Attorney Christopher Chestnut Receives Top Award of Nation's Best Advocate During 85th Annual National Bar Association Convention

On Sunday, August 8, 2010, Christopher Chestnut, Esq. received the 2010 Nation's Best Advocate of the Year (N.B.A. Award) during the Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 Awards Gala of the 85th National Bar Association (NBA) Convention.

JACKSONVILLE, FL ( - On Sunday, August 8, 2010, Christopher Chestnut, Esq. received the 2010 Nation's Best Advocate of the Year (N.B.A. Award) during the Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 Awards Gala of the 85th National Bar Association (NBA) Convention. The inaugural event was held at the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans, LA and hosted by Judge Glenda Hatchett. The N.B.A. Award, presented by IMPACT and the National Bar Association, was the most prestigious honor of the evening. Based in Jacksonville, FL, Chestnut has been acknowledged by President Barack Obama as a National Emerging Leader.

"Chris is an outstanding attorney, humanitarian and champion for the rights of the least of these. He makes it his mission to serve as a voice for the voiceless. I have had the privilege of watching this young man grow, first, as a law clerk at my firm and now as one of this nation's top litigators. I knew then and I know now that there is something super special about Chris. He is a genuinely good person with a heart for the people and it is an honor to know him and to be able to call him my friend," affectionately comments Willie E. Gary, Esq.

IMPACT and the National Bar Association recognized and celebrated talented individuals (age 40 and under) within the African-American legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction. The nominees all demonstrated a strong commitment to empowering, uplifting, and advocating within the legal community. They represented a cross-section of legal professionals: solo practitioners, government lawyers, judges, academicians, corporate counsels, young elected officials, and others lawyers who are using their law degree in innovative ways. Over 250,000 votes were cast for the recipients of the Nation's Best Advocate of the Year, Excellence in Leadership, Service, Activism, and Innovation. Nominees were selected based on their achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal community involvement.

"I am humbled to receive this tremendous honor, and elated to be the first recipient of the Nation's Best Advocate Award. There are many great lawyers of whom I esteem highly in this inaugural class of nominees. To be granted this award by my peers throughout the legal community and from supporters all over the country is overwhelming. I look forward to continuing to serve my community as an advocate for the people," states Chestnut.

A Florida native and graduate of Florida State University and University of Florida Levine College of Law, Chestnut is America's next great voice for legal justice. Touted as the next "Johnnie Cochran & Willie Gary", he served on the Florida finance team for then presidential candidate Obama, which helped lead to a convincing victory in the battleground state. One of the most accomplished young attorneys in the country; he founded the Chestnut Firm with the motto, "Justice Because You Deserve It." Simply stated by Chestnut, "We help people when they need help the most."

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IMPACT is a nonprofit organization that was founded by a group of young professionals of color in 2006. IMPACT's mission is to engage and build a network of young professionals of color to foster civic engagement, increase knowledge of the political and legislative processes, and enhance economic empowerment opportunities. For additional information about IMPACT, visit:

The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominately African American attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 44,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students and has over 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. The organization seeks to advance the science of jurisprudence, preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession. For additional information about the National Bar Association, visit

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