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The General Counsel


Denise J. SmylerGregory G. Schwab

General Counsel of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Gregory G. Schwab is the General Counsel of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf appointed him to this position effective  October 19, 2019. In this position, Greg leads the Governor’s Office of General Counsel (OGC), and oversees the provision of legal services to the Governor, his senior staff, and over thirty (30) executive branch and independent agencies

Prior to this appointment, Greg served as “First” Deputy General Counsel with OGC since July 2016.  In this role, Greg assisted with managing OGC’s operations and supervising litigation, regulatory, transactional, legislative, and criminal matters for the entire executive branch.  Immediately preceding this role, Greg served as Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

Prior to joining the Commonwealth, Greg practiced in the litigation department of Saul Ewing LLP in that firm’s Philadelphia office.  Greg represented clients in litigation matters in federal and state courts and other forums, and he focused his practice on representing higher education institutions and other entities in government investigations and enforcement proceedings.  

Greg has long been active in community service, including devoting significant time to pro bono matters when in private practice.  Greg also served on the board of directors and executive committee of Philadelphia VIP until joining the Commonwealth in 2015.  Greg volunteers at his local park and in his church’s community nutrition program, which he helped to establish and which has served thousands of meals to neighbors in need. 

Mr. Schwab received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC, and his juris doctor with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law, in Baltimore, MD.  Mr. Schwab served on the editorial staff of the Maryland Law Review, and worked as a law clerk to the Hon. Susan K. Gauvey (Ret.) in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

In 2019, The Legal Intelligencer recognized Greg as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track.”