ALI Council
Elected Member

Evan R. Chesler

New York, NY
New York University, Arts & Science
New York University
New York University School of Law

Evan R. Chesler is a Chairman of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He was the firm’s chairman from 2013
through 2021, and is the first person ever to hold that title.

Mr. Chesler joined the firm in 1976 as a litigation associate and became a partner in 1982 and head of the Litigation Department in 1996. He handles a wide variety of litigation, including securities, shareholder derivative, intellectual property, general commercial, environmental, ERISA, contractual disputes, and antitrust.

He is an adjunct professor of law at NYU School of Law, where he teaches an Advanced Trial Practice Seminar. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s College of Arts and Science, where he has taught an honors seminar on constitutional rights in times of national crisis.

Following his graduation, Mr. Chesler served as law clerk to Judge Inzer B. Wyatt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is the author of numerous articles on legal topics as well as a chapter in the popular book, Inside the Minds of Leading Litigators. He is also a coauthor of a chapter on removal to federal court in the book Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (Third Edition).

EDUCATION: New York University, A.B.; Hunter College, CUNY, M.A.; New York University School of Law, J.D.  

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Areas of Expertise
Commercial Law