After serving as General Counsel to the Governor of Pennsylvania, Jarad W. Handelman is the Managing Shareholder of Elliott Greenleaf’s Harrisburg office. Jarad’s extensive experience in litigation and in state government uniquely positions him to strategically and effectively counsel private and public clients in the boardroom and the courtroom on civil litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as administrative tribunals, concerning a wide variety of issues, including regulatory matters, healthcare, energy law, municipal distress and debt restructuring, labor and employment, and constitutional issues.
Prior to joining Elliott Greenleaf, Jarad provided legal counsel to Governor Tom Corbett and his Executive Staff, and oversaw the operations and management of the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, consisting of nearly 500 lawyers who serve as counsel to 36 executive and independent agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction. He served as liaison to the Attorney General of Pennsylvania on civil actions filed against the Governor and Executive Branch officials and agencies. As the Chair of the Office of General Counsel’s Litigation Practice Group, he developed legal strategies for use in trial, appellate, and administrative practice. In addition, Jarad served as the General Counsel’s liaison to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, the Departments of Insurance, Transportation, and Labor & Industry, and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Jarad has represented individual and business clients in complex litigation matters, including corporate, employment, civil rights, bankruptcy, personal injury, real estate, and estate and fiduciary matters before federal and state courts throughout Pennsylvania, including the Superior, Commonwealth and Supreme Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania.
Jarad was appointed by Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to the Supreme Court’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee in 2013. He earned his juris doctor, cum laude, from the Widener University School of Law in 1998, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Gettysburg College in 1994. A three year varsity letterman on Gettysburg’s football team, Jarad was a First Team All Centennial Conference selection and served as the President of the Gettysburg chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.