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Martin Wayne Lester

Practice areas:

Immigration, Criminal Defense

About Me

I practice immigration law and criminal defense.  My main office in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with a branch office in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  In addition to representing immigration clients clients in visa and citizenship issues, I maintain an active practice defending deportation cases in immigration court.  I also have a particular interest in helping foreign entrepreneurs seeking E-2 visas to start or purchase businesses in the United States. My criminal defense practice includes the defense of death penalty cases and other serious felony matters.


 

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Immigration: 70%
    10 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    22 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Glenn Matthew Swiatek

    Marty is an exceptional lawyer who I have known in the legal community here for quite a number of years. In fact, he is one of my "go to guys" when I need advice in regard to my own criminal defense practice.

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  • Robert Samuel Gilligan

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Contact Info

Lester Law

3731 Hixson Pike
Chattanooga, TN, 37415

Lester Law

906 D Mar Walt Drive
Suite 100
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TNActive201306/13/2015
FLMember in Good Standing200305/07/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law199003/11/2014
DCInactive 199105/24/2015
MDInactive199102/19/2010

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
International Community Leader AwardInternational Business Council, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce2015
Susan Colver Rosenberger Prize (International Relations)Brown University1987
Magna Cum LaudeBrown University1987

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLester Law2013 - Present
AttorneySouthern Star Immigration, P.A.2011 - 2013
AttorneyFleet, Spencer & Kilpatrick, P.A.2006 - 2011
N/AKetchel & Lester, LLP2005 - 2006
N/AVirginia Public Defender Commission1995 - 2003

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Chattanooga Area Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors2015 - 2016
International Business Council, Chattanooga Area Chamber of CommercePresident-Elect2015 - 2016
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2014 - Present
Chattanooga Bar AssociationN/A2014 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMilitary Assistance Program (MAP) Task Force2014 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (MidSouth chapter)N/A2013 - Present
International Business Council, Chattanooga Area Chamber of CommerceTreasurer2013 - 2015
American Immigration Lawyers Association (MidSouth chapter)Committee Member, Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Committee2012 - 2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)Chair, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee2012 - 2014
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationCommittee Member: Consumer Protection & UPL Action Committee2011 - 2012
Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar AssociationChair, American Citizenship Committee2011 - 2013
Okaloosa-Walton Bar AssociationPast President2007 - 2008
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPast President, Okaloosa-Walton ChapterN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Robert Dewey Knott v. Commonwealth of VirginiaConviction reversed and charge dismissed
State of Florida v. Corrie BarnesLife sentence (State sought death penalty at trial)
State of Florida v. John R. McMasters-WadeLife sentence (negotiated plea -- State sought death penalty)

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Noticias LibresWhat is an Immigration Bond?2013
Noticias LibresWhy Can't I Get A Work Permit?2013
Noticias LibresImmigration Reform: Haven't We Been Here Before?2013
Noticias LibresDACA and Military Service2013
Noticias LibresWhat's in a Name?2013
Noticias LibresThe New ICE Detainer Policy: Something That Makes Sense2013
Noticias LibresKeeping Families Together: The New Stateside Waiver Rule2013
Noticias LibresProtecting Yourself -- Avoiding Immigration Scams2013
Noticias Libres"Yes, I Am"2013
Noticias LibresThe new DREAM Act Announcement: What Does It Really Mean?2012
Noticias LibresFIve Myths of Immigration Law2012
La Costa LatinaThe New ICE Detainer Form2012
La Costa LatinaThe "New" Obama Enforcement Policy: Rumor and Reality2011
La Costa LatinaNavigating the Waiver Process2011
La Costa LatinaAlabama's Anti-Immigration Law: Where Do We Stand?2011
Employing International Workers, 2011 Edition (Aspatore Books, Inside the Minds series)Advising the Small Business Client: Needs, Expectations, and Reality2011
La Voz Del LatinoRecognizing and Combatting Human Trafficking2008
La Voz Del LatinoFamily-Based Immigration, Part 1: Marriage to a U.S. Citizen2007
La Voz Del LatinoFamily-Based Immigration, Part 2: Petitioning for Family Members2007
La Voz Del LatinoWhat is an I-94, and Why Is It Important?2006
La Voz Del LatinoThe J Visa2006
La Voz Del LatinoWhat is an "H" Visa?2006

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yale Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Brown UniversityInternational RelationsB.A.1987

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
28th Annual Central Florida Chapter Conference: Basics and Beyond at the BeachAsk the Experts: Family-Based Immigration2014
28th Annual Central Florida Chapter Conference: Basics and Beyond at the BeachCitizenship and Naturalization2014
IBC Monthly MeetingBusiness Immigration: Navigating the Basics2013
CLE PresentationOn from Padilla: Ethical Considerations in the Criminal Defense of Non-Citizens2013
CLE PresentationCrimmigration: Ethical Considerations In Representing the Non-Citizen2012
Seminar, St. Sylvester's Catholic Church, Gulf Breeze, FLState-Sponsored Immigration Laws2011
Seminar, Hispanic Resource Center, Pensacola, FLState-Sponsored Immigration Laws2011
SeminarCurrent Topics in Immigration Law2011
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Okaloosa-Walton Chapter) Monthly MeetingEffective Assistance of Counsel after Padilla v. Kentucky2011
CLE presentationCrimmigration: Ethical Considerations in Representing the Non-Citizen2011
Swedish Trade MissionE-2 Visas2010
ECAR International Section MeetingEB-5 Visas2010
ECAR International LuncheonE-2 Visas2010
Rotary Club of Destin MeetingImmigration Basics for Emerald Coast Businesses2009
Info ExpoImmigration and Criminal Law2009
Fundamentals of Employment LawImmigration Law Update2009
District 9 International SummitVisa Options for International Buyers2009
2 & 4 @ 12Hiring Foreign Workers2009
Monthly MeetingConstitutional Law2008
International Real Estate and Business ConferenceImmigration Issues for Realtors2008