Buchholz, a 1992 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, clerked for Judge Anita Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for one year’s time before joining Blank Rome. Buchholz remained with the firm for nearly a decade before temporarily leaving private practice to serve as special assistant to the president and executive secretary at the White House Office of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. He returned to Blank Rome in 2003, where he was elevated to executive partner before becoming the firm’s managing partner and CEO three years later, in 2006.
Mr. Buchholz served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and as Executive Secretary at the White House Office of Homeland Security. Mr. Buchholz served as general counsel to Tom Ridge's successful campaign for Pennsylvania governor and his transition team. He was Pennsylvania counsel to the Bush-Cheney 2004 and Bush-Cheney 2000 campaigns. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Buchholz served as Special Assistant to the late United States Senator John Heinz.
Mr. Buchholz is a former special assistant for Homeland Security to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002. During that time, he also served as transition team chairman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Buchholz has received the honor of being listed in both Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the East.
Mr. Buchholz was co-chair of the Transition Team for Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett. He served as Pennsylvania general counsel for the Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign.
Mr. Buchholz is chairman of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He serves as a member of many other boards, including the American Revolution Center, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education, Philadelphia Academies, Inc., the Committee of Seventy, and Pennsylvanians for Effective Government.
Buchholz unexpectedly stepped down from his managing partner role at Blank Rome in March 2011, after having recently being re-elected to serve another three-year term in that role. One year later, he joined DLA Piper, where he worked for only two years before he was named as the managing partner of the firm’s Philadelphia office.
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Buchholz graduated with honors from Wissahickon High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia in 1987.
His first job was as a special assistant in the office of U.S. Sen. John Heinz, where he met fellow staff member Karen Dougherty. They were married Dec. 28, 1991, in Potomac, Md.
In addition to his wife, who is senior vice president of administration at Comcast Corp., he is survived by son Alex, daughter Julia, a brother, and a sister.