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."