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 as a member of 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. As General Counsel of the Commonwealth, Mr. Schultz not only provides legal counsel to the Governor and his Executive Staff, he also oversees nearly 500 lawyers who serve as counsel to 34 executive and independent agencies.
Prior to joining the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, Mr. Schultz was with the Cozen O’Connor law firm, where he handled complex litigation matters throughout the United States in both state and federal courts. 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 the 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.
Active in the community, Mr. Schultz served as the Chair of the Stewards Alliance of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, an organization which was dedicated to raising funds for the special needs schools of the Archdiocese. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Christian Street YMCA in Philadelphia, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Athletic Advantage Fund, an organization which provides support for disadvantaged student athletes.
Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Mr. Schultz also is 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, Middle 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.