Pennsylvania Bar Association Announces Recipients of the 2020 and 2021 Government Lawyer of the Year Awards

HARRISBURG (Nov. 9, 2021) —The 2020 and the 2021 Government Lawyer of the Year Awards will be presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Association Committee/Section Day on Nov. 18. J. Bart DeLone, chief deputy attorney general of the Civil Appellate Litigation Section at the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, is the 2020 award recipient; Charles E. “Chuck” Anderson, chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS), is the 2021 award recipient.

The award was founded by the PBA Government Lawyers Committee to honor a government lawyer who has made a significant singular contribution or has dedicated his or her career to outstanding service to the profession for the benefit of the public or a government entity.

DeLone, in his current capacity, oversees a team of attorneys who represent the commonwealth in complex civil actions in federal and state appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Since joining the Office of Attorney General in 1998, DeLone has played a key role in numerous cases, including issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, election campaigns and healthcare institutions. His prior positions included working as an attorney at Dilworth, Paxon, Kalish and Kauffman in Philadelphia; Andes, Vaughn and Bangs in Camp Hill, Pa.; and in his private practice, where he specialized in appellate briefing, oral advocacy and trial litigation.

DeLone received his bachelor's degree from Haverford College and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Upon graduation, he clerked for Judge Anthony J. Scirica on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Anderson, in his current role, oversees a team of attorneys and staff who provide legal advice to the department on issues related to procurement, real estate, non-highway construction projects, Capitol Police, facilities and maintenance. Beginning in 1988 as assistant counsel to DGS, Anderson has held various roles within Pennsylvania government, including assistant counsel for the Department of Public Welfare, deputy general counsel for the Office of General Counsel and assistant chief counsel for purchasing in DGS. Anderson is also a member of the Contractor Responsibility Program Oversight Committee.

Anderson received his bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law. 

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access of legal services; and serve the lawyer members of the state’s largest organized bar association.