Karen A. Chesley
Areas of Practice
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2009; Law Review, Senior Editor; Oustanding Public Service Award
Syracuse University, B.S., summa cum laude, Magazine Journalism; B.A., Art History, 2002; Chancellor’s Scholar
Hon. Michael A. Chagares, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2011-2012 Hon. Juan R. Sánchez, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2009-2011
United States Court of Appeals: Third Circuit and District of Columbia Circuit
United States District Courts: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Karen Chesley joined Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in 2012 following two federal clerkships. She is currently part of a team representing the Kurdistan Regional Government in a dispute with the Ministry of Oil regarding the right to extract and sell oil found in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She also represents the former owners of Current Media, LLC in a contract dispute with Al Jazeera America pending before the Delaware Chancery Court.
Ms. Chesley has worked on appeals before the Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, and Tenth Circuits, and serves as co-lead appellate counsel in a pro bono matter before the First Judicial Department of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court. She is a member of a team representing Goldman Sachs which recently won the reversal of summary judgment from the Third Circuit in the published opinion Aleynikov v. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., 765 F.3d 350 (3d Cir. 2014).
Other representative matters include:
- Helping to secure a favorable settlement for HSBC against charges brought by the Federal Housing Finance Agency related to its purchase of residential mortgage-backed securities;
- Obtaining a temporary restraining order to prevent a distributor from cutting off certain pharmacies from receiving controlled substances;
- Helping the New York Yankees win a favorable settlement to prevent online ticket seller StubHub from opening a ticket distribution booth next to Yankee Stadium;
- Securing the use of the title “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” for The Weinstein Company to use for a feature film;
- Assisting in the defense of Bank of New York Mellon in federal and state litigation related to its securities lending program, including successfully opposing plaintiff attorneys’ request for more than $4 million in legal fees.
Ms. Chesley previously was part of a team defending Dow in a series of antitrust actions brought by purchasers of urethane chemicals. She has also represented holders of non-performing Argentine debt before the Southern District of New York and the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked on behalf of plaintiffs in classwide litigation related to Fairfield Greenwich’s financing of Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme.
During law school, Ms. Chesley was a senior editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, President of the Penn Intellectual Property Group, an Arthur Littleton and H. Clayton Louderback Legal Writing Instructor, and a pro bono services coordinator for Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
"Calculating Damages Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act: Towards a Reasonable Construction of Section 1203," 57 J. COPYRIGHT SOC’Y U.S.A. 1 (Fall 2009)
“Is Wikileaks’ Disclosure of Confidential Afghanistan War Documents the Digital Era’s Pentagon Papers Case?” Women in Communications Law Newsletter (November 2010)
The BSF Report: Spring 2013 (03.08.2013)
Seminars and Speaking Engagements
Panelist, Fordham Law Entertainment Law Symposium, “Cable Consolidation: Antitrust and the FCC (2016)