Rodney R. Akers
Deputy General Counsel
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Rodney R. Akers was appointed Deputy General Counsel in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) in November 2007. His chief responsibilities are managing business and technology aspects of the Office of General Counsel, and its nearly 500 attorneys who serve over 30 executive branch and independent Commonwealth agencies. Mr. Akers supervises OGC’s hiring committee, professional responsibility training activities, interagency practice groups, and law student outreach/extern programs. He is responsible for OGC’s law practice management and legal technology initiatives, as well as overall administration of outside counsel who perform legal services for OGC agency offices, including those firms who have been qualified to serve as bond counsel in Commonwealth matters.
Mr. Akers’ principal areas of practice expertise are in information technology, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, and contracts. He has extensive experience with e-commerce, information privacy, and cybersecurity issues as well as with copyright and trademark law. Mr. Akers has represented private and public sector clients before regulatory bodies, and negotiated a variety of complex contracts, licenses and agreements. In addition to his duties as Deputy General Counsel, Mr. Akers serves as chief counsel to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Council on the Arts, the Office of the First Lady, and the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.
Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s In-House Counsel Committee, Mr. Akers also serves as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he teaches courses as part of that institution’s Intellectual Property & Innovation Law Area of Concentration. He received his bachelor of arts with honors from the University of Virginia, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Jodi A. Frantz
Jodi A. Frantz has served as Department Counsel to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department since July of 2003. Ms. Frantz represents the Department in litigation before administrative tribunals and the Commissioner in appeals before the Commonwealth Court. She is also responsible for drafting and reviewing legislative and regulatory initiatives and routinely counsels the Department’s Office of Corporate and Financial Regulation on complex solvency and transactional matters. Prior to joining the Insurance Department, she was an associate at a Harrisburg law firm where her practice included insurance regulatory matters as well as litigation in administrative agencies and state and federal courts.
Ms. Frantz received her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law in 1999 and is a magna cum laude graduate of Bloomsburg University, where she graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication. Ms. Frantz is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Timothy E. Gates
Department of State
Timothy E. Gates was appointed Chief Counsel to the Department of State in October 2015. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Gates served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. In that capacity, Mr. Gates supervised a team of attorneys who represented the Department in civil rights litigation.
Prior to his service to the Office of General Counsel, Mr. Gates served as a Deputy Attorney General with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. As a Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Gates was assigned to the Health Care Section where he prosecuted violations of the consumer protection law and other laws enforced by the Attorney General.
Mr. Gates is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Arts in International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University and his law degree from the Widener University School of Law.
Prior to his legal career Mr. Gates was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army. He resides in Dauphin County with his wife, Sandy, and their three children.
Ana Paulina Gomez
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Ana Paulina Gomez attended the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. She currently works for the Governor’s Office of General Counsel and is assigned to the Pennsylvania Department of Education where she prosecutes educator misconduct cases. Prior to working for the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, she was an Assistant District Attorney at the York County District Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted a range of cases from theft to rape.
Prior to her work as an ADA, Ms. Gomez clerked for the Honorable Thomas Kelley in York County immediately after graduating from law school. During law school, she interned for the Honorable Yvette Kane, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and served as a Senior Editor for the Penn State Environmental Law Review and a Miller Center for Public Interest Fellow.
Marisa G. Z. Lehr
Deputy General Counsel
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Marisa G. Z. Lehr was appointed as Deputy General Counsel with the Governor’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) in March 2015. In addition to her general responsibilities to the General Counsel, Marisa’s practice focuses on regulatory and transactional matters on behalf of the Governor’s Office and in conjunction with various executive and independent agencies. She is also a member of OGC’s hiring committee.
Marisa comes to OGC from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (OAG), Civil Law Division, Litigation Section where she served as a Deputy Attorney General, providing legal representation to Commonwealth agencies, officials, and employees in a wide variety of litigation matters in both state and federal court. During her time at OAG, Marisa also assisted Special Deputy Attorney General H. Geoffrey Moulton, Jr. in his review of and report on the handling of the Jerry Sandusky investigation by the Office of Attorney General, other law enforcement agencies, and child protective services. Prior to her employment with OAG, Marisa served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Thomas G. Saylor of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Marisa received her bachelor of science in business administration, summa cum laude, from Robert Morris University. During her time at Robert Morris, Marisa was a member of the University's Division-I field hockey team. Marisa received her juris doctor, summa cum laude, from Widener University School of Law, graduating as the valedictorian of her class. While at Widener, Marisa was a member of the Widener Law Journal, a Widener Scholar, and recipient of The Dean’s Award.
