Attorney Suing FAMU Reinstated to Practice Law in Florida

The attorney suing Florida A&M University over the fatal hazing of drum major Robert Champion has been reinstated to practice law in Florida.

The Florida Bar notified Christopher Chestnut on Thursday that he is no longer delinquent for not having taken 30 hours of continuing legal-education classes over the past three years.

A spokesman says Chestnut had taken the classes, but the documenting paperwork wasn't turned in.

Chestnut, lead counsel for the drum major's estate and for Champion's parents, also has been accused by the Bar of improperly soliciting clients, misrepresenting facts and charging excessive fees. 

The Bar trial on those matters is set for Aug. 24.

Chestnut did not respond to the Orlando Sentinel's request for comment on the Bar's accusations.

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