Mitch Chester: A Briefing
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General Background Information
Founding Member: Law Office of Mitchell A. Chester, P.A., 2001-Present. Mr. Chester is "AV" Rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest ranking an attorney can achieve through peer recognition. He is an officer of the Broward County Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Admitted to the practice of law in the State of Florida, Mr. Chester works in personal injury, insurance law, commercial litigation, products liability, community projects and contract litigation in Southeastern Florida.
His interests include law, sea level rise and its impact on the community, financial literacy, affordable and emergency housing, transportation issues, citizen advocay, litigation psychology, disaster relief, international affairs, technology, website design, writing and medical/legal issues.
He has been active in local community affairs in the Town of Davie, in central Broward County, Florida. Mr. Chester enjoys jury and non-jury trials and solving complex legal issues.
Pro Bono Dedication
Mr. Chester provides pro bono representation on a wide range of legal matters. Some of those cases have included housing controversies. In 2007 until early 2010, he provided representation to a group of Hallandale Beach mobile home park residents being sued by the City of Hallandale Beach in the municipality's efforts to close the Tower Mobile Home and R.V. Park. Various aspects of the case were heard by 10 Judges in three different Courts. Four appeals resulted. The case remains a basis for changing Chapter 723 of the Florida Statutes, which governs mobile home tenancies.
In 1984 he served as pro bono counsel in Dinnen v. Pond Apple II Condominium Association, Inc., et al., in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Chester provided over 400 hours in the high-profile case, which involved issues now covered by the amended federal Fair Housing Act. The case was covered by CBS News on "60 Minutes," with correspondent Ed Bradley.
Each year, the office works to provide pro bono work to select clients when the need arises.
Affordable and Emergency Housing
In Fall, 2008, Mr. Chester co-sponsored with other community civic leaders a class at the University of Miami School of Architecture to encourage student design of truly affordable housing. This effort was identified as the first time engineering professors from the university worked with architecture students on a collaborative project to find efficient quality housing solutions.
Also in 2008, Mr. Chester was appointed to the Town of Davie Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and served as Chair. The group was tasked with the responsibility of making affordable housing recommendations to the Town of Davie Council.
In 2007, the attorney participated in a working group established in the Town of Davie to help craft the Town's first Affordable Housing Ordinance.
Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January, 2010, he organized and managed Portables4Haiti.org. This was a purely volunteer effort to send over 770 surplus portable classrooms for use as clinics, housing, classrooms and government facilities to the Republic of Haiti. (See video to the right for more information). Despite a year and a half of work, the effort was not successful.
Mr. Chester served as the first President of the Ridgeview Lakes Estates North Homeowner's Association, in Broward County, Flordia, from 1996 to 1997. In 2004, he served on the Architectural Review Board of that association. He is website designer and editor of the association website
He was also active with a group of Broward County residents in the successful effort to stop the construction of an IKEA superstore in the Town of Davie based upon serious traffic issues. (See photo to right). The store was ultimately built in Sunrise, Florida, away from schools and a public safety complex.
He previously served on the Highland Lakes Homeowner's Association in Miami-Dade County.
Above: Working to move a IKEA complex away from schools and the Davie Public Safety Complex.
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