The General Counsel
James D. Schultz
James D. Schultz was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett as General Counsel of the Commonwealth in July of 2012. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Schultz served the Governor’s senior staff and also served as the First Executive Deputy General Counsel with the Governor’s Office of General Counsel from 2011 to 2012.
Prior to joining the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, Mr. Schultz was Of Counsel with the Cozen O’Connor law firm, where he litigated cases throughout the United States in both state and federal courts. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Schultz has concentrated his practice in the areas of insurance subrogation, complex commercial litigation, construction defects, products liability and election law. In addition to his experience in private practice, Mr. Schultz spent nearly three years in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. While there, he worked closely with the United States Attorney on the development and implementation of Department of Justice programs and community initiatives throughout region. Mr. Schultz also served as the office liaison to federal, state and local government officials and agencies. Immediately following law school, Mr. Schultz served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Vincent A. Cirillo, President Judge Emeritus of the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Mr. Schultz is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey. Mr. Schultz earned his law degree from The Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg where he also served as a student law clerk for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas Saylor. He earned his undergraduate degree from Temple University, and was also a member of the Temple Owls football team.