3 year Florida Bar suspension for Andrew Gillum’s ‘best friend’?


Attorney Chris Chestnut was described as Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum‘s “best friend” by Gillum’s own brother.

If a referee’s report in an ongoing legal action between the Florida Bar and Chestnut is any indication, Chestnut will have more time for play dates with the Democratic gubernatorial candidate soon.

The referee — Hernando County Judge Curtis Judson Neal — stopped short of recommending permanent disbarment, but did recommend a three-year suspension of Chestnut from the Florida Bar.

Part of Neal’s reasoning: Chestnut had already been wacked by the Supreme Court in 2015 for a previous disciplinary action.

Aggravating circumstances, per the referee’s report, include “clear and convincing evidence” of “civil theft” by Chestnut, multiple Florida Bar rules violations, “refusal to acknowledge wrongful nature of conduct,”  and “vulnerability of the victims.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Glen Gibellina

    May 12, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Belongs in J A I L

    • Domino

      May 14, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Correction. UNDER the jail.

  • Kris Phillips

    May 12, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I see the Kryptkeeper governor is already doing dirty tricks to Gillium- just because he is an attorney friend of yours don’t automatically associate Gillum with this attorney not fair dirty pool

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