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Jeffrey M. Kolansky, Esquire

Partner

Departments:
Labor & EmploymentServices
Litigation Services

Practice Groups:
Civil Rights
Commercial Litigation
Government Affairs
Health Care
Homeland Security and Immigration
Insurance
Labor & Employment Law
Media and Communication
White Collar Defense and Corporate Compliance

Practice Emphasis: Complex Civil; Civil Rights; Federal and State Court Litigation and Trials; Professional Practices Representation; Health and Hospital Law; Malpractice Defense; Law Enforcement Issues and Defense; Labor and Employment; Sexual Discrimination and Employment Practices; Defamation; White Collar Criminal; Commercial Transactions; Real Estate; Dispute Mediation and Resolution; Insurance Defense and Government Relations

Education: Villanova University (B.A., 1975), Antioch University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1978)

Bar Admissions: Supreme Court of Pennsylvania – 1978, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania – 1985, Middle District of Pennsylvania; United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; State Court (Summit County), Utah.

Personal Information: Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1952; Mr. Kolansky resides in Chestnut Hill Pennsylvania with his wife Maggie and children Jessica and Rob.

Biography: Mr. Kolansky began his career in 1977 as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, in and for the District of Columbia. He served an Assistant District Attorney from 1978-1985 and as Senior Supervising District Attorney, Major Felony Trials Unit from 1987-1990 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Between 1985 and 1987, he was a Senior Trial Attorney in the private practice of law at the Philadelphia law firm, Griffith & Burr, P.C. In 1990, Mr. Kolansky, along with Richard G. Tuttle, founded the Law Firm Kolansky & Tuttle, P.C. Kolansky & Tuttle merged with Archer & Greiner, P.C. in 2004.

In his three decades at the bar, Mr. Kolansky has tried to conclusion hundreds of jury trials and thousands of bench trials, motions and other matters. Moreover, Mr. Kolansky has developed a solid expertise and a national reputation in, among other areas, police representational issues, civil rights defense, employment law and other areas of litigation, as well as client counseling, the defense of employment discrimination matters and medical and professional practice issues. His knowledge of the Federal and State Court systems, and of the styles and procedures of the jurists on those benches, is vast.

In 2003, Mr. Kolansky was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell to serve as a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. He has served as Chair of Pennsylvania’s Homeland Security, Law Enforcement and Justice Systems Advisory Committee since 2004 and as the Chair of the Public Safety Advisory Committee from 2003 – present. He is a member of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association; National Association of District Attorneys; American Trial Lawyers Association; Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, American Association of Justice and the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Mr. Kolansky is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Police Foundation. He is a member of and has served as President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Pinemere Camp Association in Stroudsburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association – Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter; has served as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Germantown Cricket Club; and as a Member of the Union League of Philadelphia. Mr. Kolansky also served as Chief Counsel to Members of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police – Lodge No. 5, 1993 – 2003 and Associate Counsel, 1990 – 1993. He is also Chief Counsel to Cheltenham Police Association.

Mr. Kolansky has frequently appeared on local Philadelphia and national television and radio programs as an expert in law enforcement, police and civil rights issues. He has served as a Guest Lecturer at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Prosecution of Drug Offenses, 1982-1986, and at the Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania. He regularly is asked to present on a variety of topics at Continuing Legal Education Courses.