James D. Schultz is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Philadelphia and Washington offices. Mr. Schultz is a member of the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group and leads the Local Government Advocacy Team for the Northeast Region.
Mr. Schultz provides counsel to major corporations and institutional clients on legal and policy matters, including 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.
Mr. Schultz not only has a keen understanding of the challenges businesses face in highly regulated environments, he is also highly experienced at handling high-profile legal matters that are likely to attract considerable media attention. He has experience representing clients before the federal government and state agencies in jurisdictions across the country, as well as representing colleges and universities in NCAA investigations.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Schultz worked in the Philadelphia office of an international law firm, where he led the government and regulatory practice, and handled litigation matters throughout the country.
In addition, Mr. Schultz has served in various high-profile government positions. He was a Senior Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to the President of the United States in the Office of White House Counsel, where he provided counsel to the White House on matters involving government contracting, procurement, trade and transportation, and infrastructure. Mr. Schultz had liaison responsibilities to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the General Services Administration (GSA). He played a significant role in the drafting and review of executive orders, and was involved in the interview and selection process for U.S. attorneys as well as federal district and circuit court judges. In addition, Mr. Schultz served as an ethics official for the White House, with the responsibility of providing counsel on ethics and compliance matters, including those involving the Ethics Act, Hatch Act, Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, gift rules, financial disclosures and conflicts of interest. Mr. Schultz also served as counsel to the presidential transition and was a member of the legal team during the 2016 Republican National Convention. He is often called upon as a political and legal contributor to local and national media outlets.
Mr. Schultz is active in state and local politics and has served as a campaign adviser and legal counsel to candidates running for office. From 2011-2014, he served as general counsel to Gov. Thomas W. Corbett, his executive staff and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Mr. Schultz 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 healthcare; 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.
Mr. Schultz also served as a senior aide to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he worked on public policy initiatives throughout the region and served as the liaison to federal, state and local government, and law enforcement officials and agencies. Early in his career, Mr. Schultz spent four years as a litigator handling cases throughout the region and country. In 2004, he served as the regional field director for Bush-Cheney presidential campaign.
During law school, Mr. Schultz served as a student law clerk for the Honorable Thomas Saylor of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and immediately following law school, he served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Vincent A. Cirillo, President Judge Emeritus of the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
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