HARRISBURG, PA—James H. Cawley, a former member and chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), has joined the Harrisburg law firm SkarlatosZonarich as an energy consultant.

Cawley, a retired lawyer, served two terms as a member of the PUC, from 1979 to 1985 and from 2005 to 2015, and was chairman from 2008 to 2011.

Managing partner John R. Zonarich said, “Jim Cawley will be available to provide insights into the workings of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which has jurisdiction over a range of legal issues relevant to the energy sector. We are hopeful that even other energy practices will wish to consult with him to take advantage of his deep administrative law experience.”

A graduate of St. Bonaventure University and Notre Dame Law School, Cawley was one of the original law clerks for Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court when it came into existence in 1970, served as majority counsel to the state Senate Consumer Affairs Committee and chief counsel to the Democratic floor leader in the Senate, and was a major drafter of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Code.

Also joining SkarlatosZonarich are Connie C. Wilson, as a senior associate lawyer, and Jennifer M. Merx, as an associate.

Wilson has international law experience and has served in several corporate in-house counsel positions. Her practice includes, among other areas, structuring, buying, and selling business assets; managing and protecting intellectual property; environmental compliance; and legislative advocacy. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the Dickinson School of Law and a magna cum laude graduate of Long Island University.

Merx’s practice encompasses estate planning, elder law, and real estate. She is a graduate of the Widener University School of Law, the Pennsylvania State University, and the paralegal program at Harrisburg Area Community College.