Chesley S. McLeod

Partner

Fax: 404.873.8525
Atlanta
171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Biography

Chesley is a partner in the Healthcare and Litigation practices. He counsels and represents clients in a broad range of business and healthcare-related disputes. His practice has a particular focus on representing various health care providers, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospices, and home health agencies, involved in litigation, government investigations, and administrative disputes. Chesley also regularly defends employers in a wide array of matters, including the defense of putative class actions and other lawsuits bought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and related consumer protection statutes.

Additionally, Chesley has extensive domestic and international arbitration experience, serving as counsel in international arbitration proceedings administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Experience

  • Negotiated employee compensation agreement for top executive of $45 million dollar start-up company, including lucrative stock option plan

  • Successfully represented leading national employee benefits broker in litigation alleging breaches of professional duties and violations of employee covenants

  • Secured favorable recovery for policyholder under managed care professional liability policy

  • Successfully defended insurance brokerage firm for alleged breaches of fiduciary duties relating to procurement of nationwide insurance programs

  • Advised a preeminent national healthcare provider in providing guidance to directors and officers in negotiations over the withdrawal of financial assistance to a Georgia rural hospital

  • Successfully represented one of the nation’s leading Universities in AAA arbitration regarding alleged breach of a multi-million dollar program management agreement.

  • Coordinated internal investigation for national healthcare chain in response to alleged Anti-Kickback Statute violations

  • Successfully represented one of the nation’s leading Universities in AAA arbitration regarding alleged breach of a multi-million dollar program management agreement

  • Represented regional health system in Department of Justice investigation of physician compensation agreements

  • Secured recovery under stop-loss policy against broker and third party administrator of employee benefit plan

  • Successfully defended leading home improvement retailer in numerous consumer class actions involving myriad of allegations, including fraud, breach of contract, and breach of consumer protections statutes

  • Successfully defended largest hospital in Georgia in state (and later federal) court against fraud and related claims brought by former members of a physician practice group, involving peer review and related issues

  • Successfully defended leading national outdoor retail chain involved in EEOC investigation relating to hiring practices across all national stores

  • Represented several national healthcare companies in Department of Justice investigations of alleged False Claims Act violations for therapy reimbursement

  • Serving as counsel for national long-term care provider in nationwide putative class action brought in Pennsylvania under the Fair Credit Reporting Act involving employer disclosures given to applicants for employment

  • Serving as counsel for national long-term care provider in putative collective and class action involving alleged Fair Labor Standards Act violations

  • Successfully resolved a proposed nationwide putative class action brought in Georgia under the Fair Credit Reporting Act against a company providing payroll agent services under various public health programs

  • Achieved complete defense judgment for mental health provider against independent contractor in contract dispute alleging violations of claims run-out provision

  • Represented several national healthcare companies in Department of Justice investigations of alleged False Claims Act violations for therapy reimbursement and coordinated internal investigation for national healthcare chain in response to alleged Anti-Kickback Statute violations.

  • Represented national hotel chain in dual securities class actions pending in the Delaware Court of Chancery and Fulton County Business Court.

  • Represented healthcare provider in multi-million dollar lawsuit involving claims for tortious interference, defamation, and Georgia RICO.

  • Successfully defended leading national home improvement retailer in a host of consumer class actions involving myriad of allegations, including fraud, breach of contract, and breach of state consumer protection statutes.

  • Successfully represented lawyer and law firm against claims by former client involving alleged breaches of fiduciary duties.

  • Successfully defended global software manufacturer in ICDR arbitration against claims for alleged breaches of representations and warranties made as part of a purchase and sale agreement.

  • Secured summary judgment in favor of national pipeline and distribution company against an age discrimination claim flowing from a company-wide multi-jurisdictional workforce reorganization

  • Successfully represented one of the nation’s leading Universities in AAA arbitration regarding alleged breach of a multi-million dollar program management agreement.

  • Secured complete defense award and recovery of costs and fees in ICC arbitration in Paris, France for national food broker

  • Defended former owner of national financial services company in multi-million dollar employee covenants

  • Successfully represented leading food service distributor in multiple actions to enforce employee covenants

  • Negotiated and implemented plans for the utilization of computer assisted review (i.e., “predictive coding”) to quickly and efficiently review millions of electronic documents and emails in response to Government subpoenas.

Credentials

  • Mercer University, Juris Doctor,
    cum laude
    • Class of 2006 Scholarship Committee
  • University of Georgia, Bachelor of Business Administration
  • State of Georgia 2006
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia 2007
    • American Health Lawyers Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Atlanta International Arbitration Society

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