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Our Values

Our firm is built on three core values: experience, dedication, and integrity.

Our Experience

We have:

  • More than 25 years of legal practice
  • An attorney admitted to the United States Supreme Court, all state courts in Tennessee and Florida, and Federal District Courts for the Eastern District of Tennessee and Northern District of Florida
  • An attorney who has been a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) lecturer in both Florida and Tennessee, teaching other lawyers about ethical issues in criminal defense of non-citizens
  • An attorney who frequently writes on immigration topics.

Our Dedication

We are dedicated to serving both our clients and our community. Martin W. Lester’s personal and professional service includes the following:

  • President-Elect, International Business Council (Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce)
  • Appointed to AILA Military Assistance Program (MAP) Committee, helping lead the effort to provide pro bono immigration law services to qualifying members of the Armed Forces
  • Served on AILA National Committee on Unlicensed Practice of Law and as Chair of UPL Committee for AILA Central Florida Chapter, helping to protect the public from “notarios” and people who cheat immigrants
  • Board Member, Bridge Refugee Services
  • Past President, Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association
  • Past President, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Okaloosa-Walton Chapter)
  • Pro bono representation of domestic violence and human trafficking victims referred through La Paz Chattanooga, Shelter House, and the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking (FCAHT)

Our Integrity

You will be treated fairly and with respect. We promise you the following:

  • Honest evaluation of your case
  • Clear explanation of your options
  • Communication so that you understand what is happening with your case