Teacher Spotlight: Martin Lester

The Chattery is always appreciative of our amazing teachers! Here are a few questions to get to know Martin Lester of Lester Law a little better. He'll be teaching us all about immigration law for FREE on Wednesday, March 22 at Amani Chattanooga. Register here.

Martin W. Lester is an immigration attorney based in the Chattanooga area. His practice, Lester Law, includes family-based immigration, visa petitions for entrepreneurs and highly-skilled individuals, and defending cases in immigration courts throughout the region. Martin is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where he has held leadership positions at both the Chapter and National levels. He currently serves on the AILA Military Assistance Committee (MAP) and as Vice-Chair of the AILA Mid-South Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Committee. Martin graduated from Yale Law School in 1990, where he served as the Executive Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law.

How did you get started in your profession?

I was always interested in international issues, and took both International Law and Immigration courses in law school. I began practicing immigration law because I saw a need for it in the community. The best part of our practice is helping our clients achieve their dreams of living and working in the United States. Law is not always a "constructive" profession, but through our work we believe we are making both Chattanooga and our nation better places.

Why do you love Chattanooga?

We love both the natural beauty of the landscape and the warm and inclusive nature of the community. Our family moved to Chattanooga full-time in 2014, and we plan to stay here forever.

What's one topic you'd like to learn through The Chattery?

Cooking

What's something someone would be surprised to learn about you?

I'm originally from a small town on the beach in Northwest Florida, and I know more old Jimmy Buffett songs than you'd think.