Guide to the Donald H. Balleisen Papers, 1955-1991


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.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Donald H. Balleisen papers
Balleisen, Donald H., 1925-1993
2.0 Linear Feet
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English

Collection Overview

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.

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Contents of the Collection

The Law and Warranty in the Sale of Goods and its Relation to Actions Against Tobacco Companies, by D. Balleisen, 1955 May
Box 1
Penick and Ford, Ltd., Inc.: Acquisition of College Inn Food Products Corporation, 1964
Volume 3
Volume 4
Acquisition of Assets and Business of Penick and Ford, Ltd., Inc., 1965
Volume 1
Acquisition by R. J. Reynolds Foods, Inc. of the stock of the Chun King Corporation, 1966
Volume 5
U.S. vs. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.: Statement of Facts relating to the corn wet milling industry and Penick and Ford, 1966 Apr. 13

Counsel workpapers: master

Box 1
Acquisition by R. J. Reynolds Foods, Inc. of the Assets and Business of Patio Foods, Inc., 1967
Volume 2
U.S. vs. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.: Defendant's Interrogatories set no. 2, 1968
Box 1
Herm, Jutt, Williams, etc. vs Daniel Boone Fried Chicken: Complaints, 1970, 1978
Box 1
Lester E. Davis vs. Nite Owl Food Mart: Memorandum on behalf of defendents, 1972
Box 1
UNIT, INC vs. Kentucky Fried Chicken and John Brown, civil suit in New Castle, Del.: Opinion, 1973
Box 1
Frisch's Restaurants vs. R. R. Preston: Partial Summary Judgment, 1974

From Balleisen's work at Greenebaum, Doll, Matthews, and Boone

Box 1
Five Star Gasoline vs. CSC Oil Corp.: Post-Trial Memorandum on behalf of defendant CSC Oil Corp., by D. Balleisen, 1974
Box 1
Shelby Riggs et al vs. Kentucky: Brief in opposition, by D. Balleisen, P. Nepute, and D. Pitt, 1984
Box 1
Job rejection letters for Balleisen from various life insurance companies, 1959
Box 1
Articles of partnership (draft) for Greenebaum, Doll, Matthews, and Boone, 1977 May 27
Box 1
Terms of departure for Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays, and Handler, 1985
Box 1
Outgoing correspondence, 1986 Jan.-June
Box 1
Greenebaum, Doll, and McDonald: Timesheets for Balleisen's clients, 1986
Box 1
Lincoln Foundation: Whitney Young Job Corps Center, 1989-1990
Box 1
Lincoln Foundation: Election, membership, 1990-1991
Box 1

Historical Note

Donald H. Balleisen (1925-1993), 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.

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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