Spotlight on Rick and Dee Chesley
Rick’s dad, Stan, began the UC tradition in the Chesley family many years ago, earning both his undergraduate and J.D. degrees at UC, and some of Rick’s earliest memories are of attending basketball and football games in the old UC stadium, especially the first Bengals game in 1968. Although he moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University for his undergraduate degree, he returned to UC for law school where he met his wife, Dee Dee, during the beginning of his third year. Dee Dee practiced law for seven years after graduation when they moved to Chicago. Now that the kids are grown, Dee Dee is completing her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Development from Erikson Institute in Chicago and will use both her Masters and Law Degrees working in the advocacy field after she graduates in May.
Rick has practiced law in Chicago for many years, both as a partner with major law firms and as senior vice president and restructuring general counsel for Houlihan Lokey. He is currently a partner at DLA Piper and co-chair of their Restructuring practice, with an emphasis on bankruptcy transactions both in the U.S. and internationally. His expertise in corporate restructuring earned him recognition as an Illinois Super Lawyer. When asked if there were any particular courses at UC that prepared him for this honor, he replied: “Absolutely not!” Rick refused to take bankruptcy courses in law school and made fun of his classmates who did. But Rick credits the small school atmosphere at UC, the hands-on learning, and the dedication of the faculty and other students for giving him the necessary skills to become a successful lawyer.
Giving back to UC is important to Rick and Dee Dee and Rick remains active with the Law School as a member of the Board of Visitors. They have made a generous donation to the Proudly Cincinnati Capital Campaign, earmarking their gift for the Law School Building Fund. While they both have fond memories of attending classes in the existing building, they feel that the Law School needs a state-of-the-art facility to attract more students and they are proud to be able to support that effort.
Thanks, Rick and Dee Dee, for your dedication to UC!