Van Der Hout LLP

Gunther Chesnut

  • Attorney






Gunther Chesnut has been representing and advising multinational companies, investors, research scientists, artists, and start-ups for over twelve years. Mr. Chesnut received his J.D. from the College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 2004 where he received a graduate research fellowship. He graduated from Reed College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and published a thesis on forest worker cooperatives which was cited in a John Pencavel working paper. Mr. Chesnut is admitted to the state bars of California and Texas and speaks Portuguese and Spanish fluently and intermediate French. 

Gunther Chesnut has over twelve years of experience with employment-based immigration law, including B1/B2 visitor visas, D crewmember visas, E-1 treaty trader, E-2 treaty investor, E-3 Australian specialty occupation, F-1 student visas and reinstatement petitions, H-1b specialty occupation, H-2B seasonal nonagricultural worker, H-3 trainee, “I” foreign media, L-1 transferees [managers, executives and specialized knowledge workers], O-1a and O-1b extraordinary ability, P-1 athletes/entertainers, P-3 culturally unique artist or entertainer, Q cultural exchange program, R religious worker and TN free trade professionals. He has extensive experience with consular processing, PERM labor certification including “special handling” PERM cases and 212(d)(3) nonimmigrant visa waivers. He has represented individual investors, artists, research scientists and start-ups as well as multinational fortune 500 companies. 

Prior to attending law school Mr. Chesnut was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia working in microenterprise development. During law school he spent a summer at the Sao Paulo, Brazil Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Protection Division and at the Virginia Attorney General’s Office in the Consumer Protection Division. 


  • California 
  • Texas 


  • William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law 
    Williamsburg, VA 
  • J.D., Juris Doctorate | 2004 
  • Reed College, Portland, Oregon 
  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts 
  • Major: Economics 


  • Portuguese [fluent] 
  • Spanish [fluent] 
  • French [intermediate] 


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