by Kimball Perry
A sad end to a distinguished legal career came today as attorney Stan Chesley, already disbarred in Kentucky and facing potential disbarment in Ohio, “permanently resigned” to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Chesley, 77, has fought for his legal life over the past few years after he was disbarred in Kentucky last month after the Kentucky Supreme Court found him dishonest and noted he improperly kept $7.5 million in clients’ fees in the fen-phen diet drug case.
A terse Chesley said today from his Indian Hill home “Something will come out later today” and then hung up.
The retirement means Chesley no longer can practice law in Ohio. That means he can’t be disbarred.
“He’s no longer a lawyer so there is no longer a disbarment proceeding,” Ohio Supreme Court Disciplinary Counsel Jonathan Coughlan said today.
Chesley filed his application for permanent retirement “earlier this week,” Coughlan added. After that, an investigation was conducted to determine if there were any ethic violations or pending lawsuits against Chesley before his retirement was accepted.
“When it’s somebody like (Chesley), I can pick up the phone and find out,” Coughlan said.
None of the documents regarding that information are public, he said.
Joe Deters, Hamilton County’s Prosecutor, has worked as a private attorney is Chesley’s Downtown law firm for the last five years. He’s unsure how Chesley’s disbarment impacts him or the firm which, Deters said, has two stockholders.
“My contract is with the firm, not with Stan,” said Deters, who said he hadn’t talked to Chesley about the retirement.
“Stan can still teach and do stuff like that, but he can’t practice law.”
In addition to being disbarred in Kentucky, Chesley also has resigned from practicing law in at least two federal courts. Chesley’s wife is U.S. District Court Judge Susan Dlott, based in Cincinnati.
Chesley also resigned under pressure this week from the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees.

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