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Martin Lester


Martin W. Lester received his J.D. (1990) from Yale Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and as a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal. While at Yale, Martin received Honors grades in both Immigration and Refugee Studies and International Business Transactions. Martin graduated magna cum laude from Brown University (1987), where he majored in International Relations and was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

Martin represents both individuals and businesses in immigration matters, including family-based visa petitions, visa applications for entrepreneurs and skilled workers, permanent resident applications for highly skilled individuals, and removal defense in immigration courts throughout the Southeastern United States. He has taught Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses in immigration law to attorneys in Tennessee and Florida.  As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Martin has served in leadership roles at the Chapter and National levels.  He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the AILA Military Assistance Program (MAP) Committee, helping to lead a nationally-recognized program that matches qualifying Armed Forces members with pro bono immigration attorneys.  Martin is a former President of the International Business Council (Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce), and the current Board Chair of Bridge Refugee Services.

Martin will be a speaker at the AILA 2019 National Conference in Orlando, Florida in June, 2019, and has been selected as the Chair of the AILA Military Assistance Program Committee for the 2019-2020 AILA year.