Chester C. Corse, Jr.

chester-c-corse-jrPractice Areas:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts
  • Family Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Workers Compensation
  • Zoning and Subdivisions

Admitted: 1965, Pennsylvania; 1965, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; 1999, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; 2005, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Schuylkill County Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Judicature Society


  • Board Member, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1999 – present
  • President, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2002-2003
  • Member, House of Delegates, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1992 – present
  • Treasurer, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1995 – 1999
  • President, Schuylkill County Bar Association, 1984 – 1986


  • Law School:  University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1965
  • College:  University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1962
  • Military Service:  U.S. Army, 1962-1970


More Information:

Born:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


  • Army Commendation Medal, 1966
  • Gilbert Nurick Award, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2002
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Governmental Law Section 1995
  • Borough of Palo Alto, Pennsylvania

In 1962 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and in 1965 he received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  While in law school, he was selected a Law Research Fellow of the University of Pittsburgh Health Law Center.  He served two years with the United States Army at Fort Drum, New York, and was Post Director of Personnel and Administration.  He attained the rank of captain and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal during his tour of active duty in the Armed Forces.

Mr. Corse was admitted to practice in 1965. After his military service he joined the firm in Pottsville, PA.  His primary areas of practice are litigation, including insurance defense litigation, as well as municipal law, family law and zoning. He has been very active in both his local and state Bar Associations. He is a former Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and a Past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Education Arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. In 2002, he was awarded the Gilbert Nurick Award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association in recognition of his work with the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is the former Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee.  He is the Chairman of the Grants Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation of Harrisburg, PA.

Mr. Corse is a Past Chair (1991-1993) and former Vice Chair of the PBA Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee.  He continues as a present member of that Committee.  The Committee provides Pennsylvania lawyers with written and oral opinions of the applicability of the Rules of Professional Conduct to prospective conduct of a lawyer inquirer, as well as developing and commenting upon contemplated changes in those rules.  During some years, the Committee has rendered over four hundred responses to inquiries.

The Committee meets quarterly and regularly makes comments and recommendations to the Disciplinary Board and the Supreme Court with respect to new or proposed amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct.

In 1987 and 1988, the Committee, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), the educational arm of the PBA, planned and conducted a series of state-wide free seminars for the legal profession to instruct and inform the profession about the then new Rules of Professional Conduct which replaced the old Code of Professional Responsibility which were adopted by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court effective January 1, 2005.  Mr. Corse served as a lecturer and moderator for several of the seminars.  Mr. Corse is a former member of the Planning Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in the field of Legal Ethics.  He is a frequent lecturer at Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminars, as well as local Bar Association seminars, primarily in the area of legal ethics.

Mr. Corse has annually been selected to serve as a scorer for the Final Championship Trial of the Pennsylvania Bar Association High School Mock Trial Competition.

Mr. Corse is admitted to practice before the Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third District and the United States District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania. He is a frequent lecturer at PBI Continuing Legal Education Courses.

In addition to an extensive experience practicing law, Mr. Corse has been very active in community affairs. He has been a two-time President of the Schuylkill Unit of the American Cancer Society and has served as a past-chair of the Annual Cancer Crusade. He has been a frequent lecturer at Pottsville for the “I Can Cope” series of the ACS.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce.  He has also served as the Chair of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, Inc., serving Pottsville, Orwigsburg, Schuylkill Haven, Frackville and Shenandoah.  For the past thirty-three years he has been a licensed Swimming Official by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association and he officiates at swimming and diving meets in the Pottsville Area, Blue Mountain Area and Schuylkill Haven Area School Districts.  He has served as President of the Schuylkill County Swimming Association and a Director of the Pottsville Aquatic Club.