Mr. Chesley joined the firm in 2007 and was named partner in 2014. He was raised in the Capital District and currently resides in Guilderland, New York with his family.

Mr. Chesley focuses his practice on Workers' Compensation Claims and litigation of diverse matters in both civil and criminal cases. Mr. Chesley also represents parties in real estate transactions. He appears before all New York State courts and administrative agencies including the New York State Department of Labor where he has successfully defended employers against claims for unemployment benefits. Mr. Chesley's practice includes advising and assisting self-insured and uninsured employers in various areas of New York State Law. Prior to joining Sullivan, Keenan, Oliver & Violando Mr. Chesley was trained and certified in mediation and continues to use this skill as an aid to his litigation practice. His prior experience also included appearances on behalf of the Legal Aid Society’s criminal division in Queens County, New York.

Bar Admissions

State of New York
United States District Court, Northern District of New York

Professional Associations

New York State Bar Association
Albany County Bar Association
Albany Claims Association

Practice Areas

Workers' Compensation Law
Personal Injury & Subrogation
Civil Litigation
Criminal Defense including DWI and Traffic Offenses
Commercial Contracts
Appellate Practice


New York University, New York, New York
Bachelor of Arts, 2003

New York Law School, New York, New York
Juris Doctor, 2006