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Diana Chestnut, originally from Austin, Texas, comes from a long lineage of attorneys and political appointees . After working in criminal justice, criminal appeals, and non-profit legal representation, Ms. Chestnut joined the firm of Michelle Cohen Levy in order to continue to serve as a voice for people who otherwise may be silenced. Ms. Chestnut concentrates on Employment Law and Business Law.

Ms. Chestnut worked as a Disaster Response Attorney for a nonprofit law firm after Hurricane Michael devastated the panhandle, followed by Hurricane Sally. Ms. Chestnut was also on the forefront of landlord/tenant attorneys in Florida fighting for tenants' rights during the COVID 19 Eviction Moratorium. Ms. Chestnut served on the subcommittee for juvenile justice through the Office of the Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, where she reallocated funds to more effective services after a comprehensive analysis of all justice programs. She is an active member with the Jacksonville Bar Association and volunteers with various women's advocacy organizations. Ms. Chestnut has been associated with the First District Court of Appeal Inns of Courts, Chester Bedell Inn of Courts, Moot Court Honor Board, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Honors Fraternity, Phi Sigma Theta National Honors Society, Phi Alpha Honors Society, and the University of South Florida Council of Honor's Societies.

Ms. Chestnut earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social work with honors from the University of South Florida, a Master's Degree in Public Policy Magna Cum Laude from Jacksonville University, and a Juris Doctor Cum Laude from Florida Coastal School of Law.

After her experiences as a Juvenile Probation Officer Ms. Chestnut came to believe that the children were not the problem- the system was, so it needed to be changed. She decided to follow in her family's footsteps and, along with two female cousins, became the first generation of women lawyers in her family. Ms. Chestnut believes that all people have the right to access the courts, but with the increasing complexity of the court system, an attorney's help is necessary for success.