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Wayne worked for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel from 1991 to 2008. While assigned to represent the Pennsylvania
State System of Higher Education, he advised state universities on a wide variety of topics including: compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements; open meetings and open records issues; capital construction; real estate; constitutional law; student affairs; campus law enforcement; debt collection; computer systems; technology transfers; employment and benefits; labor law; construction and contract litigation.

Wayne represented the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in front of various administrative agencies including: the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board; State Employees’ Retirement System; Public School Employees’ Retirement System; Commonwealth Board of Claims; Department of General Services; Civil Service Commission; Pennsylvania Human Relations
Commission; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; U.S. Department of Education. He handled numerous labor grievances before the American Arbitration Association and has litigated cases in County Courts of Common Pleas and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth, Superior, and Supreme Courts.

Wayne also served as a hearing officer for Pennsylvania’s Charter School Appeal Board and for the Pennsylvania State System Higher Education’s bid protests and residency classification appeals. From 1988 to 1991, Wayne was an Assistant Public
Defender in Dauphin County where he litigated misdemeanor and felony jury trials.


Practice areas


  1. Environmental: 25%
    26 years
  2. State & Local Law: 25%
    25 years
  3. Energy: 20%
  4. Real Estate: 20%
  5. Employment: 10%
    25 years

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Letter of RecognitionPA Secretary of Education2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant CounselPA Fish and Boat Commission2010 - Present
Board of CommissionersEast Pennsboro Township2010 - Present
Legal CounselPA Fiah and Boat Commission2010 - 2012
AssociateAbom & Kutulakis LLP Attorneys At Law2008 - 2010
Hearing OfficerCharter School Appeal Board1999 - 2008
Assistant General CounselGovernor's Office of General Counsel1991 - 2008
Assistant Public DefenderDauphin County Public Defender1988 - 1991
Law ClerkOffice of Attorney General of Virginia1988 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
East Pennsboro Township Board of CommisionersPresident2010 - Present
Dauphin County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Business Law Section, Cumberland County Bar AssociationChairman2009 - 2010
Cumberland County Bar AssociationMember2008 - 2010
Franklin County Bar AssociationMember2008 - 2010
Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of CommerceMember2008 - 2010
National Association of College and University AttorneysMember1991 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Dynamic Student Services v. State System of Higher educationFavorable to client.
Flagg v State System of Higher EducationFavorable for Client
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Publication nameTitleDate
PBI -Boating Law and LiabilityBoating Under the Influence2012
12 Wm. & Mary Envtl. L. & Pol'y Rev. 1 (1987)Ocean Incineration of Hazardous Waste1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Saint Joseph's UniversityInternational RelationsA.B.1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PBI -Boating Law and LiabilityBoating Under the Influence2012
Information Technology Officers ConferenceFederal Rules for Preservation of Electronically Stored Information2007
Human Resources Directors ConferenceInvestigation of Labor Grievances2006