Evan R. Chesler is the Presiding Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he led the litigation department from 1996 to 2005. He has worked on cases with many high profile clients, including IBM, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, DuPont, Ross Perot, AOL Time Warner, Xerox, and Alcoa, among others. 
Mr. Chesler received his B.A. from University College at the Heights in 1970 and a J.D. from NYU School of Law in 1975, and in between, he earned a MA in Russian Area Studies with a concentration in Stalinism from Hunter College in 1973. 
Active in mentoring and pre-law education at the NYU, Mr. Chesler has endowed and named the Barbara and Evan Chesler Pre-law Program and chairs the College’s Lawyer Alumni Mentoring Program (LAMP). He has also endowed the Chesler Scholarship for pre-law juniors in the College. Evan has also been the recipient of the NYU Alumni Meritorious Service Award.