Editor's Note: Cincinnati native Stan Chesley, considered the father of the modern-day class action lawsuit, won billions of dollars on behalf of thousands of clients. At his peak he was among the most successful plaintiff's lawyers in the nation, if not the world. A single case brought it tumbling down. This is the first in a four-part series that examines the man who is loathed by his detractors just as fiercely as he's defended by his friends. There is occasional profanity.
CINCINNATI - For all the fame and wealth he won, Cincinnati super lawyer Stan Chesley started out as the little guy, working his way through college and law school and then living case-to-case.
The Beverly Hills Supper Club fire changed all that.
Read the entire first chapter of this WCPO Digital four-part series, which examines the king of the class-action lawsuit: A Cincinnati native who is loathed by his detractors just as fiercely as he's defended by his friends.