John O. Chesley

Partner

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  • JD, Northeastern University School of Law, 1984
  • AB, magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1978

Qualifications

  • California, 2003
  • Massachusetts, 1985
  • Honorable Walter Jay Skinner, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Law360 2013 Health Editorial Advisory Board
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
John is a past member of the State Bar of California's Health Care Committee, serving in 2004-2005 as vice chair of education and 2005-2006 as co-chair.
  • Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” (2017)
  • Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California (2016)
  • Legal 500 (2015-2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2005-2014, 2016-2018)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2008-2017)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2013-2014)

John O. Chesley

Partner

John Chesley has been a member of the health care group at Ropes & Gray since 1985. For over 25 years he has focused on meeting the needs of clients in complex transactions and challenging regulatory contexts.

John blends transactional skills with knowledge of tax-exempt organizational law, regulatory issues and securities law.

John's practice is broad. He has served as lead transaction counsel in nonprofit mergers and affiliations (including a major provider-insurer affiliation noted by Modern Healthcare, the Wall Street Journal and others as a "game changer"), as outside general counsel to a health care system, and as borrower's counsel and underwriter's counsel on numerous higher education, health care and other 501(c)(3) financings. He advises a leading university on capital finance matters. He counsels boards on governance matters. His practice ranges from AAA-rated institutions to distressed credits, with a particular emphasis on complex structuring and strategic relationships at the intersection of industry change.

Publications

Presentations

  • Presenter, “California Knox-Keene Plans and Risk Bearing Organizations,” Ropes & Gray Webinar (September 2017) 
  • Co-presenter, “How Can I Say This Charitably?: The Background and Current State of Attorney general Supervision of California  Nonprofit Health System Transactions,” California Society of Health Care Attorneys Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, April 2017
  • Speaker, “Winners and Losers in the Provider Sector in the Movement to Value-Based Health Care,” Ropes & Gray Teleconference, April 2017
  • Speaker, Bloomberg BNA’s “2017 Health Care Outlook,” Los Angeles, CA, January 26, 2017
  • Speaker, “Overpayments and the 60 Day Rule in the Transactional Context,” Los Angeles County Bar Association 13th Annual Healthcare Compliance Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, October 6, 2016
  • Speaker, “Tips and Tricks for Managing the Unique Elements of Health Care Transactions,” Bloomberg BNA Webinar, October 5, 2016
  • Moderator, Bloomberg BNA’s “2016 Outlook on Health Care,” January 28, 2016
  • Speaker, “The General Counsel in the Board Room,” Chief Legal Officers Forum, Children’s Hospital Association, Phoenix, November 6, 2015
  • Speaker, “Ropes & Gray West Coast Lunchtime Legal Briefing: The Impact of Market Dynamics on Health Care and Pharmaceutical Acquisitions,” November 2012
  • Moderator, “Private Sector Responses to Health Reform Panel,” Northeastern University School of Law Health Systems in Reform Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, March 16, 2012
  • Speaker, “The Bond Buyer's 2nd Annual Healthcare, Higher Education & Cultural Institution Super Conference,” New York, New York, October 16-18, 2011
  • Speaker, “National Association of Health and Educational Finance Authorities 2011 Fall Conference,” San Diego, California, October 4, 2011
  • Speaker, “Physician Strategies Alignment Summit,” Scottsdale, Arizona, February and October 2011