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Addie A. Abelson
Deputy General Counsel
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Addie A. Abelson was appointed Deputy General Counsel with the Governor’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) in August 2021. In addition to her general responsibilities to the General Counsel, Addie’s practice focuses on regulatory and transactional matters on behalf of the Governor’s Office and in conjunction with various executive and independent agencies. 

Addie comes to OGC from the Department of Human Services, where she advised the agency on regulatory matters.  She also provided legal counsel to the Department’s Office of Income Maintenance on matters related to program administration and recipient eligibility for the following programs: Medical Assistance, Long Term Care, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  Addie represented the Department in appeals before the Commonwealth Court and the Department’s Bureau of Hearings and Appeals.  She received her bachelor of science in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and her juris doctor from the Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law, where she served as an editor on the Penn State Law Review.  



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 Innovation Practice Institute.  He received his bachelor of arts with honors from the University of Virginia, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.



Daniel Beck
Chief Counsel
Pennsylvania State Police

 Daniel C. Beck was appointed in January 2020 as Chief Counsel for Pennsylvania State Police.  Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Mr. Beck served as Chief Counsel of the Police Legal Affairs Division of the Baltimore City Department of Law.
In that capacity, his duties included advising the Department on all manner of legal matters, managing the City’s police litigation, serving as head of the Department’s labor negotiation team, and representing the Department as lead counsel in complex federal litigation.  
Mr. Beck also worked directly with attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Monitoring Team, appointed by the U.S. District Court of Maryland, to implement the reforms mandated by the Consent Decree entered into between the City of Baltimore, the Baltimore Police Department and the Department of Justice.  
Before becoming Chief Counsel, Mr. Beck served as a Chief Solicitor and Assistant Solicitor in the Police Legal Affairs Division. In those roles, he represented the Department in federal, state and administrative proceedings. Prior to joining the Baltimore City Department of Law, Mr. Beck was an associate at boutique products liability firm, where he represented corporations in asbestos related litigation. Before that he served as prosecutor in the Office the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City.  
Mr. Beck received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Towson University and his Juris Doctorate from University of Baltimore School of Law.  He lives in Lancaster County with his wife, Sara, and their four children. 



Leonard Cowitch, Jr.
Assistant Chief Counsel
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Leonard Cowitch, Jr. is an Assistant Chief Counsel at the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Office of Chief Counsel. His primary focus is contracting and procurement, labor and employment law, regulatory and legislative issues, and litigation. Prior to joining the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Len was a prosecuting attorney for the Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs assigned to the Nurse Board, Real Estate Commission and the Bureau of Charitable Organizations. Len began his legal career in the Pennsylvania General Assembly as a staff attorney in the Democratic Caucus, Office of Chief Counsel. Len currently serves as a Brigade Judge Advocate in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and is assigned to the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team. As a Judge Advocate, Len drafted the Pennsylvania Manual for Courts Martial, which is the implementing military regulation for the Pennsylvania Code of Military Justice. Len is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania. Len received his B.A. in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. from Widener University Delaware Law School. Len is an active member in the James S. Bowman American Inns of Court.


morgandavis.jpgMorgan C. Davis
Assistant Counsel
Pennsylvania Parole Board

Morgan C. Davis began her career with OGC in June 2016 as an Assistant Counsel with the Board of Probation and Parole. Morgan currently represents the Board in claims in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals. Morgan also serves as the Right to Know Law Legal Liaison where she represents the Board before the Commonwealth’s Office of Open Records and the Commonwealth’s appellate courts. 

She also provides legal training to county probation officers and state parole agents from across the Commonwealth. Prior to employment with OGC, Morgan was an attorney at the Law Offices of Silliker & Reinhold (Harrisburg, Pa), where she focused her practice on family law, wills, and estates. 

Morgan is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the United States District Courts of the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Pennsylvania. Morgan is a 2011 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she received a B.S. in Marketing and a Certificate in Leadership and Ethics. She received her Juris Doctor from the Widener University School of Law (Harrisburg Campus), where she still serves on the Dean’s Diversity Council. Morgan also serves as a mediator in the OGC Mediation Program.



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Ana Paulina Gomez
Assistant Counsel
Pennsylvania Insurance Department 

Ana Paulina Gomez currently works for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department where she represents the Department in litigation before administrative tribunals and appellate courts. She also provides the Department with legal advice on Right-To-Know Law, contractual, and procurement matters among others. Prior to working for the Insurance Department, Ms. Gomez worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Education where she litigated educator misconduct cases and Right-to-Know Law matters at the administrative and appellate level. 

Prior to joining the OGC, Ms. Gomez was an Assistant District Attorney at the York County District Attorney's Office from 2012 until 2015. Prior to her work as an ADA, Ms. Gomez clerked for the Hon. Thomas Kelley in York County immediately after graduating from law school. Ms. Gomez attended the Penn State Dickinson School of Law where she interned for the Hon. Yvette Cane, 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. 

Ms. Gomez is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is also a trained mediator.



