Practice Areas

  • Infrastructure and Energy

  • Public Utility

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania


  • St. Bonaventure University

  • Notre Dame Law School


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

  • Dauphin County Bar Association

Special Achievements, Awards and Honors

  • Widener University Commonwealth Law Schools’s Faculty Distinguished Service Award

  • PA Bar Institute Lecturer

  • James S. Bowman Award (PBA)

  • American Inns of the Court

  • St. Thomas More Society

James H. Cawley


(717) 233-1000


( 717) 233-6740 (fax)


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.

He is a 1967 graduate of St. Bonaventure University and a 1970 graduate of Notre Dame Law School. James 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.

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. 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 and his wife have four grown children and live in Camp Hill.