James H. Cawley is Of Counsel to SkarlatosZonarich LLC following his retirement as a Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.  His practice is concentrated on public utility law and lawyer-to-lawyer appellate matters.

He is a 1967 graduate of St. Bonaventure University and a 1970 graduate of Notre Dame Law School. He was one of the seven original law clerks serving the newly created Commonwealth Court.  He was later appointed as the Majority Counsel to the Pennsylvania Senate Consumer Affairs Committee.  In that role he was a major drafter of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Code.  In 1977, he was promoted to Chief Counsel for the Senate Democrat Floor Leader.

He served as a PUC Commissioner from 1979 to 1985 and again from 2005 to 2015.  In 2008, he was appointed Chairman by Governor Rendell and served in that capacity for three years.  In between his public service, he was a partner in two major law firms representing public utilities, competitive electric, natural gas, and telecommunications providers, and insurance companies.

While in private law practice, he served as a member of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania-American Water Company, and the Board of Directors of the West Shore Country Club.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the York Water Company, and just completed a two-year term as the President of the Friends of the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill.

He served for many years as an Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law at Widener University Commonwealth Law School and received the law school’s Faculty Distinguished Service Award in 2009.  He has been a frequent lecturer on appellate advocacy, utility law and ethical considerations for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.  He is also the recipient of the prestigious James S. Bowman Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  Jim has been active in PBA activities as well as the American Inns of Court and the St. Thomas More Society.  He and his wife have four grown children and live in Camp Hill.


  • St. Bonaventure University
  • Notre Dame Law School