Curtis P. Cheyney III

Curtis P. Cheyney III, Senior Counsel

Curtis P. Cheyney - Wetzel Gagliardi & Fetter LLCCurtis recently retired from Swartz Campbell LLC after 46 years, during which time he was a member of the law firm’s Management Committee.  He has been a member of the American, New York, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Chester County Bar Associations.  He has focused his practice on the areas of insurance, professional liability, commercial and class action litigation.

A member of the International Association of Insurance Counsel, Defense Research Institute and Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Curtis has frequently lectured in the areas of insurance coverage and commercial litigation, including commercial trade secrets, privacy and privileges in litigation, discovery and e-discovery, insurance coverage, and consumer class actions.  He has been adjunct instructor in the interests of Trial Practice and in various PDI’s CLE Programs from 1995 to 2010.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation – Insurance, Environmental, Professional Malpractice and Professional Responsibility, Workers’ Compensation, Bankruptcy, Contracts and Employment, Products Liability, Personal Injury Defense, Toxic Torts, and Class Action Coverage and Commercial Litigation


  • American Bar Association, Professional Liability, Class Action and Tort Trial Committees, and Insurance Practice Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Class Action, Insurance Defense, and Trial Litigation Committees
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Apothecary Awards and Large Firm Management Committees
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • American Society of International Law
  • United States Maritime Law Association
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Class Action Committee Chair; Professor of Trial Advocacy, Temple University
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Professional Liability and Class Action Committees
  • Center for International Legal Studies, Fellow

Community Involvement

  • General Society Sons of the Revolution, current General President, and other official positions; Pennsylvania Society, Sons of the Revolution, various official positions and member (1973-Present)
  • Numerous other historical organizations, societies and commissions
  • Pennsylvania’s Bible Society, First Vice President (2010-Present)
  • Wake Forest University, School of Law Alumni Board, Member (2006-Present)
  • The Providence Forum (Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania), Board Member, General Counsel and Chairman (2002-Present)
  • National Constitution Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Advisory Board Member (2000-Present)
  • The Lawyers’ Club of Philadelphia (2000-Present)
  • Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, Insurance Committee Member (1978-Present)
  • Cheyney Family Trust, Trustee and Treasurer (1978-Present)


  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, In Review (1991-2005) – Contributing Author:  Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Updated 1993, 1994, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2009); Chapter Author:  Professional Liability under the Fair Debt Collection Practices (2002, 2003, 2005, 2009)

Lectures and Course Planning

  • Lectured/planned courses on International Business Law, Insurance issues, Class Action issues, and Civil Trial issues for CILS, Herzen University (St. Petersburg, Russia),  Mealey’s CLE Conference, National Constitution Center, Pa. Defense Institute at Temple University School of Law, Pa. Bar Institute, Cape Education, Inc., and Phila. Institute of Claims Managers & Associates


  • Wake Forest University, School of Law, J.D.
  • Academy of International Law (The Hague, Netherlands), Certificate for International Private Law Study Program
  • Gettysburg College, B.A. in Economics


  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and all State Courts
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • United States Supreme Court
  • New York State Supreme Court
  • Pro hac vice admissions in Arkansas, California, Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Arizona, Utah and North Carolina State and Federal Courts