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Richard A. Chesley

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DLA Piper LLP (US)
Phone: (312) ***-****  
Local Address:  Chicago , Illinois , United States
500 8Th Street Nw
Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20004
United States

Company Description: About DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary ( DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has 3,100 lawyers and 59 offices in 22 countries throughout the U.S., U.K.,...   more
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Metropolitan Family Services : Advisory Board, 12 Dec 2013 [cached]
Richard A. Chesley DLA Piper
But if this poses questions about ..., 10 Mar 2015 [cached]
But if this poses questions about electability, that’s what concerns me,� said Richard Chesley, a lawyer for DLA Piper who raised around $100,000 for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in 2012.
TM Capital » Press Releases, 1 Mar 2014 [cached]
The 2014 Judges included: Gregory Bedrosian, CEO, Redwood Capital Group; Tom Berg, Managing Director, FMV Opinions, Inc.; Laura Brank, Partner and Russia Practice Head, Dechert; Jack Butler, Executive Vice President, Hilco Global; Richard Chesley, Partner, Co-Chair of Restructuring Practice, DLA Piper; Brent Earles, Senior Vice President, Allegiance Capital Corp.; John Emanoilidis, Partner and Co-Head of M&A Practice, Torys LLP; Scott M. Estill, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles; Gilbert Harrison, Chairman & CEO, Financo, Inc.; Peter S. Kaufman, President, Gordian Group, LLC; Justine Mannering, Director, Business Development Asia; Laura Marcero, Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group; Gregory Milmoe, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Martin Okner, President & CEO, S. H. Martin and Company, Inc.; and Barry W. Ridings,Vice Chairman of US Investment Banking, Lazard.
"Part of what drives so much ..., 11 Jan 2012 [cached]
"Part of what drives so much of this is the Internet economy," said Richard Chesley, a partner in DLA Piper's bankruptcy practice and represented Polaroid's creditors in its bankruptcy.
"There's a real misperception of what ..., 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.
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.
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.
Gettys remembers a particular hallway conversation with Chesley and another defense lawyer at the time.
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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