Cozen O’Connor: Schultz, James D.

James D. Schultz

Chair, Government & Regulatory

Washington, D.C.

(202) 912-4800

(202) 861-1905

Philadelphia

(215) 665-5558

James will be speaking at an upcoming event:

Trump and the Rule of Law

11/25/2019

Jim Schultz will serve on a panel addressing the legal controversies surrounding the Trump presidency at a program hosted by the Brooklyn Bar Association, which will be moderated by Ken Fisher.

Event Details 

Jim advises clients on matters before federal and state agencies, including regulatory and compliance issues in jurisdictions across the country. He counsels clients on internal and government investigations, government contracting and procurement, congressional inquiries, federal and state campaign finance and election laws, federal and state ethics issues, and complex litigation matters. He has also represented colleges and universities in National Collegiate Athletic Association investigations. Jim not only has a keen understanding of the challenges businesses face in highly regulated environments, he is also uniquely experienced at handling high-profile legal matters that are likely to attract considerable media attention. He is also a political and legal contributor to CNN, appearing on AC360, Cuomo Prime Time, CNN Newsroom, The Situation Room, State of America, and New Day.

Jim served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate Counsel to the President in the Office of White House Counsel. In addition to having provided legal counsel to the President of the United States and his senior staff, Jim has provided legal counsel to the Governor of Pennsylvania and his senior staff and cabinet and a number of federal and state elected officials and handled high profile matters for private sector clients.

In his role as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate Counsel to the President, Jim provided counsel to the White House on matters involving government contracting, procurement, trade and transportation, and infrastructure. Jim had liaison responsibilities to the Department of Transportation and the General Services Administration. He played a significant role in the drafting and review of executive orders and was involved in the interview and selection process for United States Attorneys and Federal District and Circuit Court Judges. Jim served as an ethics official for the White House and had the responsibility of providing counsel on ethics and compliance matters including those involving the Ethics Act, Hatch Act, Stock Act, gift rules, financial disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Jim also served as counsel to the Presidential Transition and was as a member of the legal team during the 2016 Republican National Convention. Throughout the 2016 election cycle, Jim was a frequent contributor on NBC 10 Philadelphia.

From 2011-2014 Jim served as General Counsel to Governor Thomas W. Corbett and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In that role, he provided legal counsel to the governor and his executive staff. Jim managed a legal organization of nearly 500 lawyers who served as counsel to 36 executive agencies and independent boards and commissions. He provided counsel on all major procurements, transactions, litigation, and the preparation of legislation and regulations on behalf of the administration and Commonwealth agencies under the governor's jurisdiction. He managed a vast portfolio of work, including agriculture; banking and securities; primary, secondary and higher education; energy; environment; insurance and health care; labor and employment; municipal finance; pensions; taxes and revenues; and transportation and infrastructure. His responsibilities also included initiating and overseeing internal investigations as well as state agency engagement with the federal government on legal matters.

Having served as General Counsel to a legal organization with an outside counsel budget in excess of $30 million, Jim understands the fiscal challenges in-house legal departments face when it comes to outside counsel legal fees. While serving as General Counsel to the Commonwealth, Jim successfully implemented a program to reduce outside counsel fees by nearly twenty percent during his tenure. Jim was a featured panel speaker at the 2014 InsideCounsel magazine SuperConference, where he presented his model approach to many of the country’s leading in-house counsel.

Prior to joining Governor Corbett’s administration, Jim spent three years as Of Counsel at Cozen O’Connor handling litigation matters throughout the country. Jim also served as a senior aide in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he worked closely with the U.S. Attorney on public policy initiatives throughout the region. He was the liaison to federal, state, and local government and law enforcement officials and agencies. Early in his career, prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jim spent four years as a litigator handling cases throughout the region and country.

Jim is active in politics and in the community. Governor Tom Wolf appointed him to the board of directors of the Philadelphia Shipyard Development Corporation in September, 2019. Additionally, he was recently elected to serve on the board of councilors to The Pennsylvania Society and is on the board of trustees of Rosemont College. Jim has served as a campaign adviser and legal counsel to candidates running for federal, state, and local office. In 2004, he served as the regional field director for Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. Dedicated to his community, Jim has served as chairman of the executive committee for the Steward’s Alliance of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to the Archdiocese’s schools for special needs students. He also served as a founding member of the Athletic Advantage Fund and on the executive committee of the Christian Street YMCA. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, the President's Leadership Council for Drexel University, and the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.

Jim earned his law degree from the Widener University School of Law, where he served as a student law clerk for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas Saylor. He earned his undergraduate degree from Temple University, where he was a member of the Temple Owls football team. Immediately following law school, Jim served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Vincent A. Cirillo, President Judge Emeritus of the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Experience

News

James Schultz Named to Philadelphia Shipyard Development Corporation Board of Directors

October 15, 2019

James Schultz, chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Government & Regulatory practice, has been appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf as a member of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Shipyard Development Corporation.

