Curtis P. Cheyney III, Senior Counsel

Curtis 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 and 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 performed the same role in various PDI 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
  • Class Action Coverage and Commercial Litigation

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


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

Chester County Bar Association Access to Justice Program, Pro Bono Services

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)


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


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 & 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