Mitchell J. Devack
Mitchell J. Devack is the founder and managing member of the firm.
After attending the University of Pittsburgh (Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude) and Hofstra University School of Law (Juris Doctor Degree, conferred with distinction) he worked as Assistant District Attorney in Kings County. There he prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases. In 1978 he joined the Law Offices of Robert B. Shaw, a small New York City firm specializing in matrimonial and entertainment litigation. While there he was involved in numerous litigations in state and federal court. Notable clients were Rip Torn, Robin Moore and others.
He left to become one of the founders of the law firm of Nathanson, Devack & Memmoli, a general practice law firm located in Franklin Square and later East Meadow, New York. He practiced at NDM for approximately twenty-five (25) years as partner and head of the litigation department. In addition to practicing matrimonial and commercial litigation, his work included representing clients in criminal prosecutions, arbitrations, and all facets of dispute resolution. In 2003 he established the Law Offices of Mitchell J. Devack, PLLC, and then in 2020 he partnered with Christine Chester, Esq. to form Devack & Chester PLLC.
He currently represents more than one-hundred (100) diamond and jewelry manufacturers and wholesalers and provides them with a variety of legal services including UCC filings, consignment agreements, creditor’s rights claims, litigation, jeweler’s block policy reviews, sales representative agreements, and other legal matters.
Mitchell Devack is admitted to the Courts of the State of New York and Florida, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York, and to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Christine A. Chester
Christine A. Chester is a partner of the firm.
Christine is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law where she published a co-authored article entitled “Putting a Plug in America’s Brain Drain: A Proposal to Increase U.S. Retention of Foreign Students Post-Graduation” in addition to serving as an Articles Editor of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, Christine received her undergraduate degree in Business Management from Purdue University.
Christine joined the Law Offices of Mitchell J. Devack, PLLC in April 2010 as a law clerk and remained with the firm as an associate attorney after her admission to the New York Bar in 2012. In 2020, Christine partnered with Mitchell Devack, Esq. to form Devack & Chester PLLC.
Christine is involved in all facets of the firm’s practice and has experience in the areas of matrimonial & family law, commercial law, secured transactions, pawnbroking and secondhand dealing law, contract drafting and review, traffic law, and trademarks.