Jeffrey M. Kolansky is the co-managing partner of the firm’s Philadelphia Office. Mr. Kolansky is also Chairman of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Corporate Compliance Group and a member of the Government Affairs and the Civil Rights Practice groups. He serves as a member of the firm’s Finance Committee.
Mr. Kolansky began his legal 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, 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 in 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.
- Successfully represented and continues to represent municipalities, most notably the City of Philadelphia for more than 20 years, in major Civil Rights Defenses, Labor and Employment matters and other complex defenses
- Represents major health care centers and physicians in broad scope of matters
- Represents lenders in litigation actions
- Recently resolved major personal injury lawsuit for in excess of $3 million
- Recently resolved major motor vehicle injury matter for in excess of $3 million
- Recently resolved motor vehicle injury matter for $900,000 plus workers compensation benefits
- Successfully represented the Philadelphia Police Commissioner and the City of Philadelphia in various labor disputes
- Successfully resolved anti-trust litigation filed by the Justice Department against a British/American transportation corporation
- Successfully resolved two Class Action suits alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement arising from the practice of triple-celling of inmates within the Philadelphia Prison System
Professional And Community Involvement
- Serves as Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, 2004; re-appointed by Governor Tom Corbett
- Served as Chair of Pennsylvania’s Homeland Security, Law Enforcement and Justice Systems Advisory Committee from 2004 until 2011
- Served as the Chair of the Public Safety Advisory Committee from 2003-2011
- Serves as elected Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Police Foundation (phillypolicefoundation.org)
- Member of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association
- Member of National Association of District Attorneys
- Member of American Trial Lawyers Association
- Member of Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
- Member of American Association of Justice
- Member of Philadelphia Bar Association
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
- Served as a longtime member of the Board of Directors of Pinemere Camp Association in Stroudsburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and served as President and Treasurer of the Board.
- Served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association – Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter
- Served as member of the Board of Governors of the Germantown Cricket Club
- Served as a Member of the Union League of Philadelphia
- Served as Chief Counsel to Members of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police – Lodge No. 5, from 1993 – 2003 and Associate Counsel, 1990 – 1993, while a partner at Kolansky & Tuttle, P.C.
- Chief Counsel to the members of the Cheltenham Police Association
- Member, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
- Recognized in “Who’s Who in America”, Who’s Who in American Law
- Speaker at Archer’s Alternative Energy Seminar, “The Energy of the Future?” (Union League of Philadelphia, September 2011)
- Visiting lecturer for Villanova University School of Law; Sentencing & Punishment Program
- Frequent appearances on local Philadelphia and national television and radio programs as an expert in law enforcement, police and civil rights issues.
- Served as a Guest Lecturer at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Prosecution of Drug Offenses, 1982-1986 & 1988-1992.
- Regularly asked to present on a variety of topics at Continuing Legal Education Courses, e.g. Civil Rights, Sentencing Guidelines, Labor & Employment.