Herbert J. Chestnut
Mr. Chestnut began his higher education at Georgia Southern University,
where he received his Bachelors degree in Political Science in 1979. Continuing
his education at Mercer University School of Law, he was the Editor of
the school newspaper, and served as Director of the Mercer Legal Center,
a student organization which provided free assistance to Public Defenders
in the Macon area and drafted legislation for the Georgia Legislature.
Mr. Chestnut began his legal career in his home town, Savannah, in 1982.
“I handled cases involving real estate to domestic relations and
everything in between. The first lawsuit I drafted was a class action
claim against General Motors.” In the early 90’s Mr. Chestnut
concentrated his efforts on workers’ compensation cases.
The growing scope of his practice in Savannah led to Mr. Chestnut’s
admission to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1987.
In 1995 Mr. Chestnut moved his successful practice to Marietta, Georgia,
where he continues to serve those who can benefit from his depth of experience
and dedication to those seeking help with job-related injuries.
In addition to handling Georgia workers' compensation claims, Mr.
Chestnut is one of the few attorneys in the nation who have handled virtually
all types of workers' compensation claims. He has experience with
claims under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, the
Federal Employees' Compensation Act, and actions for Maintenance and
Cure (maritime claims). This broad base of experience, gained through
25 years representing injured workers, has given Mr. Chestnut both the
knowledge and the compassion necessary to properly represent one who has
been seriously injured on the job, whether the injury occurred around
the corner or around the world.
Mr. Chestnut’s experience and abilities are reflected in his award
of the highest-level “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbel, the
law directory trusted by lawyers and clients for over a century. The Consumer
Business Review has honored Mr. Chestnut as their Workers’ Compensation
Attorney of the Year on three occasions. Although he is an Independent,
the National Republican Congressional Committee has honored Mr. Chestnut
with a National Leadership Award and appointed him to its Business Advisory Council.
The highest compliment to Mr. Chestnut is a repeat client. "When
a client either comes back to me with another matter, or refers a family
member or friend to me, I am honored." he notes. "While results
are very important, it is equally important that I treat my clients with
respect and compassion, as I would want to be treated myself. I never
forget that it is your case, and my job is to listen and understand your
priorities and goals. I want to be the last attorney you hire, and the
person you trust to handle any legal concerns of your family and friends."