Richard Chesley > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
CHICAGO, IL 60606-0089
United States

Work Department

Restructuring; Financial Services


Partner; Global Co-Chair, Restructuring Practice; Co-Managing Partner, Chicago Office


Richard Chesley practices in the areas of corporate restructuring, with an emphasis on bankruptcy transactions both in the United States and internationally.

He has also represented a number of other constituencies in bankruptcy proceedings throughout the US, including financial advisors, real estate acquirors, liquidators and other significant creditors.


American Bankruptcy Institute


J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law; B.A., Northwestern University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

The ‘effective and practicalDLA Piper LLP (US) provides ‘solution-driven, consensus building and concise advice’, particularly in the healthcare, retail and manufacturing sectors. Chicago-based Richard Chesley jointly leads the practice alongside Tom Califano in New York, and they are supported by the ‘experienced, talented, attentive and creativeJohn Lyons, who is ‘able to find imaginative solutions to complicated problems’. The team represented Appvion in its sale to the stalking horse bidder, led by Franklin Advisers, for $365m, in relation to the company’s Chapter 11 filings in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The team is also representing 4 West Holdings, Orianna Investment and 133 affiliates, collectively, as joint owners of a healthcare business that owns and operates skilled nursing homes across seven states in Chapter 11 proceedings in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas; the matter included a prepack followed by litigation. Other clients include Gordon Brothers Group, Black Diamond and CenterPoint Properties.