Chester is a lifelong Alaskan and began his legal career as a law clerk for Justice Alexander O. Bryner of the Alaska Supreme Court. Within a year, he would argue his first case before the Court. During his early years of practice, he split his time between Anchorage and Bethel, representing rural Alaskans.
As a felony lawyer at the Alaska Public Defender Agency, Chester tried dozens of cases, including high-profile acquittals on murder charges, and was named the Alaska Public Defender Agency’s 2010 Litigator of the Year.
In private practice, Chester has been recognized as a super lawyer in the area of medical malpractice and personal injury. His recent notable cases include:
Obtaining numerous dismissals on behalf of local health care providers and Alaska’s largest hospital, including cases in which the plaintiff has claimed millions in damages.
Reversing an Alaska Department of Health and Social Services’ Medicaid overpayment finding and returning hundreds of thousands of dollars to his rural hospital client.
Representing a local law firm in a contractual dispute with a national firm of hundreds of lawyers over Exxon Valdez oil spill attorney’s fees.
Representing numerous private health care practitioners on issues such as HIPAA compliance, data security, and Medicaid and Medicare fraud allegations.
Representing airplane pilots and manufacturers in cases involving severe and deadly injury.