• Awards, Honors, Speaking Engagements, & Publications
    2016
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
    • Named a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters
    • Speaker “Ethics of Online Case Acquisition,” April 26, 2016, Houston Bar Association CLE
    2015
    • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Rating™
    • Named a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters
    • Named one of Houstonia’s Top Lawyers
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
    • “Marketing Tips for Women Attorneys,” The Women’s Advocate, A Catalyst for 2014-2015, Women and the Law Newsletter, Spring 2015.
    2014
    • Named a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters
    • Named one of Houston’s Top Lawyers by H Texas Magazine
    • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers
    • Named a Rising Star by Thompson Reuters
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
    • “The Innocent Seller and Foreign Manufacturer,” Texas August 11, 2014.
    • Speaker “Ethics and Social Networking,” April 22, 2014, Houston Bar Association CLE.
    2013
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
    • Named a Rising Star by Thompson Reuters
    • “Four Considerations in Medical Malpractice Case,” Women Trial
    • Lawyers Caucus, American Association for Justice, Spring, 2013.
    • “Mental Anguish: The Overlooked Element of Damages,” September/October 2013, The Houston Lawyer, Vol. 51.
    • Speaker “Mental Anguish: The Overlooked Element of Damages,” January 15, 2013, Houston Bar Association, Litigation Section CLE.
    • Speaker “How to Succeed in a Plaintiff’s Practice,” January 23, 2013, Association of Women Attorneys.
    • Speaker “Lessons From Our Past – History of Women and The Law,” March 1, 2013, Texas Women Lawyers.
    • Speaker “Building and Enhancing Your Law Practice,” August 8, 2013, Asian-American Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Committee.
    2012
    • Named one of Houston’s Top Lawyers by H Texas Magazine
    • “Expanding the Coming and Going Rule… One Officer’s Struggle,” January/February 2012, The Houston Lawyer, Vol. 49.
    • Speaker “How to Obtain Clients,” April 12, 2012, Houston Bar Association, Law and Practice Management Group.
    • Speaker “Personal Injury Damages,” April 26, 2012, Personal Injury Basics, Law Review CLE.

    PROFESSIONAL LICENSES
    • Licensed by Supreme Court of Texas in 2002
    • State Bar of New York – Admitted, 2000
    • State Bar of New Jersey – Admitted, 2000
    • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey – Admitted, 2000
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas – Admitted, 2002
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas – Admitted, 2002
    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
    • American Bar Association
    • Association of Women Attorneys
    • Executive Mom’s Society
      • Past Director of Sponsorship
    • Federal Bar Association
    • Hispanic National Bar Association – Affiliate Member
    • Houston Bar Association
      • Past Co-Chair and Committee Member of Gender Fairness Committee
      • Past Committee Member of Gender Fairness Committee
      • Past Committee Member of Community in Schools Committee
    • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
      • Big League Bash Committee Member
    • Houston Young Lawyers Association
      • Past Chair of Family Fun Committee
    • National Association of Professional Women
    • New Jersey State Bar Association
    • New York State Bar Association
    • State Bar of Texas
      • Chair of Women and the Law Section
      • Vice Chair of Membership of the Women and the Law Section
      • Women and the Law Section Council Member
    • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
    • Texas Women Lawyers
    • Texas Women Rainmakers
      • Inaugural event Steering Committee member and Curriculum Co-Chair
      • Past Event Co-Chair
      • Past Event Chair

    RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

    ABRAHAM, WATKINS, NICHOLS, SORRELS, AGOSTO & FRIEND

    Position details:          Personal Injury Litigator

    One of the most visible and respected female trial lawyers in the Greater Houston area, ascending to leadership roles in several legal industry associations and winning significant results for her clients. Chelsie was the only female lawyer working within the oldest plaintiffs firm in Texas for much of her time with Abraham Watkins. Her practice focused on plaintiffs’ prosecution and commercial litigation defense. She had extensive experience handling cases and clients from intake through litigation and on to resolution.

    PORTER & HEDGES L.L.P.

    Position details:          Litigator

    Practice focused on commercial litigation, construction, and product liability sections of an exclusive commercial litigation and corporate firm, including contract disputes, toxic torts, construction disputes, and securities fraud litigation, including class action disputes. While at this firm, Chelsie managed product liability dockets for several Fortune 500 companies.