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz Discuss Midterm Elections on NBC10 Philadelphia’s @Issue

November 04, 2018

On Sunday, November 4, Mark Alderman, Chairman of Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies group, and Jim Schultz, Chairman of Cozen O’Connor’s Government & Regulatory group, appeared on NBC Philadelphia’s @Issue to discuss what’s at stake in the Midterm Elections.

Cozen O'Connor Named Pennsylvania Powerhouse by Law360

August 28, 2018

Law360 named Cozen O'Connor a Pennsylvania Powerhouse, an honor given to five law firms who have used their roots in the Keystone State to embark on aggressive national and international expansions.

Scott Wagner cast himself as Trump-like in his run for Pa. governor. Some Philly-area GOP donors aren't feeling it

July 02, 2018

Jim Schultz, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Government & Regulatory group, spoke with Philly.com about the Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania, Scott Wagner.

President Trump and the Courts

May 23, 2018

James D. Schultz, chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Government and Regulatory Practice, presented, “President Trump and the Courts’" as a part of the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School Speaker Series on May 7.

Legal experts say White House has expanded use of executive privilege without actually invoking it

March 07, 2018

Jim Schultz, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Government & Regulatory practice group, discussed with the LA Times that the White House has significantly broadened the traditional use of executive privilege to direct individuals to avoid answering questions about specific conversations with the president.

Cozen O’Connor Announces Hiring of White House Lawyer James Schultz

November 27, 2017

Cozen O’Connor announced today that James D. “Jim” Schultz is returning to the law firm from the White House, where he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate Counsel to the President in the office of White House Counsel.

Justices’ ‘Abnormal’ Requests Pose Legislative Challenge

October 11, 2016

Jim Schultz discusses new Gaming Act developments from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the General Assembly.

Political Punchout: The 'Deplorables' Controversy [NBC10]

September 13, 2016

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz debate the week’s highlights from the topsy-turvy presidential campaign, focusing on Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” statement.

Cozen O’Connor Names Seven New Shareholders

July 29, 2016

Cozen O’Connor promoted seven members to shareholder of the firm: David Barron (Houston), Melissa Brill (New York), Bryan Campbell (Seattle), W. Blake Coblentz (Washington, D.C.), Martin Gusy (New York), James Schultz (Philadelphia) and Matthew Weinstein (Philadelphia).

Final Political Punchout: Anticipating Hillary's Speech [NBC10]

July 29, 2016

Jim Schultz and Mark Alderman discuss what Hilary needs to accomplish in her acceptance speech during the DNC.

Political Punchout: Joe Biden's Popularity and President Obama's Speech

July 28, 2016

Jim Schultz and Mark Alderman discuss Joe Biden's Popularity and President Obama's Speech

Political Analysts Breakdown the DNC

July 25, 2016

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, and Jim Schultz, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Government Law & Regulatory practice discuss day one of the DNC.

To Endorse or Not To Endorse: Ted Cruz’s Decision

July 21, 2016

Jim Schultz discusses Ted Cruz’s decision not to endorse Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on NBC10 News.

Political Punchouts: Analysts Break Down Day Three of the RNC

July 21, 2016

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, and Jim Schultz, chair of the Government Law and Regulatory Affairs, discuss the Republican National Convention on NBC10.

Political Punchout: Donald Trump and Women Voters

July 21, 2016

Jim Schultz and Mark Alderman discuss Donald Trump and women voters on NBC10.

Political Punchout: Melania’s Republican National Convention Speech

July 20, 2016

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz discuss Melania's speech at the Republican National Convention on NBC10 News.

Political Punchout: Day One of the Republican National Convention

July 19, 2016

Mark Aldermand and Jim Schultz discuss day one of the Republican National Convention in their

Who is the Front Runner for Trump's VP?

July 13, 2016

Jim Schultz, chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Government Law and Regulatory Affairs practice group, discusses who Trump's VP picks could be on NBC10.

Pre-Conventions "Political Punchout" and Trump's Imminent VP Announcement

July 11, 2016

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz have the latest on the race for president, including Trump's plan to announce a possible running mate.

Real Issues or Political Posturing? US's "Brexit" and Clinton Controversies

June 27, 2016

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz discuss Brexit and two controversies surrounding Hilary Clinton on NBC10 news.

Will Firing His Campaign Manager Help or Hurt the Trump Campaign?

June 20, 2016

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz discuss presidential polling and a change up in the Trump campaign on NBC10 news.

The Impact of Orlando's Tragedy on the 2016 Presidential Election

June 14, 2016

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz appear on NBC10 news to discuss the tragedy in Orlando and its impact on the 2016 presidential election.

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz Debate Presidential Politics on NBC10 News

June 07, 2016

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz evaluate the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential nominees on NBC10 news.

