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Attorney disbarred in KY retiring from Ohio office

Apr. 20, 2013 @ 08:54 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A prominent class-action attorney dubbed the “Master of Disaster” has informed the Ohio Supreme Court that he is retiring in the aftermath of his Kentucky disbarment.

Cincinnati attorney Stanley Chesley filed papers this week for his voluntary retirement from the practice of law in Ohio, a court spokesman said Friday.

He had faced possible disbarment proceedings in Ohio following the Kentucky Supreme Court’s order in March that found unethical conduct in the settlement of a $200 million lawsuit involving the makers of the diet pill combination fen-phen.

Chesley resigned Wednesday from the board of trustees at his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, after pressure from fellow members.

Messages were left Friday for Chesley, a 77-year-old class-action lawsuit pioneer.

In one of Chesley’s early cases, he won $50 million for victims of the deadly 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in northern Kentucky.  A number of Ashland area residents died in that fire.

His many major cases also included the 1980 MGM Grand hotel fire in Las Vegas, landmark national tobacco litigation, and more recently an $85 million settlement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, Ky., over priest sexual abuse.

He also has been a prolific political fundraiser, including for Bill and Hillary Clinton.