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Martin Lester

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Hixson, TN

Lester Law
4513 Hixson Pike, Suite 104
Hixson, TN 37343
Phone: 423-551-6398
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Licensed in Tennessee Since: 2013
Education: Yale Law School
Practice Areas: Immigration: Consumer (70%), Immigration: Business (30%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Martin Lester is the founder and owner of Lester Law in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A top-rated lawyer with more than 30 years of total legal experience, Mr. Lester focuses his practice primarily on immigration law, and he provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout Hamilton County and across the globe who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Family-based visa petitions

· Business-related visa applications for entrepreneurs and skilled workers

· Permanent resident applications

· Naturalization and citizenship

· Other immigration-related matters for individuals, families and employers

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Lester has advocated on behalf of foreign nationals to help them achieve their goals of a better life in the United States. He has also assisted numerous business owners and employers seeking to hire foreign talent or work lawfully in the United States.

At all turns, Mr. Lester delivers the highly personalized counsel his clients need to understand their options and make the best-informed decisions on the matters they need to address. Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, he has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers, and he has received Superb, 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo for his unwavering commitment to helping his clients obtain the positive results they expect and deserve as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

A 1987 cum laude graduate of Brown University, Mr. Lester attended Yale Law School, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1990. While there, he served as senior editor of the Yale Law Journal as well as executive editor of the Yale Journal of International Law, and he received honors for his excellent academic achievements in immigration and refugee studies as well as international business transactions.

Mr. Lester is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and he serves as Chair of the organization's Military Assistance Program. A leader in his field, he has taught continuing legal education courses in immigration law to other attorneys across the Southeast.  He has been a speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association National Conferences in San Francisco and Orlando.  In his local area, Mr. Lester is the Past President of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce's International Business Council and past Board Chair of Bridge Refugee Services, Inc.  He has twice been recognized as an "Attorney for Justice" by the Tennessee Supreme Court because of his pro bono activities.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Immigration: Consumer
  • 30%Immigration: Business
Focus Areas

Naturalization & Citizenship


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021

About Martin Lester

First Admitted: 1990, Virginia

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background

  • Brown University (B.A. -- International Relations), 1987

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker at AILA 2019 National Conference in Orlando, Florida, Speaker, AILA 2019 National Conference, 2019
  • Speaker at AILA Mid-South Chapter Conference, Speaker, AILA Mid-South Chapter Conference, 2019
  • Speaker at AILA 2018 National Conference in San Francisco, Speaker, AILA 2018 National Conference, 2018
  • Taught Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses in immigration law to attorneys in Tennessee and Florida


  • Pro bono service award, Attorney for Justice, Tennessee Supreme Court, 2019
  • Pro bono service award, Attorney for Justice, Tennessee Supreme Court, 2018
  • , International Community Leader Award, International Business Council, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, 2015

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association Military Assistance Committee, 2020
  • Chair, AILA Military Assistance Program (MAP) Committee, 2019
  • President, International Business Council (Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce), 2016
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board Chair, Bridge Refugee Services Inc., 2020
  • Board Chair, Bridge Refugee Services, Inc., 2019
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Office Location for Martin Lester

4513 Hixson Pike
Suite 104
Hixson, TN 37343

Phone: 423-551-6398

Last Updated: 6/23/2021

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