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Evan R. Chesler

Evan R. Chesler

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

New York City, NY, USA


Evan R. Chesler is Chairman of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and one of the most highly regarded trial attorneys in the nation.  He joined Cravath in 1976 and became partner in 1982.  Mr. Chesler became head of the Litigation Department in 1996.  He was elected Deputy Presiding Partner in November 2005, Presiding Partner in January 2007 and Chairman in January 2013, the first person to be given that title in the Firm’s history.

Mr. Chesler has broad experience in both trial and appellate courts, and has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts all over the country.  He handles a wide variety of litigation, including securities, shareholder derivative, intellectual property, general commercial, environmental, ERISA, contractual disputes and antitrust.  His practice also includes the representation of clients in government and internal investigations.  Mr. Chesler has represented companies and their management in virtually every industry, including technology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and financial services. 

Mr. Chesler is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation.  He is also the President of the Institute of Judicial Administration.  Mr. Chesler is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New York Public Library and Chairman of the Lawyers for the Library Committee.  He is also a member of the Leaders Council of the Legal Services Corporation, a member of the Council of The American Law Institute, a Trustee of the Federal Bar Council and a Trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society.  Mr. Chesler is an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law, where he teaches an Advanced Trial Practice Seminar, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of NYU and NYU School of Law.  He is also the Chairman of NYU’s Board of Overseers of the Faculty of Arts and Science and Founder and Chairman of LAMP (the Lawyer Alumni Mentoring Program), which provides mentoring and curriculum enrichment programs to prelaw students. 

Mr. Chesler has been recognized as a leading litigator in several practice areas by numerous professional publications, including Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in America, The American Lawyer, Benchmark Litigation, IAM Patent, The Legal 500 United States, Lawdragon and Super Lawyers.  In 2018, Mr. Chesler was honored with New York Law Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He was named to The Legal 500 Hall of Fame in the Leading Trial Lawyers category in 2017. He became the first recipient of Benchmark Litigation’s Hall of Fame Award in 2016 and was named by the publication as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America.”  He was also named a nationwide “Legend” by Lawdragon.

Mr. Chesler is a recipient of a number of awards, including the Judge Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee (2014); a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Atlantic Legal Foundation (2014); the Judge Joseph M. Proskauer Award from the UJA-Federation of New York (2013); and the Judge Simon H. Rifkind Award from the Jewish Theological Seminary (2012). 

Mr. Chesler received an A.B. degree, with highest honors in History, from New York University, an M.A. in Russian Area Studies at Hunter College and a J.D. cum laude from NYU School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, was Topics Editor of the Law Review, served as a junior fellow at the Center for International Studies, twice received the John Norton Pomeroy Prize for academic excellence and was awarded the Benjamin Butler Prize.  Following graduation, Mr. Chesler clerked for Hon. Inzer B. Wyatt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New Y
Evan R. Chesler is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Transcript of Cross-Examination by Evan R. Chesler, Compuware Corporation v. International Business Machines Corporation, Case No. 02-CV-790906 (Mar. 11, 2005) - Trial by Jury 2017, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Transcript of Plaintiff’s Opening Statement by Evan R. Chesler, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Novartis Pharma AG, and Novartis International Pharmaceutical Ltd. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA, Inc., Civil No. 05-CV-1887-DMC (Nov. 10, 2009) - Trial by Jury 2017, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Jury Trials: Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination - Trial by Jury 2017, Wednesday, November 15, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Jury Trials: Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination - Jury Trials: Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination, Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Jury Trials: Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination - Jury Trials: Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination, Wednesday, November 15, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Jury Trials: Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination - Jury Trials: Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination, Wednesday, November 15, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Trial by Jury 2017, Monday, November 20, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Trial by Jury 2018, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Trial by Jury 2018, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Trial by Jury 2018, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Trial by Jury 2018, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, Columbus, OH
Trial by Jury 2018, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Trial by Jury 2018, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Trial by Jury 2018, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, Nashville, TN
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