Christopher M. Chestnut
Acknowledged by President Barack H. Obama as a National Emerging Leader, Christopher M. Chestnut, Esq., is one of America's great voices for legal justice. Mr. Chestnut was recognized in 2010 as The Nation's Best Advocate by the National Bar Association in its National Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 awards ceremony and was featured in Diversity Magazines as one of its Top 40 Under 40.
Mr. Chestnut was also recognized by On Being A Black Lawyer (OBABL) as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in America in 2012, and he was featured in Florida Trend, the State of Florida's premier business magazine. As a native of Gainesville, Fla., and a graduate of Florida State University and the University of Florida College of Law, Mr. Chestnut has been featured in over 1,000 news outlets internationally, including:
- CBS Morning and Evening News
- The New York Times
- The Los Angeles Times
- USA Today
- The Tom Joyner Morning Show
Mr. Chestnut has grown The Chestnut Firm into a multi-million dollar law firm, with three Florida locations and satellite offices in Atlanta, Ga., and Charlotte, N.C. The Chestnut Firm currently represents clients throughout the United States, the majority of whom are victims of serious personal injury and wrongful death.
The firm also has a mass tort / class action division, in which it has represented hundreds of clients in an $800 million action against big tobacco. Attorney Chestnut presently represents hundreds of clients in a nine-figure lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.
From his days at Florida State University where he was recognized as a Community Service Scholar, Mr. Chestnut has been a strong believer in giving back to the community. He was recently recognized by having an entire park named in his honor after he provided the funding necessary to save the recreation department. Through the Christopher M. Chestnut Foundation, he annually sponsors a Thanksgiving Giveaway of more than 500 turkeys, a Christmas Gas Giveaway for which he donates more than 1,000 gallons of gas in communities, and backpack /school supply drives for children prior to the new school year.
Mr. Chestnut is often featured as a panelist and lecturer to businesses as well as attorneys throughout the country in his expertise of liability and wrongful death cases. He also works with other attorneys throughout the nation to assist in maximizing the representation and recovery of seriously and fatally injured victims of semi-truck accidents and shooting incidents.
Areas of Practice
- Serious Personal Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Mass Tort/Class Action
- Florida, 2006
- University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
- Florida State University
- Honors: Community Service Scholar
Honors and Awards
- One of the Top 100 Lawyers in America, 2012
- The Nation’s Best Advocate by the National Bar Association in its National Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 awards Ceremony and was Featured in Diversity Magazines as one of its Top 40 Under 40., 2010