"Chesley is one of several attorneys accused of violating ethics rules and skimming cash from clients after attorneys received the bulk of the $200 million fen-phen settlement in 2001, despite contracts with clients stating they were entitled to less than one-third of the money."
Chesley was later disbarred.
He made a name for himself as a super-donor to Democratic campaigns, even purchasing his wife a federal judgeship. Sometimes Chesley even donated to Republicans - the good ones like Jean Schmidt.
Chesley may be disbarred, but he continues to be a major player due to his checkbook. Though now, it's about $42 million lighter.