CINCINNATI - Famed Cincinnati litigator Stan Chesley plans to fight his disbarment in Ohio.
In a letter to the clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, a lawyer for Chesley sent notice of the Kentucky Supreme Court's decision disbarring Chesley from practicing law in Kentucky. The Kentucky Supreme Court disbarred Chesley in March over his actions in a controversial diet drug settlement.
But the letter also said Chesley "intends to challenge the reciprocity of the foregoing decision, both before the Ohio Supreme Court and otherwise."
Even so, the letter said since Chesley didn't have any matters pending before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, he "hereby resigns as a member of its bar."
The letter was dated March 29 and written by Marion Little of the Columbus-based law firm Zeiger, Tigges & Little.
Despite the resignation, however, the court issued an order to "show cause," giving Chesley 30 days to explain why the court shouldn't disbar him in Indiana's southern district, too.
Little filed a similar letter on Chesley's behalf with the U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Chief Judge Gerald Rosen issued an order of disbarment on April 5 that prohibits Chesley from practicing law there.
The Ohio Supreme Court issued its own "show cause" order after Chesley was disbarred in Kentucky. He has until later this month to respond.
The University of Cincinnati board of trustees has asked Chesley to resign from the board. The trustees have called a special meeting for Thursday morning to take up the matter. The board has no legal authority to expel him.Chesley's lawyer's letter to Indiana