Evan R. Chesler is Cravath’s Chairman. He has broad experience in both trial and appellate courts, and has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts all over the country.
Mr. Chesler 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 American Bar Foundation and a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. He is the President of the Dwight Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration, the oldest nonpartisan organization in the United States devoted to the education of the judiciary. 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 Council of The American Law Institute, as well as a Trustee of the Federal Bar Council. Mr. Chesler is the author of numerous articles on legal topics as well as a chapter in the popular book, Inside the Minds of Leading Litigators (Aspatore Books, 2002). He is also a co‑author of a chapter on removal to federal court in Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (Third Edition), for which he received the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s 2013 Boris Kostelantez President’s Medal, and a chapter on cross‑examination in Winning at Trial: Insights from the Bench and Leading Litigators (Law Journal Press, 2014).
Mr. Chesler is an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law, where he teaches an Advanced Trial Practice Seminar, and has been an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s College of Arts and Science, where he has taught an honors seminar entitled, “Constitutional Rights in Times of National Crisis.” He is a recipient of 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); the Judge Simon H. Rifkind Award from the Jewish Theological Seminary (2012); the Law & Society Award from the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (2011); the Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession Award from Chambers and Partners (2009); the Anti‑Defamation League’s Human Relations Award (2007); and the Office of the Appellate Defender’s Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy (2006). He was recently appointed a Trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society.
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, The Legal 500, Lawdragon and Super Lawyers. He was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Litigation ‑ Antitrust “Lawyer of the Year,” 2012 Bet‑the‑Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year,” and 2011 Antitrust Law “Lawyer of the Year” for the New York City area. In 2012, Mr. Chesler received Chambers USA’s Award for Excellence in the Litigation: Business Trial Lawyers category and, in 2015, was named one of the nation’s “Trial Aces” by Law360.
Mr. Chesler received his law degree cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif (the national honor society for law students), was Topics Editor of the Law Review, served as a junior fellow at the Center for International Studies (at which he co‑authored two published articles on aspects of international law), twice received the John Norton Pomeroy Prize for academic excellence and was awarded the Benjamin Butler Prize.
Following his graduation, Mr. Chesler served as law clerk to Hon. Inzer B. Wyatt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He joined Cravath as a litigation associate in 1976 and became a partner in 1982. Mr. Chesler became head of the Litigation Department in 1996. He was elected Deputy Presiding Partner in November 2005, and Presiding Partner effective January 1, 2007. As of January 1, 2013, Mr. Chesler became Chairman of the Firm, the first person to be given that title in the Firm’s history.
Mr. Chesler received an A.B. degree, with highest honors in History, from New York University, after which he earned an M.A. in Russian Area Studies at Hunter College. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University and of the New York University School of Law. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center on Civil Justice at New York University School of Law and of the Executive Committee of the law school’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Chesler is a member of NYU’s Board of Overseers of the Faculty of Arts and Science, a member of the Executive Committee of NYU’s Board of Trustees and founder and Chairman of LAMP (the Lawyer Alumni Mentoring Program), which provides mentoring and curriculum enrichment programs to prelaw students. He has received three awards from the University: the Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Law (2015); the Alumni Distinguished Service Award (2001); and the Alumni Meritorious Service Award (2004). Mr. Chesler was also recently inducted into the Alumni Association of Hunter College’s Hall of Fame for his extraordinary contributions as one of the country’s leading litigation and corporate lawyers.
Mr. Chesler may be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1243 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.