Nolan B. Meeks
Pennsylvania State Police
Nolan B. Meeks is an Assistant Counsel with the Pennsylvania State Police. In this position, he provides the State Police with legal advice on Right-To-Know Law matters and represents the State Police in litigation before administrative bodies, courts of common pleas, Pennsylvania’s intermediate appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Prior to working for the State Police, Mr. Meeks worked for a private law firm where he represented clients in Social Security disability cases before administrative law judges and on appeal to the Social Security Appeals Council and in federal district court.Mr. Meeks started his legal career in the Reading office of MidPenn Legal Services where he represented indigent clients in landlord/tenant, public housing, consumer debt and custody cases.
Mr. Meeks is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Cheyney University with Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received his J.D. from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.
Department of Corrections
Theron R. Perez was appointed as Chief Counsel for the Department of Corrections (DOC) in July 2013. Prior to his appointment, he served as Acting Chief Counsel beginning in March of 2013. Theron previously served as Deputy Chief Counsel and headed the Employment Litigation section for the DOC since June of 2011. He has been with the DOC since 2005 and has served in numerous capacities. He has represented the DOC in both federal and state litigation in various matters. He has been involved in the negotiation and review of contracts, developed and delivered legal training for DOC staff, and provided advice regarding the promulgation of policy, Right to Know Law matters, and employment and labor issues.
Prior to serving at DOC, Theron served as the Deputy Director for the Central Region for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter. An active member of the community, Theron is a Youth Director for the Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Middletown, PA and has served as a volunteer attorney in the Dauphin County Pro Bono Program. He is a graduate of the Dickinson School of Law and completed his undergraduate studies at Messiah College.
Cindy E. Sheaffer
Deputy Chief Counsel
Department of Labor and Industry
Cindy E. Sheaffer is a Deputy Chief Counsel with the Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Chief Counsel, assigned to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (WCAB), where she previously served as an Assistant Counsel in this role, she provides legal advice to the Commissioners appointed to the WCAB and represents the WCAB before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. She oversees a staff of attorneys who draft opinions for publication by the WCAB. She also serves as Chair of the Prevailing Wage Appeals Board and counsel to the Industrial Board and Uniform Commercial Code Review and Advisory Counsel. Cindy previously served as Department Counsel for the Insurance Department where she handled all phases of litigation, including oral argument, before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Commonwealth Court on behalf of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund. She is a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group.
Cindy is admitted to the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Penn State Harrisburg and her Juris Doctor degree from the Dickinson School of Law.
Jullia A. Sheridan
Deputy General Counsel
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Jullia A. Sheridan was appointed Deputy General Counsel in the Pennsylvania Governor's Office of General Counsel (OGC) in January 2019. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Sheridan served as Chief Counsel to the Office of Administration, providing legal counsel to the agency on matters involving employment and human resources issues, information technology, IT procurement and civil service modernization. Ms. Sheridan also served as assistant counsel, and later, as deputy chief counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, representing that agency in a wide variety of areas.
Ms. Sheridan received her undergraduate degree with honors from Gannon College, in Erie, Pennsylvania, and her juris doctor from the Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Department of Environmental Protection
Curtis C. Sullivan serves the Office of General Counsel (OGC) as an Assistant Counsel to the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) Southcentral Regional Office. In this position, he counsels DEP programs, the State Conservation Commission, and Conservation Districts through enforcement and litigation matters. Mr. Sullivan previously served OGC for a number of years at DEP’s Bureau of Regulatory Counsel, where hecounseled the Bureau of Radiation Protection, Division of Hazardous Waste, and Division of Dam Safety, and other programs through a wide range of issues, including regulatory, Right to Know Law, enforcement, and litigation matters.
While he primarily practices in the Environmental Hearing Board and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Curt is admitted to practice law in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was appointed as a Special Deputy Attorney General to represent the Commonwealth to enforce environmental statutes. Curt is a trained mediator for OGC’s Mediation Program and has taught CLE courses on mediation and environmental law topics.
Mr. Sullivan earned two Bachelor of Science degrees from The Pennsylvania State University at University Park. He earned his Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Environmental Law, Science & Policy from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. During law school, he was selected to The Order of the Barristers and completed OGC legal internships with DEP and the Department of Public Welfare.
Prior to law school, Curt served in AmeriCorps NCCC for two years at the Denver, Colorado regional base.