Overview

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.

Resident in the District of Columbia office solely to provide law related services, and not engaged in the general practice of law unless under the supervision of lawyer licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.

Experience

  • Resolved a major contracting dispute with a state government on behalf of a technology company
  • Represented a major healthcare provider in a reimbursement dispute with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Counseled all 14 colleges and universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on various transactions and litigation matters as well as civil rights, Title IX, Clery Act and NCAA compliance
  • Successfully led litigation on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that recovered more than $30 million in a settlement to restore park system assets

  • Provided counsel to a publicly traded national property and casualty insurer on insurance regulatory issues with respect to a major expansion of its headquarters
  • Provided counsel to a transportation network company on state and city regulatory issues and successfully litigated related matters adverse to the applicable regulator in federal district court
  • Represented numerous app-based companies in multijurisdictional regulatory matters
  • On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance, successfully oversaw the regulatory approval process for the corporate restructuring of a major nonprofit health insurer based in Philadelphia

  • Resolved a five-year U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division investigation on behalf of a multibillion-dollar nonprofit institution within one year of being retained without any monetary penalty, damages or consent decree adversely impacting the client
  • Provided counsel to one of the largest U.S. cities in connection with a DOJ audit
  • Represented a large university in multiple internal investigations related to potential NCAA violations
  • Represented clients in investigations by a state office of attorney general relating to data privacy issues
  • Represented a Pennsylvania municipal government entity in connection with an investigation by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I)
  • Represented major university in connection with investigation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

  • Represented government officials before the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) and the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee
  • Successfully counseled the Office of the Receiver in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's distressed city municipal recovery process
  • Oversaw the drafting and implementation of public-private partnership legislation for transportation and infrastructure projects in Pennsylvania
  • Provided counsel on the implementation of numerous policy initiatives fostering the growth of Pennsylvania's energy sector
  • Played an integral role in the development and implementation of Pennsylvania's City Revitalization and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) Program, which was designed to spur new growth in cities that have struggled to attract development and create jobs

Credentials

Education
  • Widener University Commonwealth Law School, J.D.
  • Temple University, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships
  • Visit Philadelphia, Board of Directors, 2020-Present
  • The Pennsylvania Society, Board of Councilors, 2019-Present
  • International Council of Shopping Centers Political Action Committee (ICSC PAC), Co-Chair, Advocacy Subcommittee, 2019-Present
  • Philadelphia Shipyard Development Corporation, Board of Directors, 2019-Present
  • Rosemont College, Board of Trustees, 2018-Present
  • Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, Board of Directors, 2015-2017
  • Drexel University President's Leadership Council, Board of Directors, 2015-2017
  • Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Board of Directors, 2015-2017
  • Steward's Alliance of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Executive Committee Chairman
  • Christian Street YMCA, Executive Committee, 2008-2011
  • Athletic Advantage Fund, Founding Member, 2003-2011
Honors & Awards
  • Dean's Alumni Achievement Award, Widener University Commonwealth Law School, 2017

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