Baker Victory photoAn Alachua County Circuit Court Jury found Gainesville attorney Christopher Chestnut dishonestly overcharged his disabled client, committing theft.

Chestnut charged Emanuel Baker 3.2 million dollars plus costs for 10 months of representation after Baker was hurt in an on-the-job accident that paralyzed him from the neck down.  That fee is in excess of Florida Bar rules and was never agreed to by the client.  The excessive fee was only discovered when Chestnut attempted to have Mr. Baker sign the closing statement.  The Bakers noticed more irregularities with their bill including unexplained charges and private jet rides for Chestnut.

After 7 days and more than thirteen hours of deliberation, the six-member jury found Chestnut guilty of violating his fiduciary duty, committing civil theft, and exploiting his disabled client.

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