Jim Schultz Discusses the Cruz and Trump Campaigns in Indiana

May 03, 2016

Jim Schultz discusses the Cruz and Trump campaigns in Indiana on NBC10 news.

Trump Prepares for Republican National Convention with Political Veterans like Jim Schultz

April 27, 2016

Jim Schultz, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Government Law and Regulatory Affairs practice group, helped organized the Trump campaign in Pennsylvania.

Jim Schultz Analyzes the New York Primary on NBC10 News

April 19, 2016

Jim Schultz discusses the New York primary's impact on the upcoming Republican National Convention on NBC10 news.

Jim Schultz Discusses LGBT Executive Orders in The Legal Intelligencer

April 12, 2016

Jim Schultz discusses Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's executive orders in The Legal Intelligencer.

Jim Schultz Examines the Wisconsin Primary Results on NBC10 News

April 06, 2016

Jim Schultz returns to NBC10 news to discuss the Wisconsin primary results and the upcoming primary race in Pennsylvania.

Jim Schultz Discusses the Tense Political Climate in Harrisburg in The Legal Intelligencer

March 17, 2016

Jim Schultz, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Government Law & Regulatory Affairs practice, discusses the tense political climate in Harrisburg and who Gov. Tom Wolf may nominate for the PA Supreme Court.

Jim Schultz Discusses Mega Tuesday and the Republican National Convention on NBC10 News

March 16, 2016

Jim Schultz discusses the Mega Tuesday presidential primary results on NBC10 news, and what to expect at the upcoming Republican National Convention.

Jim Schultz Discusses Republican Debate on NBC10 News

March 04, 2016

Jim Schultz, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Government Law and Regulatory Affairs practice group, discusses fallout after a heated Republican debate.

Jim Schultz Analyzes Super Tuesday Results on NBC10

March 02, 2016

Jim Schultz discusses the results of Super Tuesday on NBC10,

Jim Schultz Discusses Pennsylvania General Assembly Budget Crisis

March 01, 2016

Jim Schultz discusses the ongoing budget crisis in the Pennsylvania General Assembly in The Legal Intelligencer.

Jim Schultz Discusses Super Tuesday on NBC10

March 01, 2016

Jim Schultz discusses Super Tuesday's potential outcome on NBC10 as a political and legal analyst for the news program.

Jim Schultz Discusses What Effect Christie's Endorsement Will Have for Trump

February 26, 2016

Jim Schultz, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Government Law & Regulatory Affairs practice, discusses what effect Chris Christie's endorsement will have for Donald Trump on NBC.

Jim Schultz Discusses The Republican Debate on NBC10

December 16, 2015

Jim Schultz, chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Government Law and Regulatory Affairs group, analyzes the recent Republican debate.

Former Pennsylvania General Counsel Rejoins Cozen O'Connor

November 11, 2014

In an article titled "Former Pa. GC Rejoins Cozen O'Connor," James D. Schultz, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Government Law and Regulatory Affairs practice group, discusses his time spent as general counsel to Pennsylvania and rejoining Cozen O'Connor where he will lead his newly formed practice group. "With me rejoining the firm, this is really an opportunity for us to pull together all the various practice groups that handle regulatory matters and be able to pull it together and market it in a way that we can offer a broad range of services," said James.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Schultz Back to Firm as Head of Government Law and Regulatory Affairs Practice

November 10, 2014

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to welcome James D. Schultz back to the firm as a member and chair of the newly formed Government Law and Regulatory Affairs Practice. Since 2011, Schultz has served in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel. He was appointed as First Executive Deputy General Counsel in 2011 and in 2012 was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to head that office as General Counsel of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Publications

Opinion: Bill Barr doesn't deserve hate from Democrats [CNN]

October 01, 2019

Jim Schultz wrote an opinion article on U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr and what he has seen from Barr in his career and how he is currently handling the situations he is in.

Trump's trade war with China will be worth the fight [CNN]

August 23, 2019

Jim Schultz discussed President Trump's long-term approach to trade policy with China.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: Second Presidential Debate Analysis

October 10, 2016

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, Howard Schweitzer, Jim Schultz analyzed the candidates' performance and impact on the remaining 29 critical days of the race.

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the RNC – July 19

July 19, 2016

Live from Cleveland, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Jim Schultz provide an update on developments unfolding at the Republican National Convention.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

Trump and the Rule of Law

November 25, 2019 -

Jim Schultz will serve on a panel addressing the legal controversies surrounding the Trump presidency at a program hosted by the Brooklyn Bar Association, which will be moderated by Ken Fisher.

Past Events

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, J.D.
  • Temple University, B.A.
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honorable Vincent A. Cirillo, The Superior Court of Pennsylvania

Board of Councilors, The Pennsylvania Society

Board of Trustees, Rosemont College

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