rico Bar Association, and the Puerto Rico Legal Services Corporation Pro Bono Program. He is a native Spanish speaker.
Patrick J. Bigley
Patrick J. Bigley was nominated by the Allegheny County Labor Council to the City of Pittsburgh Ethics Hearing Board. Mayor William Peduto and Pittsburgh City Council approved the nomination in June of 2016.
Mr. Bigley, an Overbrook resident, is currently the President of Pittsburgh Plumber’s Local Union #27. Plumber’s Local Union #27 serves fifteen counties in Western Pennsylvania with over 1200 members. Mr. Bigley, with 39 years as a Journeyman- Master Plumber, is an instructor for Plumber’s L.U. #27 Apprentices and Journeymen in OSHA Safety Training. Mr. Bigley is employed by the Pittsburgh School District as the Coordinating Foreman for 66 Pittsburgh Building and Construction Trades personnel.
Mr. Bigley has served the residents of Pittsburgh having been appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Pittsburgh Housing Authority in 2006, by Mayor Bob O’Connor. He was appointed to the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority Board of Directors in 2012, by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. Mr. Bigley also served on PWSA’s Green Initiative Committee (GITAC). As a member of the Pittsburgh School District’s Safety Steering Committee, the District received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in 2006 and 2012. Mr. Bigley has served his neighborhood as a Board Member, Manager, and Volunteer of both Carrick Community Athletic Association and Carrick High School Baseball.
As a member of the Pittsburgh School District’s Safety Steering Committee, the District received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in 2006 & 2012. Mr. Bigley has served his neighborhood as a Board Member, Manager, & Volunteer of both Carrick Community Athletic Association and Carrick High School Baseball.