Martin Wayne Lester

Martin Wayne Lester

Lester Law
  • Immigration Law
  • District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Virginia
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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 authored articles for local publications and spoken before various professional groups on immigration topics. Martin authored the chapter “Advising the Small Business Client: Needs, Expectations, and Reality” in Employing International Workers (Aspatore Books, 2011 ed.). He has taught Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses in immigration law to attorneys in Tennessee and Florida. Martin is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He has served on AILA’s National Committee on Consumer Protection and the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL), and for two years as the UPL Committee Chair for the AILA Central Florida Chapter, where he has worked to protect the public from “notarios” and other unlicensed practitioners. 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 currently the Past President of the International Business Council (Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce), and also serves on the Board of Bridge Refugee Services.

Education
Yale Law School
J.D.
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Brown University
B.A. | International Relations
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa
Professional Experience
Attorney
Lester Law
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Attorney
Southern Star Immigration, P.A.
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Attorney
Fleet, Spencer & Kilpatrick, P.A.
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Attorney
Ketchel & Lester, LLP
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Woodburn S. Wesley, P.A. and Associates
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Attorney
Virginia Public Defender Commission
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Public Defender, City and County of Fairfax (2000-03); Deputy Public Defender, City of Fredericksburg and Counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, and King George (1996-2000.
Attorney
Brownstein, Zeidman & Lore, P.L.
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Attorney
Virginia Public Defender Commission
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Assistant Public Defender, City of Alexandria
Attorney
Zuckerman, Spaeder, Goldstein, Taylor & Kolker
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Advising the Small Business Client: Needs, Expectations, and Reality (chapter published in Employing International Workers, 2011 Edition)
Aspatore Books (Behind the Minds Series)
Recognizing and Combatting Human Trafficking
La Voz Del Latino
Family-Based Immigration, Part 1: Marriage to a U.S. Citizen
La Voz Del Latino
Family-Based Immigration, Part 2: Petitioning for Family Members
La Voz Del Latino
The J Visa
La Voz Del Latino
What is an "H" Visa?
La Voz Del Latino
What is an I-94, and Why is it Important?
La Voz Del Latino
Speaking Engagements
Citizenship and Naturalization, Central Florida Chapter Conference, Clearwater Beach
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Ask the Experts -- Family-Based Immigration, Central Florida Chapter Conference, Clearwater Beach
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Military Immigration (Panel), Mid-South Chapter Conference, New Orleans
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Military Immigration (Panel), Annual Conference, San Francisco
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Awards
International Community Leader Award
International Business Council (Chattanooga Chamber)
Pro Bono Star Certificate of Achievement
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Susan Colver Rosenberger Prize (International Relations)
Brown University
Professional Associations
Bridge Refugee Services
Board of Directors
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American Immigration Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
AILA Military Assistance Program
Vice-Chair
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International Business Council (Chattanooga Chamber)
President
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AILA Military Assistance Program
Member
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Consumer Protection & Unauthorized Practice of Law Action Committee
American Immigration Lawyers Association
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
Florida
Maryland
Virginia
4th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Area
  • Immigration Law
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Contact & Map
Chattanooga Office
4513 Hixson Pike
Suite 104
Hixson, TN 37343
USA
Telephone: (423) 402-0608
Fax: (423) 805-3258