How a single case dethroned the ‘Prince of Torts'
Cincinnati's super lawyer seemed to have it all. The father of the modern-day class-action lawsuit he won billions for his clients in headline-grabbing cases, rubbed elbows with world dignitaries and raised perhaps millions for men who would be presidents. But in the end, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that Chesley took more than $7 million in fees that should have gone to clients when the court permanently disbarred him earlier this year.
Moral outrage and doing what no lawyer had ever done catapulted a son of immigrants into a Cincinnati super lawyer. This is the first of a four-part series that examines the rise and stunning fall of Stan Chesley.
Chutzpah or bull, Stan Chesley has it in spades. This is the second of a four-part series that examines the rise and stunning fall of the famed Cincinnati attorney.
Locally, Stan Chesley is the rich guy who has helped keep inner city pools open in the summer when the city’s budget was tight. But he’s also given considerably to charities around the world, particularly those related to Judaism and the people and land of Israel.
After more than a half century fighting for the little guy as one of the nation’s best-known mass injury lawyers, Stan Chesley has spent the past two years fighting for his professional life.
WCPO Digital Reporter Lucy May has followed Stan Chesley's career for a decade for multiple local publications. She has interviewed him, covered the cases in which he has been involved and has visited his ornate office.
For this series, she pored over scores of court documents, watched WCPO archive video and interviewed more than a dozen lawyers. She also spoke with his wife, his children, former clients, friends and foes alike to paint a profile of perhaps Cincinnati's best known and most polarizing lawyer, who was forced into retirement in April.
Lucy covers social and economic issues for WCPO.com after spending more than 16 years as a reporter in Cincinnati for the Cincinnati Business Courier and Cincinnati Enquirer. Her nearly 24 years of journalism experience includes work at daily newspapers in Greenville, S.C, Dayton, Ohio, and Lexington, Ky.