Prominent Gainesville attorney Christopher Chestnut is fighting back against efforts by members of the Florida Bar to have his law license suspended.
Some Florida Bar members drafted a petition accusing the well-known attorney, who is the son of former Florida Congresswoman Cynthia Chestnut, of overcharging clients and even went so far as to label Chestnut ‘incompetent”, according to the Florida Times Union. The petition asked the state Supreme Court to immediately suspend Chestnut’s law license.
Chestnut fired back, saying there was a motive behind the effort to banish him from practicing law.
“Certain members of The Florida Bar ‘establishment’ have been conspiring with The Florida Bar prosecutors to predatorily prosecute Chestnut out … motivated by personal vendettas, racial animus and greed.”, Chestnut said in his legal submission to the Court, where he also denied the allegations against him, and asked the Court to fully exonerate him.
Chestnut is a well known figure in Gainesville, and in the North Florida area in general. He has been the lead attorney in a number of high-profile cases, including a lawsuit brought by parents of a University Christian School student for the 2011 murder of their daughter; Chestnut also sued Florida A&M University for the hazing death of a young man there.
A Supreme Court decision is expected to come within 30 days.