Donald Osborn Chesworth

Donald Osborn Chesworth

Tully Rinckey PLLC
  • Business Law
  • New York
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Donald O. Chesworth, a Partner in the Rochester office of Tully Rinckey PLLC, focuses his practice on governmental compliance, business law, municipal liability, commercial law, employment law and management issues.

Donald was admitted to the bar in Connecticut in 1966 and in New York in 1972. He is no longer active in the Connecticut bar. He is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Donald graduated from Graceland College, magnum cum laude in 1963 and from Yale Law School with a Juris Doctor’s degree in 1966. He is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

Donald served in the FBI after graduation from law school in 1966 and began his private practice with the law firm of Goldstein, Goldman, Kessler and Underberg, now known as Underberg & Kessler in 1972. In 1976, Donald became the Second Assistant District Attorney of Monroe County. In 1977 he was promoted to First Assistant District Attorney and was appointed District Attorney in 1981 by Governor Hugh Carey. He ran for office as District Attorney in 1981 and was elected to a full term. In 1983 Governor Mario Cuomo appointed Donald Superintendent of the New York State Police.

In January of 1987, Donald returned to private practice and became the Managing Partner of Goldstein, Goldman, Kessler & Underberg. In 1990 Donald joined the law firm of Harris, Evans, Fox & Chesworth. That same year he was appointed Chairman of the Temporary State Commission of Investigation (State Crime Commission) which he chaired until 1996. In 1993 he founded the firm of Harris & Chesworth with Wayne Harris, which was the predecessor firm to Harris, Chesworth, Johnstone & Welch, LLP.

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Yale Law School
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Graceland College
Honors: magna cum laude
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Professional Experience
Harris & Chesworth
Harris, Chesworth, Johnstone & Welch, LLP
Tully Rinckey PLLC
- Current
Outstanding Citizen Award
Monroe County Law Enforcement Council
Frank S. Hogan Award
New York State District Attorneys Association
Professional Associations
New York State Bar  # 1085414
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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U.S. Court of Appeals
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U.S. District Court
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Area
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
  • English: Spoken, Written
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Tully Rinckey PLLC
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Rochester, NY 14625
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