Donald H. Balleisen papers, 1955-1991

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Balleisen, Donald H., 1924-1993
Attorney for R.J. Reynolds and other corporations. Collection includes assorted files and opinions from legal cases involving R.J. Reynolds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and other large companies.
2.0 Linear Feet
Materials in English
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Scope and content:

Collection consists of legal materials related to Balleisen's work on R. J. Reynolds acquisitions of Penick and Ford, College Inn Foods, and Patio Foods. Also includes Balleisen's draft of his investigation into R. J. Reynolds' liability for damages following tobacco users' lawsuits beginning in the 1950s; some miscellaneous legal cases from throughout Balleisen's career; and materials from the Lincoln Foundation in Louisville, Kentucky.

Biographical / historical:

Donald H. Balleisen (1924-1993), originally from Brooklyn, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and graduated from Princeton University (class of 1946). He attended Harvard Law School and subsequently joined a New York law firm. He was secretary and general counsel of Penick and Ford, N.Y., until 1969, when he relocated to Louisville, Kentucky. Balleisen represented R. J. Reynolds and a number of other large corporations as a partner in Greenebaum, Doll, Matthews, and Boone. Balleisen was also an active board member of Louisville's Lincoln Foundation and helped develop the organization's Whitney M. Young Scholars Program, aimed at helping disadvantaged youth reach and pay for college.

Acquisition information:
The Donald H. Balleisen Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift from Edward J. Balleisen in 2017.
Processing information:

Processed by Meghan Lyon, Sept. 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2017-0133

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Consolidation and merger of corporations
Legal documents
Business records
R.J. Reynolds Industries
Kentucky Fried Chicken (Firm)
Louisville (Ky.) -- History


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