HARRISBURG (May 5, 2022) — Jonathan D. Koltash of Mechanicsburg will begin his second year of a two-year term as chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) House of Delegates at the conclusion of the association’s Annual Meeting on May 13 in Hershey. The House of Delegates is the policy-making body of the PBA.
Koltash is an attorney for the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, where he serves as chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority, also known as Pennie. In addition, Koltash teaches as an adjunct professor at Widener University Commonwealth Law School and Central Penn College, having done so since 2016 and 2010, respectively.
Koltash commitment to the PBA includes service as co-chair of the Legal Transitions Committee and as a member of the Administrative Law Section Council. He is a member of the Appellate Advocacy Committee, Bylaws Committee, Community and Public Relations Committee, Federal Practice Committee, Government Lawyers Committee, Health Care Law Committee, Medical Marijuana and Hemp Law Committee, Membership Development Committee, Plain English Committee, and Solo and Small Firm Practice Section.
He is a past chair of the PBA Young Lawyers Division and past co-chair of the Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition, one of the largest mock trial programs in the country. He is a past co-chair of the PBA Government Lawyers Committee. Koltash has served on several PBA taskforces, including the COVID-19 and the Dues Structure Task Forces.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (PBF), the charitable affiliate of the PBA. He chairs the PBF Events Committee. Koltash is a graduate of the PBA Bar Leadership Institute, class of 2012-13.
Koltash’s commitment to the legal community includes membership in the Federal Bar Association Middle District Chapter, where he is the chapter’s current president. He is vice president of the Dauphin County Bar Association (DCBA). In addition, he is treasurer of the James S. Bowman Inn of Court.
He is an active alumnus of the Widener University Commonwealth Law School. He is a past president of the Alumni Association, a member of the Board of Advisors, a moot court coach and a volunteer at its volunteer income tax assistance site.
Koltash is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and a cum laude graduate of Widener University Commonwealth Law School, from which he received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award in 2010. While working toward his legal degree, he studied at the National University of Ireland in Galway. He was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America.
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.