James H. Cawley undertakes his new role as a regulatory consultant at SkarlatosZonarich following his retirement as a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and from the practice of law.

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’s 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 as Chairman from 2008 to 2011.  In between his public service, he was in private law practice.

He has served for many years as an Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law at Widener University School of Law and has been a frequent lecturer on appellate advocacy, utility law and ethical considerations for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.  He received the law school’s Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

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 Inns of Court and the St. Thomas More Society.  He and his wife live in Camp Hill.


  • St. Bonaventure University
  • Notre Dame Law School