James Cawley

Attorney, Of Counsel

Practice Areas

  • Energy and Infrastructure

  • Public Utility


James H. Cawley is Of Counsel to SkarlatosZonarich 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.​

James 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, James 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.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania


  • St. Bonaventure University

  • Notre Dame Law School

Special Awards, Honors, and Achievements

  • Widener University Commonwealth Law School's Faculty Distinguished Service Award

  • PA Bar Institute Lecturer

  • James S. Bowman ward (PBA)

  • American Inns of the Court

  • St. Thomas Moore Society