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DLA Piper LLP (US)
DLA Piper LLP
203 North Lasalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
United States

Company Description: About DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary (www.dlapiper.com) DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has 3,100 lawyers and 58 offices in 22 countries throughout the U.S., U.K.,...   more
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Jones Day - News/Press - News/Press Search Results
www.jonesday.com [cached]
Jones Day Chicago Partner, Rick Chesley, Named to BTI Client Service All-Star Team
Paul Hastings: News: Paul Hastings Expansion Continues With Opening of Chicago Office
www.paulhastings.com, 21 Nov 2006 [cached]
Steve Catlett, a litigator whose expertise ranges from traditional litigation and class action to complex ERISA and trade secret cases and Rick Chesley, a bankruptcy and restructuring expert with over 20 years experience.
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Mr. Chesley will assume the position of Office Chair.
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"Steve Catlett and Rick Chesley are leading practitioners who have strong ties in the business community in Chicago," said Zachary.
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Rick Chesley was Co-Chair of Jones Day's Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice, and has a broad range of experience in both U.S. and international restructuring matters, frequently serving as restructuring counsel to debtors, creditors and other parties in high profile chapter 11 proceedings.In addition, Mr. Chesley has litigated numerous complex bankruptcy issues in courts throughout the United States.Mr. Chesley served with Jones Day from 1985 until 2001, and again from 2003 prior to joining Paul Hastings.
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From 2001 through 2003, Mr. Chesley was with Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, where he served as a Senior Vice President and General Counsel to the investment bank's Financial Restructuring Group.
Metropolitan Family Services : Advisory Board
www.metrofamily.org, 12 Dec 2013 [cached]
Richard A. Chesley DLA Piper
'You are going to see a ...
www.columbiatribune.com, 30 Dec 2008 [cached]
'You are going to see a substantial retrenchment in the retail industry,' said Rick Chesley, partner in the global bankruptcy and restructuring group at international law firm Paul Hastings. 'The downturn has been catastrophic.'
A number of stores couldn't even make it to Christmas.
"There's a real misperception of what ...
www.kypost.com, 28 May 2013 [cached]
"There's a real misperception of what it was like then," said Chesley's son, Rick Chesley, a partner and co-chair of DLA Piper's restructuring law practice based in Chicago. "We grew up in Bond Hill. He was just a lawyer trying to make a living."
Chesley worked long hours while his first wife, Suellen, took care of their kids.
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Rick Chesley was a high school senior at the time. He remembers how some of his dad's former clients reeling from the fire's aftermath were told there was no money to compensate them for their losses - that there was nothing anyone could do.
The Beverly Hill Supper Club after the fatal fire
So they turned to Chesley.
"Part of what drove him was really the moral outrage of that," Rick Chesley said. "That no one's held accountable for that. That really struck a nerve for him."
Chesley took on the case, representing the victims of what remains one of the deadliest nightclub fires in U.S. history. And to the amazement of many, he won an unprecedented court order to stop demolition of the club's charred ruins so investigators hired by the victims' legal team could search for evidence.
And then he did what no other lawyer had ever done: He came up with the idea to sue entire industries, now known as enterprise liability.
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One after the other, lawyers for the defendants settled with Chesley and the team of plaintiffs' lawyers, who ultimately won more than $49 million for victims of the fire.
The case was so important to Chesley's career that for years he kept that chunk of padding from a supper club chair cushion in his desk drawer.
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Gettys remembers a particular hallway conversation with Chesley and another defense lawyer at the time.
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Chesley was pointing forcefully at the other, much taller man's chest telling him that if his client didn't settle, the plaintiffs' lawyers would bankrupt the company.
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