Andrew P. Hanna
Deputy General Counsel 
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Andrew P. Hanna was appointed Deputy General Counsel in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) in March of 2021. In addition to his general responsibilities to the General Counsel, Andrew focuses on legislative and transactional matters on behalf of the Governor’s Office and in conjunction with various executive agencies. Andrew is a member of OGC’s Transactions Practice Group and Intellectual Property Practice Group. Andrew comes to OGC from the Department of Corrections (DOC), where he served as Assistant Counsel for Legal Services. Andrew’s practice focused on policy, legislation, procurement law, negotiating contracts, reviewing contracts for form and legality, and providing legal counsel on transactional matters. Andrew has also represented the DOC in Compassionate Release cases. Andrew received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law.



Kevin Hoffman
Assistant Counsel
Department of Health

Kevin Hoffman is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania and Widener University School of Law. Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel Mr. Hoffman spent a decade in private practice where he handled criminal, family, and civil cases. Mr. Hoffman was one of only a few attorneys in York County who were certified to handle death penalty cases. While in private practice, Mr. Hoffman represented clients in nearly a hundred trials ranging from bench trials to jury trials in both state and federal court. 

Mr. Hoffman joined the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Health in 2018 where he took over the Right-to-Know law litigation efforts. In December 2019, Mr. Hoffman became the litigation supervisor for the Office of Legal Counsel and helped oversee the all the Department of Health’s litigation efforts. Mr. Hoffman has appeared before the Commonwealth Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He was a member of the a team of attorneys who won the Certificate of Excellence from the Office of General Counsel in 2019. 

Mr. Hoffman is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Dauphin County Bar Association.



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Chief Counsel
Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority

Jonathan D. Koltash was appointed Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority in December 2019.  Previously Mr. Koltash served as Assistant Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).  In that position, he served as DOH’s litigation supervisor, providing counsel to the Secretary of Health, the Physician General, and DOH staff on litigation matters. He was counsel to the Bureau of Human Resources, the Bureau of Laboratories, and the Office of Medical Marijuana.  He is also an adjunct professor at Widener Commonwealth Law School and Central Penn College. 

Prior to working with the DOH, Mr. Koltash served as Deputy Attorney General with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, where he represented the Commonwealth in various matters before both the federal and state courts. Mr. Koltash also previously served as Assistant Counsel for the Department of Labor and Industry. 

Mr. Koltash is an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA).  He currently sits in the PBA’s House of Delegates and serves as the Chair of the Government Lawyers’ Committee.  He is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Secretary of the Federal Bar Association Middle District Chapter, a member of the Board of Directors for the YMCA Youth and Government program a member of Widener Commonwealth’s Board of Overseers and leadership in the James S. Bowman Inn of Court.  

Mr. Koltash is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and the United States District Courts of the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Koltash received his B.S. in Finance and Economics from the Pennsylvania State University and his J.D., cum laude, from Widener University Commonwealth Law School.


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Deputy Chief Counsel
Department of Labor and Industry 

Maria Macus is the Deputy Chief Counsel of the Unemployment Compensation (UC) Division of the Office of Chief Counsel at the Department of Labor & Industry.  In this position, she serves as the primary legal advisor to the Office of UC Benefits Policy, Office of UC Service Centers, and Office of UC Tax Services, and other related program areas, and provides legal representation and advice on matters impacting the operation of these program areas.  She supervises attorneys who advise on UC tax and benefits matters and tax lien collections and represent the program areas before judicial and administrative tribunals including the UC Board of Review, UC Tax Review Office and United States bankruptcy courts.  Prior to this position, Ms. Macus served as an Assistant Counsel at the Department of Corrections (DOC) in the Inmate Litigation section, where she represented DOC employees in litigation before state and federal courts and litigated Right-to-Know Law matters at the administrative and appellate level.  

Ms. Macus is admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; and the United States District Courts of the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Macus graduated from Elizabethtown College summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Art in Philosophy.  She received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, where she was a member of the Woolsack Honor Society. 



Nolan B. Meeks
Hearing Examiner
Department of State

Nolan B. Meeks is a Hearing Examiner to the Department of State (DOS) where he presides over administrative hearings for the DOS, Bureau of Professional & Occupational Affairs and other Commonwealth Agencies, and drafts proposed decisions and orders for various boards and agency heads .  Prior to this position, he served as Deputy Chief Counsel and Assistant Counsel for the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). During his tenure with PSP, he advised on a variety of legal matters and represented PSP in litigation before administrative bodies, courts of common pleas, Pennsylvania’s intermediate appellate courts, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. From July 2019 to January 2020, Nolan served as Acting Chief Counsel for the State Police .

Prior to working for PSP, Nolan worked at a 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 courts. Nolan 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.

Nolan graduated from Cheyney University with Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received his Juris Doctor from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. He lives in Lower Paxton Township with his wife and three children.



Curtis Sullivan
Acting Deputy Chief Counsel
Department of Environmental Protection

Curtis C. Sullivan serves the Office of General Counsel (OGC) as an Supervisory Counsel to the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) Southcentral Regional Office.  In this position, he supervises attorneys and counsels DEP programs, the State Conservation Commission, and Conservation Districts in enforcement and litigation matters.  Mr. Sullivan previously served OGC at DEP’s Bureau of Regulatory Counsel.

While he primarily practices in the Environmental Hearing Board and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Curt is admitted to practice in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  

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 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 region.