Jarad W. Handelman

Shareholder/Managing Partner

Jarad W. Handelman is a tested litigator in both the public and private sectors. He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as administrative tribunals, concerning a wide variety of issues, including civil rights, constitutional law, contract, employment, regulatory matters, healthcare, energy law, and state and municipal law. In addition to civil litigation, Jarad provides legal counsel, considerate of strategic and policy concerns, on behalf of public- and private-sector clients, including investigation and evaluation of best practices and recommendations for risk management and mitigation of liability.

Jarad W. Handelman

Legal Experience That Stands Out

Prior to joining Elliott Greenleaf in 2015, Jarad served for four years in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel (OGC), concluding his public service as the General Counsel of the Commonwealth. Before his appointment as the General Counsel, he served as First Executive Deputy General Counsel. In these executive leadership roles, Jarad oversaw OGC’s nearly 500 lawyers who serve as counsel to 36 executive and independent agencies and was responsible for overseeing the operation and management of OGC’s Executive Office and the Offices of Chief Counsel to Executive Branch Departments, as well as many of the Commonwealth’s independent agencies. He also served as the Executive Deputy General Counsel for Litigation, during which time he supervised all litigation conducted by OGC for executive-branch agencies and served as OGC’s liaison to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.

Together with his public service, Jarad’s civil litigation practice has spanned more than 20 years, and includes the litigation defense of private and public entities, officials, and individuals against allegations involving disputes regarding civil rights, contracts, discrimination, employment, compliance with federal and state law, conformity with statutory and regulatory frameworks, and the interplay between municipal and state government. In tandem with his colleagues, Jarad has also conducted internal investigations for public and private entities concerning best practices and compliance with state and federal law, including the defense of inquiries and investigations by state and federal authorities, including the Pennsylvania Attorney General and the United States Department of Justice.

While earning his J.D. at Widener University School of Law, Jarad was a member of the Widener Law Review.

Prior to his Commonwealth service, Jarad represented individual and business clients for 14 years in private practice in Central Pennsylvania, handling complex litigation matters before federal and state courts throughout Pennsylvania.

In 2011, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed Jarad to the Supreme Court’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee, on which he served two complete terms, comprised of lawyers and judges from across Pennsylvania who assists the Supreme Court in the preparation, revision, publication, and administration of the Rules of Civil Procedure governing practice before all Pennsylvania courts. During Jarad’s third term on the Civil Rules Committee, Chief Justice Thomas Saylor appointed him to the Supreme Court’s Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, providing him the unique perspective of having assisted the Supreme Court’s rule-making function in both civil and criminal procedure. He was recently reappointed to a second term on the Criminal Rules Committee, on which he continues to presently serve.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and its Secretary in the case of Doe v. Dallas, filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a constitutional challenge alleging equal protection and due process violations, and violations of multiple statutory provisions, including Title XIX of the Social Security Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The constitutional challenge was the first of its kind to be brought in Pennsylvania.
  • Counsel to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health, Office of Medical Marijuana, in a challenge filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to the constitutionality of the permitting process prescribed by the Medical Marijuana Act, and seeking to enjoin the implementation of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program.
  • Counsel to a Pennsylvania judge in federal court arising from claims brought pursuant to Section 1983, as well as state and federal law claims sounding in conspiracy and defamation.
  • Counsel to a residential school and related entities in the defense of multiple cases in state and federal court alleging civil rights violations and tort claims.
  • Won a complete defense verdict in the Middle District of Pennsylvania in favor of the Department of Corrections following a jury trial of employment discrimination claims brought by an agency employee pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Won a Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal in the Western District of Pennsylvania in favor of the Department of Corrections of employment actions brought by discharged officials of SCI-Pittsburgh pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, the First and Fourteenth Amendments, and the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law.
  • Lead counsel for the Department of Environmental Protection and Secretary of DEP before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania on remand of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth, et al. challenging the constitutionality of Act 13.
  • In tandem with the Office of Attorney General, won dismissal of a constitutional challenge to various provisions of Pennsylvania’s Act 47 against the Governor in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
  • Successfully argued motions on behalf of executive branch agencies to protect victim information sought by the defense in Commonwealth v. Gerald A. Sandusky.

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  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1998
    • Widener Law Review
  • Gettysburg College, B.A., 1994, Political Science
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Honors and Awards
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2017-2021