Lee C. Swartz

Lee concentrates his practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on commercial law and personal injury.  He is experienced in a wide variety of cases including general criminal and civil litigation, automobile accident and automobile insurance, products liability, professional negligence, class action and antitrust law.

Lee was the defender in criminal cases for Dauphin County in 1963-1964 and Solicitor for the Prothonotary of Dauphin County for 10 years.

Areas of Practice: Lee’s areas of practice include commercial law and personal injury.

Articles and Presentations: Lee has been a frequent lecturer on the law of evidence, automobile insurance and general negligence law with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and numerous bar associations throughout Pennsylvania and the United States.  He taught products liability law in law school and was a member of the consultative group of the American Law Institute Restatement of Products Liability as well as a co-author of two books on automobile insurance and evidence and numerous legal articles.

A partial list of his publications include:

  • Malpractice law course planner for statewide institutes and courses in civil trial and family law practice and evidence courses
  • “Simple Interest – Its Use in Future Economic Loss Cases,” Vol. XLVII, Pa. Bar Association Quarterly, page 216 (1976)
  • “Annual Survey of Pennsylvania Evidence Law,” Pa. Bar Association Quarterly, Vol. XLIX, page 84 (1978), Vol. L, page 105 (1979), Vol. LI, No. 2, page 114 (1980), Vol. LII, No. 2, page 84 (1981), Vol. LIII, No. 2, page 84 (1982), Vol. LIV, No. 2, page 89 (1983), Vol. LV, No. 3, page 130 (1984), Vol. LVII, No. 2, page 66, (1986), Vol. LVIII, No. 4, page 161 (1987), Vol. LIX, No. 4, page 189 (1988), Vol. LX, No. 4, page 172 (1989); Vol. LXII, No. 2, page 55 (1991); Vol. LXIII, No. 4, page 163 (1992); Vol. LXV, No. 4, page 135 (1994)
  • “The Pennsylvania No-Fault Motor Vehicle Insurance Act,” Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (1979) (treatise) (co-author and chairman of the Board of Authors)
  • “Pennsylvania Personal Injury Evidence,” Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (1990) (treatise) (co-author and editor)
  • “Establishing Rapport with the Medical Witness,” Trial Diplomacy Journal, Vol. 3, No. 3, page 45 (Fall 1980)
  • “Restrictions on Expert Testimony: Judicial Suppression of New Ideas,” Trial Diplomacy Journal, Vol. 13, No. 2, page 66 (Summer 1990)
  • “Standard Jury Instructions in Attorney Malpractice Cases,” The Pennsylvania Lawyer, Vol. 8, No. 3, page 24 (April 15, 1986)
  • “Proposed Changes in Products Liability Favor the Tobacco Interests,” The Pennsylvania Lawyer, Vol. 14, No. 3, page 11 (May 1992)
  • “Day in the Life – Motorcycle Accident, Opening Statements,” Julien, Chapter 9, Appendix 9E, page 105 (1992)
  • “Limiting Your Opponent’s Case–When and How to Object Successfully,” Excellence in Advocacy, page 505, ATLA Press (1992)
  • “Liability of Manufacturers of Alcoholic Beverages: Are Causes of Action Tapped out After Cipollone?,” Alcoholic Beverages Practice Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Winter 1993) (American Bar Association, Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice)

Honors and Awards: Lee was one of the first lawyers to be certified as a civil trial advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and he is currently the State Coordinator of that certifying institution.

Lee has received numerous awards from the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association of which he is a past president. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the Personal Injury Law category and has been listed in the directory for over 33 consecutive years. He has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® for Plaintiff Personal Injury since the listing was established and was named as the “Harrisburg Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigator of the Year”.

Lee’s article, “The Development and Operation of a Jazz Society,” has received national recognition and has served as a blueprint for the formation of a number of non-profit arts organizations.

Memberships and Activities: Lee is currently the chairman of the Civil Instructions Subcommittee of the Supreme Court Committee for Suggested Standard Jury Instructions and a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Evidence Rules. He also serves as Treasurer of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Lee is the past chair of the civil litigation section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is the past president of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and Dauphin County Bar Association.  Lee served as a member of the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association for 16 years during which time he was one of the leaders in the implementation of mandatory continuing legal education and legal certification.

In addition to his legal activities, Lee is active in services to the community including various cultural and civic organizations. As a corollary to his practice in civil litigation, Lee developed experience in representing musicians in the entertainment industry and promoting musical events.

Jurisdictions:  Lee is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania’s State and Federal Courts and the United States Supreme Court.

Education and Background: Lee earned his B.S. in economics from Albright College in 1958 and his Juris Doctor from the Dickinson School of Law in 1961.