chelsey t. lester



B.A., Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 2004                                                                             J.D., with honors, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA 2010


Ms. Lester, a Saratoga Springs native, graduated from Emory University School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.  During law school, she was an Executive Managing Editor of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, Director of the Emory Homeless Advocacy Program, and a research assistant. Ms. Lester also volunteered for the Georgia Law Center for the Homeless, and upon graduation from law school, received a pro bono publico medal for performing over 75 hours of pro bono work. Prior to law school, Ms. Lester worked as a legislative analyst in the New York State Assembly.

Prior to joining Lemery Greisler, Ms. Lester was an associate at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, LLP.  Prior to that, Ms. Lester served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Joyce Bihary of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Ms. Lester is admitted to practice in New York, Georgia, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of New York and Northern District of Georgia. Ms. Lester currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Saratoga Arts.


Get Real: Reframing the Debate Over How to Calculate Projected Disposable Income in Section 1325(b), 83 Am. Bankr. L.J. 345 (2009).

Operator Error in “Mechanical” Means Testing: Judicial Behavior in Chapter 13 Cases, 12 Norton Bankr. L. Adviser 2 (2009) (co-authored with Adam D. Herring).