About Susan M. Chesnutt, Esq.

Professional Biography & Resume

Susan Chestnutt, Attorney At Law

Growing up in the system I have always had a special place in my heart for families and their children.  After I graduated from UF I worked as a Child Protective Investigator for 4 years here in this community.  I became disenchanted with the system because I realized I couldn't save the world or change the system.  I started exploring other avenues, one of which led me to completing my Masters Degree at UCF, and another that led me to consider law school.  I chose to go to law school instead of accepting a supervisor position at DCF.  

During law school I focused on family law and thought for sure that's the type of law I would practice and planned to return to the Department of Children and Families. I also clerked for one of the most prestigious family law firms in Jacksonville for a year and a half or so.  When I graduated, I wasn't ready for family law or DCF and wanted jury trial experience.  I became a prosecutor and in 4 years I had over 30 jury trials and countless non-jury trials.  I then went into private practice and had the opportunity to learn criminal defense from one of the best attorneys in this area.  I learned a lot and now have the opportunity to go out on my own.  

My background in family law and my experience in the system both as a child and as an employee have given me a unique perspective in all types of cases.  I know what its like from every angle and the impact these cases have on all parties involved.  

With my prosecutor experience I can understand a prosecutor's logic, know exactly what they're looking for and focusing on, and anticipate almost every move they make.  I know their tricks. With all this combined, I can represent my clients knowing the full scale effects that families experience whether it's in a family, criminal, or other type of case.  I care and I understand that this is your life and you are the one who is living it.  So, whether you need help with a criminal case, family matter, personal injury, or other help navigating life's path, let me help you!

Work Experience

Jones Chesnutt, PLLC  ▪  Trial Lawyer  ▪  2014 – 2017
The Kessler Law Firm  ▪  Criminal Trial Lawyer  ▪  2013 – 2014
Office Of The State Attorney  ▪  Assistant State Attorney  ▪  2009 – 2013

Associations

Florida Bar  ▪   Member  ▪  2010 – Present
Florida Bar, Family Law Section  ▪  Member   ▪  2015 – Present
Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section  ▪  Member  ▪  2010 – Present
Exchange Club of Indian River  ▪  Member  ▪  2015 – Present
Samaritan Center Advisory Board  ▪  Member  ▪  2015 – Present
Junior League of Indian River  ▪  Member  ▪  2014 – Present
Indian River County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division  ▪   Member  ▪  2014 – Present
IRC Chamber of Commerce   ▪  Member  ▪  2014 – Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers  ▪  Member  ▪  2013 – Present
St. Lucie County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers  ▪  Member  ▪  2013 – Present
St. Lucie County Bar Association  ▪  Member  ▪  2010 – Present

Education

Florida Coastal School of Law  ▪ Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor  ▪  JD – Juris Doctor 2009
University of Central Florida  ▪  Applied Sociology  ▪  Masters 2006
University of Florida Sociology  ▪  Bachelors  ▪  2002

Our Staff

Joanna Garcia
Joanna Garcia
Paralegal/Office Manager
Brianna Isola
Brianna Isola
Florida Registered Paralegal
Nayeli Mendoza
Nayeli Mendoza
Legal Assistant/Translator
Kimberly Dorey
Legal Assistant